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Posted by tony s on Friday, May 5th 2017:

While attempting to handicap tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, I started thinking about wagering past and present in Brooklyn. As youngsters we pitched pennies and flipped baseball cards (heads/tails)and (distance/leaners against a wall). Our 1st real betting took place in the PS217 schoolyard where the biggest guy in the school ran a pool wherein he would quote odds on your picks of any 3 MLB players to get 6 hits among them on that day. Naturally a lot of nickels, dimes, quarters and the occasional dollar would go on Williams, Musial, DiMag, Mays, Robby, Kiner etal. Smart money however was bet on the 1-2 hitters in a line-up who were contact hitters and were likely to get an extra AB in the game-Richie Ashburn, Nellie Fox, Blackie Dark, Harvey Kuenn, the Scooter, and PeeWee!If you were fortunate enuff to win-well you still had to collect from "the biggest guy in the school". After that there were always bookies around to offer 13 run pools, horses, and the popular football tickets with point spreads on all the college games from Slippery Rock to Notre Dame +pro games.We also bet on stickball games against teams from other blocks. On a larger scale when we played in the fast pitch Sunday doubleheader softball leagues later on in life we bet our rival position counterparts $5-10 a man-this in addition to the prize money/trophies at the end of the season. And then OTB came along-we had small parlors in our neighborhood at Newkirk Plaza and near Erasmus on Flatbush Ave! When the smaller venues started closing there were still larger ones-off Kings Highway, Bay Parkway,Ave U-and in addition there were restaurants where you could watch races from all over while enjoying a meal or drinks at the bar-Il Fornetto on Emmons Ave, Hunters Steak House in Bay Ridge, Irish Circle in the Rockaways. When they were all closed-well now you have online and phone betting thru sites like NYRA and TVG,etc .They don't impose a surcharge like OTB did but if you want your winnings you have to wait a couple of days until its deposited into your checking ccount-you can still bet with your earnings you just don't get it in your hands like OTB used to do. Now that I have writers cramp (LOL) from this topic-anyone have any wagering stories?

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