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article imageAll Bets Are Off on Gambling Going to the Dogs Special

By Carol Forsloff     Jan 11, 2010 in Lifestyle
Gambling may be man's favorite sport, but for some venues it isn't, particularly in this recession. If you're a betting man (or woman), these bad times signal trouble in the race to win, especially when it comes to man's best friend.
Larry Smith is a Greyhound owner of 100 dogs in various places across the country. When asked about the recession's effect on the sport of dog racing, he said, "It's really not good these days. And it's not just the recession. When gambling became legal, the casinos became popular. That cut into the business of dog and horse racing. Dog racing was affected the most. Now the recession adds to the problem."
Smith has been in the business of dog racing for 20 years. Although he lives in Portland, most of the races are said to be in the South. Smith says, "Not a lot of business in the Northwest for dog racing. Much of it is in places like Florida."
Can one make a good living? Smith indicated it would be difficult. Just like everything else, earnings depend on a number of factors including the history of the dog, the training, and the location of the race itself. Some winners will make only $50; others can make $2500, but that is no longer the big bucks once considered for the sport, Smith declares.
Casinos, that replaced dog and horse racing as the centers for the gambling industry, aren't faring well either. In 2008 a number of media sources declared the industry once considered recession-proof in fact i s struggling to stay afloat.
So what's the future for gambling, for casinos or for dog racing? You might find the answer in Minnesota. Just two days ago, casino news reported Gary Spivey has been booked for the Island Event Center beginning Friday, January 29. Spivey is known by his fans as having what they consider amazing psychic talents, the news reports. He has been named 'The Modern Day Nostradamus' because of his ability to communicate with the dead. He is also known for his entertaining personality and healing energies. Spivey has appeared on radio and television as well as at live events around the world. Tickets for the event are $20, and with the tickets will come an addition $5 in free slot play. In addition names of ticket holders will be placed into a special drawing to win a free, private reading with Spivey. But isn't that gambling too? Casinos find ways they can sell, but the advantage hasn't helped them get through the recession unscathed, even as gambling elsewhere continues to suffer as well.
But maybe some lucky fellow will win that date with Spivey, learn the future of gambling, the future of the recession, and whether gambling will go to the dogs again.
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