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DU bets on World Cup

Betting fever grips colleges across Delhi University.

entertainment Updated: Feb 24, 2011 01:57 IST
Namya Sinha

Every game is a gamble, and this one, Delhi’s youngsters are not ready to let go. With the world cup being the talk of the town, it's stakes are high among young betters in the city. Students of Delhi University are spending their pocket money, and much more, on match betting among friends.

“Day scholars are spending as much as Rs. 5,000 - Rs. 10,000 on match betting. Hostellers, of course, can’t afford it for all the costs they have to bear,” says a prominent member of a students’ union party, wishing not to be named. The only matches that get the money out on campus are the ones that India plays. While an India-Bangladesh match has low stakes, an India-Pakistan match is expected to push the stakes to Rs. 15,000. The most common form of betting includes predicting the winner. Other forms include predicting runs and wickets taken.

“Our ‘spread betting’ is more complex — it depends on the runs that a particular team will make. If someone predicts that team x will make 300 plus runs, then every extra run beyond 300 will earn him Rs. 5,” says Manish Kumar, student of a noted south delhi college.