The Private Gaze
starting bet A to the world of betting opportunities brings us out of the sphere of the casino and in that of the personal bet and face to face. Since the dawn of time men have been willing to put their teeth in danger on just about anything, the number of minutes a chicken will last against a bear, the distance from here to the asteroids, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, something. We know, for example, that Buckenburg’s account, a German writer, once bet (and won) that he could ride from London to Edinburgh sitting back on his horse.
George, Lord Oxford (called Mad Lord George for the fact that he rode through London in a three reindeer-driven chariot) bet that another nobleman whom geese drove would beat an equal number of turkeys in a Norwich race in London. Which band was the winner we do not know, although it was recorded only when the Duke of Chartres bet Fenlis account that the last could not get up from Paris to Fontainebleau and back in time he took to the duke at the injection five hundred thousand holes in a piece of paper, the good account was victorious.
Thomas “Jerusalem” completely, another high roller, earned his strange nickname by a tooth-of-the-moment challenge. While resting comfortably one day in his private club in London, a friend bet he would not have the nerve to go down, to saddle his horse, and to climb directly to the city of Jerusalem without equal reference to the house for a change of clothes. Mr. A completely accepted the bet on the impulse and galloped off the moment the agreement was signed. He returned a year later and collected a huge amount of money.
Some Standard Bets
some, it seems, will bet on anything. Nevertheless, there are certain types of front-end betting that over the years have become standards. Usually these bets are in focus, are easily executed, and quickly decisive. They can be done in a bar lounge, at sports events, in the living room, at any place where people gather. Some of the most popular bets of this kind are:
The flip of a coin – whenever a final authority is needed, a coin will be produced, perhaps because a flick is particularly simple and decisive. Gambler bets that the side of a coin will turn up on the next toss, taking any winner. Players who want to get to the point find this wonderful means of quick-money turnover, and often toppling becomes a game in itself. Beware of double-faced coins.
Cutting cards – this bet is as fast as the coin flip, if you happen to have a pack of cards at hand. Cup of opponents for the highest card (or from time to time the lowest) with the simple cup determining the results. This type of bet is often used as a last-chance bet ending the game of a night cards. The big winner agrees to cut the cards with the big loser for double-or-nothing. Watch out for card sharks.
The fact bet – the fact bet is a favorite in and around the tavern. Often he is innocent enough. Someone asks how many miles he is where they are in Miami, for example. A discussion ensues and soon enough people will take bets on the answer.
Sometimes bets of fact are more diverted. One person states a dubious-resounding information like “Hawaii” is a more distant south than Florida “or” the sun is closer to the earth in winter than summer. Someone refutes it, a bet is made, and a reference book is consulted. As might have been expected, the unlikely event turns out to be true.