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GT to debut online sports service

Aug 17, 2004 4:47 AM

Beginning in September, GamingToday will launch its own online sports handicapping service.

Set to coincide with the start of the football season, GamingToday’s Best online service will initially feature selections for college and professional football games. Other sports such as basketball and hockey could be added at a later date.

In addition to football picks, the sports site will offer daily analysis and handicapping of all Southern and Northern California horse racing.

Sports selections will be made by GamingToday Managing Editor David Stratton, Sports Editor Mark Mayer and Race and Sports Analyst Richard Saber.

Stratton is hoping to parlay his success in winning last season’s Stardust Invitational to this year’s football action.

In capturing the Invitational, Stratton beat some of the best handicappers in the country, including Brian Leonard, Ted Sevransky and the single-named Fezzik.

"Once and for all I proved I can guess as well as anyone," Stratton commented.

Stratton said he planned to post weekly college and NFL football selections along with a short analysis for each contest.

Prior to joining GamingToday, Stratton worked at the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, as well as papers in Southern California.

Stratton has won a Nevada Press Association (NPA) award for sports writing, and has authored more than five books about Las Vegas.

Mark Mayer is starting his fourth year at GamingToday after previously working for two years at Vegas Insider.

Before moving to Las Vegas, Mayer worked as a sports writer for newspapers in Florida and South Carolina.

A recipient of an NPA award for best sports column, Mayer has been handicapping sports for more than three decades while maintaining a win percentage between 53-55 percent.

Mayer says his philosophy consists of evaluating trends, statistics, scheduling, history, intangibles such as emotion and, or course, luck.

The third jewel of GT’s "Triple Crown" of handicappers is Richard Saber, a former sports book insider who now serves as GamingToday’s race and sports analyst.

Saber traces his bookmaking roots to the Stardust, where he served as sports book manager. Like most sports directors, Saber has an insider’s knowledge of the industry and excels at making and analyzing betting lines.

In addition to posting football selections for colleges and the NFL, Saber will handicap the entire cards for Southern and Northern California race tracks.

His analysis will include selections in each race, best bets of the day, the top Pick 3 of the day and special selections (exotics, Pick 6, etc.) on occasion.

Saber is a multiple horserace contest winner in Las Vegas, including Mandalay’s Quinella contest, Palace Station’s contest and Coast’s Pick 5 contest.