Yep, here’s a first in the history of the Busted Coverage Cuff ‘Em series. Meet your first 19-year-old sports bookie. Nope, not some bro making coin on the side. Her name is Briana Rios and she might be the youngest female bookie in gambling history, according to Florida cops. And here we figured teen girls were just interested in Jersey Shore and going to the mall. Yo, Briana, what was the spread in last night’s Knicks-76ers game?
Briana Rios, 19, is charged with bookmaking and running a gambling house. It was run out of Transfer Xpress, a money transfer store on Pembroke Road in Hollywood that was shut down in a raid a few months ago, authorities said in a Broward County courtroom Friday.
Indeed it was, according to Rios’ ex-boyfriend, Jose Solis, who says she was bringing in $10,000 a day or more. Bookies are often paid 10 percent of the wager, which means Rios could have been pulling in a profit that would prorate to about $300,000 a year.
“She’s young. She’s a little girl. She’s 19 years old,” Solis said. “She didn’t know what she was doing at the moment.”
She didn’t know what she was doing before the judge at one moment either on Friday. After Hurley said that bets were placed for the NFL and NBA, Rios incriminated herself by finishing his sentence by adding “hockey” to his list.
“OK. Thanks for filling in the gap there, Ma’am,” he responded.
Rios was allegedly taking bets between October and December 2011. That’s right, NFL and college football season. But let’s stop for a minute and call bullshit on this story. You and I both know she didn’t have the money or brains to start a bookie business.
Of course she’s not going to rat out the dude behind the business. She’s afraid of having her throat slashed. The court should have her take a quick test. “What’s a vig?” She answers correctly, jail. Doesn’t know or can’t figure out what your asking, Rios walks free.