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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.
"It 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 teammates.
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 somehow.
"The money 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.
"We pay," he said. "Some people might not."
What did he mean by that?
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 lose."