Two Americans sat in a plush office on the 27th floor of a tower in Hong Kong.
Their eyes were fixated on the live action coming across their TV screens.
Across the street, a horse race was thundering to a dramatic finish. But seated in their plush office chairs, Bill Benter and Paul Coladonato were only interested in the lines displayed on three computer monitors.
Those lines showed every bet they had made on the race.
The citizens of Hong Kong bet more on horse racing than anyone else on Earth.
And that particular race, on November 6, 2001, was a historic one. Rollovers from six previous races in which no one had won the jackpot had resulted in a larger pot than ever before.
More than 1 million people placed bets.