Still They Manage to Eat, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-07


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STILL THEY MANAGE TO EAT. "If the bookmakers who operated on the metropolitan tracks this year won, altogether, 200,000, they did well," said a big pencillcr yesterday. "As a matter of fact you could count the winning bookmakers this year on your fingers. George Rose, Louis Cella, Bill Cowen, George Boles, Abe Levy, Sol Lichteustein, Willie Snow and Eole Pcarsall all quit pretty well ahead of the game, while the others broke about even or lost. In fact, the bookmakers fared -worse this year than ever before, for the reason that the game is no longer easy. The betting public has become very wise and it is simply a matter of the bookie betting his judgment against that of the bettor. There may be twenty starters in a race, but you will find it a hard matter to got a play on more than three or four horses. "That is the case day in and day out. There is no chance to make any money booking unless you hold or lay these choices, for the play on long shots amounts to but very little. Who got all the money this year? Well, if you figure it all up youll find that the kitty, or rather the race tracks and the railroads received the bulk of it, for a regulars expenses daily footed jjp about 5. It is a cinch that the public did not win much, while all of the big plungers, with three or four exceptions, lost heavily. No, the books didnt take all the money by a long,- for if they had you wouldnt see a lot of them hanging around Broadway now with empty pockets." New York Sun.

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