Doc's Sports attends first annual BoDog.com Handicapper Conference and calls it a raging success.
Doc's Sports Jeremy Martin and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana
Everyone in attendance called the event an enormous success. BoDog.com, which is one of the world's top Internet sportsbooks, is already planning next year's conference, which will take place in Las Vegas in May.
"This is the first time someone has organized an event like this and it has been a long time coming," said Doc, who started Doc's Sports way back in 1971. "I give kudos to BoDog for putting on such a big event and having it go off so flawlessly. The great thing about it is that they probably took a loss financially because everything was done first class. Their incentive was not profit - they wanted to bring everyone in the industry together to share ideas with a goal of improving the industry as a whole."
"Why does the industry need this?" questioned BoDog CEO Cole Turner. "Because any industry is stronger if there is an easy way for the industry to network and share knowledge for common benefit. All other industries do it, so its is about time the handicapper industry also did it."
Buzz Daly from Players Choice entertains the crowd.
Later that evening everyone departed to the highly anticipated BoDog Party at the Skin Lounge in the Palms Casino Resort. The event lived up to the hype as those in attendance reported having a blast. Joe Montana made an extended appearance and personally autographed footballs for everyone in the crowd. He was also very accommodating for pictures. George Maloof, part owner of both the Sacramento Kings and the Palms, was seen clutching his autographed ball and smiling from ear to ear.
Not only did the appearance of one of the NFL's all-time greats at a conference highlighting sports wagering prove that the industry is gaining worldwide respect, but the spotlight that displayed the BoDog.com banner brightly on the side of the hotel showed that Vegas might be embracing the online industry instead of fearing it.
BoDog Girls pose for the camera.
The speakers for the second and final day did not disappoint. Montana started the day off at 11 A.M. speaking to a slightly hung over crowd that quickly rose to attention in front of the legendary signal caller. The former QB for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs spoke about Super Bowl glory and his keys to success - not only on the football field, but also for life in general. The day included speeches by Carl Giordano from the Gold Sheet, Greg Taylor from Big Juice Media, Sue Schneider from the River City Group and gambling lawyer Joseph Kelly.
Some of the entertainers at the BoDog party.
Plans originally called for next year's conference to be held in Vancouver, but the venue was changed to Las Vegas due to the incredible success of this year's event. Turner hopes that the entire industry - including BoDog competitors - will be in attendance in May.
"Next year we will likely keep the conference in Vegas and it will be a lot larger with the online poker industry also getting invited," concluded Turner. "BoDog.com Poker and Sports Handicapper Conference 2005 in Vegas next May!"
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