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This video from<a href="http://www.rawvegas.tv/" target="_blank"> Raw Vegas</a> -- which sounds a lot dirtier than it really is, I promise -- follows around world-class poker player Erick Lindgren on a prop bet with other poker pros.
According to my watch, the <a href="http://www.preakness.com/" title="Preakness " target="_blank">Preakness Stakes</a> begins in thirty minutes, so here's your clairvoyant assistant editor's prediction for a superfecta winner:Circular Quay (currently 5-1) — Quay is the Irish (or British) way of saying dock.
Let's be clear, I don't know as much about <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2007/derby_contenders" title="Kentucky Derby" target="_blank">thoroughbred horse racing</a> as I do about harness racing or rat baiting, but I do love to wager on animals.
It's no lie: I like stories about gambling, and I like stories horses getting hurt.
<a href="http://www.ourbookofscrap.com/2007/02/charles-barkley-would-not-have-taken.html" target="_blank">Our Book of Scrap</a> found a really <a href="http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyid=2007-02-26T133024Z_01_ISL100092_RTRUKOC_0_US-PAKISTAN-GIRL.xml&src=rss" target="_blank">heartwarming story about poker</a> in Pakistan today.
New revelations in the awesomeness that is Terrence Kiel's life: many of his problems, such as the ongoing federal investigation of his alleged codeine-shipping, <a href="http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070207/news_1s7kiel.html" target="_blank">are from massive gambling losses</a>, with records showing "dozens of cash transactions of at least $10,000 each at area casinos.
Lost in all the excitement of the fake breasts and free booze in Miami, I neglected this terrific story from the NBA: Gilbert Arenas bet Wizards teammate DeShawn Stevenson $20,000 that he could make more three-pointers (out of 100) one-handed from the college stripe than Stevenson could make two-handed from the NBA stripe.
Wow, some die-hard Bears fan made the dumbest bet in the history of Western Civilization: Scott Wiese swore he would legally change his name to Peyton Manning if the Colts won the Super Bowl.
On a day in which I've written about <a href="../post.phtml?pk=1597" target="_blank">strap-on anal sex</a> and <a href="../post.phtml?pk=1598" target="_blank">Jessica Biel</a>, this is <a href="http://www.examiner.com/a-401098~NY_authorities_bring_down_huge_gambling_ring__arrest_poker_player.html" target="_blank">by far the coolest story</a>:More than two dozen people, including a former professional baseball scout and a high-stakes poker player, were charged Wednesday in connection with a billion-dollar-a-year gambling ring that rivaled casino sports books.
In a fucking huge story that is mysteriously not getting picked up by ESPN and its internet competitors, the Senate has passed a law <a href="http://news.monstersandcritics.com/business/article_1207294.php/Senate_whacks_Internet_gambling_companies" target="_blank">criminalizing Internet betting in America</a>.
A British bookie has revealed that one of his bettors <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/golf/specials/ryder_cup/2006/09/21/big.bet/index.html" target="_blank">laid out £247,000 (about $465K) for the U.S. to win</a> the Ryder Cup.
By now you've heard all about how Pete Rose signed baseballs with the inscription, "I'm sorry I bet on baseball.