“It may be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong—but that’s the way to bet.” — Damon Runyon
By Theodore N. Beitchman
Runyon was one of the sharpest, most cynical reporters when he covered sports for the New York American in the 1930s and 1940s. He was also the author of “Guys and Dolls” and his ashes were scattered over Broadway when he died in 1946.
He also knew a thing or two about boxing and gambling, which when he covered the sweet science were nearly one in the same.
I can only imagine what Runyon would have thought of boxing and sports betting today — the former is a shadow of its 1940s self and the latter has exploded out of Nevada, thanks to the U. S. Supreme Court decision that legalized it in every state.
And that’s what this web site is dedicated to:
The passionate patrons of Internet gaming and Philly area casinos like Parx, Harrah’s Philly, Valley Forge Casino and Resort, Sugarhouse and Delaware Park who are looking for up-to-date lines and information so that they can gain an edge on the house, which doesn’t always win.
If you have any doubt about the popularity of sports betting you don’t have to go to Vegas on a major fight night. And that’s if you can get flight or a room.
Just watch “Oceans 11,” and you’ll get a sense of the connection between games and gaming.
Ever since the Supremes ruled in May 2018, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have become ground zero for that action.
There are sports books in the four Philly region Pennsylvania casinos, Delaware Park and all nine in Atlantic City.
Not to mention the casino-related Internet gambling apps.
It seems like forever since Pennsylvania gambling was thought to be a mortal lock. In fact, it was the early 1990s when Philly Mayor Ed Rendell was planning for riverboat gambling. That hit the rocks and it wasn’t until 2004, when Rendell was governor and Philly State Sen. Vince Fumo guided a bill through the Pennsylvania legislature, that legalized gambling became a reality in the commonwealth.
It’s been a win-win for the city, the state and the growing group of gamblers, not to mention the 20,000 folks who cash a weekly paycheck from their work at the casinos.
You don’t have to read Damon Runyon to know that the best way to pick a winner is to go with the chalk.
However, that’s not the way to maximize profit.
My dad loved the action of race tracks and casinos, and he was a judicious player, not betting every race or spin of the roulette wheel, knowing when to fold and when to hold.
At the track, he studied the charts, past performances, injuries, condition of the track and quality of the jockey.
Then, he made his bet.
That won him the Belmont in 1961 on Sherluck, a 65-to-1 outsider against Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Carry Back.
PHILLYBETSSPORTS.COM doesn’t guarantee you winners.
But we’ll post odds on virtually every sport every day — and also the 2020 presidential election and more — and we’ll point out the trends that can be useful in picking a winner.
The Eagles opened as an 8-point fave against the Lions when the lines broke a couple of weeks ago. Slowly, but surely, the line inched down to 4 ½ on game day.
They lost by 3, and the downward trend was a tell that Vegas and bettors didn’t trust the Eagles.
So, there you have it.
We hope you like our site.
And we hope you have great, good fortune.
Theodore N. Beitchman
Editor and Publisher
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19130
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