At that time, the Stardust was the center of the sports betting universe. Opening lines and line movements were the news of the day, and like those reporters, there were plenty of people on hand awaiting those numbers. Many of those people were paid to be there, including a heavyset gentleman who reported back to Roxborough.
When the lines went up, the chaos began.
“Right outside the Stardust, they had a bank of telephones,” Kaminsky said. “Once the numbers went up, it was a race to write those numbers down and run to the phone. There were more people than there were phones.
“Being as our guy probably weighed 320 pounds, I’m guessing he wasn’t first too many times.”
The point here is that the Stardust line influenced the line at all the other sportsbooks.