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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 2001, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the Gambling House!

You have to offer a bet BEFORE you can take one.

Volcana say ...

Bet: 500 words<br />Winner: Venus Williams

Whoever takes that bet has to pick a player as well.

Whoever says ....<br />Winner: Kim

So if Venus wins, 'Whoever' has to write 500 positive, glowing, supportive words about Venus. If Kim wins, I write about Kim. If both players lose its a 'push'.

So it's a series of 1-on-1 bets. You can bet more than one person, but bear in mind the amoount of words required can mount rapidly.

You can withdraw at any time up to opening day. No allowances for withdrawals or injuries. We all know our faves health histories.

You can always offer a bet on a player there's already a bet on. Remember rule #1.

You have to OFFER a bet first.

*******************************<br />*******************************<br />** CURRENT WAGERS AND OFFERS **<br />*******************************

This is where we stand so far.

**** Made Wagers ****

clocker: Serena Williams vs thefreedesigner

Volcana: Venus Williams vs maximus82

maximus82: Lindsay Davenport vs Volcana

thefreedesigner: Martina Hingis vs clocker

griffin: Amelie Mauresmo vs Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart: Chanda Rubin vs griffin

griffin: Amelie Mauresmo (2) vs Williams_Rulez

<br />**** Open Wagers ****

A4: Serena Williams vs _____________

disposablehero: Monica Seles vs ____________

Williams_Rulez: Venus Williams vs _____________

[ December 19, 2001: Message edited by: Volcana ]</p>

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Bet: 500 words<br />Winner: Serena Williams<br />I hope I'm doing it right.

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WINNER: Venus Williams

BET: 500 Words

dh - You could take Monica and we'll have go. Course then I'll owe 1000 words if Monica wins.

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Yikes.....I'm not so sure about this.....I hate picking the girls to win cause then they always lose <img src="redface.gif" border="0">


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post #5 of 54 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 2001, 11:34 PM
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Volcana,<br />I swear you must love to write. This is good, I look forward to the post.

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okay, volcana. Here goes: I'd say Serena, simply because, if Venus wins, I'll have no trouble at all writing glowing words about her. How do I fit in Capriati? I really hope she makes the semis at least.

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sorry, 500 words for the bet.

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A4 - We could start a thread for things other than winning the whole tournament. You could offer 'Capriati makes the semis' as a bet, but no one would take it. She made the semis in all 4 Slams last year.

brick - Someone has to offer a bet before they can take my Venus Williams proffer. And THEIR player has to win. It's not enough for me to lose. And yeah, I like to write.

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Okay. I'm a little surprised that only Williams fans have been so far willing to risk even a 500 word essay to back their faith in their fave.

Martina fans<br />Monica fans<br />Lindsay fans

Where art thou?

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I'll take you up on that offer Volcana...<br />My predicted winner: Lindsay Davenport

I can't wait to see my girl hoisting that trophy one more time! Getting your five-hundred words will only be the cherry on top ;0)

Here's hoping at least!

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You're offering Lindsay, which gives you the opportunity take me on with Venus.

Just remember, for me to have to write, its not enough that Venus lose. Lindsay has to win. I'm thinking about taking the other half of this bet. I don't particularly care for betting against Lindsay.

But if I don't, I might end up in a situation where you aren't risking ANYTHING cause nobody wil bet against Lindsay. Hmmmm .....

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Hmm I'm not sure I get this... are we all taking bets against you, Volcana?

If so,

winner: Martina Hingis - 500 words

so if Martina doesn't win (and Venus does) I have to write the 500 essay. Is that how it works?

Isn't 500 words about 2 sides of A4? I'll cope. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

I think it's a fair bet: Martina's one it thrice, but has no form. Venus - when she plays - has great form, but no Oz final appearance. Cool.

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thefreedesigner - No you actually alldon't bet me. View it this way. You're OFFERRING anyoine a bet that Hingis will win. By making that offer, you get in the game. Which means you get to TAKE any outstanding offer.

I have no outstanding offer, maximus82 took mine.

Right now, you can take on Clocker, and bet against Serena, or take on maximius82, and bet against Lindsay. Or youcan wait. If no one bets against you, you can't lose.

You only can lose if the player you bet AGAINST wins, since by definition, your player must have lost.

The only way maximus can lose is if Venus wins.

Get it?

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thanks for the explanation !!!

In that case, I'll just offer my bet out there to anyone who wants to take it! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

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thefreedsinger,<br />I'll take the bet with Serena. You take Hingis.

Make sure you write in 12 point font and 1 inch margins. Thanks

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