Sports Betting HOF Class of ‘21 to Be Inducted

The Sports Betting Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2021 at the SBC Summit North America in December. Among the inductees are legendary bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro (l.), of South Point Casino in Las Vegas.

Sports Betting HOF Class of ‘21 to Be Inducted

The Sports Betting Hall of Fame recognizes the outstanding contribution that the industry’s pioneers have made during their illustrious careers.

SBC has now announced the luminaries who make up the Class of 2021:

  • Yolanda Acuña – Former Director of Administration, MGM Resorts
  • Joe Asher – Former CEO, William Hill US
  • Johnny Avello – Director of Race & Sportsbook Operations, DraftKings
  • Joe Brennan Jr – Former Chairman, IMEGA
  • Jimmy Vaccaro – Legendary Las Vegas Bookmaker / Sports Marketing Director, South Point Hotel & Casino

The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on the second evening of the SBC Summit North America, the sports betting and iGaming industry event, which takes place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, November 30 to December 2.

All delegates at the conference will have full access to the induction ceremony and party at the Coaches Club at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Sue Schneider, SBC’s Vice President of Growth and Strategy, Americas, said, “Each of these inductees has made an amazing contribution to the industry. Inducting them into the Hall of Fame recognizes their efforts.”

The new inductees bolster the U.S. industry representation in the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, which started with Class of 2019 members Art Manteris (retired VP Race and Sports Book Operations, Station Casinos), Dennis Drazin (CEO, Monmouth Park), and Chris Christie (former NJ Governor).

They were joined last year by Victor Salerno (President, USBookmaking & US Fantasy Sports), Raymond Lesniak (former NJ State Senator), Roxy Roxborough (Legendary Las Vegas Oddsmaker), Sara Slane (former Sr. VP, American Gaming Association), and Jay Rood (SVP, Risk & Trading, Bally’s Interactive).

SBC launched the Sports Betting Hall of Fame in 2016 in order to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of personalities who have brought lasting success to the industry.