Random and Focus Take the Dog


Random House Films and Focus Features have optioned the big screen rights for “Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog,” an upcoming gambling memoir by Beth Raymer.

The novel, which traces the author’s journey into the world of professional sports gambling, is scheduled to be published by Random House’s Spiegel & Grau division in spring 2009.

Raymer fell into professional gambling in Vegas, where she started working as a cocktail waitress in hopes of making fast cash. Her gambling led her to New York and the Caribbean, with gamblers soon becoming her second family. But when she fell in love, she had to re-evaluate her life.

Raymer, an MFA candidate at Columbia University, will continue to report on offshore gambling in Central America under a recently awarded Fulbright Fellowship.