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‘Linsanity’ spurs on increase in sports betting, TSLC says

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

The recent outstanding performance of Jeremy Lin (林書豪) at the NBA has invigorated basketball fans and helped boost sales of sports-lottery tickets, with gamblers counting on the -Taiwanese-American player to help his team, the New York Knicks, to their sixth consecutive victory.

The Knicks are scheduled to square off against the Toronto Raptors this morning. Taiwan Sport Lottery Corp (TSLC) said it had opened the game for betting, with the Knicks favored by a five-point spread.

“Lin is the first Taiwanese-American player who has made it to the NBA,” TSLC president Hong Chu-min (洪主民) said.

“He has drawn a lot of attention, which in turn has increased the sale of lottery tickets,” Hong said.

Because of “Linsanity,” Hong said an increasing number of lottery players have bet on a Knicks win for games they play, especially after the team took down the Los Angeles Lakers 92-85 on Saturday.

Statistics from TSLC showed that only 36 percent of those betting on Saturday’s game actually placed bets on the Knicks to win. The percentage increased to 65 percent on Sunday, when New York defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98. Lin contributed to the win with 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

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