Re(1): Does anyone remember the $988k Pick 6 Heist at Palm Beach JA in the mid 1980's? Posted on June 22, 2017 at 12:31:40 PM by Tom D.
Hi - My name is Tom Dietz and from 1976 to 1980 I worked at Newport and also at West Palm Beach before it burned down. As I recall, Arthur Silvester Sr. (not Jr.) was married to a lady named Rose Gallo. Randy was related to her, not sure but I think he was her nephew.
Randy was a nice guy who loved to gamble and was always looking for an edge. For a time he was one of the handicappers who put their selections at the bottom of the program page. He would deliberately put bad trifecta numbers so as not to lower the payoffs of the good numbers when he was playing a list, which was quite often. I was also a handicapper and took pride in getting the right numbers. He would often try to talk me into putting in bad numbers to sway bettors.
To make a long story short I testified before a grand jury in 1980 and the case went to court in 1981. Randy and a co-worker were cleared of sports bribery charges but I think they may have lost their licenses later on.
Needless to say, that was the end of my employment at Newport. Looking back, it still boggles my mind as to how many schemes and scams were going on there. Absolutely nothing involving players, but all sorts of shenanigans involving the mutuel deparment and other stuff. Not to mention burning WPB down but that's a whole story by itself.