Sports Gambling, 1877 style

Richard Hershberger

Richard Hershberger is a paralegal working in Maryland. When he isn't doing whatever it is that paralegals do, or taking his daughters to Girl Scouts, he is dedicated to the collection and analysis of useless and unremunerative information.

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3 Responses

  1. greginak says:

    Gambling is a hell of an addiction and some people are so in thrall they might as well just print Sucker on their forehead. Doesn’t mean it should be illegal just that the ways the house can win need to open, transparent and based on rules that let the gambler win on lucky days.Report

  2. Kolohe says:

    It was a frequent enough con over the course of a hundred years that both The Sting and an episode of MASH were able to use it as plot devices.Report

  3. The speaker was a well-known sport of the better class

    “Better” or “bettor”?Report