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Gaming Control Board gives Lucky's okay for LV's Plaza

Jul 11, 2008 7:43 PM

by GT Staff | On Wednesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board gave initial regulatory approval to new race and sports book operator Brandywine Bookmaking LLC to open up its first Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas in the Plaza on Aug. 1, pending approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission on July 24.

Last month, Brandywine opened two Lucky’s locations in Elko – one at the High Desert Inn and one at the Red Lion Inn – and also began operating one inside the Grand Sierra Casino Resort in Reno.

The new race and sports books are Nevada’s first independent operation – not counting the ill-fated Sport of Kings in Las Vegas – to open up since Leroy’s won approval from regulators some 30 years ago.

A former executive from mobile gaming company Cantor G&W, Joe Asher, will serve as Brandywine’s president and CEO while former director of the Cal-Neva race and sports book chain, Tony DiTommaso, will serve as the company’s operations manager.

Also onboard Brandywine’s staff are Jimmy Vaccaro, long-time Nevada race and sports director, and Joe Bertolone, the former chief of the GCB’s technology lab, who will serve as the company’s director of compliance.

If the NGC approves this transaction on July 24, the 12 sports book ticket writers at the Plaza will then become employees of Brandywine.

Brandywine President Asher, who said he expected Lucky’s to be a "major player" in the race and sports industry, is reportedly planning on renovating the city’s oldest sports book with 7,600-square-foot sports book with new TV’s, seating, carpeting, lighting and wagering stations.

Brandywine is also planning on filing a future application in August for a race and sports operation at the Casino Fandango in Carson City.