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Friday, August 27, 2010

Hegarty: Horseplayers Disagree With CA Plan to Raise Takeouts

Via the DRF:

The business world generally agrees that the last option for a struggling industry should be raising prices. But the California racing industry is contemplating just that option in legislation that would boost the takeout on exotic and superexotic wagers by 2 or 3 points.

Economists who have studied takeout increases have contended that raises lead to depressed handle, at least when takeout rises above a certain rate. Most significantly, economists say, an increase in takeout reduces the amount of churn, or money available to bettors to wager back into pools, because payoffs are reduced.

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