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My good friend Dean Martin once told me, “don’t drink and drive on the tee box.” Well the same thing can be said about the sports book.

I just need to tell this story as it is too good to pass up.

I have a good friend who I will call Mordi. He likes to have a glass of the grape now and then, but is not usually a big drinker. Last week he was sitting at the Wynn Race & Sports Book, which by the way serves some top notch grape in those big wine glasses.

Mordi made some wagers, not small mind you, but some good ones. He sat down and decided to have a glass of wine. Sooooo good it led to another and then another, eventually ending with six glasses. He found his way home and sat down for a rest to check out his tickets but had no tickets on his person.

Now almost three sheets to the wind, he needs to get back into his car and drive back down to Wynn and put in claims for the tickets. He gets there only to find that the tickets had already been cashed. The supervisor, who knows Mordi well, says they can look at the tape and see who cashed the tickets and try to get the money back.

The supervisor looks at the tape and has Mordi come back to see if he can identify the person cashing the tickets. Mordi did know who the bad guy was, it was HIM! When teeing off be careful, no drinking and driving!

March madness is right around the corner, and believe me it is going to be wild. There are some ways to have a great time with some small money. Station will again offer their Last Man Standing contest with a guaranteed prize of $50k, win or lose. It is a ton of fun.

William Hill has a cool Progressive Parlay Card contest going on a weekly basis. It is a parlay card that costs only $5. All you need to do is pick 15 winners straight up, no points. Last week’s big pool was a whopping $16k. If no one hits it, the prize money will grow each week.

Good stuff for the bettors and, as my dear ole dad “Broadway Bennie” would say, you gotta play as you may be walking around lucky and not even know it.

For those of you who attended our Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup seminars at Palace Station, you may not be aware that our good friend, fellow handicapper and one of the nicest people in the race industry, Vic Vivio, passed away last week due to complications from a stroke.

Vic was not only a great handicapper who loved the game, he was always looking for ways to promote the race book industry and the game. He was loved by all of us. Those close to him remember how he so much loved his mother and took care of her until she passed away last year.

Vic and his brother Vern were as close as two brothers could be and Vern was at his side every day during his ordeal. I know all his co-workers at Palace Station have been hit hard with the news but believe me, Vic will always be remembered with the utmost fondness and love.

I feel sorry for those bookmakers in heaven with the arrival of Vic Vivio; may he rest in peace.

Vic loved this time of year heading toward the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The big races are starting as these 3-year-olds start to make their run for the points in order to qualify. Jockey Julien Leparoux looks to have found a very live contender trained by Bob Baffert by the name of Flashback who will be running in the upcoming San Felipe this Saturday.

With a good performance in the San Felipe, he will then seek enough points in the Santa Anita Derby. A win there and Flashback could find himself a Derby favorite.

Thursday look for Michigan State to blow out Wisconsin on ESPN2 to end a three-game losing streak

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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