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WSU student does Binion’s poker act

May 6, 2003 7:03 AM

WORLD SERIES IN SPOKANE? Who says Binion’s Horseshoe has the market on championship poker? Not the kids at Washington State University, where a student was busted for holding a poker game in the dorm.

This wasn’t an ordinary, friendly poker game. Authorities said the game involved professional-type tables, chips and thousands of dollars in cash.

Moreover, the game the kids were playing was Texas Hold’em, the game of choice for championship tourneys, such as the World Series of Poker, which is currently ongoing at Binion’s.

The student running the game was arrested ”” not for running the game, but for taking a Vegas-like "rake" or percentage of the pot!

We’re familiar with the WSOP, the World Series of Poker. I guess Spokane felt they needed a WSUP ”” Washington State University Poker.


WAITING FOR THE SECOND SHOE: After the Breeders’ Cup debacle whereby an investigation determined that the results of the Pick Six were manipulated, many in racing were waiting for some kind of screw-up to be reported after Saturday’s running of the 129th Kentucky Derby.

Fortunately for the sport, it didn’t happen.

In fact, the only complaints heard were from the bettors who failed to cash a ticket on Funny Cide, the New York-bred winner.

But, with the various exotic betting combinations available at Churchill Downs, the totalizator companies were on their toes. Scientific Games, parent of Autotote, the company that provided the wagering equipment for the Breeders Cup and whose employee was the now-jailed instigator for the betting coup, said the incident cost the company $1.1 million. A good portion of that cost was spent on new software that conducts "progressive scanning" of multi-race bets to ensure that no changes are made after the pool is closed.

The software improvements may not be enough to prevent the next scam, but it will help.


NO CLOVER IN DOVER: Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment Inc. has just had its first major layoff since the state of Delaware passed a bill to permit video lottery machines at its three racetracks.

The move was a slam dunk for the tracks which saw their profits skyrocket while the quality of racing moved the tracks into competitive situations with the country’s finest.

Everything was moving along nicely until last fall when the legislature passed a bill banning all indoor smoking, including the racetracks. Almost immediately revenues plummeted. Last week when a bill that would have permitted smoking in some parts of the track died in the Senate, the track laid off 30 employees, the first such workforce reduction since the slots were installed.

The bill’s opponents, however, blamed the drop in business more on the economy than on the smoking ban. For those who lost their jobs, said one proponent, "it’s a dam shame."


GIVING A HOOT FOR LAS VEGAS: Looking to promote the fact that the company has been flourishing for the past 20 years, Hooters of America Inc. has started a campaign recognizing its longevity with a "Double Decade" promotion.

Five lucky customers who correctly answer trivia questions involving Hooters history will win a free trip to the 20th Anniversary Celebration bash at the Paris Hotel/Casino on July 8-9.

A hint to prospective contest entrants: Hooters history questions will include when and where did Hooters originate and who was the first Hooters girl. In addition to the Las Vegas holiday, sweepstakes winners will receive free food, drunks and a 20% discount at Hooters restaurants.