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The Allure of Horse Betting from Tradition to Profits

Aug 17, 2007
Horse betting dates back hundreds of years, and the fact is it remains a very popular proposition. Millions of people from all over the world take part in betting on horses for a whole host of reasons.

But, why is horse racing and horse betting so popular? Let's take a look at some of the top reasons people enjoy watching the horses do their stuff:

* The thrill of it. There's just something awe inspiring about watching an animal as large as a horse speed around a track with the beauty of a ballerina on four legs. Horse racing has been a popular spectator sport for hundreds and hundreds of years for this reason alone.

* The fun of betting. Horse betting can net some very big returns. When a good system is brought into play, those returns can be very good indeed. Just like betting on a boxing match, football or a game of cards, there's a certain draw to being able to bet on horses.

* Legality. While gambling is illegal in most states, betting on horses is not. This means people can have fun, watch the horses run and still place wagers without fear of legal retribution as long as they are placed in designated outlets.

* Availability. Horse betting is possible to do from remote locations. Bets can be taken in a number of forms, including in person, online and even at off track betting locations. Rather than having to go to a casino, for example, horse tracks can be found in multiple states and betting outlets, as well.

* Camaraderie. This is one of the biggest reasons some people enjoy horse betting. There's just something exciting about being at the track, watching the horses run and hearing fans all around cheer for their favorite animal and rider. Much like a football stadium that's cheering for a favorite team, the spectators at horse races really get into the act.

* Tradition. The history of horse betting goes back a long time and in some places it's as ingrained in residents as getting up in the morning and going to work. The pomp and circumstance that surrounds the Kentucky Derby, for example. For this event, the entire community goes all out with traditions that are steeped in years and years of practice. Half the show is the tradition, while the horses are the headliners.

* Odds. While there's no guarantees in horse betting, the odds can sometimes work in a person's favor. With a well developed system and an understanding of the numbers, it's very possible for a person to have their bets pay off. And, if they don't, the experience is still a whole lot of fun.

Whether it's for the thrill of the bet, the atmosphere or even just to watch graceful giants run a course, there's something about horse betting that draws in millions every year. The truth is this is one of the oldest forms of "gambling" and it's one that's loved by people all over the globe.
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