We are all getting poorer fast, especially here in South Africa. The economic ones are slipping away; ours slips. Blame it on the ANC, Putin, and QE, but the only way out of the coming hard times is to find yourself a big pile of money. Then you can sit back and clatter while misery and mayhem unfold before you.
You can try Lotto. The other day someone won 150 million rubles. But here the odds are strongly against you, many millions to one.
If you have an elderly rich relative who is about to drop this mortal shell and leave you a fortune, you are such and such a sweet tooth, and everyone envy and hate you.
For most of us, the best way to avoid hard times is to gamble. And the most enjoyable game of chance is the pony game. Of course, we have little chance of winning big, but they are better than many other get-rich-quick ventures.
It is often said that poker is the most reliable form of gambling for profit, but with one caveat, you must develop a high level of poker skill over time and have exceptional self-discipline.
So, gee it then. And the prospects are good now. On Saturday we are offered the opportunity to compete in the World Poles at the King George VI races at Ascot in the UK.
Players from all over the world can wager in the world pools managed by Hong Kong Jockey Club, and join the global high rollers in the fight for a share of mixed massive aggregates. This could mean higher payouts than usual as projected dividends are easily changed by the big players.
The following weekend, Worldwide Polish Charity was bestowed upon our own Greyville Racecourse, where the meeting with the Gold Cup ends the local racing season. Nine races will be open to players around the world with different stakes such as Win, Place, Trifecta and Quinella.
The temptation factor in Greyville will be high. Peak 6 is likely to reach R12 million and the Mercury Sprint quartet pool will be around R3 million.
The Mercury Sprint is one of four Tier 1 races featured on the map – oddly supporting the main event, the Grade 3 Gold Cup, the premier long-distance race in the country.
For true racing fans, the quality of the horse in the show will be irresistible. For those of us who are just desperate to get out of the financial swamp, this is also a draw, because good horses tend to live up to expectations.
We have a chance to tune in to World Pools in Kenilworth this Saturday when the last match of the Western Cape season takes place. Headliners are the Level 3 Final Fling Stakes (over 1800m) and the Champagne Stakes (over 1200m), which feature stunning line-ups of fillies and mares looking to sprinkle black glitter on their resumes before they retire in the stud pens.
Final Fling Stakes (Kenilworth Race 6):
10 young lovers, 8 golden dahs, 3 musical glitches, 4 so flawless
Champagne rates (Kenilworth 7 race):
8 Sonic Burst, 3 Major Attraction, 7 Fusillade, 1 Kitty Cat Chat
King George VI (Ascot Race 4)
2 Mishriff, 6 Emily Upjohn, 4 Torquator Tasso, 5 Westover