Hilton names sports director

June 05, 2001 7:04 AM
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Patience pays off!

Just ask Cyril Burger, the new director at the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book.

Burger recently took over the race and sports book there, replacing Art Manteris who resigned and will join Station Casinos to be its director of race and sports books properties.

Burger has been at the Hilton for 11½ years, working his way up the ranks.

"This is a tremendous opportunity," Burger said. "It’s absolutely overwhelming. Right now, I’ve been working so many days in a row."

Burger, age 38, moved to Las Vegas from central Oregon in April 1988.

"I’ve been following sports since I was (age) eight or nine," he said. "My idol was Robert Clemente (of the Pittsburgh Pirates). I’ve been following (all sports) since I was a kid."

Burger started working at the Hilton in the auditing department in 1990. In June ’91, Burger transferred to the sports book. In ’94, he became a book supervisor. He now oversees 35 workers in the book.

"There’s a lot more pressure running a department instead of being a line supervisor," he said. "You interact with the department heads (of the hotel)."

Burger credits his success to two race and sports book directors, Chuck Esposito at Caesars Palace, and Jim Rankin at the Venetian.

"They had an influence on me," he said. "Without those two guys, I wouldn’t be (in this position) today."

Esposito was a supervisor at the Hilton until last year.

"He worked under me at the Hilton for six years and he did a superb job," Esposito said. "He’s dedicated. He’ll excel at his new position."

Rankin, who was the Hilton’s assistant race and sports book director when Burger was a supervisor said, "He’s a sharp person. He learns quickly. He’s a good young man."