Posts From James Bernardo

Apr.06.17. Watch our interview with “Hit King” Pete Rose on Vimeo

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Now’s the best time to watch our full interview with Pete Rose following the premiere of our documentary, “Now Place Your Bets” where Pete played a major role. Pete’s interview contains all of the back story and interesting sidelights about his life

Aug.29.16. Sports betting contest gets rolling

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Last Friday August 26, I paid a visit to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to witness the kickoff of their SuperContest weekend. This annual pro football handicapping contest, to my understanding, started in the late eighties and has persisted over the years

Jul.20.16. Horse racing at Del Mar

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Long before sports betting drew national interest with the growth in popularity of the professional sports leagues, people had for decades eagerly flocked to race tracks across the country to lay their bets on horse races. This national pastime has played a pivotal

Jul.05.16. Vegas Dave bets $1 Million on MMA Fight

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I caught a ride with Vegas Dave (Dave Oancea)  tonight as he drove on the Las Vegas Strip. Mainly, I asked him about his recent $1 Million wager on the Tate-Nunes MMA fight slated for Saturday, July 9 at the new

Jul.02.16. Jim Bobbera recounts his days at the Stardust with Lefty Rosenthal

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Not a lot of people can claim working with Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal during the glory days of the Stardust Casino like Jim Bobbera can. From 1968 till 2014, Mr. Bobbera was a fixture of Las Vegas’ marquee casinos  from the Stardust, Dunes

Jun.17.16. Interview with Pinnacle CEO Jessica Davis

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Recently, producer Dennis Tobler and I sat down with no less than Pinnacle CEO Jessica Davis to talk about the history and growth of sports book operations in the Caribbean Islands since the mid-1990s. Ms. Davis started in the industry working for World Wide

May.25.16. Interview with Norm Kelly

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Veteran handicapper and sports book manager Norm Kelly joined us today for an interview, and we were truly delighted. He spoke with energy and authority on the topic he devoted his personal and professional life on–race and sports handicapping. He also offered

Apr.19.16. Follow up with Dave Oancea

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Yesterday, we followed up with Dave Oancea, or “Vegas Dave” on his recent streak of bet wins, including a record-setting futures bet win of $2.5 Million on the Kansas City Royals for the 2015 World Series, his $2.3 Million futures win on

Mar.04.16. The Frank Cullotta interview

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Yesterday, we sat down with former Las Vegas mobster Frank Cullotta for a big interview. Frank was a key player in the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang that committed rampant criminal acts here in Las Vegas during the late 70s and

Feb.10.16. Super Bowl 50 with Daniel Shaver & April Renee

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For Super Bowl 50, we were fortunate to spend two days with a lovely couple from Kansas City, Daniel Shaver and April Renee, who came to Las Vegas to wager on the big game and bask in all the excitement. Vibrant and energetic,