Is there a way to beat the horses? With this question, I will certainly start a controversy. Some wise old timer will shake his head emphatically and say, 'Nope,' while others will argue, 'Maybe.' There are so many factors that go into a horse race that I could probably take the stance of a New York lawyer and argue both sides of the case. Being a stubborn type who believes in probability, I will place my reputation out on a limb and say, yes, there is a way to beat the horses. And then cross my fingers.
My friend Eddie was the one who got me thinking about it. We were working for the owners of half a dozen Miami Beach hotels who were trying to bring casino gambling to Miami Beach. Our bosses included Steven Muss, owner of the Fontainebleau Hotel. Eddie was a singer and I handled publicity for our election campaign. 'Do you know where the most beautiful women in the world are?" Eddie said. I asked him to tell me. 'The Dominican Republic and Costa Rica,' Eddie said.
When I am in Pennsylvania, I always enjoy going to the Meadows or the Rivers Casino with my younger brother, Legs. He is a slots player and I play poker or blackjack. At the Meadows just outside Washington, PA., that means Legs is usually upstairs trying to persuade his favorite slot machines to yield their buried treasure. The poker room is on the second floor and the horses are located downstairs. Sometimes when Legs gets bored with the slots, he will join me as a partner in my latest horse betting system. Admittedly I have gone through quite a few systems over the years. Some have worked pretty well while others have failed. But Legs good-naturedly supports me, win or lose.
Hobbs, N.M. lies in the center of America's oil and gas production country. I had been working in Clovis for another newspaper when Robert Summers, publisher of the Hobbs Daily News-Sun invited me to join his editorial staff as assistant city editor.Summers was a pleasant, mild-mannered man who owned a string of horses that he raced at Ruidoso Downs and Sunland Park in El Paso, TX. He turned out to be a gentleman and one of the most generous publishers it has ever been my pleasure to work for.
There is something about women and horses. They have an invisible connection, a silver umbilical cord, that no one can see but which is always there. Two women in my life seemed to hold extraordinary powers when it came to horses. One was my then wife's younger sister, Linda. The other was my wife, Nan. The three of us were at Turf Paradise Race Track one sunny day in Phoenix, AZ. I had my usual Daily Racing Form and was poring over past results and workouts to try to find a winner. Not Linda. She was standing next to the paddock looking at the horses.
Is there anything like a sure thing in gambling? Most gamblers would shake their heads negatively. 'Not in my lifetime,' one might say. Sports bettors, poker players, dice shooters, horse players, and blackjack players put their money on the line every day trying to find that sure thing. They generally come up short. But that was before Dave Oancea came along. Oancea is a native of Honolulu who has been nicknamed Vegas Dave.
William G. from Lubbock, Texas wrote an interesting email after reading one of my columns. 'Dear Mr. Lawrenzi,' he wrote, 'is it possible to beat the horses? My wife and I enjoy playing the slots when we go to a casino, although we aren't that lucky. But we live in horse country and are wondering what your experiences are when it comes to handicapping horse races.' His email made me smile. My experiences with handicapping horse races? Wow!
There is a huge difference between smart money and public money when it comes to pari-mutuel betting. During the many years I have wagered on greyhound dogs and horses, I have noticed that difference and believe me, it appears in many different ways. Most major casinos have a sportsbook. The regulars hang around the sportsbook nursing a drink, usually non-alcoholic, and some of them keep track of the odds. They are looking for a change in betting patterns that will indicate to them that smart money is being placed on one of the entrants.
Women athletes have come a long way since the early days of sports, when they were overshadowed by their male counterparts. There is still inequality when it comes to how much athletes earn, male sports superstars still earn a lot more than women that are dominating their sports. Take tennis for instance: Serena Williams has been dominating the WTA circuit for years and has earned almost 29 million dollars in 2016 between prize money and advertising revenue, while Novak Djokovic, the best male tennis player in recent years, has brought home 56 million dollars last year.
When I first moved to New Mexico to work on newspapers, one of my favorite hobbies was hunting jackrabbits. I would take a single shot .22 rifle or a Ruger pistol with mini-mags and drive a couple of miles from town to a ranch where I would introduce myself to the owner to ask permission to hunt on his land. In most cases, they were glad to have me. Jackrabbits eat a lot of grass -- six jacks will consume enough grass in a day to feed a cow -- and those ranchers could use all the help they could get.
My opinion on NFL betting and four bucks will get you a coffee drink at the nearest Starbucks, of course, you could just as easily take your four bucks and not worry about my opinion. You might be well-advised to ignore me given that I am not exactly a world-beater when it comes to betting ATS or the Over/Under. In fact, I have well-documented proof that, over five regular seasons and roughly 406 sides picked, I am running at a decent (but not incredible) 53.45% win rate against the Vegas lines.
A woman's greatest stake in gambling or life is her beauty. Nobody knew that better than Lillie Langry and few women used it better. She was born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton in Jersey on Oct. 13, 1853. Her mother, Emilie, was a beauty and her father, Rev. William Corbet Le Bretpn was a minister who later became Dean of Jersey. Rev. Breton became scandalized when it was discovered that he had indulged himself with a series of love affairs with other women and his wife eventually left him in 1880.
Let's say you're an athlete preparing for a race that could win you an Olympic gold medal. And let's say you discovered a performance enhancing drug that was completely legal and that would give wings to your feet. Would you use it? Horse trainers are now debating a possible ban on just such a drug that has been used for years to treat thoroughbred horses on the day of a race. The drug is a diuretic called Furosemide. Its nickname is Lasix.
My brother, Legs, and I have shared a lot of adventures through life. When I turned 21 and he was just 20, we drove out West together in a battered blue Dodge with bald tires. We made it to Tucson, AZ. before three tires blew out, one by one, and steam started pouring from the radiator. All the lights on the dashboard turned red and I said, 'Brother, I think we have come to the end of our journey.' Our car had surrendered its spirit in front of a used car lot owned by Honest John Silverman, a little Jewish guy dressed in cowboy chaps. He stood there smoking a cigar and said in a perfect Jewish voice, 'You boys vant to sell a car?'
People have to love small town bookies. I grew up around them. They were often the most colorful people in town. My mother played the numbers. I don't know if you could call her superstitious, but if she caught someone in the family sleepwalking, she would follow them and say, 'Give me a number...give me a number.' Al Orsini was the numbers guy in my home town of Sutersville, PA. He was an Italian with a swarthy skin and he always seemed to be wearing a smile.
The top five soccer leagues in Europe, namely the English Premier League, the Spanish LaLiga, the Italian Serie A, the French Ligue 1 and the German Bundesliga, have produced between them revenues worth 15.2 billion euros during the 2015/2016 season. Compared to the 1996/1997 season, the top five leagues in Europe produced more than six times in revenues last season, they had just below 2.5 billion euros ten years ago.
It takes a special kind of brain to be a good horse handicapper and Mike had that type of brain. He told me his last name once, but I'm bad on names. I forgot it. All I knew was his nickname, Black Mike from Detroit. I met Mike at the Fremont Casino in downtown Las Vegas. I had decided to take a break from poker and was playing the horses in the horse room. Mike was there and he was broke. He was a solidly built black man in his 40s. He wore a perpetual scowl and rarely smiled, although I discovered later he had a good sense of humor.
There are few professional golfers on the PGA circuit who fly higher than Phil Mickelson. A native of San Diego, CA., Phil learned to play golf from his father, a commercial airline pilot. He graduated from San Diego High School and attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. on a golf scholarship. There he set the collegiate golf world on fire with his sizzling play. Mickelson loves risk. At ASU his daring golf shots won him three NCAA individual championships and many other titles. At age 20, hw won a tournament and decided he wanted to be a professional golfer.
Michael Phelps was born in Baltimore, MD. His father was a Maryland State Trooper. He was only seven when he first jumped into a swimming pool. Today the lanky, square-jawed swimmer is the possessor of 28 Olympic medals, most of them gold. He has won scores of international medals for his speed and stamina as a swimmer. He is controversial, as his record with the police in Rio De Janiero at the 2016 Summer Olympics proves. And he loves playing big stakes poker.
One of the pleasant things about living in Yerington, NV., a small mining town 70 miles south of Reno, was the fact that the community's two casinos offered baseball betting. Now I have always been a baseball fan. I followed the Pittsburgh Pirates when I was growing up in Sutersville, about 19 miles south of Pittsburgh. And when I moved to Phoenix, AZ., I switched allegiance and became an Arizona Diamondback fan. I was only in Yerington about three weeks. But during that time, I spent many enjoyable hours at the casinos making wagers on baseball games -- and winning.
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