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The TFT Guide to... Middle-Class Gambling

26 January 2007

As the government continues its love affair with gambling, this week casino bosses revealed that they've got a whole new set of punters in their sights - the middle-classes. It's a section of society that hasn't traditionally shown much interest in good, honest games of chance, but if the middle classes *do* take up gambling with the alacrity of the working and upper classes, what will be the result? TFT speculates...

....

1) Ashamed middle-class parents are forced to admit to their families that they've gambled away the cello lessons.

2) Casinos start to cater for middle-class customers. Gambling comes to a halt at 10.45pm, when 'Book at Bedtime' comes on.

3) Gambling establishments change their image to appeal to middle-class customers. Ladbrokes starts selling café lattes, fruit smoothies and tapas-style nibbles, all consumed in a thick fog of Lambert & Butler smoke. Amusement arcades, meanwhile, start to feature adverts saying 'Use your head - teach!' next to the slotties.

4) Greyhound racing falls out of favour with Britpop artists and middle-class mockney twats, because it's impossible to slum it with people called Gyles and Charlotte.

5) The educated, mathematically-literate middle classes enthusiastically embrace all forms of betting, leading to someone winning the National Lottery with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.



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