This interesting article
was published in the Adelaide Mail,
November 7, 1925
WOMEN BETTORS - Banned by Bookmakers
"Women bettors in Victoria
are just as keen as their menfolk, and it is quite common
to see them gambling their fivers, with an accurate
knowledge of the best prices on offer.
As a matter of fact, it is really
astonishing how wonderfully conversant they are with
form. There are isolated cases, too, where they can
reel off pedigrees with the avidity of an expert.
At the Melbourne Cup fixture this
year these women bettors were very bitter, for the reason
that the bookmakers had come to an arrangement that
they would not bet with them.
Frequently were seen refusals to
listen to requests for prices, and the enquirers were
politely told, 'We don't bet with women.'
There was only one alternative,
and that was to get their men friends to undertake the
business for them. Of course they were chagrined at
this turn of events forgetting that it was illegal for
women to wager.
It is assured if the ban continues
that women will be among the chief agitators for the
introduction of the totalisator in the sister State.
Chatting to a prominent bookmaker
on this latest phase, he remarked that the more the
women urged the installation of the machine the better
it would suit them, as then It would be a direct encouragement
for them to wager, and that would be their trump card,
in opposition to the tote.
It was clear that the action
of the bookmakers at Flemington aroused dissent among
the fair sex, and they were soundly condemned for springing
the surprise on them."
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