Learn the history of sports betting at Las Vegas' Mob Museum

Learn the history of sports betting at Las Vegas' Mob Museum
The Mob Museum's courtroom will be the scene for a new discussion on sports betting on Jan. 21. (Jeff Green)

Get the low down on all things involved with the history of sports betting at an presentation at the Mob Museum, the downtown Las Vegas shrine to all things involved with organized crime and law enforcement.

The museum on Jan. 21 wil host a Courtroom Conversation called "Beating the Line: The Inside Story on Sports Betting in America."


Sports betting has been legal in Las Vegas since 1931. The panel of experts for this talk will describe colorful moments from the history of sports gambling.

Panel members are:

--former Gaming Control Board official Pete Bernhard,
--legal sports gambling expert Barry Lieberman,
--Station Casinos sports book director Art Manteris, and
--professional sports bettor and media commentator Ted Sevransky.

The panel will talk about the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 as well as the World Cup betting scheme of 2014. On top of that, members will look at how organized crime has a history of controlling illegal bookmaking and fixing boxing matches across the country.

It's estimated that illegal wagering is a $400 billion underground business.

In recent decades, Nevada's race and sports book industry has worked to maintain the integrity of sports by sniffing out attempts to influence games. In 1998, it alerted authorities to the Arizona State point-shaving scandal.

Sports betting is legal in four states - Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana - but takes place in only one,  Nevada.

Tickets for the event cost $25.

Info: Mob Museum, at (702) 229-2734