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New Off-Track Location In London

Published: April 5, 2016 12:02 pm ET

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Operators of a new off-track wagering location in London, Ont. are hoping that their establishment will be ready to accept bets on horse races by the time the Kentucky Derby rolls around next month.

An article by The London Free Press has cited Bob DiFruscia, owner of the Oar House, as saying that his establishment will cater to punters that wish to ‘bet a few bucks,’ and will not poach customers that are loyal to the Western Fair District’s simulcast lounge.

The Oar House is located on Wonderland Road, and the article explains that DiFruscia was approached by Western Fair District representatives in regard to adding wagering into the mix at his bar.

Champions Off-Track Betting Ontario Operations Manager Tom Papakonstantinou told The London Free Press that Champions was looking to expand into the London market.

“It has a good reputation as a busy bar,” Papakonstantinou has been quoted as saying. “It is awesome to be able to get into a place like that.”

“We are not going to get the heavy betters,” said DiFruscia. “I felt like it was time we added something fun and new.”

DiFruscia also added that the Oar House wants “to introduce it (wagering) to people who do not usually bet on horse racing, that will just bet a few bucks when they are in the bar for fun.”

(With files from The London Free Press)

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