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Sports betting and bookmaking : an American history

Author: Arne K Lang
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lang provides a sweeping overview of legal and illegal sports and race betting in the United States, from the first thoroughbred meet at Saratoga in 1863 through the modern day. The cultural war between bookmakers and their adversaries is a recurring theme, as bookmakers were often forced into the shadows during times of social reform, only to bloom anew when the time was ripe. While much of bookmaking's history  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Lang, Arne K.
Bookmaking, horse racing, and sports betting.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
(DLC) 2016008782
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arne K Lang
ISBN: 9781442265530 1442265531
OCLC Number: 934746281
Description: xi, 293 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Leonard Jerome : the towering pillar of the horsey set --
Saratoga and Jerome Park : the fountainheads --
Pool sellers, bookmakers, and pari-mutuels --
Off-track betting : the poolroom scene --
New York's racetrack-building boom --
Bookmakers and their modus operandi --
Tipsters and touts --
Big plungers and outlaws --
The reformers crank up the heat --
Racetracks in the crosshairs --
New York racing : feast and famine --
The good-bye years --
Reanimation --
A verdant depression --
A side trip to the Windy City --
Mid-century reformers : La Guardia, Kefauver, and Kennedy --
The tax man cometh --
Multiple-horse wagering takes flight --
Pro football corrodes the racing game --
New York welcomes OTB --
A side trip to old Nevada --
Simulcasting --
Lotteries, casinos, and racinos --
Offshore and online --
Whales --
Pushing the envelope.
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