The restriction will be especially senseless, the bookies feel, when off-track betting becomes nationwide. "I give it five years," says Sammy Cohen of the Santa Anita race book in Las Vegas.
The trouble is, Nevada authorities say, that with today's direct distance dialing, it is impossible to tell where a telephone call originates. So they want to retain the law. But the bookies are persistent, and Governor Mike O'Callaghan has indicated that the question may come up before the state Gaming Policy Committee.