Nick Bogdanovich, a well-respected member of the Nevada sports betting industry, has taken the position of sports book director of Reno-based Cal Neva sports books.
In addition to the Cal Neva resort and casino, Cal Neva operates 25 satellite sports books throughout Nevada — 21 in Northern Nevada and four in Southern Nevada.
The Southern Nevada sports books are located in the Tuscany, Four Queens, Binion’s and Casino Valle Verde.
Interestingly, nearly 20 years ago Bogdanovich got his start at the former Binion’s Horseshoe, working for Benny and Jack Binion.
Most recently, Bogdanovich has served as sports book director at the Golden Nugget and Mandalay Bay resorts in Las Vegas.
Since leaving Mandalay Bay, the 45-year-old Bogdanovich has excelled on the "other" side of the counter. He’s won several handicapping contests and is actively sought as a sports consultant.
He was also among the "Sports Masters," a panel of sports betting experts who broadcast a weekly radio show. Other panelists included Jim Hurley, Kelso Sturgeon and Tony Salinas.
Bogdanovich replaces long-term sports director Tony Di Tomaso, who worked for 16 years for Cal Neva.
When reached for comment on Sunday, Bogdanovich confirmed his new post, but deferred comment until later this week.
Cal Neva sports book players in Las Vegas, however, weren’t shy about commenting. Many either knew or knew of Bogdanovich and expressed optimism over his hiring.
"I’m glad Nick will be running a book that I play at," said one bettor. "Nick is a good guy and hopefully this will bring up the Cal Neva."
"I remember Nick from my days playing poker at the old Horseshoe," said another bettor. "He’s definitely ”˜old school,’ hands on, meet and beat the customers type of manager."
With 21 locations, Cal Neva is the largest sports book operation in Northern Nevada. It also features Northern Nevada’s richest football contest, the $350,000 Pick Your Pros football handicapping contest.
Cal Neva is also noted for a liberal menu of parlay cards for sports bettors.