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Nov 8, 2017

Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling

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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A gambler wagers money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 9, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People wager money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People wager money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Willian Torres (L), stands in the doorway to his house on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 14, 2017. Torres wagered money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game during the week, planning to go to the beach with his family with the prize money, but he didn't win. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Children check the list for "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A child is reflected in a mirror as he wagers money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game in a grocery shop in Caracas, Venezuela, October 10, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People wager money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 9, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People wager money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 9, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A child wagers money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People wager money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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The bed of Eduardo Liendo, 63, who lives inside an old car is pictured on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 13, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A worker prepares food for the horses at a stable in La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Eduardo Liendo, 63, who lives inside an old car, holds his prize money which he won on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 11, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Natalie Torres, 24, stands with her child, Abel, at the entrance to their building after betting money on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 11, 2017. The last time Torres won a prize on the "Los Animalitos" she bought school supplies for Abel. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Veruska Torres plays with her son on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 11, 2017. He is wearing a new t-shirt bought with prize money won on "Los Animalitos" (or the Little Animals) betting game. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A person injects a horse at a stable at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Jockeys wait with their horses to attend a training session at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Competitors take part in a horserace, with a slum or "barrio" in the background at La Rinconada Hippodrome, Caracas, Venezuela, October 8, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, October 14, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People cheer as competitors take part in a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, September 30, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People watch a horse race, with a slum or "barrio" in the background, at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, September 30, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, October 14, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A bookmaker eats his lunch surrounded by money and betting forms at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, September 30, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People react as they watch a horse race at La Rinconada Hippodrome, in Caracas, Venezuela, October 14, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A man counts his money to place horse racing bets at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A man counts his money to place bets on horse racing at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A man counts his money in a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People react as they watch a horse race being broadcast at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People react as they watch a horserace being broadcast at a small warehouse on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, October 7, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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