Rick Herron gave his all at sports books he worked in

Jul 30, 2013 3:00 AM

At times, we lose track of who we are and what we do in our little cottage of a community, which is the people of race and sports in Nevada, serving the world when they visit our state.

We tolerate mistakes made by the novice bettors, are asked sometimes to go the extra mile because it is Super Bowl weekend, and then the brass shows up to schmooze as you are asked to shine bright for them to look good.

We persevere even if one of our kids is home sick, especially if he gets sick the Friday of the second day of March Madness. We gut it up because we know there is no one to cover and we are much needed.

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I am one of the fortunate ones who looked good because of people like that who I counted on.

One such person was Rick Herron, who we lost last week. But my tribute will be lost in the hundreds of co-workers and friends in the race and sports industry who had the honor to both work and be his friend.

I personally can’t tell you how many times I asked him to stay late or work on his off day. The answer came in a nano-second as he stood there with cigarette in his hand and quietly said, “Jimmy, whatever you want.”

And this can be echoed at the Barbary, Sands, Hilton and Orleans. Ricky personally helped shape the new era in race and sports. For that will never be forgotten.

Jimmy Vaccaro, an icon and pioneer in Las Vegas oddsmaking, is the Director of Public Relations for William Hill US. Contact Jimmy at [email protected].

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