Western Pennsylvania native and renowned Las Vegas oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro has returned to his hometown as director of sports relations for Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. Vaccaro, a sports wagering luminary, will advise and further develop Rivers Sportsbook, which opened at the casino in December.
For many followers and fans of sports betting, Vaccaro is a household name. Most recently, he was director of sports marketing for South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, where he had been since 2013. He’s also a frequent expert commentator on CNN, ESPN and social media on all matters of sports betting and oddsmaking.
Vaccaro began his storied Las Vegas casino career in the 1970s as a blackjack dealer at the Royal Inn, where he became that property’s first sports book manager. In the nearly five decades that followed, Vaccaro held a series of sports book leadership roles with Mirage, MGM Grand, Golden Nugget and Barbary Coast, among others.