Poker has managed to find its way to many places throughout the world since it is commonly featured on five of the world’s continents. But one place that you don’t find a whole lot of poker being played at is horse races and greyhound tracks. However, that trend could change due to a new twist at a greyhound track in Pensacola, Florida.
Realizing the lack of jobs in the area and the fact that there are no new jobs for these people to go to, Escambia Country officials voted 3-2 in favor of allowing a huge poker room to be put at the Pensacola Greyhound Track. The vote is no doubt controversial since the poker room combined with greyhound betting will create somewhat of a gambling extravaganza in Pensacola. But it is a move that needed to be made in the eyes of three of the officials involved in the vote.
After all, Pensacola has been hit hard by the loss of jobs just like other parts of the United States and they needed a way to create new ones. In fact, the amount of jobs at the track had fallen down to just 35 and this ruling will ensure that at least 150 new jobs will be added at the Pensacola Greyhound Track due to the poker room alone.
If adding a poker room at this greyhound track proves to be a success, it could be possible that other places will follow in Escambia County’s footsteps. The idea of being able to not only play poker, but watch and bet on live races in the same place is very appealing. I would definitely like to see poker rooms added at some of the tracks in my area too!