Feeling heady with the possibility of placing a winning bet, I got in line at the 2€ guichet.
The gentleman behind the window recognized that I was a novice gambler, and asked me which horse I wanted to bet on. Since I was standing at a 2€ guichet, I decided to place the bet on horse number 2.
He then asked me whether I wanted to bet that the horse would win or place. I figured that since I was placing a 2€ bet on horse number 2, then I should wager that it would come in second, or “place.” It’s as good a system as any for placing a bet!
With the ticket in hand, we went off to watch the race on a monitor.
Number 2 places second! Hooray! Let’s go back to the window and collect our winnings.
I handed the ticket to the gentleman and he prepared a wad of 100€ bills. He told us to get our camera ready and brought them up to show me. I watched, mouth agape, as he withdrew them after Monique took the photograph.
It was a good joke! “The hard reality, sir, is that you won six euros…”
Well, six euros is, at least, three times my wager! What a deal!
I pocketed my winnings and we left the racecourse. It had been a great day at the races!
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