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Stooper Leonardo Adjusts

Published: December 13, 2010 3:16 pm ET

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It was one year ago when The New York Times profiled Jesus Leonardo, a professional New York City Off-Track Betting 'stooper' that makes more than $45,000 a year cashing discarded tickets. Now with NYC OTB shut down, Leonardo has re-organized his operation.

An update from The New York Times explains that Leonardo has adjusted the way he does business.

The article states that Leonardo has increased his ticket-collecting staff to six, and has started dispatching them on a rotating basis to racetracks in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The runners meet at a neutral site every night and turn over the discarded betting slips to Leonardo, who then takes them to individual tracks for scanning.

“There is more traveling involved now, but I’m still able to take at least 2,000 tickets to any track I visit,” Leonardo was quoted as saying.

(With files from The New York Times)

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