1st year of Reno Air Race betting marred by crash

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Posted: Sep 17, 2011 3:29 PM
1st year of Reno Air Race betting marred by crash

A Nevada plane crash that killed three people and injured more than 50 others has cast a pall on the first time gamblers were allowed to bet on the Reno Air Race at casinos.

Terry Cox of the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino's sports book in Reno said Saturday that betting was called off after Friday's deadly crash cancelled the rest of the event.

Cox says the casino had long wanted to offer betting on what he calls a signature event in northern Nevada. He says the Nevada Gaming Control Board had approved the Peppermill's application within the past year.

Cox says a few dozen bets were placed before the crash happened, with more expected in advance of Sunday's championship races.

No bettors lost money.