The Aladdin Hotel & Casino recently named Casey Maloni as its new director of race and sports.
"I’m very excited about the position and look forward to the upcoming football season," Maloni told GamingToday. "Since I’ve been here we’ve never had a losing season and don’t expect we’ll start now."
Maloni, who has worked for the Aladdin since it opened in 2000, traces his roots to the Golden Era of sports betting.
"I got my start at the Bingo Palace, which is now the Palace Station," Maloni said. "I also had stops along the way at Gary Austin’s and the Sport of Kings."
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Maloni moved to Las Vegas in 1984. Since then he’s worked continuously in the race and sports segment of the gaming industry.
Counted among Maloni’s mentors were sports gaming pioneers Keith Glantz and Russ Culver.
Now that he’s on his own, Maloni said he plans to introduce player-friendly deals that will appeal to a cross section of bettors.
He starts this season with a 50 percent reduction in the normal 10 percent vigorish on football bets, when placed from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays. A 10 percent vig means bettors must bet $1.10 to win $1. A 5 percent vig only requires a $1.05 bet.
"The 5 percent vig will be on straight bets on opening lines for college and NFL games," Maloni said. "In addition, we will offer 14-5 on two-team parlays during that same time frame, a significant increase from the standard 13-5."
Maloni added that other player-oriented promotions will be announced during the course of the football season.