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Author Lang, Arne K., author.

Title Sports betting and bookmaking : an American history / Arne K. Lang.

Publication Info. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]


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 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  798.401 LANG    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  798.401 LANG    Check Shelf
Description xi, 293 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-280) and index.
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.
Summary 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 takes place in New York, other locales such as Chicago, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City—not to mention Cyberspace—are also discussed in this volume.
Subject Horse racing -- Betting -- United States -- History.
Sports betting -- United States -- History.
Book-making (Betting) -- United States -- History.
GAMES & ACTIVITIES -- Gambling -- Sports.
GAMES & ACTIVITIES -- Gambling -- Track Betting.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Business Aspects.
Book-making (Betting) (OCoLC)fst00836253
Horse racing -- Betting. (OCoLC)fst00960491
Sports betting. (OCoLC)fst01130570
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Lang, Arne K., author. Bookmaking, horse racing, and sports betting Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2016 9781442265547 (DLC) 2016008782
ISBN 9781442265530 (hardback : alkaline paper)
1442265531 (hardback : alkaline paper)
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