He explained why
the Chiefs were not bettable for several games in the late '60s. Martin said
two or more players were involved in a point-shaving conspiracy. He said they
had an acquaintance bet $1,500 for each of them against themselves. The
acquaintance, naturally, added something of his own. Suddenly a man who was
betting a thousand or two was betting $5,000 or more.
pyramids," Martin said. "The bookie they were dealing with smelled
something so he bet another bookie $10,000, and so on right down the line until
someone in Texas tried to win the whole world. He bet $200,000."
An alarm, a red
light, a siren and sun-spots went off, alerting the betting community to a
probable coup. The Chiefs were taken off the board.
In the course of
our discussion on dumps of the past, Martin mentioned a player whose name rang
an alert-bell in my head. This player once got himself penalized to avert a
late touchdown that would have affected the result for bettors. The player is
the one identified by my confessed dumper as having arranged a fix with 11
Martin said he
was not suspicious of hanky-panky this season nor has he had strong suspicions
since the Chiefs. He said there was an NFL official he was "curious
about." If his curiosity was aroused again he would first check every game
the official worked and then collate that with his memory of where the
important money came from on those games. If there is a significant trend,
Martin said, he would make sure it got back to Commissioner Pete Rozelle
always shows up here," Martin said, meaning that whenever and wherever big
money is bet in America it will be reflected in Las Vegas, meaning with
himself. I asked him why this was so. He cited two reasons that The Mover
gave—few big offices, few of those remaining that will take big bets close to
game time—and a third.
he said. "Some people might not."
What did he mean
He had a parable.
"A few years back the mob declared themselves partners with a bookie in
Baltimore," he said. "This was in the baseball season. The first week
they lost. The second week they lost. The third week they lost. The fourth week
they lost. The fifth week the mob declared itself out. They don't like to