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Riverboat gamble

Posted by ESC on January 15, 2007

In Reply to: Riverboat gamble posted by Gareth Jenkins on January 15, 2007

: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase 'riverboat gamble'? It was mentioned on Channel 4 news last week and I can't seem to trace it back any further than a political discussion on Reaganomics.

: Cheers,
: Gareth.

"It's more than a risk, it's a riverboat gamble," said Leon E. Panetta, a Democratic member of the Iraq Study Group and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. Accessed January 15, 2007.

"Tom Daschle has made a riverboat gamble, and he stands to lose his political shirt." Accessed January 15, 2007.

I can't find it in my reference books. But I am guessing that it means the odds are stacked against you. And that in the past riverboat gambling was fixed so the house won most of the time.