NOT FOND OF FONDA

Ken Hoffman relives his costly celebrity gambling fail

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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

Actor Peter Fonda, co-writer and star of the groundbreaking counterculture film Easy Rider, died last week. He was 79.

Here's my Peter Fonda story and the night I took the worst gambling "bad beat" of my life.

In 1998, Fonda was nominated for a movie called Ulee's Gold. I never saw this movie, I still have no idea what it's about, but I kept hearing about Fonda racking up important acting awards:

Golden Globes: "Best Performance by and Actor in a Motion Picture."

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics: "Best Actor."

National Society of Film Critics: "Best Actor."New York Film Critics: "Best Actor."

Society of Texas Film Critics: "Best Actor."

On and on, Fonda was sweeping every acting award in sight for Ulee's Gold.

Fond of Fonda in Vegas

Around that time, I checked the Las Vegas odds for the upcoming Academy Awards. Internet gambling was starting to hit big and I happened to have an account with an Irish bookmaking site.

The nominees for Best Actor were: Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting, Jack Nicholson for As Good as it Gets, Dustin Hoffman for Wag the Dog, Robert Duvall for The Apostle, and Peter Fonda for Ulee's Gold.

I thought for sure that Fonda would be the overwhelming favorite to win the Oscar. After all, he was sweeping all the acting awards in the runup to the Academy Awards. But whoa, Fonda was only the third choice among the Vegas oddsmakers at 8-1.

Easy Rider; easy money

Are you kidding? This is the lock of the millennium. I was going to load up on Peter Fonda to win Best Actor. Easy money. A printing press. A key to Fort Knox.

But first … I'm in the media and I used to sit two desks over from Joe Leydon at the old Houston Post. Joe absolutely lived and breathed movies. These days he teaches film studies at UH and HCC and reviews movies for Variety. I trusted his knowledge of the industry. I called Joe and asked him, "Who's going to win Best Actor at the Oscars?" Like every other film critic in America, he was all over Peter Fonda's performance in Ulee's Gold. I double asked him, "Are you sure?"

Continue on CultureMap to learn how Peter Fonda inspired a Beatles song and more.

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The overall goal in gambling is to make progress with your bankroll. Whether it be in slow increments or sometime you catch a it score, the goal stays the same.

This edition of Bookie Busters brings us some Champions league opportunities and some MLS games. Thursday nights NFL match up leaves something to be desired, but in a gambling sense, it might create value.


Good Luck!

New Plays

Coming soon...

455  CST  9.20

NCAA

Utah -4 5U MAX

Previous Plays

Parlay 1U KC -3 2nd half

Denver TT Under 10 2nd half

Rams -3 2nd half

Parlay 3U Chiefs 3rd Q ML

Rams -3 2nd half

Chiefs 2nd half TT over 14 5U MAXBroncos TT Under 10 second half 2U

9/14 921 CST

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN Over 1.5 2nd half 5U MAX (2.5 for game)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2nd Half TT over 9.5 5U MAX

706 CST

Sometimes it's just feel and I feel like the bet is Tampa Bay +7 1U

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