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They Bet on a Trump Win. Now They Want Their Money

Gamblers threaten legal action against betting sites, saying race shouldn't have been called for Biden

(Newser) - President Trump continues to push his claims of election fraud, and last week, he tried to support that narrative with a tweet tied to gambling, per Casino.org . "At 10:00 P.M. on Election Evening, we were at 97% win with the so-called 'bookies,'" he...

Vegas Bettors Bank Nearly $250K in 'Pure Theft'

Looks like the biggest 'past post' loss in Las Vegas history

(Newser) - Las Vegas bettors racked up nearly $250,000 in winnings last weekend in what might be the city's biggest sportsbook loss ever. The cause: an apparent manual-entry error that allowed people to bet on Korean and Chinese baseball games that had already started, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "...

$500K Game of Rock, Paper, Scissors Goes to Court

Edmund Mark Hooper must be breathing a sigh of relief

(Newser) - Who loses $517,000 in a game of rock, paper, scissors? Canadian man Edmund Mark Hooper does, but he must be happy today: The Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled that his devastating 2011 loss—which forced him to remortgage his home to pay up—is null and void, Sky...

Against All Odds, Bettor Wins Stunning $2.2M

Someone turns 20-cent wager into a huge jackpot

(Newser) - A bettor at Gulfstream Park turned a 20-cent, six-race wager into more than $2.2 million Friday, the AP reports. Someone hit Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 on Friday, the first time that the total jackpot had been claimed for that wager since July 6. To win the entire jackpot, someone...

Tiger Woods' Stunning Win Cost Bookies Millions

One gambler won $1.2M

(Newser) - Tiger Woods' stunning Masters win in Georgia on Sunday was a great day for the golfer and for anybody who can't resist a good comeback story—but a lousy day for bookies. A customer betting with William Hill in Las Vegas won $1.2 million with an $85,000...

On the Line for Senators During NBA Finals: Booze

California, Ohio pols bet each other wine, beer as Warriors take on Cavaliers

(Newser) - With the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meeting for their f ourth straight NBA finals , senators from Ohio and California are keeping things interesting with a bet. California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have bet a case of California chardonnay and a case of beer from Anchor...

Supreme Court Says All States Can Now Allow Sports Betting

A 1992 law had banned states from allowing it

(Newser) - Sports betting—legally—is about to get a lot easier after a Supreme Court decision Monday. Since 1992, a federal law has required states other than Nevada to ban gambling on sports; Nevada was grandfathered in at the time and has since had a monopoly on legal sports betting. But...

Texas Woman's Winning Derby Bet Is 'Unheard Of'

Margaret Reid called 5 races in a row

(Newser) - Justify's owners walked away with $1.43 million after the colt won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, reports the AP . A woman in Austin, Texas, who picked him to win ended up with just a hair less—$1.2 million. Her incredible bet cost her just $18 and involved...

Queen's Horses Have Brought in Almost $9M

They have a 16% win percentage over 30 years

(Newser) - In horse racing, a bet on one of Queen Elizabeth II's horses is about as safe a bet as you can make. That's because the queen's steeds have raked in $8.9 million in winnings since 1988, with 451 victories in 2,815 runs for a 16%...

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...

Someone Just Made a Record-Setting Bet on Clinton

Woman places $615K bet on Clinton to win the election

(Newser) - Well, someone out there is very confident of a Hillary Clinton victory this November. Time reports a 46-year-old woman just placed a $615,862 bet on Clinton to win the election. British bookmaker William Hill says it's the biggest bet ever placed on a US presidential election. William Hill...

$100 Bet on Syracuse Win Could Pay $100K

Wager was placed when no one thought the Orange had a chance

(Newser) - In an incredible run that SB Nation says "doesn't make sense" and Sports Illustrated labels "improbable," Syracuse beat No. 1 seed Virginia 68-62 on Sunday, the AP reports—making the Orange the first No. 10 seed to make it to the Final Four. And one bettor...

ESPN: We've Got Proof Pete Rose Bet as Player

'Outside the Lines' says pages from notebook show 'extensive' betting in '86

(Newser) - For more than 25 years, a notebook seized from the home of one of Pete Rose's ex-associates in a mail-fraud investigation has been locked down by court order, most recently in the National Archives' New York office. But ESPN's Outside the Lines has reportedly obtained pages from that...

15 Years Later, Crazy Bet on Grandson Worth $200K

Little Harry Wilson grew up to be a pro soccer player

(Newser) - Like a good return on your investment? Try betting that a toddler will become a professional athlete—a gamble that turned $80 into roughly $202,000 for a grandfather in Wales, the BBC reports. Peter Edwards, 62, made the bet on grandson Harry Wilson nearly 17 years ago and just...

Hot British Betting Topic: Archbishop of Canterbury?

New pick asks gamblers who made money on him to donate it to charity

(Newser) - The man picked to be the next archbishop of Canterbury has made a public plea, but it's not exactly on a churchly topic. Justin Welby took to Twitter to ask everyone who made money gambling that he'd be the new archbishop to donate the winnings to their local...

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...

Why Gamblers Can't Walk Away
 Why Gamblers Can't Walk Away 

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...

Chuck Todd Chickens Out on Goatee Bet

Dodger-loving reporter donates to charity rather than shaving

(Newser) - Chuck Todd isn’t shaving off his goatee, despite having lost a baseball bet to Jake Tapper. The NBC talking head has taken the coward’s way out and will donate to charity instead. Todd was supposed to shed his trademark goatee if the Dodgers lost the NLCS; had they...

Maybe Sports Betting Can Save Newspapers
Maybe Sports Betting
Can Save Newspapers
maureen dowd

Maybe Sports Betting Can Save Newspapers

Desperate times require desperate solutions, some say

(Newser) - With newspapers sinking deeper into trouble by the day, Maureen Dowd explores the idea of saving the day with a little vice. Specifically, allowing papers to rake in money by setting up online sports betting on their websites. Dowd herself isn't pushing it, but she has fun kicking it around...

Blocked From White House, Shaq Loses Bet

Guessed he could get in just by turning up

(Newser) - Shaquille O’Neal bet a friend he’d be let in the White House if he simply showed up—and he lost the wager, the Washington Post reports. “The rule was I couldn't use any of my political connections," Shaq said. "Couldn't show a badge. I couldn't...

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