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Your best bet for this year’s Academy Awards

You may soon be able to reap some Academy rewards. For the first-time ever in the United States, armchair film critics may be able to legally wager on who will win Oscars, after casino regulators last week approved betting on the Academy Awards — only in New Jersey. William Hill, which operates sports books at the Ocean and Tropicana casinos in Atlantic City, and Monmouth Park racetrack, has posted odds in the top categories. Should you risk your roll on “Roma,” or lay the greenbacks on “Green Book?” Listen to Johnny O, and you’ll be rolling in the benjamins come Feb. 24. Best Picture “Roma” is the odds-on favorite because it’s extreme Oscar bait (black and white, artsy-fartsy, hard-hitting themes). And Alfonso Cuar ...