Â Â Even the highly respected Stardust Invitational can have an off year.
Â Â The prediction records from the majority of experts have been, to say the least, less than stellar. Perhaps an overhaul is needed.
Â Â Not that picking games against the spread is ever easy, but those who make a living at it are rightly held to higher standards. Frankly to see sub-.500 records advance on more than one occasion is embarrassing to the business.
Â Â With all the boasting that’s done, it would be nice to see someone come clean and admit failure as Ken White did. White, a past champion and respected handicapper, showed much class several weeks ago by submitting a list of free selections after a poor performance the previous week. Unfortunately for White, his second effort was worse than the first.
Â Â GamingToday presents the prestigious Bookies Battle each week in the newspaper, featuring the best oddsmakers in the business. Here’s hoping next year’s list of participants in the Invitational include more wiseguys and less stooges.
$2,000 quinellas at stake
Â Â Arizona Charlie’s East and West, along with the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower are offering a horse racing contest the first Thursday of each month.
Â Â The contest is called the Ultimate $2000 Quinella and involves picking a quinella for the first eight races. During the races, there will be a cash drawing for an additional $500. All those interested in competing must be at least 21 years old.
Â Â The Race and Sports books at all three locales have the forms and info necessary to enter. The final contest for 2002 is this Thursday, Dec. 5.
Wranglers add McKinnon
Â Â The Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team recently appointed Jim McKinnon as assistant general manager and director of operations. The Wranglers will be competing in the East Coast Hockey League next season and will play in the brand new Orleans Arena.
Â Â The organization is offering the first 500 fans an opportunity to select their seats with a $50 deposit. Contact the team office at (471-7825) for more details.
ALSO: Intertops, an Antigua-based offshore book, is offering its customers an opportunity to bet on the Miss World Beauty Pageant. Aruba is the 4-1 favorite. Other top contenders are Namibia (9-2), India (5-1), Germany (6-1), China (7-1) and USA (9-1). Russia and Finland (100-1 each) are the longest shots.
Â Â No odds were available on Nigeria ever hosting the pageant again, but off the board would be a good assumption.