When you get older you always run into the so called old timers who always want to talk about the good old days. Even though I don’t yet consider myself an old timer, I seem to run into them all the time.
This past week was no exception as we started talking about how great it was at the old Stardust race book. Those were great times.
Then the stories started and one that I do know is on the level came up. It’s such a great story I decided since there is a lull in these the dog days of summer I would pass it on.
It happened in the late 70’s at a major hotel casino I won’t mention as some of the players involved are still out there and may or may not get a kick out of it. Back then players would show up and be around for some time. Some were very good bettors.
We never really knew much about them since there were no currency transaction reports to make out back then. One such player appeared at a dice table at this major casino. He was one of those very dapper well-dressed guys who could charm any lady and even the men wanted to hang with him.
It seemed like he was at this same dice game every day for at least two weeks and really got to know the dealers. This guy then tells them this one day that he has access to some very nice big screen TV’s and the price is rock bottom.
Well, three of the dealers just could not pass up the deal and low and behold the guy delivers these big screen TV’s. They were top shelf and the price was very cheap.
Now that is just the beginning. They moved on to such things as microwave ovens and even freezers. And, he delivered.
This guy now had a great reputation plus the dealers and pit bosses loved him. Now came the “really big deal” as Ed Sullivan may have said. He met with his favorite two dealers for dinner at the Flame steakhouse and said this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
He could get them each a brand new loaded Cadillac, which went for around $30k, for only $10k. But here came the hook, he needed to get rid of 15 of them and needed the $150,000 up front.
Now this is the 70’s and, for dealers at this time here in Las Vegas working at this particular spot, the $10k was no problem. They kept their own tokes at each dice table but how could they get the other buyers?
Well, they went to one of their pit boss buddies who had some dealings with the guy and he said he would check to see what could be done.
One week later they had come up with the 15 buyers, one of which was a VP of the casino. They get together with this wonderful dapper young man and hand over the $150k with some thinking it was a big gamble but worth it.
A week after that the Caddies show up in the parking lot of the casino and are unloaded. On each car was the person’s name it went to. All were in amazement and they drove their flashy new Caddies but they never did see Mr. Dapper again.
It was only about 45 days later that this car dealership in California wanted their monthly payments from this casino for the Caddies that were leased by the dapper guy. I guess he did have a card from one of the buyers with his name on it and he just may have been a VP.
They got to drive the cars for a month and it only cost $10k each as they all gave the cars back. Never to be seen again was Mr. Dapper, who pulled off a wonderful sting, and the dealers and bosses could say nothing.
It’s hot outside but nice and cool in the books. Get out and make some bets. You just may be walking around lucky and not even know it.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].