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"I know," the man said. "I'll spot you 13 points, and give you three-to-one."
"No," John said. "Just a dollar."
The smile on the man's face grew a trifle strained. I could hardly blame him. I smiled back at him and nodded again, to indicate that I would help straighten matters out, and leaned close to John.
"You can bet your dollar," I said. "That part of it is all right. What the man means is that Yale has to get 13 points before it begins to count against Dartmouth. If Yale gets 13 and Dartmouth gets only six, let's say, then you still win the bet, and instead of collecting only one dollar, you'll collect three. Okay?"
John shook his head.
"No," he said. "Just a dollar. I want to bet a dollar. He should bet a dollar, too."
The man laughed. Not very heartily. By this time quite a few people around us were watching and listening.
"But that's even money," he said. "I'd be cheating you, son, if I bet you even money. Dartmouth hasn't got a prayer. I'm willing to give you three-to-one."
John shook his head again.
"No," he said stubbornly. "Just a dollar. I bet a dollar. You bet a dollar."