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Ohio, Illinois Govs' World Series Bet: Beer ... Mustard?

Pizza for Bruce Rauner, 'fan favorites' like ballpark mustard for John Kasich

(Newser) - The governors of Illinois and Ohio have bet each other cases of beer, pizza, and other ballpark favorites ahead of the World Series contest between the Cubs and the Indians. In a Monday tweet , Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wagered an extra-large Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and a case of microbrew... More »

Cross-Dressing Branson Pays Lost Bet

Oh, and he shaved his legs

(Newser) - Just another day in the never-normal life of Richard Branson, who today had nothing better to do than shave his legs, smear about two kilos of red lipstick on his face, squeeze into a red skirt, and dump orange juice all over a fellow airline magnate. It was all in... More »

Stablehand's $75 Bet Makes Him a Millionaire

Conor Murphy is now a trainer at the Kentucky Derby

(Newser) - With the Kentucky Derby running this weekend, everybody's rolling out the feature stories in advance. It will be seriously hard to top this one in the New York Times : It's the story of Conor Murphy, 29, who was shoveling manure last year as a stablehand in England until... More »

Axelrod Bets His Mustache on Obama Win

He'll shave the 40-year-old 'stache if prez. loses MI, MN or PA

(Newser) - This election's shaping up to be a close shave, and David Axelrod is taking that idiom literally. On Joe Scarborough's Morning Joe, the president's mustachioed adviser vowed to bare his upper lip for an uncurious world to see if Obama loses Michigan, Minnesota, or Pennsylvania, reports Politico... More »

Crazy Cardinals Wager Wins Man $375K

Anonymous bettor shrugged off 999-1 odds

(Newser) - Think the Cardinals were a longshot to win the World Series last night? One man who didn't mind 999-1 odds in September made two $250 wagers—and won $375,000, Yahoo Sports reports. His bet for the conference series won him $125,000, and his World Series wager turned... More »

Robert Gibbs Settles Up, Dons Canada Jersey

Press secretary lost twice to Canadian counterpart over Olympic hockey

(Newser) - White House spokesman Robert Gibbs came to his daily on-camera briefing today wearing a red-and-white Canadian hockey jersey—the result of not one, but two losing bets on the US-Canadian rivalry at the recent Winter Olympics. More »

Why Gamblers Can't Walk Away

A near miss gives that winning feeling, study finds

(Newser) - Scientists have unlocked a key to obsessive gambling—the lure of the near miss. In search of the reason gamblers keep playing even after strings of horrible losses, Cambridge University researchers examined the brains of gamblers. They found that a near miss—putting a bet on a horse that finished... More »

You, Too, Can Pick a Winner

All you need is a buck and 3 key stats

(Newser) - Put down that mint julep: The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, and you still don’t have a horse to bet on. But you do have a prayer, because Christina Settimi of Forbes, with help from horse racing expert Dean Keppler, outlines a winning strategy. With $118 million wagered, novices have... More »

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