Even before the state of Florida raised the limits on its poker rooms, it could be argued that the non-essential part of a dog-racing track was, uh, the dogs. At least three dog tracks now make more money from their onsite poker rooms than they do from their greyhounds, with one track having a whopping $4.4M (poker) v. $213K (dog) revenue ratio. As a local animal rights activist points out: “Dog tracks are becoming poker rooms that happen to have dogs running in circles.” And considering several dogs die on the track every year, while no one has yet to be killed by a pair of pocket aces, well, you can see where this is leading. Read more.
Florida lawmakers pull the plug (again) on gambling bill
March 13, 2018