Betting is defined as the activity of placing a wager on the outcome of an event. Betting on auto races can take the form of betting on one driver in one race, hoping that he or she wins, or betting that a particular driver will win the overall points standings at the end of the racing season. Betting is a form of gambling, and when it pertains to sports then the term ‘Sports Book’ is often used. A sports book is the place where people can bet on auto racing events. It is important for people who are new to sports betting to read the sports book’s rules carefully before making a wager, since the sports book’s definition of what qualifies as an ‘official result’; may differ from results posted at the track itself or reported on radio or television. Upon the sports book’s declaration of the official result, all winning wagers are paid.
Opening prices of sports books are determined by private companies and by looking at other sports books, prices and odds will adjust according to incoming bets, injuries, the weather and news – basically anything that could potentially affect the outcome of an auto race. The legality of sports book betting varies throughout the world, but in the U.S. it is a longstanding tradition. The first actual sports book was Athletic Publications, Inc., created in the early 1930s as a business venture. A team of expert sports handicappers would publish their stated odds in the book, which was then distributed to bookies throughout the country. These days, companies like Las Vegas Sports Consultants are the main oddsmakers but there are also competing sports books that may post different odds.
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