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Vaccaro to host Vegas bookmakers show Wednesday

May 23, 2017 09:00 PM
South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro will host a special VSiN show, “Inside Looking Outside,” featuring Las Vegas bookmakers.

Jimmy Vaccaro, veteran oddsmaker and raconteur, will play the role of entertaining radio host on Wednesday.


Vaccaro is hosting a special VSiN show, “Inside Looking Outside,” leading a wide-ranging roundtable discussion with Las Vegas bookmakers. The show airs from 6 to 7 p.m. ET/3 to 4 p.m PT on SiriusXM 204. A video simulcast will be available on VSiN.com. (https://www.vsin.com/)


“It will be pretty loose and we’ll have a lot of fun with it,” Vaccaro said.


One of Las Vegas’ most prominent bookmakers for more than 40 years, Vaccaro and Michael Gaughan opened the Barbary Coast sports book in 1979. He also ran the MGM and Golden Nugget books in the 1980s before helping Steve Wynn open The Mirage sports book in 1989. Vaccaro rejoined Gaughan, the South Point owner, in an oddsmaker role four years ago.


Vaccaro will be joined on Wednesday’s show by Chris Andrews, Nick Bogdanovich, Chuck Esposito and Vinny Magliulo. (The Westgate’s Jay Kornegay was scheduled to attend but was forced to cancel because of another obligation.)


Andrews, the South Point sports book director since February 2016, has been a Nevada bookmaker for 25 years.


Bogdanovich is the William Hill sports book director, and Esposito runs the Sunset Station sports book.


Magliulo directed two major sports books, including Caesars Palace, during his 38 years of experience in the casino industry. He’s the sports book director for Gaughan Gaming and a VSiN oddsmaker.


The show will explore how sports books are run, and shed light on the personal lives of the men who run the books.


“It’s a lot about the background of the guys on the show,” Vaccaro said. “Where did you come from and how did you get in this racket?”

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