Betting on the game is much different than just watching it By Sam Kouvaris, The Times-Union September 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm As a boss, “Dirty Carl” was nearly the ideal kind of guy to run a bar in DC. Well dressed and older than the staff, he commanded a level of respect because of his age and he knew the business. He’d sit at the end of the bar, stay out of your way and hand out sage life advice to the bartenders and waitresses. He’d disappear into his office for hours at a time, but it didn’t seem weird at all. We all knew Carl ran the bar, but he made his money as a bookmaker. “I’m worried that the FBI is tapping the phones and Carl is walking around here with the Racing Forum hanging out of his back pocket,” the establishment’s owner once lamented well before the dawn of the digital age.