KC can relive 1985 all over again

Nov 3, 2015 3:00 AM

Back in 1985 when Kansas City last celebrated a World Series championship, Las Vegas bookmakers were royally pleased.

SPORTS FORM reported that nearly everyone bet on the St. Louis Cardinals to win the Series, with the price opening up at -170 and quickly rising to -240.

“We did very well on the Series,” said John Laurice at El Rancho. Jimmy Navigato of the King 8 sportsbook said, “Everyone jumped on St. Louis. It turned out to be very good for us.”

Jeff Dennis at Jerry’s Nugget went one better. “I heard some players were coming in with cases and cases of money and betting it on the Cardinals.”

GT’s Jackie Brett devoted her Gaming News column to Bill Friedman, the boss at Castaways and Silver Slipper, who subscribed to the “Mickey Mouse” theory. “I actually started out as a degenerate gambler the first four years I was here,” Friedman said. “I introduced high-frequency dollars and rapid frequency payoffs on slots.”

Friedman claimed to have “the Mickey Mouse operation” at the Castaways. He built that mouse into an empire.

In boxing Caesars Palace had a Halloween scare when its Nov. 14 bout featuring Marvelous Marvin Hagler was in trouble due to possible injury. But Hagler declared himself fit for his bout against John “The Beast” Mugabi at Caesar’s 15,000 seat outdoor arena.

Ah, those truly were the days.

Finally, Vegas had a special visitor when Sweden’s King Gustav arrived to see Liberace. The king also caught Siegfried and Roy’s spectacular show. Some 30 years later, Vegas is still fit for a king.

Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Twitter: @MarkMayerGT Email: [email protected]