Brett Kitching with a new TAB machine installed at the Bundamba track.
Brett Kitching with a new TAB machine installed at the Bundamba track. Sarah Harvey

New betting machines installed

IF YOU stopped going to the races because you preferred PubTABs, you might be in for a pleasant surprise next time you go to Ipswich racetrack.

Ipswich Turf Club (ITC) has installed in bars the same Galaxy machines used in TABs, to give people another reason to come to the track.

ITC general manager Brett Kitching said the club was the first in Queensland to use the betting machines that replace the manual ticket seller machines.

They would have been used last Friday, however, the meeting had to be called off because of the heavy rain on race morning.

They will be available for this Friday and Saturday’s double-header race meetings, provided the weather is kind and they go ahead.

“Everything is the same as the PubTAB. We’re basically turning the bars into betting areas,” Mr Kitching said.

“Everyone who has been to a PubTAB will already be comfortable with them.

“We’ll have the information screens you see in PubTABs as well.”

He said the machines would be able to handle a bet every five seconds compared to one in 20 seconds for a ticket seller.

“They are more efficient and a time and cost saver,” he said.

“We think it’s a sign of the times.

“The ticket seller was developed 100 years ago. The industry has changed.

“People used to come to the races because it was basically the only place to have a bet.

“They stopped coming because it was more comfortable to go to PubTABs.

“This is kind of a way to bring people back to the track because now we’re the same as the PubTAB, plus we’ve got the advantage of having live racing.”

He said the club would have eight Galaxy machines around the course for the regular midweek meetings and 11 for the Magic Millions meeting next Saturday.



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