Second Virginia OTB to open
From a Virginia Equine Alliance release
The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) will open its second Off Track Betting Center in Virginia this Wednesday January 11th in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of downtown Richmond.
The OTB is in a new restaurant/bar called Ponies & Pints, and simulcast signals from up to 20 horse racetracks around the country will be available to watch and wager on daily. A grand opening celebration is slated for January 28th to coincide with the simulcast of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.
The Ponies & Pints complex is 5500 square feet, has 35 flat screen televisions which show a combination of horse races and sports throughout the facility. There is a horse racing only room where signals from as many as ten different tracks can be displayed at the same time. There are two manned betting stations and eight self betting terminals.
The restaurant has over 50 beers on tap and a full service menu that emphasizes a midwest style of open face sandwiches. Ponies & Pints is non-smoking but has an outdoor fenced in patio area, complete with a bar and tables, where smokers can go.
The VEA’s first OTB opened November 2nd in the west end area of Richmond inside Breakers Sports Grille.
The site has handled over $1 million in horse race wagers during both November and December. As 2017 continues, the VEA will seek an OTB partner restaurant/bar in both the Chesapeake and Hampton areas to expand the network of off track sites.
With the name Ponies & Pints a indication the riff in industry has turned[?]
and favors supporting a market that has supported industry greed ..
A top line Million Dollar Virginia Derby and 45 days of live racing at its peak which spurred American Turf Racing to get off there ass`s
leading to million dollar turf races ….
Now rebuilding a OTB Network on a online wagering budget with folks that lived through it all since 1997…
It is a lot to ask but a horse friendly OTB/Sports-bar in a craft beer mecca and revitalization downtown dreams
is 99.99% OKAY with this huge fan of the sport [Derby-bill]
Maryland has lead the way in rebuilding with alternative revenue so can only hope the politics of Virginia don`t tank a 2nd run with VEA efforts that favor the fan for a change ..100% support…..adding entertainment value to those who chose too…BEST OF LUCK TO NEW OWNERS OF PONIES & PINTS !~!~!