25 OCTOBER 1930, Page 3

The Totalisator

We mentioned last week a remarkable innovation in the use of the Totalisator. It had always been assumed that the work of the Totalisator would he confined to ready-money betting on racecourses, but somebody discovered that by a loophole in the Act bets could be made with the Totalisator by post or by telegram without apparently breaking the law. We did not object to money going to the Totalisator instead of to the bookmakers, but we thought that if the innovation developed into it tremendous business the State ought to get a share of the money by taxing these transactions. The racing corres- pondent of the Times, however, announced on Tuesday that the Control Board had decided that bets sent by letter or telegram to the Board's ollices, whether on race- courses or elsewhere, would not be accepted.

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