Sports betting truths by Mansi gupta
The first ever recorded sports bets, took place on 10 September
1858, by two spectators watching a game between the Brooklyn
Eckfords and the New York Mutuals, placed a 100$ bet as to whether
or not John Holden would hit a home run. Holden himself was assured
25$ if he hit, he did and after the game all the debts were settled.
In 1865 again, in a match between the same teams, three players
from the Mutuals agreed to deliberately loose a game in return of
After the scandal involving the 1877 Louisville Grays and other
fixed games prompted American League President Ban Johnson to impose
a ban on all gambling inside
American League ballparks, beginning 1903. However this ban soon
proved ineffective and betting flourished. Richard Higham was banned
in 1882 after officiating games so that certain outcomes would be
produced in return for money. The Giants manger was tainted after he
betted and won 400$ on his teams winning the World Series in 1905.
In 1919 eight members of the Chicago White Sox accepted money to
loose the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Since 1943 some of
the game's biggest names have been tainted and expelled at some or
the time for betting and accepting money for effected performance.
Gambling and players involvement has not been limited to baseball
and has affected other games like German Soccer and Horse racing
also. In 2005 25 year old Robert Hoyzer admitted having accepted
money in return for dishonest officiating.
Betting in US dates back a long way, but the real thrust to this
industry was with the legalization of betting in Nevada in 1931.
After the mining industry started slowing down, gambling was
legalized by the state dry on cash, and soon things started showing
Once the big casinos arrived on scene, many small sports betting
shops were forced out of business.
Gamblers Anonymous was formed way back in 1957, when two men
started meeting on a monthly basis and discussing their gambling and
supporting each other. After gaining publicity from local media
coverage, the first meeting of GA was held on September 1957 in Los
Membership requires a commitment to stop gambling. Most of the
members consider themselves compulsive gamblers, feeling that theirs
is an illness which shall worsen with time if not faced. It is not a
proactive organization and intervenes only when men or women feeling
they can't help themselves and contact the organization. The
organization helps by giving its members certain guidelines to be
strictly followed by them. There are no membership fees and no
outside donations are accepted. It is supported solely by
contributions from its members.
Considering the fact that 2 million or almost 1 percent of all
Americans gamble as a compulsion the situation is grave and does
need aid. Besides GA, there is also the National Council on Problem
Gambling, helping people getting out of their addiction with
Hollywood has had its share of movies based on sports betting.
The hustler, blue chip, and White Men Can't Stand were all based on
the issue of Sports Betting.
About the Author
Mansi gupta writes about. sports betting truths. Learn more at