A long-time player who a lot of you know, Joe Riddell was none too pleased:
- Joe Riddell, who regularly wagers on NYRA tracks, said for the over-charging to last 15 months points to real problems with NYRA and the NYSRWB.“We, as an industry, have told our fans that we don’t care,” Riddell said.
The social media aspect of this is something that certainly should not be overlooked. It's a different world now.
For the record, despite some arguable missteps with a tough story, if I had a track I would hire Dan Silver, NYRA's internet dude, in about a second. FWIW.
Thankfully there was a comedic element this afternoon (which is much needed as everyone surely doesn't like this story) and 0_crunk tweeted out the portion of the Angst story above that made me spit out my drink:
- A poster on the paceadvantage.com fan site who goes my the moniker “chickenhead,”
Chicken has been quite a prolific poster on Pace over the years and he is very sharp. I think he's in a tech startup in the Valley or something. He's an interesting guy and one of those people who when he is against your side of an argument, you usually go back to see if you haven't made a mistake.
Update from Frank on twitter
Another dude who is usually good to listen to on betting issues is Scott Ferguson who runs sportsismadeforbetting, and has worked in the gambling industry overseas for some time now. I see he offered out (on twitter) a way for NYRA to help ease the pain of bettors not getting a fair shake - seeded pools.
One way is a Fat Quaddie, which I explained here way back in 2008.
Clearly a 0% rake bet like a Fat Quaddie is not doable here, but maybe they can come up with something.
Regardless, we've been asking New York to do more with their slots cash than just stuff it into purses like they did in Pennsylvania and Canada because when you ignore the demand side, there was no real handle growth. Maybe this will, in the long run, be a good thing for racing.
This is truly one of the more bizarre betting stories I have seen in quite some time.
Have a nice Thursday everyone.