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Service Employees International Union, Local 222/Off-Track Betting

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You just come up to the window
And the minimum you can bet
Is two dollars.
And at night we sell
Daily doubles, exactas, trifectas.
We have bench sheets
On whatever tracks they can bet on.
This is the day track
And this is the evening track.

This branch is open from eleven-thirty a.m.
Until after the last race at Buffalo which is
Usually ten-thirty to eleven o’clock at night.
We’re one of what they call “full service” branches.
We do about three hundred sixty-two thousand dollars
A month. Lots of money. Lots of money.

One of my main concerns is that
This is one of the poorest communities in the city
And our handle, at one time,
Was second to none.