Scotty Schettler began his Las Vegas journey in 1968. By the time he quit the race and sports book business he had booked over $1.5 billion for different employers. He says he knows where most of the cans are buried. His book, We Were Wise Guys and Didn't Know It is available on amazon.com.
Gaming Yesterday | In my opinion these are among the most influential figures in Las Vegas sports betting history. They actually influenced the evolution of sports betting in Las Vegas and helped export the Las Vegas brand to the masses.
Gaming Yesterday | In the mid-70s all race and sports books were stand alone, store front type joints all named after race tracks: Del Mar in North Las Vegas, The Derby, Saratoga, Paddock and Hollywood downtown with Santa Anita and Churchill Downs on the Strip.
Gaming Yesterday | A scene from the Martin Scorsese movie “Casino” was filmed in the law offices of Oscar Goodman when he was still practicing law. Oscar was at the height of his law career, soon to become “The Happiest Mayor in the Country” in Las Vegas.