Vaccaro Leaving Las Vegas

Renowned Las Vegas oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro is leaving the city’s South Point Hotel and Casino to join Rush Street Gaming.

As director of sports marketing at the South Point, Vaccaro was responsible for setting betting lines at one of the last independent bookmaking operations in Nevada, and his 30-plus years of experience in the business is expected to prove instrumental to the success of the sports books Rush Street plans to open next month in Pennsylvania at the company’s SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and its Rivers Casino Pittsburgh—and, if New York legalizes sports betting, at its Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady.

Vaccaro 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 made a stop at the Atlantis sports book in the Bahamas and worked for the Leroy’s and Lucky’s sports book operations in Nevada before coming to South Point in August 2013.