Dice shooter shares his $150,000 score

Jul 31, 2001 6:54 AM

GOOD PIPES! A feature story on Richard L. Urey, chief of staff for Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) sang the praises of his resonant broadcasting voice. It was the foundation for his step into politics. Its noted author, Tony Batt, explained how Urey left the airwaves to take up with the politicos.

It was a good piece, except Batt never mentioned how Urey was once the Voice of the Race Books. Urey manned a mike for Sports Form Inc. everyday and re-created horse races for horseplayers in the days before live simulcasts.

“What Richard lacked in his knowledge of the ponies he made up for with his exciting recreations,” said a former SFI staff member. “He made the job fun. We laughed a lot, but when the mike was on, Richard was at his best!”

THE WAY IT WAS! A high-falutin craps player ”” one packing a $50,000 line of credit ”” had the dice spitting numbers at a downtown casino. A reliable source, himself a dice shooter, reports that the player made a $150,000 score rolling the bones. And, he continued, he was quite generous with the help.

“He gave one of the waitresses a $5,000 tip and at least double that amount to the dealers!”

Hmmm . . . it sounds like the Old Vegas to me!

IN SHORT . . . How does he do it? Millionaire mogul Sumner Redstone recently explained the key to his success: “An obsessive will to win. With my number one priority on my wish list, just to be here!” . . . Big Bucks ahead! Gaming industry gurus estimate that a fully functional casino by the Pomo Indians in San Pablo, Calif., could generate up to $150 million in profits each year . . . Leading the way! Don H. Barden’s Majestic Star in northwest Indiana is making the slot machines sing “pretty for the people.” The first six months saw slot revenue up 12% to outpace rival casinos in the area . . . You get what you pay for? Reno’s newest $70 million Siena Hotel-Spa-Casino opens with room rates ranging from $159 to $275 a night. The $159 room rate is more than double the average rate in Reno. “People are willing to pay for value,” said developer Barney Ng. The spa’s wine cellar is stocked with 18,000 bottles of more than 200 wines . . . The word is out! A recent survey by a Connecticut company indicates that a majority of players prefer gambling in person rather than playing online . . . Hot horse? Figure it out. There were five horsemen willing to spend $100,000 to claim Quinanlong, winner of Thursday’s feature race at Del Mar. That’s an unusually high amount for a claiming race. In the shake to determine the new owner, Robert Hess Jr.’s name came up. The trainer made the claim on behalf of owner Jay Manoogian. Does it sound like a lot of potatoes? It does! But, bear in mind there were four others willing to come up with the same amount. There’s nothing cheap about horse flesh at beautiful Del Mar . . . Stay at Del Mar another sec so I can tell you about an interesting piece I read in the Union Tribune. It told about the National Educational Association, the nation’s largest teacher’s union. It’s now providing its members with a free $150,000 insurance policy incase teach is done in, in the line of duty. Don’t laugh! Twenty-one teachers have been slain at work since 1992. And to think, I always thought life on the street was dangerous! . . . Another Del Mar note. When I left the East 26 years ago, I never thought there would ever be anything to compare to Saratoga. Now, with Del Mar in my genes, I say ”” Where’s Saratoga? . . . Classy act! Brian Sandoval is resigning as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. The 37-year-old Reno lawyer has served on the commission for three years ”” the last two as its chairman. His future plans include a run for State Attorney General next year. He will seek the GOP nomination and wants no questions about future decisions by the commission being tied to politics. Congratulations, Brian. Good luck with whatever you do.