Terrible’s new sports book draws elbow-to-elbow crowds

Dec 12, 2000 7:31 AM

The city’s newest race and sports book opened last week at Terrible’s Casino, on the site of the old Continental Hotel at Flamingo and Paradise.

Race and sports director Rob Terch said crowds were elbow to elbow at the opening on Wednesday, and continued through the NFL games on Sunday.

"We opened Wednesday and had a lot of people from the start," Terch said. "All the chairs were filled as late as Sunday night."

Terch, the former Desert Inn race and sports director, said Terrible’s operates a full race and sports book with betting action on college and pro games as well as pari-mutuel horses.

"Right now, our betting limits are $3,000 for NFL games. We’ll be taking up to $2,000 on the major college bowls," Terch said.

Terrible’s also offers a couple of parlay cards — a ½-point parlay card with competitive payoffs of 6.5-for-1 for three teams, 12.5-for-1 for four teams, 25-for-1 for five teams, and up to 750-for-1 for a 10-teamer. A nice consolation prize is 20-for-1 payoff for hitting nine out of 10 teams. Terrible’s also offers a Teaser Card, with lines adjusted about 5-6 points.

Just like its predecessor, most of the customers are locals, Terch said.

"I’d say 95 percent of our customers are locals," he said, adding that many of them were once loyal patrons of the old Continental.

Helping to keep the sports book hopping are a couple of promotions. The first is available every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., when each bet of $5 or more gets a drawing ticket for a shot at $15 in Terrible Herbst gasoline. Three tickets are pulled each hour.

Losing parlay card tickets from Sunday’s games are placed in a drum for a drawing on Wednesday, with the top prize being $1,000 in cash, down to $50 in cash.

Incidentally, Terrible’s Casino has some excellent food specials upstairs in the Rotisserie Café, served around the clock.

In addition to a complete Chinese menu (and kitchen), you can feast on a 16-ounce T-bone steak or prime rib of beef for only $7.99, which includes soup or salad, choice of potato, rolls and butter and a beverage. (Even a beer!)

Terrible’s also has an excellent slot club. Stay tuned for a complete listing.

Bookie’s Battle to the Finish

There’s only two weeks left in GamingToday’s Bookie’s Battle, and, after picking the pointspread winners in 214 NFL games, two bookies are tied at the top of the leader board!

Bill Fogg (Flaming Hilton-Laughlin) and Rob Akers (The Venetian) are deadlocked with identical 135-79 records. The closest contenders are just a few wins behind: Max Breazeal (Castaways, 131-83) and David Sanchilli (Aladdin, 129-85).

Going into Monday night’s contest (Bills at the Colts), the co-leaders tabbed the Bills +6, so the tie will remain intact until later in the week.

For Week 16, Fogg and Akers agree on seven games and disagree on eight. The seven shared selections include: the Steelers +1, Raiders —6, Packers +7, Lions +6, Jaguars —10, Falcons +10 and the Ravens —14.