.... told beautifully, and quite sadly, by The Times:
N.Y. / REGION
A Hole in Old Routines After OTB Parlors’ Last Day
By MICHAEL WILSON
Published: December 13, 2010
As bettors collected their winnings, regulars mourned the loss of a favorite hangout in one of the last New York City OTB parlors to close.
For those of you who are so eager to see OTB close, think of it this way—instead of heading on down to the OTB, the next generation will most likely do their gambling in the confines of their own homes, via their computers, over the internet. Probably without the friendly camaraderie that comes from years of the same old daily routine. Possibly with no one to warn them when it's time to stop.