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Stick a fork in it!

Scott, Stu ... wake up!

Four times in a row. That's ridiculous.

What's the purpose of this bet, anyway?
    Attract new folks to the casino?
    Introduce neophytes to jai-alai?
    Re-invigorate lethargic jai-alai fans?
    Put more revenue handle in the till?
Well, it's not doing any of that.

All it's doing is enriching 2 or 3 system bettors. I don't begrudge them their success - they're only playing a fair game that's open to everyone but which, structurally, penalizes the little guy - just the guy you want to attract,

Since May 1, $58,019 has been bet into this pool, producing an MC 'take' of, perhaps, $6,000. In that same time period, you've paid out $33,533 in jackpots - much of it (obviously) as 'makeups,' i.e., MC guarantees. 13 jackpots (including a forceout), 8 of them invoking the MC jackpot guarantee.

It's not about the money. Yes, I realize $2,000 is 'rounding error' at MC. But, it's really painful to watch this. Don't know why it thrills you so. Get rid of it.

While you're at it, dump the sucker-bet Mighty Ocho, too. All that does is put up an impossible outcome with insulting trivial consolations. NOT user-friendly.

A $! (no less) Pick-6 might do it ($1,000 guarantee, if you must). And/or a Pick-4 with carryovers (no jackpot).
    (sadly returns soapbox to corner)


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