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Re(3): Birds of a feather?

Buddy B was a decent guy. I’ve chatted with him a few times during the final years at Hartford. Some could challenge that he very well could make that list. People forget that there was an initiative to bring slots to the parimutel facilities in CT. Hartford was already beginning to build out areas on the second floor to house the machines. The building abruptly stopped because no way slots were coming or getting approved.. It is said that Berenson would have closed a few years earlier if there was no talk of slots. Imagine just sitting back watching what you built up dwindle before your eyes. Defeat was already established shortly after the strike. Just like every fronton owner back then they wanted the low hanging fruit of casino gambling to “ save “ the sport. Berenson was no exception to this. One final note on this. Everyone can beat up on management at OJA but keep a few things in mind. The two man sham was without a doubt a very sleazy way of ending jai alai there. The defense if any would have to be that OJA would never see the promise of any other gambling besides parimutel. During the 2 man sham and many years prior OJA was losing millions. That should be enough satisfaction to anyone critical of the ridiculous business practices they had, One final final note. I recently read that the current owners of the property at OJA want to build an entertainment facility with poker and sports betting. No way this will happen with Disney right down the road. They will fight that out for years in court.


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