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Sports Notes - 11-18-2008

Nov 18, 2008 4:59 PM

PEMBERTON TO OVERSEE HARRAH’S R&S OPERATIONS

With 19 years of gaming service at Harrah’s Properties, it made perfect sense that David Pemberton would be selected to oversee the Race, Sports and Keno operations for the 10 resorts across Nevada. Pemberton will again be at the Rio, where he had previously served as director of race and sports.

"I’m excited about the opportunity here and look to increase our customer service," said Pemberton, who replaced Chuck Esposito when Harrah’s moved its hub from Caesars Palace to the Rio.

Esposito has been rumored to be in line for the Race and Sports head position at the new Fontainebleu slated to open next fall. Pemberton most recently served as director of specialty games at Bally’s/Paris. – Mark Mayer.

HILTON AT FIRST TEE ON TIGER’S 2009

We don’t know for sure when Tiger Woods will make his 2009 golf debut, but the Las Vegas Hilton has issued odds on his chances regarding "majors" and Tour-ending FedEx Cup.

Woods is listed at 3-2 not to win one of the four majors in 2009. The odds are also 3-2 that he will win a major, 3-1 to win two, 12-1 to win three and 25-1 to win all four (Masters, U.S. Open, British, PGA).

Woods is the odds-on 1-2 favorite to capture the FedEx Cup as the tops in points on the season-long PGA Tour. Next best is Phil Mickelson at 6-1, followed by Sergio Garcia (12-1), last year’s winner Vijay Singh (12-1), Anthony Kim (15-1), Jim Furyk (25-1) and Camilo Villegas (25-1). British Open and PGA champ Padraig Harrington starts off at 30-1. Woods is expected to be ready for the Masters in April.