Surfing around twitter yesterday we noticed the following tweet:
It would be easy to say there's "another whiner complaining about the rake" in horse racing. Ho hum.
But it's not from a racing customer. It's from a sports bettor that we in racing wish we had betting our game.
Steve Fezzik is a long time, well respected gambler. Unlike many sports bettors who handicap to make their betting decisions, Steve focuses on line shopping. Takeout is everything to people like him, and it's clear from his tweet that he doesn't think much about horse racing. Whatever your views are about takeout, I think we can all agree that having a sports bettor who bets tens of thousands a day "LOL" because our game is akin to Keno is not a positive position for our sport.
Sports bettors and poker players - an estimated $500B betting market - should have a home in horse racing. It's up to racing, not them, to make it so.
For background about how sports bettors see and view betting on horse racing, please see this article.