Friday, February 20, 2009

Poker Goes to the Dogs

Prof. Duncan Black, who blogs under the non de plume "Atrios" at the always-entertaining and often snarky Eschaton, is fond of referring to the stock market as a "dog track."

Here in Pensacola we have an old, authentic dog track. Now, all of you investors can gamble at poker there, too, while you lose money on the dogs as well as the stock market:
The Escambia County Commission voted 3-2 to allow poker at Pensacola Greyhound Track, reversing a December vote.
Of course, this is not about making money off desperate people who can't afford it. "First and foremost," the head of the track prevaricates for the News Journal, "this was about saving jobs and creating them."

Mark O'Brien seems to buy that. Speaking of suckers, we have a sleepy three-legged dog for him to bet on while he tries to fill that inside straight.


Anonymous said...

I for one am glad to finaly see poker come to Pensacola. Its about time.Almost every dog trak in this state now has a poker room. I would rather see the money stay here in Pensacola than go to biloxi, Atmore, or louisiana AS an advid poker player it saves travle and time. Since i was a kid my grandparents took me to the dog track. While i dont gamble on the races i love the game of poker and consider myself to be an abpove avg player. now if only Pensacola would put in a real casino. It would create jobs and revenue for this city. improve tourism, and help our local econemy. not just in gaming but in construction as well as many other outside industrys.

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