WE’VE GOT YOUR HORSE RIGHT HERE! We’ve also got your team, as
well! Now that we’re well into the football season, it’s obvious that GT’s
Bookies Battle as well as our columnists are out-picking the so-called
in point is our Bookies Battle, which sports a 44-29 won-loss record for its
consensus picks. Some bookies are doing much better, while others are sinking
the Bookies selections have dwarfed the “professionals” who have
participated in the Stardust’s weekly Invitational (they’re under .500 for
the season), and other online contests in which the touts come up with more
losers than winners.
for horse tips, there are none better than Richie Saber’s Horses to
Watch. He recently tapped several winners that included Vronsky, I For You
and Jerrad’s Desire. One of his best picks was Bailar, which he identified as
ready to run “a big one ”¦ at a huge price.” The horse ran, won and paid
always, News You Can Bet — and win! — On.
HOW GREEN IS GREEN VALLEY? From a rosebud who keeps the
resort in focus: “Green Valley Ranch is doing gangbusters! It’s one
of my favorite hangouts these days and I can tell you first hand that the place
is jumping. The Valley has never been greener.”
IT’S ALMOST FUNNY how some things in racing do flip-flops. I
remember how a young (at the time) rebel was trying to sell the slot machine
concept to the owners of racetracks. They were firm: “Our game wants no help
from other forms of gambling.”
a number of years later, slot machines are ka-chinging at
racetracks. So much so that there is a drive on in Detroit to legalize gambling
in the suburbs to allow for other forms of gambling.
bills that could be voted on this fall would provide enhanced gambling at Hazel
Park. What games? Under consideration are electronic gambling, slot
machines, pari-mutuel poker clubs and keno.
seems to me that betting on the dit dot dits needs help. I’ve
said it before and I’ll say it again -- people who gamble want instant
gratification. Horse betting was king until it ran into competition.
END OF AN ERA: After months (some say years) ex-Gov. Edwin
Edwards of Louisiana will soon be wearing prisoner’s pinstripes. All his
efforts to avoid incarceration have failed and he will report to a Fort Worth,
Texas, prison prior to Oct. 21.
the flamboyant politician, who enjoyed as much as anybody spending short breaks
in his governing days visiting Caesars Palace and trying his luck at the
tables, this ends a political career that nearly rivaled that of the legendary Louisiana
Kingpin, Gov. Huey Long.
his failings, Edwards, who was convicted of shaking down people looking to get
riverboat licenses, including disgraced former San Francisco 49ers owner Ed
DeBartolo, Jr., still retains the support of a number of Cajuns and will go
to jail as one of the most popular state officials Louisiana has ever produced.
also going to jail is Edwards’ son, Stephen, a lawyer who was affiliated with
his father in a number of business projects. His seven-year-old sentence will be
served at a prison in Beaumont, Texas.
ON THE SUBJECT OF JAIL-TIME: And, another note, an individual who
gained notoriety in the gaming industry a couple of years ago when he challenged
the right of the State of New York to charge him with violating gaming laws by
taking sports bets at his Caribbean web site, also joins the pinstripe brigade
on Oct. 15.
Cohen, a founder of World Sports Exchange based in St. John’s
Antigua, elected not to hide in his Caribbean office after being indicted in New
York for violating the Interstate Wire Act of 1961. He allegedly accepted wagers
from New York state residents and claimed that since he was based in the
Caribbean he violated no laws.
prosecution disagreed charging that the telephone bets originated in New York
and crossed state lines, thus violating the federal law. Both a jury and an
appeals court agreed and Cohen was sentenced to a 21-month jail term.
BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT: Rogue jockeys have been banned from
racing for decades but an interesting situation has developed in Iowa involving
track officials who overrode a stewards’ ruling and barred two riders for
allegedly pulling a racing prank.
all started when a jocks’ room custodian claimed that he was subjected to
racial jokes that culminated in one jockey imitating a hooded Ku Klux Klansman.
The jockey said the hood really was a wet towel he placed over his head to cool
off between races.
stewards interviewed 23 people and determined there was no evidence of
wrongdoing. That should have ended the matter but it didn’t. Attempting to be
politically correct, he track operators decided they knew more than the people
who investigated the matter and banished two jockeys forever.
jockeys ran to the courts and a judge ruled Prairie Meadows had no right to ban
the jockeys without due process and ordered that they be reinstated at the next
2003 race meeting.
G2E SETS ATTENDANCE MARKS: The audited results are in and they indicate
the overwhelming success of this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E). The show
held last month in Las Vegas had a 53 percent increase in attendance, which rose
from 8,653 participants last year to 13,237 this year. The exhibit floor also
saw a significant increase from 375 companies in 2001 to 616 this year. Also
generating great interest were the new Interactive/Internet Gaming and Bingo
pavilions launched at the event.
is without a doubt a demand for cutting-edge new products and educational
information to drive the success and growth of gaming entertainment facilities
domestically and worldwide,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of
the AGA, which co-sponsors the annual gaming convention. “Reed and the AGA are
committed to facilitating such growth by producing this event every year.
We’re pleased that G2E has become one of the strongest business-to-business
forums for our industry.”
year’s G2E participants represented all 50 states and countries from around
the world, including Argentina, Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Sweden, Peru, and
Slovenia, to name a few.
GIVEAWAYS CAN BE HAZARDOUS! That’s the message from gaming law firm
Lionel Sawyer & Collins, which warns businesses that giving away prizes
through sweepstakes on the Internet can result in serious violation of
anti-lottery and trade laws.
Lawyer Scott Eaton said the private lott