One of Many Betting Plans, Daily Racing Form, 1908-12-18


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ONE OF MANY BETTING PLANS. New York. December 17. Several lawyers who have been making close study of the betting situation as regards the metropolitan tracks say that as the law does not prevent any one from making a wager, either on credit or in cash, it is not illegal for such a speculator to record his own wager. "A supposed lMokniaker or a -man who makes a business of accepting wagers cannot record wagers under the law," said one of these lawyers yesterday, "but there is nothing to prevent a miiin who makes a iet with him from making a private record of such a transaction. In that way it may develop that bet-, tors when they place wagers will hand, with their money, a card upon which is written the details of the bet. The money and card can be pinned together and placed in the alleged ltookmakers pocket uutil after the race, when It can be retained or paid off as the case may be. The case of Charles Mahoney. which resulted in an acquittal in the Court of Special Sessions last fall, covered this particular IHiinr. Mahoney accepted a cash bet which was accompanied by a slip of iaer upon which the nature of the het was recorded. ""Mahoney was arrested, charged with lwing a hookmaker. but lie was discharged. On the strength of that verdict we believe that hotting can be carried on at the race tracks on this basis without interruption."

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