“Big bets take place unofficially and the winnings are exchanged from hand-to-hand.”
Betting among individuals is not legal but still goes on.
Despite its limited availability, people from many walks of life crowd the “predictions” office next to the track in Nowruzabad where legal betting takes place inside a building where an electronic screen advertises: “Make a prediction, win a prize”.
He had just won 200,000 rials (almost $20). Odds are not given before the race and returns are calculated afterwards.
Cleric Mahmoudi warned of the dangers of gambling.
“Last year someone won $75,000 there in a bet,” a race official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
NOWRUZABAD, Iran As Rio Collection galloped across the finishing line, Sardar hooted with joy and high-fived his friends.
“In negotiations with some sources of emulation , we finally managed to receive permission to bet on horses under certain conditions,” said Ebrahim Mohammdzadeh, an official at Tehran’s horse-racing committee.
The really big bets happen at bigger tracks, particularly at the 10-000 capacity Gonbad-e Kavoos hippodrome in northern Iran.
“I always buy prediction tickets from this office but my dad bets directly with others,” he said. “In a way we are donating this money to help develop the races.”
“People are reluctant to place big bets with the prediction office,” he said . As well as a computer screen with race details, each has a basket into which they toss the takings.
The way it works is that jockeys authorise the horse-racing committee to place bets for other people on their behalf.
“All forms of gambling are haram (forbidden by Islam) except for horse racing, camel racing and archery,” said Mohsen Mahmoudi, a cleric at a north Tehran mosque, adding that those manly, warrior sports were all encouraged by the Prophet Mohammad.
By Mitra Amiri
| NOWRUZABAD, Iran
Wearing loose black trousers and speaking with a strong local accent, Sardar, a carpenter, said he chose not to buy prediction tickets as winnings were limited.
As the horses pass the finishing line, the spectators — including dozens of women — jump up from their seats near the track and rush to the predictions office to see how much they have won and place money on the next one.
“I just lost 30,000 rials but I had a lot of fun,” said fine arts student Tamanna, 30, showing her ticket printed with a line that says cash spent buying the ticket goes to support the horse races, rather than in the hope of winning.
The Koran describes gambling as “evil, unclean and Satanic” and people found guilty of illegal gambling in the Islamic Republic can be sentenced to flogging and jail.
However, three forms of gambling are permitted under Islam, said a cleric consulted on the matter by Reuters.. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi — the last shah who was overthrown in the 1979 uprising led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini — was a keen horseman and aimed to expand racing.
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Prediction tickets can be bought for as little as 10,000 rials (around $1) with no official upper limit, although large bets are rare. Of the total money coming into the official betting office, some 70 percent is given out as winnings with the remaining 30 percent going to cover the costs of racing.
“I just paid 50,000 rials. I predicted correctly,” said the 18-year-old.
Most of the people buying prediction tickets legally from the racetrack office did not seem concerned, however.
Under Islamic sharia law, gambling is generally seen as illegal and Sardar’s wager, made with a friend, was actually not permitted. Camel racing — popular in some Arab countries across the Gulf — is not a significant sport in Iran and archery has no great popular following.
In pre-revolutionary Iran, horse riding was considered an elite sport. Not by “betting” on the horse, he insisted — betting is illegal under Iran’s Islamic law — but by “predicting” Rio Collection would win.
To make it possible for spectators to take part, the Equestrian Federation of Iran sought permission from senior clerics known as “sources of emulation”, to whom Shi’ite Muslims turn for guidance on moral issues.
People can also place bets on horses through the federation’s website, but that misses out on the spectacle.
“I knew he would win. I hope I can win something,” said Erfan, 15.
“The bettor makes gains easily, without working and this causes others to lose money with consequent dissatisfaction and grief,” he said, pointing out one reason Islam regards gambling as “haram”.
The 2,000-capacity Nowruzabad track off a major highway to the west of Tehran is the only track easily accessible to the population of the capital. It hold races over a 10-week season each year.
But technically, he added, only the archery contestants and riders of the horses or camels in the races are permitted to bet.
After the revolution the idea fell out of favour and today there are only four racetracks in the country. But thanks to certain religious rulings, many race-goers are permitted to put money on the horses legally as long as they are “predicting” through official channels.
Inside, a dozen women, wearing obligatory headscarves, sit behind windows, taking predictions and paying out winnings. “He once won 30 million rials.”
Supreme Court declined to hear New Jersey’s appeal in June, saying, “You know, that’s the way it goes.”
The NFL had no comment when reached by ESPN.com. — Gov. In light of our significant investment at Monmouth Park, we are happy that it appears racetracks and casinos in New Jersey will be taking sports bets sooner rather than later.”
In addition to the directive, Christie also had the state file a motion in federal court asking a judge to clarify or modify a February 2013 ruling that blocks a licensing program New Jersey had passed for sports betting in the state.
“That to some degree will dictate how the race tracks and casinos move forward,” Beck told ESPN.
Lesniak said he expects the leagues to challenge the move, but predicted: “They don’t have any arguments left to make. Bets wouldn’t have been taken on games involving New Jersey colleges or college games played in the state.
Christie suggested casinos and tracks could start offering betting immediately, but it’s not clear that will happen. Raymond Lesniak, one of the legislature’s strongest supporters of sports betting. Like others, we recognize that legalized sports betting is inevitable, and will be a good outcome for customers, states and the sports leagues. State lawmakers soon enacted a law to allow for betting at tracks and in casinos. Nevada has allowed betting on sports for more than 60 years, and Delaware, Montana and Oregon have at times permitted more limited betting. State Sen. That effort ended with the U.S. Rachel Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Meadowlands Racetrack said Monday that the track has no plans to offer sports betting now.
He said he does not expect sports betting to begin until a court rules that it is legal.
Casino executives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Christie’s action.
“Based on the arguments of the sports leagues and the United States Department of Justice, the 3rd Circuit has already ruled that New Jersey can carry out sports wagering as described in today’s statewide directive,” the governor’s office wrote in a statement. “People should book their hotel rooms in Atlantic City for the Super Bowl now because there won’t be any available in February.”. “Obviously, this is a significant development. Jennifer Beck, a Republican who represents the area where Monmouth Park resides, said Monday that she would like to see the track begin taking bets as soon as this upcoming weekend, but wants to see the reaction from the sports leagues.
The move came hours before Christie was to convene a closed-door summit on the future of Atlantic City. Other leagues and the NCAA did not immediately return messages Monday.
The professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey leagues, as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, all opposed New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting, saying it could give the appearance that the integrity of the games has been compromised.
The U.S. branch of William Hill agreed to be the exclusive provider of sports betting at Monmouth Park, but is taking a wait-and-see approach.
Monmouth Park, a thoroughbred track in Oceansport, New Jersey, has been outspoken that it will take the lead once sports betting became legal.
A month ago, Christie vetoed a bill that would have pushed New Jersey to circumvent the federal ban on gambling on professional and college sports. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.
Information from ESPN.com’s David Purdum and The Associated Press is included in this report. Christie said at the time disagreed with the court decision but feels the law is “sacrosanct.”
The park built a sports bar last year that was designed to be transformed into a sports book quickly if sports betting were legalized.
The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting.
But those actions ran up against the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, enacted by Congress to restrict betting on sports to a few states. New Jersey missed a 1991 deadline in the law that would have allowed sports betting in Atlantic City.
Dennis Drazin, an attorney and adviser to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman and Monmouth Park, told ESPN in early September that he believes the track could have an operating sports book within three weeks after legalization.
Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly endorsed legal sports betting in a nonbinding referendum in 2011. CEO Joe Asher said in a statement. District Court,” William Hill U.S. This is all over but the shouting.”
N.J. The seaside resort has already lost three of the 12 casinos with which it began this year, and a fourth one is due to shut its doors next week; about 8,000 casino workers will have lost their jobs since January.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.
The move is a turnaround for Christie, who initially seemed resigned to defeat once the U.S. The governor says sports betting is legal under previous federal rulings as long as wagers don’t involve a collegiate game played in New Jersey or a New Jersey college team elsewhere in the country.
His action, through the state attorney general’s office, is likely to be challenged by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. Chris Christie’s administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues.
“Victory at last!” said state Sen. “The motion simply would clarify and formalize that authority and give clear guidance to casinos and racetracks waiting to open a sports pool in New Jersey.”
“We are reviewing the Attorney General’s directive and the motion filed in U.S
It’s not pretty… “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
1. “Redeployment” by Phil Klay
8. “Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art” by Carl Hoffman.
Amazon says: Quiet and beautiful, this novel about an unknowable teenage girl in a mixed-race family in the 1970s Midwest will make you cry.
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2. but it IS fascinating. 3. “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
4. “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette” by Hampton Sides
Amazon says: A beautiful, atmospheric story about two young people, one French, one German, growing up on the eve of World War II.
9. There are 31 authors who have graced Amazon’s Best Books of the Year lists before. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League” by Jeff Hobbs
Amazon says: Set in the not-so-distant future, this apocalyptic novel is surprisingly hopeful in its depiction of a culture that both mocks and mourns its disappeared past.
Here’s Amazon’s Top 10 Books of 2014:
7. John Mandel
In making its selection, the editorial team read 480 books. All Rights Reserved. “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty
Amazon says: At once extremely personal and culturally wise, this reported memoir will change the way you think about race, class and the meaning of friendship.
In a recent 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, more than half of Americans (53 percent) called society’s quest to advance the field of artificial intelligence “important.”
In a statement, Unanimous’ chief information officer David Baltaxe said the whole process took the company’s AI tool 20 minutes.
How does the system work? According to the company, the technology is built on a closed-loop system inspired by the insect swarm found in nature. All Rights Reserved. Exaggerator. Twenty participants, convened by the company, first used the software to narrow the field of 20 horses down to four top picks. Gun Runner
2. The participants then used UNU to predict the winning order — and it turned out to be 100 percent correct.
The artificial intelligence company Unanimous tested its new software platform, UNU, on last weekend’s Kentucky Derby, as reported by TechRepublic.
Although several prominent industry leaders remain wary of artificial intelligence, and a recent high-profile experiment with it went awry, the technology could revolutionize everything from smartphones to automobiles. Mohaymen
You probably didn’t consider basing your Kentucky Derby bets on artificial intelligence — but maybe you should have. The idea is that “many minds are better than one,” therefore the act of pooling individual insights gives groups a better chance of reaching optimal decisions.
“I placed my $1 bet on the race at the Derby on Saturday and made $542.10 — the odds of winning the superfecta [the top 4 finishers in order] were 540-1,” TechRepublic reporter Hope Reese wrote. For comparison, none of the experts at Churchill Downs predicted the top four horses, let alone the top four horses in the correct order.
He says new regulations would help prevent underage betting while educating those with a gambling problem about how to bet responsibly.
Silver says new laws would have to protect the integrity of the sports.
Sports leagues have long opposed gambling on games, claiming it creates incentives for game-fixing. It is currently only legal in Nevada; New Jersey is moving toward legalization — against the opposition of all four major pro sports leagues.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s time for a new approach to betting on sports.
. He suggests a federal framework that allows states to legalize sports betting.
In an op-ed article for The New York Times published online on Thursday, Silver says fans should have a safe and legal way to gamble on professional games
Sixteen-year-old Pagan is squire to Lord Roland, a Templar knight, as Saladin’s armies close in on Jerusalem. Author:
This book chronicles the early life of George Washington, from his childhood years in Virginia and his career as a surveyor to his early victories in the French and Indian War and his assumption of the leadership of the Continental Army.
America, now Panem, requires each of its 12 territories to select two children between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the Hunger Games. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure.
The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle
Andrea Davis Pinkney
The Hunger Games
The ages of Myst are worlds of adventure and awe, of mystery and beauty, of intrigue and betrayal. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston, pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.
Brief factual stories of how various familiar things were invented, many by accident, make for an informative read.
Do you ever dream you’ve shown up to school in your underwear? How about driving a car and you’ve never even driven? Have you ever dreamed you’re hanging out with Katie Holmes or Johnny Damon? These are more common dreams than you might think, and there are reasonable yet surprising explanations for them!
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Crossing the Wire
George Washington, Frontier Colonel
The Red Necklace
This is a list of tried-and-true books for seventh graders. There are so many more wonderful books I could include, but the request was for the 25 every seventh grader should read, so that is what I have attempted to provide. But she was afraid it was too much to hope for.
Taking place during the French Revolution, this marvelous tale of history and magic follows Yann Margoza, a gypsy orphan being raised by the dwarf Tetu. So, as usual, it was up to 13-year-old Dicey, the eldest of four, to take care of everything, make all the decisions, feed them, and find places to sleep. Their stories are told here.
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services. On television, these twenty-four kids will fight to the death, and only one will survive. This is the first book in The Hidden series; they are all can’t-put-down reads!
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can “read” fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel Inkheart years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.
Author: . Added to his stress is his own drive to succeed in the world of football and his internal debate whether steroids will be his way to stand out. Thus begins a chain of events that will lead young Yann to eventually become a hero of the revolution.
Born third when having more than two children per family is illegal, Luke has always lived in hiding. Each of them has magic of their own, which allows them to travel with a successful magician Topolian. Their fates are destined to intertwine with Sido, the young daughter of a Marquis when they are invited to do a special performance at her father’s chateau. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.
Paul Fisher plays soccer despite the thick glasses he wears because of a mysterious eye injury.
Set in a world where fear, pain, and war no longer exist, this is the story of Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy who has just received his Life Assignment as “The Receiver,” a highly prestigious position as keeper of memory for his entire society. Now take a step further into the fictional legend of Myst. Unfortunately, with this assignment come realizations about his community and their life that are not all he has been led to believe. For most of his young life, Atrus thought the stories his grandmother told him were just strange legends. Then his time came to explore the magnificent underground realm.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people. She befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.
The Tillerman kids’ mother just left them one day in a car in a mall parking lot. But above all, Dicey would have to make sure to avoid the authorities who would split them up and place them in foster homes. Rival coaches who doubt that he is only twelve years old want proof, but Michael has no parents. What is the price of success?
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
In 1892, a nine-year-old Jewish boy from Naples arrives in New York penniless and alone. Enjoy.
The King of Mulberry Street
Includes diary entries, personal letters, and archival photographs to describe the experiences of boys, 16 years old or younger, who fought.
A 12-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935, when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff
The Boys` War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War
Among the Hidden
Noah and his younger sister, Abbey, must figure out a way to prove that the owner of a casino boat is illegally dumping sewage into the bay near their Florida home.
Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, David Wingrove
Myst: The Book of Atrus
Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother, has cerebral palsy. This tale follows the growth of the relationship between squire and mentor in this twist on a “coming of age” story, in which we find that sometimes the younger is indeed the wiser.
It’s 1793, and there’s an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia.
If I have left any of your favorite books off of this list, feel free to leave them in the comments. You have seen only a glimpse of the picture. As I said in the beginning, there are many more wonderful books out there to be read–these are just the beginning. The city’s residents are fleeing in fear. When the life of a newchild (baby) his family is caring for comes to hang in the balance, he and his mentor, the Giver, hatch a desperate plan to change a society.
Judith Bloom Fradin
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a vast array of other items, this story follows Ginny as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.
A teen struggles with the multiple difficulties of pleasing his father, his coach, and his friends at the same time. This killer has a name–yellow fever–but everything else about it is a mystery. Also recommended is Catching Fire, the sequel.
Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. These pages are your link to the story of Atrus, son of Gehn, and the last of the race of D’Ni–the masters of The Art, the craft of linking to other worlds through the descriptive art of writing. Their father had left them a long time ago. Deep down, she hoped they could find an adult they could trust, someone who would take them in and love them. They come recommended by schools around the country, and I can also personally and professionally vouch for many, as they belong to my personal library for my own use.
Ten female freedom fighters let their lights shine in African-American history. His starving mama has bribed someone on a cargo ship to hide him away so that he could come to America for a “new start.” Slowly, befriended by two other youngsters in similar straits, even as he struggles to survive on the New York city streets, he comes to the realization that Mama was not left behind by accident.
Reaching for Sun
Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores journeys north in a desperate attempt to cross the Arizona border and find work in the United States to support his family in central Mexico.
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Donna Jo Napoli
Margaret Peterson Haddix
5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft`s Flight from Slavery
The Dream book: A Young Person’s Guide to Understanding Dreams
I have tried to include something for everyone from history buffs to sci-fi fans
Go ahead and try it. You can see what your bankroll would have been if you chased. You are now 7 units up. Example: You have an excellent winning streak, 8 wins and 1 loss. You need to limit yourself to what you can and will bet. Sure, every once in a while spurge and double your bet if it is on a strong play and not what you want to be a strong play. You lose discipline you lose your money. This is probably the hardest thing about being successful at wagering over a period of time. Two things do not exist in the real world…. It is easy to just double up on a couple of bets to try and recoup your losses, but what if you lose those bets, too? You’re only human and you will want to chase those losses, but if you stick to your original budget and plan, it will pay off and it will all make sense at the end of the season. Profits do speak volumes.
With so much sports betting being done online these days and sports betting online being so accessible to everyone, money management is a must! Unless you own a bank, and even if you do, you can’t afford to throw your whole bankroll on a game and if you lose, just grab another. You must have discipline, as this is the foundation you must have in order to properly and successfully manage your money and place wise wagers. Be stingy! Allow yourself only enough to equal to what you can afford to lose over the entire season. Stick to your plan, but write down all the times you wanted to chase your losses through the season. Ah, but now it is easy to lose your focus and forget your previous wins. locks and ‘sure things’.
Whether you are at your local track, playing online, or just betting a group of co-workers or friends on a game, there are several factors to keep in mind.
So, go ahead and visit your favorite online sports betting site. Just remember to stay in control of your money.
. Whoops! Now you lose 3 in a row, but you are still up 4 units. Typically you need to spend only 5% of that stash
Look at a guy like steve nash. What about the taboo subject that certain ethnic groups are predisposed. And one thing they have their ancestry, low latitude. He has extremely short legs. More there’s an evolutionary fluke that allowed people to get by, that can aplied athletically. And go find the sport that emphasizes it. What did you find makes the best athlete? There’s some evidence in certain parts, gymnastics. That’s better for swimming. Golf. From kenya, we’re used to thinking of all kenyans being great runners.
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