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  • Aug 1, 2010
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I was a bit disappointed by Lay the Favorite - although I think it is mainly my fault. For some reason, I thought this book was about gambling addiction - and, while the main author does walk down a slippery slop, for most of the book, this book really is not as much about gambling addiction as it is about the crazyness that can be found in the world of gambling.

This is the author's life experience - though mainly she has worked in the world of gambling and has, in fact, assisted tons of people part with their money.

Some stories are funny, some are sad and some are extremely weird. Makes for some intersting reading at times - but I somehow felt disconnected from the entire story - not sure why, except to say that I was trying to find "a point" to this story and I could not.

The writing was honest but this book did not really engage me.

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It's hard not to like the breezy, ingenuous voice of this plucky protagonist who proves she's game for any kind of new experience. Hailing from Ohio, Raymer eventually made her way to Las Vegas when she was 24 and found a lucrative position assisting a Queens-born, Stuyvesant High School-educated gambling operator, Dink Heimowitz. The lovable, irascible, big-bellied Dinky had shucked life as a bookmaker back in New York, having run into trouble, for professional sports gambling; he put Raymer and the other motley staff on the phones setting up bets for all kinds of sports matchups (baseball, football, horse racing, hockey) in order to find a line that gave him an edge. Dinky referred Raymer to a high-flying bookie on Long Island, Bernard Rose, who had his own offshore network. As girl Friday Raymer fetched doughnuts, placed calls, and acted as a runner, making wads of dough, but mostly Raymer cherished working among the assortment of gambling types, the low-end hustlers and misfits she chronicles with evident tenderness.(June)
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ISBN-10: 0385526458
ISBN-13: 978-0385526456
Author: Beth Raymer
Genre: Entertainment, Biography
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
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