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Nevada bettors among Hinsdale creditors

Dec 20, 2008 6:00 PM
by GT Staff |

A pair of Las Vegas-area horse racing bettors probably thought that placing their bets at a little dog track in New Hampshire would never be noticed by anyone.

It’s an activity that Nevada specifically prohibits.

And no one would have uncovered the bets if the track, Hinsdale Greyhound Park, didn’t go belly up.

The track, called a “rebate shop” in the industry a, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week listing $450,000 as being owed to 559 account holders. These included, according to New Hampshire officials, Herschel Bird of Henderson, Nevada, who was due $138,150 and Byrne Kinney of Las Vegas who is owed $48,167.

Although Nevada law prohibits placing bets with out-of-state locations – and most advance deposit wagering systems won’t take bets from someone who lists his home address as Nevada – it was not entirely clear if any laws were violated since the New Hampshire authorities admitted they did not keep records for individual account wagering players.

They could not confirm that even though the addresses were listed as Nevada that the wagers were placed illegally.

A spokesman for the New Hampshire Pari-Mutuel Commission admitted that the state required little in terms of customer information.

The two Nevada players had some distinguished company among the account holders due money. Andy Beyer, the former handicapper for the Washington Post and the originator of the Speed Rating System known as the “Beyer Number,” was listed as being due $20,440. When asked about the money, Beyer said, “I’m not holding my breath.”

Hinsdale was a harness track when it was acquired by Joseph Sullivan, Jr., a member of the well-known Sullivan Bros. Printers of Lowell, Massachusetts, the firm that printed racetrack programs for tracks from New England to Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

Sullivan, Jr., was successful in winning the first dog racing license awarded by the state of New Hampshire. After operating the facility for several years, he turned the track over to his son, Joseph “Joe 3” Sullivan, III, who presided over dwindling attendances and handles at the facility.

Sullivan, III, told state officials that the track is expected to receive about $200,000 in winnings from 25 racetracks throughout the country. However, the bankruptcy court will determine how the cash from that and other asset liquidation is distributed.

Of first priority will be payment of $332,158 to the state in taxes, officials said.