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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  11/JUL/2010 11:28 PM
Assunto:  bicho
 
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   Well, why Number Racket? (to the Brazilian learner.)

 

    Based on a 19th century lottery to boost attendance at the Rio zoo, the animal game is no ordinary numbers racket. It starts off with 25 animals, each of which is assigned four consecutive numbers (from 01-04 for the ostrich to 97-00 for the cow). Odds for a straight animal bet are 20 to 1, but few bettors stop there. They can get 70 to 1 for guessing the last two figures of the winning number, 700 to 1 for the last three figures, 6,000 to 1 for getting all four figures right. They can play their hunches backward or forward, in combinations or alone, and by paying extra and accepting lower odds, apply their bets to as many as seven separate drawings.

 

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,842527-1,00.html#ixzz0tJk1CdbV

 

    In fact, the animals are associated to numbers (1 to 25), and go in alphabetical order (the first letter, while the second isn´t necessarily this way).

    As people bet in the ''centenas'' [hundreds]  these 25 are multiplied by four.  So you

have "centenas" (e.g. 001-004 Avestruz, 005-008 is Aguia...and so on).

 

    Here goes the number-to-animal equivalents:

Order        Numbers         Animal (in Portuguese)   Animal in English

1                01-04            Avestruz                          Ostrich

2                05-08            Águia                              Eagle

3                09-12            Burro                              Ass

4                13-16            Borboleta                        Butterfly

5                17-20            Cachorro                         Dog

6                21-24            Cabra                              She-goat (nanny-goat)

7                25-28            Carneiro                          Ram

8                29-32            Camelo                           Camel

9                33-36            Cobra                             Snake 

10              37-40            Coelho                            Rabbit

11              41-44            Cavalo                            Horse

12              45-48            Elefante                           Elephant

13              49-52            Galo                                Rooster

14              53-56            Gato                                Cat

15              57-60            Jacaré                             Alligator

16              61-64            Leão                               Lion

17              65-68            Macaco                          Monkey/ape

18              69-72            Porco                             Pig

19              73-76            Pavão                             Peacock

20              77-80            Peru                                Turkey

21              81-84            Touro                              Taurus

22              85-88            Tigre                                Tiger

23              89-92             Urso                               Bear

24              93-96             Veado                            Deer/stag

25              97-100           Vaca                              Cow

Source: Super Interessante # 280, July-2010. (translation mine).

 

 

  Problem is, though it´s the popular game in Brazil that it´s dearest to the have-nots (mostly they are the ones that bet on it).

  The bet it´s an innocent act in itself, problem is, the guys that are behind it.  See an example:

   http://www.brazil-brasil.com/pages/rpdmay97.htm

 Obituary
The Godfather
Is Gone

It was a farewell worth of a Mafia novel or movie. Castor de Andrade, 71, Rio's once all-powerful jogo do bicho (animal numbers game) capo was still on deathwatch vigil at Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school when word came that his private safe had been cracked. The culprit: Ana Cristina Bastos Moreira, 34, the mother of the bicheiro's two youngest sons and his lover for the past 17 years.

The couple had recently reconciled but were not living together. A year ago Ana Cristina accused Castor of murders and police bribery. He responded by charging that she promoted sexual orgies with plenty of cocaine in front of her small children. Since 1993, after being condemned by Judge Denise Frossard for racketeering and creation of an armed gang, Castor's power had diminished considerably. Due to his ill health he was serving his prison sentence at home.

The jogo do bicho has become a national institution, but it is in Rio that the illegal activity thrives in conjunction with the traffic of drugs. The animal lottery has daily drawings and people can participate with as little as 25 cents. In the big cities, number runners come to the offices to get bets and pay the prizes, which range from $5,000 to $100,000. The informal system has as much credibility as the legal lottery.

The jogo do bicho started as an innocent pastime for visitors to the Rio Zoo. In creating the lottery in 1888, Baron João Batista Viana Drummond wanted to raise funds to maintain the place. The tickets carried the image of 25 different animals. The prize was 20 times the price of the ticket. Soon the game would hit the streets. Even though it's been illegal since 1945, the game's popularity continues unabated `til this day.

Many Brazilians know by heart all the animals and the numbers connected to them. It is because of this alphabetical list, for example, that the number 24 (veado = deer, but also homosexual) in Brazil is synonymous of queer. Here is the complete list:

  01. Avestruz (ostrich) 01 02 03 04

  02. Águia (eagle) 05 06 07 08

  03. Burro (donkey) 09 10 11 12

  04. Borboleta (butterfly) 13 14 15 16

  05. Cachorro (dog) 17 18 19 20

  06. Cabra (she-goat) 21 22 23 24

  07. Carneiro (sheep) 25 26 27 28

  08. Camelo (camel) 29 30 31 32

  09. Cobra (snake) 33 34 35 36

  10. Coelho (rabbit) 37 38 39 40

  11. Cavalo (horse) 41 42 43 44

  12. Elefante (elephant) 45 46 47 48

  13. Galo (rooster) 49 50 51 52

  14. Gato (cat) 53 54 55 56

  15. Jacaré (cayman) 57 58 59 60

  16. Leão (lion) 61 62 63 64

  17. Macaco (monkey) 65 66 67 68

  18. Porco (pig) 69 70 71 72

  19. Pavão (peacock) 73 74 75 76

  20. Peru (turkey) 77 78 79 80

  21. Touro (bull) 81 82 83 84

  22. Tigre (tiger) 85 86 87 88

  23. Urso (bear) 89 90 91 92

  24. Veado (deer) 93 94 95 96

  25. Vaca (cow) 97 98 99 00

 


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Jogar na loteria  –  Carla B.  08/JUL/2010, 12:59 PM
Jogar na loteria  –  Dale-USA  08/JUL/2010, 1:28 PM
Jogar na loteria  –  André_rs  08/JUL/2010, 10:14 PM
bets, bookmaking, pools  –  Dale-USA  08/JUL/2010, 11:45 PM
bets, bookmaking, pools  –  PPAULO  09/JUL/2010, 9:28 PM
bets, bookmaking, pools  –  Dale-USA  09/JUL/2010, 11:57 PM
bets, bookmaking, pools  –  PPAULO  10/JUL/2010, 6:17 AM
bets, bookmaking, pools  –  PPAULO  10/JUL/2010, 6:32 AM
bets, bookmaking, pools  –  André_rs  10/JUL/2010, 10:02 AM
bicho  –  Dale-USA  10/JUL/2010, 12:02 PM
bicho  –  André_rs  10/JUL/2010, 12:12 PM
bicho  –  Dale-USA  10/JUL/2010, 1:05 PM
bicho  –  PPAULO  11/JUL/2010, 10:41 PM
 bicho  –  PPAULO  11/JUL/2010, 11:28 PM
bicho  –  PPAULO  12/JUL/2010, 12:08 AM
bicho  –  Dale-CR  13/JUL/2010, 1:01 PM
bicho  –  PPAULO  13/JUL/2010, 9:51 PM
bicho  –  PPAULO  13/JUL/2010, 10:22 PM
bicho [dar zebra..]  –  PPAULO  13/JUL/2010, 11:36 PM
bicho [dar zebra..]  –  PPAULO  14/JUL/2010, 1:32 AM

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