An interview with Beth Raymer 

June, 24, 2010

Beth Raymer, the author of the joyride that is the new gambling memoir, "Lay the Favorite," said the funniest thing to me the other day. Her book is about the several years she spent working in the sports betting industry, first as an assistant for a wiseguy in Vegas named Dink and then running the office of a Curacao-based sports book called ASAP. The characters she profiles are so quirky and three-dimensional that I asked her if her original plan had been to make this book a memoir.

"In the beginning I was writing pure third person because I didn't know how to put myself in there," she said. "I didn't think I had the pitfalls and drama to compete with these guys."

And that's what was so funny. Here's why: