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The sentence, "A thousand dollars a throw in Madison Square Garden wouldn't have gotten any more breathless suspense," is intended to emphasize
the size of the crowd drawn to watch Tea Cake and Motor Boat play dice.
the high stakes of the game of dice that Tea Cake and Motor Boat are playing.
the number of people congregated to watch the storm gather.
the high stakes of the impending hurricane.
how enthralled the crowd was by watching Tea Cake and Motor Boat play dice.