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Lay the Favorite - A Memoir of Gambling

Beth Raymer

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An eye-popping and hilarious joyride through the underworld of sports betting Beth Raymer arrived in Las Vegas in 2001, hoping to land a job as a cocktail waitress at one of the big casinos. In the meantime, she lived in a $17-a-night motel with her dog, Otis, and waited tables at a low-rent Thai restaurant. One day, one of her regular customers told her about a job she thought Beth would be perfect for and sent her to see Dink, of Dink Inc. Dink was a professional sports gambler-one of the biggest in Vegas. He was looking for a right-hand man-someone who would show up on time, who had a head for numbers, and who didn't steal. She got the job. Lay the Favorite is the story of Beth Raymer's years in the high-stakes, high-anxiety world of sports betting-a period that saw the fall of the local bookie and the rise of the freewheeling, unregulated offshore sports book, and with it the elevation of sports betting in popular culture. As the business explodes, Beth rises-from assistant to expert, trusted and seasoned enough to open an offshore booking office in the Caribbean with a few associates, men who leave their families up north to make a quick killing, while donning new tropical personas fueled by abundant drugs and local girlfriends, and who one by one succumb to their vices. They lie, cheat, steal, and run, until Beth is the last man standing. Beth Raymer is a natural storyteller: funny, charming, and fully awake to the ironies around her. But she is also a keen and compassionate observer of the adrenaline-addicted, rougish types who become her mentors, her enemies, her family. Raymer brings to life a world that teems with pathos and ecstasy in this wild picaresque that also tells the story of a young woman's crazy, sexy, most unlikely coming-of-age. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Phoebe Zimmermann

Length:

7h 58m


Chapters

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05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:00


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:09


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:29


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

00:29