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Old 03-05-2018, 06:21 PM   #158
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Originally Posted by cj View Post
This was tried after the Fix 6 scandal. Betting stopped either at post time or as the first horse was loaded in the gate. There were apparently a bunch of dumbass bettors that were too dumb to figure it out and kept getting shut out, at least that is what we were told. So it went away pretty quickly as handle was allegedly being hurt. I don't remember if there were numbers to back it up.

Of course it would have sorted itself out in due time but tracks have no real incentive to close the pools any sooner than the last possible second.
The improvement will come by stopping all the forms of off track betting (including batch processing) while keeping the on track open for a few more minutes.
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