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You know, it took me two years of lobbying but we can use our cell phones in the books. “Yes honey, I will stop at the store.” “No, I didn’t blow all my money and I will be home soon.”

There are many more conversations I have been privy too that I can’t repeat. I am going to start a new lobby I doubt I can pull off, but will make an attempt to because it’s very important for the future success of the race books in Nevada.

So directors and casino execs, pay attention!

I am no Frank Luntz or Rasmussen but I can take a poll and I did. My poll consisted of real bettors in the process of making wagers at several books throughout the city. I asked one question “Would you like to be able to get cash back for your bets or just comps to the restaurants?”

I would say I had to ask around 150 bettors and it wasn’t 60% or 75% but 100% – yes, they would like to have the option.

I asked, if you could get money back what would you do with it? And, 100% said they would bet it back at the windows rather than let it sit there or use for food.

The biggest complaint was using points in the sports book to get bets and the slot players have money in their accounts every week, while we get squat.

One player, who I know wagers on a daily basis, was walking outside to make a cell phone call and I asked what he thought. He said, “Wait ‘til I call this bet into North Dakota and I’ll tell you.”

You see, North and South Dakota have legal rebate shops linked to the race tracks and they give big money back for your bets. That’s just one of many things hurting the books in Nevada.

The guy comes in after betting around $1,000 in horse bets, most of which were pick fours and trifectas. He tells me he will get over $100 cash back in his account – win or lose – the next day from those bets. If he bet them in the book he would receive around $20 in food comps. He’d rather buy his own food wherever he wants to go.

The bottom line is we are in the 21st century. If the big executives don’t pull their heads out of the sand we will just fall deeper into the pit we are in.

Now I love the books here in town – free parking, free drinks. However, bettors can stay at home, use their lap tops and cell phones, and have big bucks put right back into their accounts the very next day so they can just roll the money over.

While they are home eating some pop corn in their smoke free living room, watching the races on TVG and having a beer, their car is safely tucked away in the garage. They can take care of the kids and the dogs while their wife or significant other can go shopping with her buds.

There are some good bets coming up this week in preseason football starting Thursday, Aug. 18 when the Eagles try to send a message to cross state rival Pittsburgh. I think they will. Take Philadelphia.

There are several good bets on Friday. I like the Colts to cover over the Redskins who have gone 3-16 as a dog in their last 19 games in that position. Last week they opened as a one point dog and the game ended up a pick so I didn’t count it.

The Miami Dolphins have won Game 2 in the preseason five straight years, while Carolina has four straight losses and a 0-6-1 ATS mark in their last seven preseason road games. Play Miami.

Also on Friday the Chiefs, who have won just three of their last 29 preseason games, go to Baltimore and get whacked. This game looks too easy. Take the Ravens.

Other teams I like: Packers over Arizona, Saints over New Orleans, The Raiders-Denver’s game OVER, Minnesota’s game OVER.

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