William Hill taking over CBS warrants more discussion

May 10, 2011 6:08 AM

Last week I speculated about the impact of William Hill taking over CBS, the company that services many Las Vegas race and race sports books betting systems. I got quite a few calls on the matter from many different points of view, which makes the subject all the more interesting and warrants more discussion.

Next week, we’ll explore all the options Nevada sports books and bars have available to them in addition to CBS.

I also wanted to clarify something I mentioned last week regarding company financial records for the sports books. Under GCB regulations, CBS currently has to call their client to get approval should they need to enter the sports book’s system or it becomes a violation.

The hub operation usually keeps a hand written log for these type of activities, which is most common when there is a system issue, stoppage or regular programming needs to be updated.

I also regret I forgot to mention horse racing handicapper Richard Eng in my Kentucky Derby piece last week who was doing a free seminar at Terrible’s, after naming several others. The last thing I would want is for Eng to feel slighted in any way because he has been such true friend to me over the last decade. The man has done countless favors for me over the years with promotions and lent his time and name to those efforts.

He probably didn’t even read it, but I just wanted him, and everyone, to know it was just a short mental lapse. Eng is one of the top horse racing handicappers in all the land.

Over the summer I’ll also have a few series of articles on the origins of some of the current sports book directors around town. It’s a small community of people and many might be surprised how closely linked they all are.

We’ve all heard of the six degrees of Kevin Bacon or the branches of Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick’s trees. Soon you’ll read about the roots of the bookies, many of which began in Pittsburgh.