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...