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Friday, February 02, 2007

I'll Make a Killing!

There's now online gambling for track & field. Just one problem: since last summer it's illegal to gamble online in the USA.

Over at the old folk's, I mean, the T&FN message board, the discussion includes an overview of the Stawell Gift and the actuarial and economic systems of bookies.

The amateur code was created at least in part due to the corrupting influences of gambling. London's Lillie Bridge track "and associated grandstand was burnt down on 18th Sept 1887 by rioting spectators after a fixed sprint match between Harry Gent and Harry Hutchins did not take place because neither of the participants would agree to lose."

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