Mr. Salerno has enjoyed over forty years in the sports betting business where he served as Chairman of American Wagering, Inc (American Wagering or AWI). AWI operated over 130 Leroy’s Sports Books (Leroy’s) in Nevada. At AWI, Mr. Salerno launched the first computerized sports book platform, Computerized Bookmaking Services (CBS). Under his leadership CBS created the first bookmaking network hub, first self-service race and sports wagering kiosks and first mobile sports betting in the US with the Leroy’s App.
In 2012, American Wagering was acquired by British bookmaker, William Hill, where he served as Chairman of the Board of William Hill US, a position that he held until February 2016.
Mr. Salerno is the Past President of USBookmaking, a sports betting service provider based in Las Vegas, NV. He launched the company in 2016 and built USBookmaking into the leading sports betting company to serve native American casinos.
His industry involvement includes the President of the Nevada Association of Race and Sports Operators and membership in the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association’s leadership committee.
Mr. Salerno has been acknowledged by the casino and sports betting industries. In 2015, he was inducted into the American Gaming Association’s “Gaming Hall of Fame.” In 2020 he was inducted into the Sports Betting Community (SBC) Hall of Fame.
He is a popular contributor on sports betting panels and symposiums throughout the industry because of his unique perspective as an American sports book operator with an extensive background in all areas of sports betting.