Bookies go down in a Blazek of Glory
January 03, 2017 3:03 AM
by Eileen Di Rocco
Happy New Year to one and all; we wish you many winners in 2017.
Speaking of winners, congratulations to Tom Blazek at South Point on winning GamingToday’s Bookies Battle contest. Tom racked up a 155-99 record for the 17-week NFL season, winning $1,000 and bragging rights.
Wonder if Tom will be a guest on the set at that “secret” broadcast studio being built behind walls next to the South Point sportsbook. Based on his record we are sure listeners would want to hear what he thinks of the upcoming Super Bowl.
The annual Bookies Battle has been a favorite of Nevada bookmakers and GamingToday readers for 37 years and is one of the toughest contests out there, as the entrants must pick every game and submit their selections before the Monday night game is played. That is not easy to do.
Tom’s closest competitor this year was Shannon Vega at Fiesta Henderson whose 146-108 record earned her second place.
Third was a tie between Jay Petrick at the Flamingo and Bob Moleski of Wildfire Sunset. Each had a 144-110 record.
CELEBRATING: The Valley of Dollars was expected to draw over 320,000 for the New Year’s weekend celebration and tens of thousands of those visitors along with locals were out on the Strip ringing in 2017, partying hard and enjoying the spectacle.
Now it is back to work and routine for most folks. But the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will continue celebrating throughout the month as their second anniversary on Jan. 29 approaches. We don’t have details, but we hear one of their promotions includes some very cool caricatures of iconic performers of rock and roll, which could become a collectors’ item.
UNEXPECTED GIFT: Last week the Internal Revenue Service released its final regulation on its 2015 proposal for tax reporting of slot winnings. Thanks in large part to the efforts of the American Gaming Association the IRS has dropped its electronic player tracking proposal and its idea of lowering slot win reporting thresholds.
The IRS had suggested the reporting level for slot winnings should decrease from the current level of $1,200 to a mere $600. But research done by the AGA and presented to the IRS demonstrated that the tax threshold, established in 1977, should be at least $4,700 if adjusted for inflation.
The final regulation also appears to incorporate many of the AGA’s technical suggestions on the optional aggregation method, payee ID and other provisions.
REV YOUR ENGINES: If you are into cars you need to make plans to be in Mesquite January 13-15 for the annual Mesquite Motor Mania, sponsored by Mesquite Gaming, owner of Virgin River Hotel and CasaBlanca Resort.
The highly-anticipated classic car show will feature over 800 vehicles from vintage classics to street rods to hot rods and more. Thousands of fans from throughout the country descend on this small gaming town about 90 minutes north of Las Vegas to ogle a sea of finely tuned vehicles and enjoy events held at CasaBlanca such as Roaring Engines, Slow Drags and Burn Out competitions.
JUST WONDERING: All the football bettors we know tell us they did not have a winning season. Fellow columnist Richard Saber tells us all the sharps he knows did not have a winning season, and for the past eight or nine weeks, fellow columnist Micah Roberts reports that the books have been on the losing end of the wagering scale. That leaves us with just one question – Where’s the money?
See you around town.