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Old-school deal lands sports book operator Jimmy Vaccaro new gig

19 August 2013
LAS VEGAS -- In the old days, when Jimmy Vaccaro first rolled into town and there were fewer rules and Las Vegas was more like the Wild West, it was easier to get deals done. Everything seems too corporate and consolidated now. Bookmakers once were mavericks with colorful personalities and a willingness to gamble. ... (read more)

Brunson still in contention for poker title

12 July 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Amid a constant rattlesnake buzz of chips being shuffled and stacked around the crowded room, Doyle Brunson sat quietly and studied the cards from under a white cowboy hat. The stars are falling by the wayside at the World Series of Poker. Brunson, 79, still was hanging on late into Thursday night. ... (read more)

Super Bowl generates nearly $94 million in betting handle

7 February 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A Super Bowl that ended in disappointment for Tom Brady and the favored New England Patriots did not result in an upset of Nevada's sports books, which continued to win. The state's wagering handle of $93.9 million represented the second-largest total in history, and the 184 books held ... (read more)

Revised college football score leaves Vegas sportsbooks confused

12 September 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- On the opening Sunday of the NFL season, one of the hottest topics in Las Vegas sports books was a college football game from Saturday night. Michigan's thrilling upset of Notre Dame was an instant classic, to be sure. But about two hours after the conclusion of Utah-Southern California, a score change created mass confusion. ... (read more)

Nevada sees slight Super Bowl handle increase

10 February 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- On the field, where Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to an upset victory, the Super Bowl featured a surprising finish. At Nevada sports books, the results were more predictable. The statewide wagering handle of $82.7 million represented a slight increase from the game's 2009 handle, and the books posted a win for the 14th time in 15 years, holding 8.3 percent. ... (read more)

Super Bowl, sportsbook tour live up to hype

8 February 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- No event in sports is preceded by more hype than the Super Bowl. Some years, the buildup leads to a big letdown and a blowout. Early in the morning, I'm sensing this game will be a good one. One aspect of the Super Bowl that never disappoints is the scene at Las Vegas sports books. ... (read more)

Underdog bettors profit as Colts fall

8 February 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Instead of seeing more magic from Peyton Manning, we watched as the Super Bowl took a surprising twist. It was a fall from grace for the NFL's favorite quarterback. It was the rise of Drew Brees, and the return of the New Orleans Saints who took the field in September, October and November. ... (read more)

Vegas has plenty of props for Super Bowl

29 January 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Only in the Super Bowl can a golfer (Phil Mickelson), a hockey star (Sidney Crosby) and a socialite/TV personality (Kim Kardashian) figure into the outcome of a wager. This is a football game unlike any other. The betting public has already picked a side. The Indianapolis Colts are 5 1/2-point favorites over the New Orleans Saints on Feb. ... (read more)

Vegas sportsbooks ready for marquee Super Bowl

25 January 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Betting against Peyton Manning is rarely advised. It's not as dumb as staring into the summer sun, which is a no-win situation, but it does fall in the category of playing with fire. Spot the opposing team a double-digit lead, dare Manning to rally and cover as a big favorite, and he puts up 24 unanswered points. ... (read more)

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