Friday, June 23, 2006

You're Livin' Small and Playin' to Lose

Saratoga Gaming and Raceway seems to have backed off its weird "Lady in Red" TV and billboard campaign. The TV spots showed a slinky brunette in a red dress sashaying around the racino, a gambling goddess promising a night of gaming ecstasy. It all looked very glamorous; you half expected to see James Bond at the baccarat table. But there are no baccarat tables -for that matter there are no card games at all- just the noisy, money sucking video slot machines.

The come hither model has now been replaced with more normal looking people as the gambling hall continues trying to shed its seedy harness track pedigree. One visit to the place is all it takes to ruin the magic. You want truth in advertising? Replace the girl in the red dress with my mother in a purple velour sweatsuit.

Remember: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call for 24-hour assistance at: 1-800-437-1611. My problem is I keep losing.