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Synonyms for betting

preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance

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The exceptional fact of his presence was much noticed in the room, where there was a good deal of Middlemarch company; and several lookers-on, as well as some of the players, were betting with animation.
But Fred Vincy, startled at seeing Lydgate, and astonished to see him betting with an excited air, stood aside, and kept out of the circle round the table.
But the last thing likely to have entered Fred's expectation was that he should see his brother-in-law Lydgate--of whom he had never quite dropped the old opinion that he was a prig, and tremendously conscious of his superiority--looking excited and betting, just as he himself might have done.
Lydgate, by betting on his own strokes, had won sixteen pounds; but young Hawley's arrival had changed the poise of things.
When somebody said to me, `Young Vincy has taken to being at the billiard-table every night again--he won't bear the curb long;' I was tempted to do the opposite of what I am doing--to hold my tongue and wait while you went down the ladder again, betting first and then--"
Kearns, with every eye upon him, looked at his two-card draw, counted the other three to dispel any doubt of holding more than five cards, and wrote on a betting slip.
At all events the phrase in question grew daily in favor, notwithstanding the gross impropriety of a man betting his brains like bank-notes: -- but this was a point which my friend's perversity of disposition would not permit him to comprehend.
As Desborough, their horse, was second in the betting, they had an interest in the disappearance of the favorite.
I am not a betting man," answered the Doctor, "but I rather think that the odds are in favor of your going.
JUST a fortnight to go to the new look Betting Show, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, January 26-28, alongside the mighty International Gaming Expo at Earls Court.
The IGE has a separate programme of seminars and the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) will publish its report on sports betting during the Show.
The independent report focuses on the commercial and integrity issues surrounding the availability of betting on sporting events, notably regarding the impact of these issues within the European Union.
Julian Graves, MD of organisers Clarion, says: "IGE, which for the first time incorporates The Betting Show as a dedicated component, will have a total of 400 exhibitors from more than 50 countries, making it one of the industry's most important total gaming exhibitions.
As such The Betting Show and IGE represent invaluable low cost opportunities for visitors to get an understanding and a feel for what measures their colleagues and counterparts in other areas of the country, in different sectors and even in different continents are undertaking to move out of the doldrums and revitalise their businesses.