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Rose becomes thorny issue at the Palms Casino Resort

May 21, 2002 11:02 AM

ROSE TAKING ROOT IN LAS VEGAS! An insider at George Maloof’s Palms hotel-casino reports that talks have broken off with Pete Rose. The former Major League bad boy was reportedly negotiating a possible host-type position in the casino. But, it doesn’t look like Pete will be backslapping high rollers any time soon, at least not under the Palms.

Insiders say Pete continues to build his house in Summerlin, however, so he obviously has made his intentions clear in Las Vegas. The former Cincinnati Red is living in temporary quarters at Spanish Trail.

GEORGE MALOOF

THEN CAME THE JUICE! Ed Curd, the man who developed the 11-for-10 betting line that rules sports betting nearly everywhere, died last week at the age of 94, in Lexington, Ky. Curd was for real. He was a horseplayer, bookie and big time gambler. Putting up $11 to win $10 became known as the juice line. It also helped make bookmaking more of a business and less of a gamble.

In the 1940s, Curd created the point spread, which was directly responsible for a huge increase in sports betting. The purpose of the point spread is to make opposing teams seem equal when it comes to wagering.

SOME ICE CREAM CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU! That’s what a caller reminded me of the other day when she sang the praises of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (DRYR).

She had investment on her mind. However, I have reason to believe that the company could become a takeover target of Nestlé S.A. (NSRGY), which owns 24% of DRYR, after buying some shares last year from General Electric (GE). Nestlé also recently bought 50% of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, it didn’t already own from General Mills (GIS).

I plan to soon be an investor.

CONNIE ROSS

I SAID IT BEFORE . . . I’ll say it again: No one knows how to throw a party better than Connie Ross, top gun at Imperial Palace. Connie was in charge of the National Tourism Week luncheon held recently. Nearly all of the industry’s VIPers came calling with money in hand. Ditto the world of travel agencies. Do we have another Elsa Maxwell in the making?

ODDS ON FAVORITE! There was a time when sports writers took pride in knowing the lingo of the sport they were writing about. Apparently, it’s a little different today. As I was avidly reading all the stories I could find about the Preakness last week I came across an article that referred to a horse with odds of 5/2 as the odds-on favorite.

Wrong.

For those of you who don’t get to the track very often, odds-on favorite refers to any horse whose odds are even money or less.

NAMES MAKE NEWS: Bob Haddock has been elected to the board of directors of Aztar Corp. (AZR). He will also serve as president and chief financial officer. Haddock, 57 slipped into Aztar pinstripes in 1980, when the company was preceded by Ramada Inc. . . . Mikohn Gaming (MIKN) has called upon well-known game host Wink Martindale to emcee 19 separate games for Mikohn . . . O’Reilly & Ferrario, LLC is the new name for the lawfirm of Mangels, Butler, Marmaro & O’Reilly, LLC.

WINK MARTINDALE