Education: Playing To Win in Vegas

On the afternoon of Oct. 18, 1988, two University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball players, David Butler and Moses Scurry, walked through the casino at Caesars Palace and out to the pool to have lunch with a man they knew as Sam Perry. As Perry rose to greet the two, he drew a wad of cash from his pocket and peeled off a bill for each of them. "I gave them a hundred bucks, so what?" Perry told Art Ross, a professional coach who was sitting with Perry. "Everybody does it. It keeps them out of trouble."

The man Butler and Scurry...

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