Condon Favors Old-Style Betting, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-08


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CONDON FAVORS OLD-STYLE BETTING. That Jhn Condon does not favor the contemplated system of bookmakiug that it is said will be installed this winter at New Orleaus was made evident when he expressed himself yesterday about it as follows: "I fail to find a valid reason for making the change. To my way of thinking the new style tends only to bring about endless confusion,, and, in most cases the bettor will be the sufferer. For instance, a backer goes into the ring intending to back a certain horse, and 3 to 1 is freely offered by the layers about that particular horse in the upper end of the ring. The bettor, unacquainted with this, looks at several Of the slates nearest to hand and finds the price 2 to 1. By the time lie has been buffeted about considerably lie makes up his mind that this, price is the top quotation, be, makes his bet and squeezes out of the crush. Whin he. finds out that there were better odds to be had he naturally feels sore. Under the old system lie could promptly inform himself as to the place where the best price is quoted. Unless you .are an expert betting commissioner and know thoroughly the ins and outs, you will in most cases accept a shorter figure, rather than chance a roughing in the crowd in a blind effort to get the top figure. Of course, I have not heard that it has been definitely decided to install the new sys teni, and I rather incline to the belief that the directors of both tracks will vote against its adop-. tiou."

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