Can you imagine how many spectators there would be at Polo events if there were some form of gambling associated with the sport. For hundreds of years there has been betting on horse racing and on the trotters. The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont Stakes are always sold out and these annual events bring many tens of thousands of people to the venue and create economic benefit to the surrounding areas.
It would be interesting to attempt to develop a handicapping system and a wagering system licensed and taxed by the governing body of each state, province or country benefiting everyone in the game. As a lover of everything Polo and a gambler at heart I thought I would share my thought for the day. Any comments would be appreciated.
Not going to happen. There are too many conflicts
of interest. We watch teams that are throwing games today to get better seeding
in an ensuing tournament. Most of the pros switch from team to team with the
regularity of the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. There are horse
sales to be considered; long -term contracts; club management contracts, etc.
The handicapping part of it is easy, I did it
twenty years ago at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, but there is no control
over a handful of free-lance professionals who are virtually looking for a new
job after every tournament.
Alex, I truly didn't think it through, just had that little light bulb go off in my head and without much thought put fingers to the keyboard. Thanks for your comments and the reality check. Allan
It isn't anything that hasn't been approached before, but an
ungoverned human element is its undoing. Imagine the illegalities of releasing
information on injured football players and how valuable that information is to
bookies and odds makers across the country. Now imagine how valuable the
information on the fitness or soundness of the players horses might be--forget
about the player himself!