A former professional gambler and a top-rate play-by-play announcer will try their luck in Oklahoma City's crowded sports talk market with a weekend show beginning Saturday.
Bruce Scott, aka “Hookie the Bookie,” and John Brooks, former OU and Oklahoma City Blazers voice, will co-host “The Hookie and Brooksie Show” from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on KGHM-AM 1340, “The Game.” The Saturday shows will air from a Guthrie auto dealership.
Scott, 61, was dubbed “Hookie the Bookie” by Dean Blevins in 1986 on Tulsa Cable's “Sportscene,” which Blevins co-hosted with Bill Land. On that show, a chubby, cigar-smoking man (Larry Egge) was shown in silhouette while Scott called in from Oklahoma City with his weekend football picks. The show later was picked up in Oklahoma City.
Scott, who played golf at OU for four years after attending Northwest Classen High School with Skip Bayless and Craig Humphreys, said he turned gambling into a lucrative profession since leaving the university in 1975 four hours short of his degree. He said he bet on a variety of sports and games, including parlay cards and poker, and would spend months in Las Vegas. But he said he got out of the business in 2008.
“It was a grind, and I was tired,” he said of his career change. “I could see where it was going. I've never been in trouble my whole life.”
Scott now is gambling in a different venue.
“In the last three or four years, I have just been trading stocks ... so I've still been a professional gambler.”