Roxy Roxborough

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Michael "Roxy" Roxborough
Roxy Roxborough on the Las Vegas Strip, 2015.
OccupationAmerican odds maker, syndicated columnist, teacher and author.

Michael "Roxy" Roxborough (1951) is an American odds maker, syndicated columnist, teacher and author. He is best known as founder and owner of Las Vegas Sports Consultants (1982–1999), the international odds making company licensed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Roxborough is credited with introducing mathematical formulas and computer models to the multi-billion dollar sports wagering industry. The Las Vegas Review-Journal listed Roxborough number two in its list of the most influential people in sports of the 20th century.[1][2][3][4][5]

Roxborough was a co-founder of American Wagering Inc, the first U.S. bookmaking company to be listed on a public stock exchange in 1996 (Nasdaq: BETM). He served as a director from the company's inception until March 11, 1998. The company was subsequently purchased by UK Bookmakers William Hill PLC.[6]

With partner Benjamin Lee Eckstein in 1986, Roxborough co-founded “America’s Line,” a daily newspaper sports odds column syndicated by Universal Press in 1988 appearing in more than 120 North American newspapers.[7]

Roxborough and Mike Rhoden co-authored “Sports Book Management: A Guide to the Legal Bookmaker”, originally published in 1988 and updated in 1991 and 1998 (OCLC 40281354).[8] The 112 page book was a text for the college course Race and Sports Book Management that Roxborough taught at the College of Southern Nevada (formerly Clark County Community College) as part of the Casino Management curriculum.

Roxborough was a partner in the 1997 Sprint Champion and Eclipse Award winning thoroughbred race horse Smoke Glacken.[9]

The novel Gambling on Magic by Christopher G. Moore (Heaven Lake Press) was loosely based on Roxborough's life.[10]

Roxborough is featured in the 2016 sports gambling documentary The Best of It.[11][12]


The 50 Greatest Sports Figures in Nevada History.[13]

The 50 Most Important People in Sports.[14]

The 10 Most Influential People in Gaming.[15]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Tuley, Dave. "Profiling Roxy Roxborough, a Las Vegas Legend". ESPN. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Michael (8 September 2005). "Football Bettors Put Billions on the Line". USA Today. Retrieved 7 September 2005.
  3. ^ Martin, Jeremy. "Sports Betting: Past, Present and Future". Doc's Sports Service.
  4. ^ Sylvester, Ron. "A look at 6 legendary Las Vegas sports book figures". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  5. ^ Clarke, Norm. "Power of Love gala to celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ "SEC Info - American Wagering, Inc". SEC Info.
  7. ^ Eckstein, Benjamin Lee. "About America's Line". America's Line.
  8. ^ "Are there any good books or articles on sports gambling topics?". Sportswire. Archived from the original on 2012-09-17.
  9. ^ Siraco, Ralph. "Columnist Ralph Siraco: Fans, experts mostly agree on best horses for 1997". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  10. ^ Moore, Christopher. "Gambling on Magic". Heaven Lake Press. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  11. ^ "The Best Of It (Cast Notes)". Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  12. ^ "In-Depth Film Extra: Roxy Roxborough Moving the Betting Line". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  13. ^ "The 50 Greatest Sports Figures in Nevada History". Sports Illustrated. 27 December 1999.
  14. ^ Tuley, Dave. "Profiling Roxy Roxborough, a Las Vegas Legend". ESPN. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  15. ^ Scott, David (10 July 1993). "Giving Gaming a Polished Image". Daily Racing Form.