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But when a man betted a marker in a game and said it was worth five hundred dollars, it was accepted as worth five hundred dollars.
The gallant young fellows treated the company round to champagne at the table d'hote, rode out with the women, or hired horses on country excursions, clubbed money to take boxes at the play or the opera, betted over the fair shoulders of the ladies at the ecarte tables, and wrote home to their parents in Devonshire about their felicitous introduction to foreign society.
The program was put in place to encourage bettors to bet on teams that they may not have betted on in the past.