ANZPT Melbourne: Off to the races
You'll have to forgive us if we're a little distracted today. You see, betting on sports is not just an Australian pastime...it's a religion. And this time of the year that means the Spring Racing Carnival. If you were wandering through the city this morning and you were impressed to see a surprisingly high number of well-dressed young ladies adorned with colourful fascinators parading around the city, then I'm sorry, that doesn't happen every day!
Today the girls are off to Moonee Valley racecourse for the running of the annual Cox Plate. It's Australia's premier weight for age race and the third richest race in the country with a history dating back to 1922.
Many of yesterday's ANZPT players will be heading to the track today for a day on the punt with Green Moon and Pierro battling for favouritism in the big race. Although perhaps there are a few other horses which may be more suitable for poker players to bet on. Shoot Out at 19/1 seems an appropriate poker-themed choice and for those a little more optimistic perhaps a dollar on Happy Trails at 51/1. Then again, knowing the way that poker players roll, perhaps All Too Hard would be the best poker-themed bet at 10/1. The Cox Plate jumps at 5:15pm this afternoon.
The Spring Racing Carnival itself kicked off in late September and runs through until late November with hundreds of races spread throughout the state of Victoria, highlighted, of course, by the internationally celebrated Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November. The total prize money for the carnival is estimated to be in excess of $40 million.
So while we'll be having a few cheeky bets on the races this afternoon, our true religion lays within the walls of the Crown Poker Room. The sports betting industry is massive in Australia and is widely accepted publicly, and while betting at poker offers many similarities, it is still largely misunderstood by the general public. Hopefully one day that will change, and it will be poker carnivals rather than racing carnivals that everyone will be talking about.