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Jai alai

Jai-Alai means "Merry Festival" in the Basque language. The term is used to denote a fronton used to play a variety of Pelota called Cesta Punta. The game is characterized by the fast pace of play, in which a 125g. ball (or pelota) covered with parchment skin can travel faster than 180 mph. It is played with a wicker basket glove approximately 63 to 70 cm long.

Jai-alai play is popular in Florida, where it forms the basis for a major Parimutuel gambling industry.



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