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Timonium fairgrounds parlor that caused uproar now a 'nicer' place to bet

Timonium fairgrounds parlor that caused uproar now a 'nicer' place to bet

A few minutes after noon at the new off-track betting emporium at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Baltimore County, Gus "Tiger" Papa, 86, sits at a table he says he has occupied every day for the past month.

A bank of flat-screen TVs flashes the early action from Aqueduct in New York and Gulfstream in Florida. A young waiter comes, takes orders politely and goes

The Towson man says he can't recall enjoying his small-stakes hobby as much as he does at Timonium Off-Track Betting, a year-round facility that opened last month in the face of significant community opposition.

"This place is just so pleasant," he says, and glances around at the two-level...

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