A renowned Las Vegas oddsmaker is returning home.
“We’re thrilled to bring Jimmy back home to Pennsylvania,” Bill Keena, Rivers general manager, said in a press release.
“When it comes to sports betting — customer experience, operational excellence, setting the odds — Jimmy is the gold standard.”
Vaccaro lands in Pittsburgh
For decades, Vaccaro was a sports betting mainstay in Sin City. Most recently he served as South Point Casino’s director of sports marketing. In November, though, word leaked that he was on his way out, to join Rush Street Gaming in Pennsylvania.
Now, according to the release, Vaccaro will “advise and further develop Rivers Sportsbook.”
Homecoming for new director
Vaccaro worked with over a dozen sportsbooks during his time in Vegas, including at The Mirage, where Vaccaro helped launch a sportsbook.
At South Point, he ran an independent sportsbook that became renowned for posting its own lines without relying on other casinos or bookmaking services.
According to the press release, Vaccaro noted that his industry legend status stems being “first and foremost a sports bettor.”
“That’s what makes sports betting fun,” Vaccaro said. “Fans of the movies will often guess the ending, but for sports fans, no two games are alike.”
Rivers already in driver’s seat
The Pittsburgh casino debuted its sports book in mid–December, the same day as SugarHouse, to join Hollywood Sportsbook as the first PA sports betting operations.
In its first month, Rivers led the three-sportsbook state with $1,066,157 in PA sports betting revenue from $5,581,553 in accepted wagers. Of course, the book also had the benefit of not having to pay out a bunch of Philadelphia Eagles Wild Card Weekend tickets like SugarHouse Casino did.
Certainly, that hold of 19.1 percent won’t last. But with Vaccaro joining the squad, Rivers appears to be in prime position to remain the state leader in sports betting.