UNLV Gaming Law Journal


Jimmy Vaccaro is one of the most prominent figures in the sports betting industry. Mr. Vaccaro began his climb in Las Vegas casino industry in 1975, starting off as a blackjack dealer at the Royal Inn. Due to his knowledge of the sports betting industry, Mr. Vaccaro was given the opportunity to open one of the first sports books in Las Vegas at the Barbary Coast under the direction of Michael Gaughan. Since then, Mr. Vaccaro had his hand in operating several sports books throughout Las Vegas casinos such as the MGM, Golden Nugget, The Mirage, and South Point. Throughout his career, Mr. Vaccaro has been featured on national TV programs including ESPN and CNN. Mr. Vaccaro is one of the select few individuals that had a personal hand in building the Las Vegas sports betting industry to what it is today and certainly has the personal insight into its history. We are pleased to present Mr. Vaccaro's Oral History and are willing to bet that you will find it as interesting and exciting as we did.

Publication Citation

9 UNLV Gaming L.J. 17 (2019).