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Spare gambling umps from Pete Rose treatment

Mar 26, 2002 8:04 AM

DEALING SECONDS! Pete Rose fans are up in arms. Two umpires ”” Frank Pulli of the National League and Rich Garcia of the American League ”” were subjects of a secret investigation by baseball authorities into their betting activities with “local bookies.” Both were sanctioned.

The probe took place while Rose’s own gambling investigation was making front-page news. But, the inquiry into the two umps’ activities was never made public.

The report was written by the same investigator that looked into Rose’s problems, John Dowd.

Allegedly the umps received only a slap on the wrist for placing bets with local bookies ”” two years probation.

In contrast, Rose, one of the living legends of baseball, has been banned from the game and denied admission to the Hall of Fame.

Roger Makley, Pete’s lawyer, says there was no finding that Pete ever bet on baseball. “I think they definitely had a double standard. That ruling compared with Pete’s case seems very arbitrary.”

We couldn’t agree more.

PLAYING THE PONIES! The Las Vegas Hilton is rolling out the red carpet for its annual Pick the Ponies Invitational handicapping contest. The event will take place May 1-3 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

The entry fee is $500 with a three-entry maximum per person. Early birds can get in for $400, also with a three-entry max. To get the savings you need to register no later than 5 p.m. April 22. Early entrants are eligible to win $15,000 in bonus prize money ($5,000 per day).

The winner will take home $38,000. Second place nets $19,000 and third, $9,000. Prices are paid to 30th place.

The contest is limited to 200 entrants so stop by the Hilton soon to pick up the rules and an entry form.

TRUMP 29 CASINO! That’s the new name for the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella Valley, Calif., 20 miles east of Palm Springs. It is also The Donald’s 29th casino. The $60 million project is part of a major expansion on behalf of Donald Trump. The casino is a partnership between the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and Trump Hotel Casino Resorts.

Mark Lefever is the general manager of the property, which seeks to transform a modest American Indian casino in the desert into a major entertainment venue.

“I worked very, very hard with the architects and designers on the basic development,” Trump was quoted as he described his role in the project.

He was well assisted by the design team led by SOSH Architects of Atlantic City. Some of the firm’s other projects include the Disney ESPN Zone in New York City’s Times Square, the re-make of the Sands Casino in Atlantic City and the Isle of Capri casinos in Mississippi, Louisiana and Iowa.

Phase I will include a 131,000-square foot section that includes a new casino, ballroom, restaurants and a nightclub.

TAKING A SHOT! Ron Saccavino, editor of The Dealer’s News: “They let a bunch of boxmen go recently at Mandalay Bay due to a customer who allegedly was making late call bets. So, now the rule is that once a stick moves the dice out of the prop area there are no more bets allowed. Talk about slowing down the game! Wait until they get about three months of less rolls per hour and they’ll go back to the fast pace of the crap game like it was intended to be. Could we be overreacting a little?”

DON’T BELIEVE STATE! If Missouri is the Show Me State, then Indiana rates the title ”” Don’t Believe State.

The Hoosier residents turned thumbs down to dockside gaming and slot machines at racetracks. The measure would have allowed video gaming machines, not only at the track, but also at the OTB parlors.

BY-THE-SEA! Bob Boughner, the second-highest ranking member of Boyd Gaming (BYD) executives, is now in charge of the company’s Borgata project in Atlantic City.

His role as chief operating officer of Boyd Gaming has been turned over to Keith Smith, who had been executive vice president of operations.

I’LL BE THERE! A 36-piece orchestra conducted by Terry Woodson will back up Frank Sinatra Jr. when he does “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” at the MGM Grand, May 8-15.