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Women And Gambling article 1925

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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