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Tony Cheeseburger
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December 8, 2009

Picking (Up) Winners Without Placing a Bet

By VINCENT M. MALLOZZI
NY TIMES

For the past 10 years, Jesus Leonardo has been cleaning up at an OTB parlor in Midtown Manhattan, cashing in, by his own count, nearly half a million dollars worth of winning tickets from wagers on thoroughbred races across the country.

During his glorious run, Mr. Leonardo, 57, has not placed a single bet.

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Report buzzer December 9, 2009 2:40 PM GMT
free money, it can be done
Report Richard LL December 9, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
indeed, an inspirational tale, it matters not where you are in the food chain, as long as you're in it, I'd place this bloke a couple of rungs above arbers personally ;)
Report The Betfairy December 9, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
Think of all the 1.01s.
Report Richard LL December 9, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
I've never heard the phrase tobleroner and nowt shows up in Google TC, what's the origins?
Report thankyoumugs December 9, 2009 2:59 PM GMT
excellent story, well worth the read.
Report Wedged December 9, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
If he has a day where he make $110 and his two friends bring him two bags each, then he pays tax on all the winnings he will make less than Money Tree.
Report mug December 9, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
Rather have a toblerone than a toffee crisp.
Report commander December 9, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
Incredible story.
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! December 9, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
Pooper SCOOPER

:)
Report FINE AS FROG HAIR December 9, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
He's welcome to my discards.
Report a bit dizzee December 9, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
Great thread, Tony.
Report Nova Sicko December 9, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
what would happen to the sleepers anyway?
Report The Investor December 9, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
Wedged 09 Dec 18:10
If he has a day where he make $110 and his two friends bring him two bags each, then he pays tax on all the winnings he will make less than Money Tree.


Doesn't leave much to be generous with!
Report Muqbil December 10, 2009 3:44 PM GMT
No official response yet?
Report Tony Cheeseburger December 10, 2009 5:08 PM GMT
I believe the phrase Tobleroner has its origins in the obscure Gorbals dialect known as Eejiteese. It's a term of abuse to deride anyone that makes money using methods different to your own, implying that their profits wouldn't be enough to buy a chocolate bar down the tuck shop.
Report Feck N. Eejit December 11, 2009 8:18 AM GMT
In lumping him in with the Ferengi you do the gentleman in question a disservice toenail. His money is extracted from the tote, not from ordinary gamblers via filthy, parsitic middlemen practices.
Report The Investor December 11, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
I just caught myself saying 'this is like picking money up from the floor'.

Which is literally what this guy is doing :D
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