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The Final Super Sunday at the Stardust Sports Book

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 8th February 2006 9:07am
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The LV Sun has a great story about the final Super Bowl Sunday at the Stardust before it closes to make way for Echelon Resort. Here's an excerpt:

The word "Nostalgia" is not often incorporated into a description of sports betting, but there was a melancholy mood early Super Bowl Sunday at an otherwise busy Stardust race and sports book.

Sunday marked the last Super Bowl for the history-laden Stardust sports book, which opened amid much fanfare in 1975 (a priceless photo of a pair of showgirls pulling a horse through the hotel to mark that occasion is nailed to a wall near the men's room). By the end of this year the Stardust, which opened in 1958, will be closed; in its place eventually will stand the $4 billion Echelon Place.

Celebrity athletes and actors ranging from Jim Brown to Jimmie "J.J." Walker have graced the Stardust book over the years. But its enduring legacy will be that it helped spark the advent of sports-betting shows on AM radio. The Stardust Line debuted on KDWN 720-AM in 1978 and, boosted by 50,000 watts of power, was heard in 12 states at a time when sports-betting was a largely underground practice.



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