Res­i­dents can bet on H&J

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - NICOLE ZURCAS nicole.zurcas@war­wick­dai­

AF­TER a year’s worth of pur­suits, man­agers of the Horse and Jockey Ho­tel Mo­tel, Benita Kelly and Lisa Marston, are rais­ing the stakes.

Pub-go­ers can now place bets with the all-new TAB ser­vices added to the pub.

Tak­ing over the top jobs in De­cem­ber, the duo were in dis­be­lief that bet­ting ser­vices weren’t al­ready at the venue.

“It’s a bit crazy to have a name like this and not of­fer bet­ting,” Ms Kelly said.

“Bring­ing a TAB ser­vice was right up on the list of things to do since we’ve been here.”

The man­agers weren’t the only ones long­ing for a TAB.

“Ev­ery day I think I would get one or two peo­ple ask where they could make a bet,” Ms Kelly said.

Slight al­ter­ations were made to the bar, mov­ing the ATM and cov­er­ing the win­dows to fit the new equip­ment.

“It’s re­ally opened the bar up,” Ms Kelly said.

Cov­er­ing all the ac­tion, the sta­tion has nine screens for pun­ters to en­joy.

They in­clude six TAB race odds screens, three results and two air­ing the races, as well as a self-ser­vice ter­mi­nal.

“Pa­trons are lov­ing the self­ser­vice fea­ture and be­ing able to place a bet when they like,” Ms Kelly said.

Since they took over at the start of the new year, the women have no­ticed new life in the pub.

“The restau­rant has re­ally picked up and we hope the TAB brings more growth to the busi­ness,” Ms Kelly said.

Ready just in time for the race that stops the na­tion, the pair are happy to show pun­ters how to place a bet to be ready for the Mel­bourne Cup.

“Come in ahead of the race and we can give you a tu­to­rial on the ma­chines to keep the wait­ing times down,” Ms Kelly said.

How­ever, it’s not just the horses pun­ters can root for, Ms Kelly said the ter­mi­nals could take bets on all sports, and even tele­vi­sion shows.

“When they be­gin to air, you can even place bets on TV shows like My Kitchen Rules and The Voice,” she said.

The TAB is open seven days from 10am–10pm.

Pho­tos: Nicole Zurcas

PLACE YOUR BETS: Co-man­agers Beinta Kelly and Lisa Marston are keen to show pun­ters how to use the new TAB ma­chines.

The new TAB set-up has six race odds screens, three results screens and two flat screens show­ing the ac­tion.

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