A soccer bet

1998. A world cup year. One morning one of the guys (let’s call him K) reported to camp in a happy mood. He told us he had won $200 from a soccer bet. During that time, soccer betting was not legalized yet, thus people either placed bets with illegal bookies or had a bet within a circle of friends. For K’s case, it was the latter. He promised to treat us to breakfast the next day after he collected his winnings that evening. However, K reported to camp the next day empty-handed and looking unhappy. He explained that when he went to collect his winnings from his friend, his friend passed him only $20. He told his friend it was $200. His friend looked surprised and showed him the sms that was sent when laying the bet. It wrote $20. Our dear K was too eager to send the sms and forgot a 0.

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