60 Minutes Did An Investigation Of On Line Poker. Here it is in two parts:
Transcript for the video can be found here.
I still have to laugh that the Kahnawake Reservation isn't in Canada. Kind of like the Vatican isn't in Italy.
Internet poker is an $18 billion per year business. Interesting is how it took off after some dude made $2.3 million on TV. Horse racing doesn't have that going for it. You have to spend too much time to be good, and to be good means that you will probably still lose money in the long run thanks to the enormous track takeout in racing.
The jurisdictional issues are the only arguments racing can put up as to why a gambler should bet horses online instead of sports or poker offshore. If a player gets ripped off, there is nothing he or she can do to ensure that they will get their money back because you can't get the law involved. However, in the case on 60 minutes, the players who were cheated did get back the 20 million they lost.
Bottom line, online poker should be legal and regulated in Canada and the USA. The idiotic governments are missing out in huge potential tax revenues. Players are losing money offshore, when they can easily lose onshore.
And the unconstitutional ban on poker in the USA hasn't helped the racing industry at all, as bettors are still able to bet offshore if they want, and even if some aren't, they are still staying away from the overpriced form of gambling horse racing is offering right now.
As for cheating. Drugs in horse racing put the odd poker cheating story to shame. And you still have to wonder about fixed races as well. Just look how slow the second and third at Woodbine went yesterday. They were both at least 2 seconds slower than they should have been in light of the times for the rest of the card.
Jen Morrison raises some questions regarding the third race and the jockeys standings in her post today. I don't know, maybe Simon Husbands thought he was being filmed by PETA.
UPDATE, here is the race on YOUTUBE:
Too bad we don't have exchange betting in Canada right now. There would be a lot of action on the top jockey at Woodbine as Jim McAleney and Patrick Husbands are tied with five days to go.
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7/8th Dashes To Begin At Woodbine Harness Tonight. The 7/8th distance is a good idea because it may cause the horses who use the best drugs to get in more trouble than in a mile race. This should even out the playing field a bit, but not enough to stop the disparity between the outfits that spend thousands in vet bills a month (and win most of the races) versus the outfits that don't.
CHECK OUT FREE PAST PERFORMANCES AT THOROUGHBRED BLOGGER'S ALLIANCE
I've mentioned before that there are a few stables that pay for a service that allows the public to see the past performances of races in which they participate.
Thoroughbred Blogger's Alliance has put together a search system which allows one to check out free past performances for these outfits by track. CHECK IT OUT.
Also available at the TBA homepage are Stake Past Performances. Go to the lower right hand corner of the page.