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Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: hal
Date: December 04, 2019 01:37PM
Sports writers that I read are bubbling with excitement with the new legalization (a bit more complicated than that, but...) of sports betting.

Everyone says it's going to change the way people watch sports.

I've never been a betting type really. I'm not excited about it at all. Am I an outlier on this?
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 04, 2019 01:41PM
I like sports but I never bet on it. It never occurs to me to bet.
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 04, 2019 01:51PM
Really. Hate. Both.

Sports fans are already equal to religion or politics -- now adding money and personal loss to the mix... smiley_gun_sniper





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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: December 04, 2019 01:55PM
I had a roommate in college who regularly bet sports; he wrote a program in DOS back in the day to keep track of injuries & etc. for basketball. He bet that and did horse racing. He cleared better than his salary some years (and he made a good salary).



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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: Acer
Date: December 04, 2019 01:58PM
Pfft. As a Cleveland fan and as a person who never wins anything, even the crappy door prizes at the company picnic, I would never attempt sports betting.



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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 04, 2019 02:36PM
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Pfft. As a Cleveland fan and as a person who never wins anything, even the crappy door prizes at the company picnic, I would never attempt sports betting.

That's funny. I bet the Indians are particularly frustrating considering how competitive they generally are.
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 04, 2019 02:37PM
I don't believe in legalized sports betting. I still use a good old bookie. Bookie Lives Matter!
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 04, 2019 02:41PM
I learned early on that I should not gamble. I get too weird. Won $50 in Carson City playing poker and decided to quit. That was 1983.
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 04, 2019 02:51PM
Nothing good will come from this.



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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: December 04, 2019 03:19PM
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I don't believe in legalized sports betting. I still use a good old bookie. Bookie Lives Matter!

Amen! I find it refreshingly, or dishearteningly, naive that people think sports betting hasn't been a thriving industry all along whether it was legal or not. Sort of like how when gambling first became legal in Nevada, the only thing one very nice restaurant in Reno had to do was move all their gaming tables and slot machines from the already popular illegal casino in the basement to positions of prominence on the main floor for all to see.



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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 04, 2019 03:26PM
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I don't believe in legalized sports betting. I still use a good old bookie. Bookie Lives Matter!

Amen! I find it refreshingly, or dishearteningly, naive that people think sports betting hasn't been a thriving industry all along whether it was legal or not. Sort of like how when gambling first became legal in Nevada, the only thing one very nice restaurant in Reno had to do was move all their gaming tables and slot machines from the already popular illegal casino in the basement to positions of prominence on the main floor for all to see.

Exactly! My father was a bookie which he conducted out of his barber shop.
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: December 04, 2019 04:06PM
It's never occurred to me. It has to lots of other people, but I guess that I don't care about sports all that much to bet on it. Either that, or I just don't have enough disposable income to lose.
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: December 04, 2019 04:31PM
Not a sports fan and not interested in gambling on it. Have done both in the past but simply don't choose to make the time to either nowadays. Put another way, I'm ignoring far more useful things already and I think I'll get to those first before sports/gambling.
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 04, 2019 05:11PM
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 04, 2019 06:50PM
And people wonder why the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The wealthy people I know don't gamble (unless you consider investing the same thing as rolling dice). Some of them don't even drink. The middle class and getting poorer, or those who are already having a hard time making ends meet, do gamble and do drink, among other things.




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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 04, 2019 07:27PM
I really loathe gambling, including the fantasy sports crap. Can’t see the appeal of going to casinos. I can imagine reasons why some people do it, but they are not reasons that merit admiration.

Gambling on sports seems like a great way to contribute to domestic violence and divorce.



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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 04, 2019 11:17PM
I don't gamble.

Of the two or three times I've been with someone who wanted to hit a casino, because of being in one of their hotels, it was a roll or two of quarters in slots.

As there is usually no ROI, that's all they got. Once, on the way out of a little breakfast place, I emptied the dimes from my pockets and got a bit of a decent payoff. Luck of the draw, so to speak.

I can understand people who are good at cards, really good at card, testing their mettle, and getting good money when they're right.

But when they're not... I once worked with a guy who loved lo-ball poker and was very good at it. But he would spend hours playing and then catch a bad streak, and spend more hours coming up with more money to will back is losses. It could have cost him his job if our bosses knew that he gambled that much, though not illegally.

He knew what his problem was- he didn't know when to quit. He'd be way up and then would come an almost inevitable downward spiral. He'd never stop, until he hit bottom and bounced up ahead of where he was before. He was single and had to answer to no one. Then one day he up and quit, and got himself a steady job- as a black jack dealer in Vegas, last I heard.

A co-worker saw him and when a player tipped him, said 'Do you want a tip, or should I place a bet for you? He was said to reply 'I don't gamble'. Not that I needed warning off, but I've never felt interested in 'playing the slots' again.

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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 05, 2019 01:09AM
I've never had the gambling fever either.

I don't even play the lottery when the prize is half a billion dollars or something.
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Re: Sports gambling... does every sports fan do it? Excited for the new legality?
Posted by: rz
Date: December 05, 2019 02:10PM
I like football, but I don't gamble on it. I don't even do the fantasy football. If anything, I think it would lessen my enjoyment of the sport.

I did participate in football pools many years ago, but the closest I've come since then is buying a few blocks on a Super Bowl pool, which is entirely random.
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