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Congress could trump Vegas on college book

Updated: March 14, 2001, 4:25 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

It's late March 2002 and Bally's sports book director John Avello sits at his desk recalling what business was like a year earlier.

He remembers how people streamed through the doors at 6 a.m. and didn't leave until 9 p.m. The screaming, the chest bumping and the lines that went 10 gamblers deep.

Avello is clearly in denial now. He's still shocked from the absence of the 64 color-coded books that once covered his desk and floor. And he's equally disturbed every time he steps out of ...

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