As Kentucky Derby nears Station Casinos hosts seminars

As Kentucky Derby nears Station Casinos hosts seminars

April 25, 2017 3:10 AM


The Kentucky Derby, the first leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is now only about a week and a half away.

We have been reading our racing writers – Steve Davidowitz, Jon Lindo, Richard Saber and Dave Valento – with interest as they analyzed the performances of the contenders in the Derby prep races each week.

But now the prep races are over, the 20 entrants and four also-eligibles are set, and the hard work of figuring out who to include in our wagers begins.

To help with this daunting task Station Casinos has scheduled seminars at four of their properties.

The first seminar will be held at Fiesta Henderson in the property’s racebook from 1 to 3 p.m., on May 4. It will be led by race experts Jerry J. and Ralph Siraco, host of “Race Day Las Vegas” radio show and winner of nearly $400k in a horse race handicapping tournament a few years back.

Siraco is sure to have some keen insight.

Next up will be Palace Station. Their seminar will kick off in the racebook at 8:30 a.m. on May 5, and will feature author and expert handicapper Professor Gordon Jones, plus GamingToday writers and top handicappers Richard Saber and Dave Valento.

These are three of the most knowledgeable people we know when it comes to handicapping horses.

Boulder Station will host the third seminar at 6 p.m., May 5, inside The Railhead. Professor Jones will also be speaking at this event along with Joanne Jones and Boulder Station host Tony Vega. Free beer, water and soda will be available for attendees, and seminar guests can enter a drawing for a chance to win $1,500 on Derby Day, May 6.

The final seminar will be at the racebook inside Sunset Station from 6 to 7 p.m., May 5.

It will be hosted by Chuck Esposito, race and sports director at Sunset, and Brian Blessing, host of SportsBook Radio and the Vegas Hockey Hotline. They will be joined by race experts Richard Eng from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Daily Racing Form, and GamingToday’s Steve Davidowitz, who has authored several race handicapping books.

All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

CHIPS & MORE: The upcoming Casino Collectibles Association (CCA) convention, to be held at South Point, June 22-24, has announced a lineup of four great educational seminars for the event.

On Thursday, June 22, at 8 a.m., members of the Museum of Gaming History Board will highlight some exhibits and displays of the museum.

“The seminar will be over by 9 a.m.,” Sheldon Smith, publicity director of Casino Collectibles, told us, “so those who pre-register for early admission to the showroom floor will be out in plenty of time, and the others will be able to attend our official ribbon cutting.”

In the afternoon seminar at 3 p.m., Charles Kaplan will once again awe attendees with his presentation on “Preserving Gaming History and The Chip Guide.”

The other two seminars are scheduled for Friday, June 23. Mark Lighterman will talk about “Florida Gaming” at 8 a.m., and Sam Wagmeister will discuss “Under the Radar/Las Vegas” at 3 p.m.

All of the seminars will be held in one of the meeting rooms across the hall from Exhibit Hall D.

There will be signage outside the room with details. The information will also be available in the convention program.

Information on the convention and the Casino Collectibles Association is available on their website at

BINGO BUZZ: We hear the $1 Million Extravaganza Bingo Event to be held at South Point’s bingo room on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, has already sold out.

Ticket holders, who paid $495 each to enter, will have the opportunity to play up to 60 games each day, with $1,000, $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 going to the winner of each game, with the coverall winner earning $100,000.

Sounds like bingo is still a popular game, especially at South Point.

See you around town.