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Former stripper riffs on sports gambling and golden gloves in steamy new memoir

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Lay the Favorite is Beth Raymer’s new book about her years in the high-stakes gambling world of sports betting. In a period when gamblers no longer used local bookies and unregulated offshore sports booking exploded, Beth rose from an assistant in a Las Vegas betting office to become a trusted expert, seasoned enough to open an offshore booking office in the Caribbean. Raymer became one of the few women excelling in the high-anxiety world of off-shore sports gambling. How much did logic contribute to her success, and how much was simply getting lucky?


Beth Raymer, author of Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling (Random House)