A young woman's shady life in the world of sports betting

"If there's an addiction explored in my book, 
it's the addiction to living a life of endless possibility."

Beth Raymer wrote a memoir, Lay the Favorite, about her time in the world of sports betting.

"Dink took his seat at the head of the table. In front of him, stacks of cash were piled as high as his bottle of Yoo-Hoo. I stared at the money, mesmerized.

He nodded to one of the TVs and in a heavy Queens accent he said, "We need Minnesoter and undah, for a decent amount."

Having no idea what he was talking about, I said, "Okay," and took a seat.

In the long silence that followed, Dink twirled and twirled his curls, engrossed in the basketball games and horse races. The action on TV reflected off his eyeglasses, which were as thick as hockey pucks and cloudy with thumbprints. Rising from the floor were stacks of books, all of which appeared to be on the subjects of hockey and New York punk bands except for one on the very bottom: Hide Your A$$et$ and Disappear: A Step-by-Step Guide to Vanishing Without a Trace."

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