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Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
"The Whale", "The Dog" or "The Zebra"? Players line up beside a small kiosk in a poor neighborhood to choose animals in a lottery game that has become a craze in Venezuela, as it seems more and more Venezuelans turn to gambling in their desperation to make ends meet amid the country's unprecedented economic crisis.
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November 07, 2017
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas....
Caracas, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas. It seems more and more Venezuelans are turning to gambling in their desperation to make ends meet amid the country's unprecedented economic crisis.

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November 07, 2017
A child wagers money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. Though more people lose than win...
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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
A child wagers money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. Though more people lose than win overall, the illusion of a payday has become more alluring as Venezuelans endure the world's highest inflation, shortages of basics from flour to car batteries, and diminished real-term wages.

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November 07, 2017
A child is reflected in a mirror as he wagers money on "Los Animalitos" in Caracas. Among multiple options...
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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
A child is reflected in a mirror as he wagers money on "Los Animalitos" in Caracas. Among multiple options from race courses to back-street betting parlors, the roulette-style "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) is currently by far the most popular game on the street.

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November 07, 2017
Veruska Torres plays with her son on the outskirts of Caracas. He is wearing a new t-shirt bought with...
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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
Veruska Torres plays with her son on the outskirts of Caracas. He is wearing a new t-shirt bought with prize money won on "Los Animalitos". "Most people I see playing the lottery are unemployed, trying to make a bit extra this way because the payouts are good," said Torres, 26, a nurse who recently lost her job in a pharmacy and now plays Animalitos every day. Torres often plays more than a dozen times daily at the kiosk in Catia, spending between 5,000-10,000 bolivars, but sometimes making up to 50,000 or 60,000 bolivars in winnings - more than a quarter of the monthly minimum wage. When that happens, she splits the money between buying food and diapers for her baby boy, and re-investing in the lottery.

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November 07, 2017
Eduardo Liendo, 63, who lives inside an old car, holds his prize money which he won on "Los Animalitos"...
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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
Eduardo Liendo, 63, who lives inside an old car, holds his prize money which he won on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. "It helped me a lot," said Eduardo Liendo, 63, of a timely win. He recently lost his house and lives in a car in Caracas' Propatria neighborhood, but had a successful punt on the Animalitos, choosing the dog figure after his own had died.

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November 07, 2017
The bed of Eduardo Liendo, 63, who lives inside an old car on the outskirts of Caracas.

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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
The bed of Eduardo Liendo, 63, who lives inside an old car on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
Jockeys wait with their horses to attend a training session at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas. The...
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Jockeys wait with their horses to attend a training session at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas. The Animalitos game, whose results appear on YouTube at scheduled times, is hugely popular because it goes through various rounds, holding people's interest, and provides more chances to win than most traditional betting options.

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November 07, 2017
Children check the list for "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. The cheapest ticket costs just...
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Children check the list for "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. The cheapest ticket costs just 100 bolivars - a quarter of a U.S. cent at the black market currency rate, and more than 10 times less than that at the official exchange level.

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November 07, 2017
A gambler wagers money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. There is no hard data on betting...
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A gambler wagers money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. There is no hard data on betting figures, and the government's betting regulator did not answer requests from Reuters for information. But those behind Venezuela's gambling businesses, run by a mixture of private companies and local regional authorities, said trade was booming, with lines longer and busier than ever - because of, not despite, the hard times.

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November 07, 2017
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. "In a crisis like the one we're going...
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People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. "In a crisis like the one we're going through, people drink and gamble more to escape from reality," said psychologist Rosa Garcia from the rural state of Barinas.

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November 07, 2017
People cheer as competitors take part in a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas. The latest...
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People cheer as competitors take part in a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas. The latest scarcity in Venezuela is cash - as authorities cannot produce enough notes to keep up with dizzying inflation - so many bars, shops and betting parlors have quickly switched from cash to electronic transactions to keep money flowing.

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November 07, 2017
People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas. That has hit the Caracas...
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People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas. That has hit the Caracas hippodrome, where cash is still king. But thousands still go there at weekends, pushing against fences in front of the sand track to cheer their horse on as salsa music booms in the background.

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November 07, 2017
A bookmaker eats his lunch surrounded by money and betting forms at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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A bookmaker eats his lunch surrounded by money and betting forms at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
People react as they watch a horserace being broadcast at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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People react as they watch a horserace being broadcast at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
A man counts his money to place bets on horse racing at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
A man counts his money to place bets on horse racing at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
A person injects a horse at a stable at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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A person injects a horse at a stable at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
A worker prepares food for the horses at a stable in La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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A worker prepares food for the horses at a stable in La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
People watch a horse race, with a slum or "barrio" in the background, at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in...
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People watch a horse race, with a slum or "barrio" in the background, at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas.

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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas.

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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
A man counts his money to place horse racing bets at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
A man counts his money to place horse racing bets at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
A man counts his money in a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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The Wider Image: Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling
A man counts his money in a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
Natalie Torres, 24, stands with her child, Abel, at the entrance to their building after betting money...
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Natalie Torres, 24, stands with her child, Abel, at the entrance to their building after betting money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas. The last time Torres won a prize on the "Los Animalitos" she bought school supplies for Abel.

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November 07, 2017
People react as they watch a horse race being broadcast at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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People react as they watch a horse race being broadcast at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
Willian Torres (L), stands in the doorway to his house on the outskirts of Caracas. Torres wagered money...
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Willian Torres (L), stands in the doorway to his house on the outskirts of Caracas. Torres wagered money on "Los Animalitos" during the week, planning to go to the beach with his family with the prize money, but he didn't win.

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November 07, 2017
People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas.

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November 07, 2017
People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas.

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People wager money on "Los Animalitos" on the outskirts of Caracas.

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