Dave Cokin is a sports betting legend and WagerTalk.com, TV host Kelly Stewart sits down with him to go back in time and discuss on the major difference between Vegas in the 1980’s and today.
About Dave Cokin:
If standing the test of time matters, Smokin’ Dave Cokin earns a big check mark as one who has withstood the rigors of handicapping sports professionally for 36 years and counting.
Dave has literally been around sports gambling for virtually his entire life. His experience was initially on the other side of the counter in Rhode Island, where he was born and raised. Dave began the process of switching sides in 1981 after winning the National Handicappers Bowl, which was featured in Pro Football Weekly, and decided at that point that it was time to start making the move to Las Vegas.
Dave’s entry into the Las Vegas media side of the equation began with a guest appearance on Lee Pete’s popular late night sports gambling show that emanated at the time from the Frontier Hotel and was broadcast on a 50,000 watt car channel that was picked up clearly in virtually all the western states. That led to syndicated columns in numerous national publications, and eventually a network gig with the Sports Fan Radio Network. SFRN featured “The Pete Rose Show” on which Dave served as the Hit King’s co-host, and he was also a part of several other programs on that network. Dave also received high visibility as part of the panel on “Proline”, which aired for decades on the USA Cable Network.
A member of the Nevada Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and a two-time winner of the state’s Sportscaster of the Year Award, Dave is still on the mic Monday through Friday each week on “The Las Vegas Sportsline” which airs on ESPN Las Vegas.
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