Title

Old-time gamblers in Portland say that simulcast racing and Internet betting hav

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

9-17-1998

Pages

10-11, 13

Abstract

Old-time gamblers in Portland say that simulcast racing and Internet betting have turned gaming into just another industry. The defunct Banana Club on Middle Street in Portland was once a social club as well as a gambling club. Simulcasting has taken a toll on racetrack culture, and gamblers are now betting six or eight tracks at the same time. Portland police make few gambling arrests, and "football betting is bigger than anything." Oldtimers with a romantic view of the past contend that technology has taken over gambling and fostered greed and addiction. Includes interviews with gamblers and bookies.

Subjects

Gambling

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