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Degenerate gambling question

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JayFarrar, May 17, 2010.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    So I'm working on a story that involves gambling and I need some help with the lingo.


    Bettor: What about the first game? Half on Wake Forest.
    Bookie: Minus 3 for a half

    What does "half" mean in that context?
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    First half score.
  3. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    Don't think so. There are half-time bets but this quote is in regards to cash.

    Half means half of some denomination of money.
  4. blacktitleist

    blacktitleist Member

    "half" means $50

    "one dollar" means $100

    "dime" means $1000

    basically, bettor is taking Wake Forest -3 for $50. Wake would have to win by at least four points for the bettor to win the bet
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I like how the person named "blacktitleist" sets the lingo straight. What's your preferred game for 18 holes?
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    In that context that Jay posted, I think it's a halftime line. Visualize this way ...

    Bettor: What about the first game? Half on Wake Forest?
    Bookie: Minus 3 for a half

    Plus, the bookie gave the halftime line.

    Unless, of course, he's floating lines based on the size of the wager.
  7. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Blacktitleist wins. Or at least the U.S. Attorney agrees with you.

    She'd also like to ask you a few questions.

    And the bowl game in question was EagleBank Bowl and the time stamp says 9:53. The game didn't kickoff until 10 a.m., my time.
    So it was leading up to the game.

    Wake Forest and Navy, for reals? Seriously, only hardcore gamblers bet the first-ever EagleBank Bowl.
  8. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    I know people who were betting CBI games. And not even the finals!
  9. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Yeah, and? :)
  10. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    This is correct. I'm a casual (I mean VERY casual) bettor, but I chum around with a serious, hardcore gambler, on who I lean for help reading lines, etc.
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    There can be money made there and in the likes of EagleBank Bowls, once you figure out which team is really motivated to play and which coach won't be plotting his tee times early. Also can sometimes find line disparities easier than an NCAA Tourney game or BCS bowl that everyone is following.
  12. blacktitleist

    blacktitleist Member

    Yay me!!!

    And gamblers bet on anything, not just some third-rate bowl game. Pre-season NFL games, WNBA, hockey...you name it, they do it.

    Playthrough, my game of choice for 18 holes is whatever will make me the most cash.
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