Sports Notes 6-17-08

Jun 17, 2008 6:57 PM


Jay Rood, the director of race and sports at Mandalay Bay, will take over June 24 as the head of operations for all 12 MGM Mirage books. Rood succeeds Robert Walker, who announced his retirement after 22 years at MGM MIRAGE last month to spend time with his family in Utah.

"Jay is taking a vacation with his family," said a supervisor at Mandalay Bay. "He didn’t even tell us where he was going. He wanted the time alone before starting his new position."

CityCenter President and CEO Bill McBeath said of Jay’s hiring "He was the best candidate for the position and provided Robert with a tremendous support over the past three years. He certainly will be successful in his new role." – GT staff


The advice was put on a $20 cassette tape by the late Sonny Reizner during his days as the Rio’s executive director of sports gaming. The tape was provided by the longtime and popular Las Vegas sports radio host Larry Grossman when the two had a sit-down to list Sonny’s 30 commandments to betting success.

I’m proud to say the tape is playing in my car so the knowledge will come to me by osmosis, though I’m not sure what the opening line is on osmosis. Some of the items discussed on the cassette are money management, the bookmaker’s edge, personal goals, getting value, trends, streaks, maintaining discipline and handicapping tips. Thanks to Larry for sending the tape and perhaps we can generate a surge on Winning Sports Bettor sales. We could do a lot worse. – Mark Mayer