Betting on Sports

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    Betting on Sports

    I must admit I am completely naive and uninformed on this topic. I have noticed more and more sports betting threads on here and it seems to be something that is very widespread. It made me wonder do that many average people in Kentucky bet on sports events?

    I'm talking about normal folks who go to school or work for a living, have a car, a house, kids and a dog. Is sports betting a big part of your life?

    If so, how do you do it? Do you have a bookie or do you bet online or what?

    I think it would be interesting to know your age and your betting habits (whether or not you place sports bets, how often, and how much you bet on average and on what sports, etc.)
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    I'll go first

    I'm in my late 30s and I have never placed a bet on sports. My gambling experience is limited to dorm poker games in college, the occasional trip to the dog track where I placed my $2 bets, and the very rare lotto ticket.

    I guess I am termed a non gambler, but it isn't from any special convictions, it just doesn't appeal to me.

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    I'm probably the strangest of birds -- I follow the lines, trends, and patterns closely but don't bet on games. I used to bet a little on College Football and Basketball, however, it just ruined my sports viewing.

    I do go to Belterra about 2x a year and play black-jack. I also play in Hold 'Em tourneys about 4x a year. Not to mention, of course, I handicap the ponies several times a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watusi
    I'll go first

    I'm in my late 30s and I have never placed a bet on sports. My gambling experience is limited to dorm poker games in college, the occasional trip to the dog track where I placed my $2 bets, and the very rare lotto ticket.

    I guess I am termed a non gambler, but it isn't from any special convictions, it just doesn't appeal to me.
    Toots,

    I honestly believe gambling is in my blood. My grandpa went to the horse racetrack every day of his adult life. Even the day he died. Never bet more than $2 on a race and kept his gambling money in the freezer,

    My dad is not as much into the track but still likes to wager a bit here and there.

    I don't know what it is, I guess I just need the action.

    I have a guy I make my bets with. Friend of a friend, if you will.

    I started with $50 about 3 years ago, when I was 24, I set aside to gamble with. I was poor then, haha. That account today has a few thousand dollars in it, and it's all gambling winnings. Now, I've won about $3000 the last few years on the Derby (3 straight years hitting the exacta, Bluegrass Cat was a miracle longshot). But most of it is sports and poker winnings. I've been lucky enough to not to have to put any more money into my gambling account since that first $50 investment.

    I usually bet anywhere between $20-$200 a game, depending on how good the line is.

    I never bet on baseball, very rarely on NBA, but I love college Basketball. I love NFL and College Football betting too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98NCCalum
    I honestly believe gambling is in my blood. My grandpa went to the horse racetrack every day of his adult life. Even the day he died. Never bet more than $2 on a race and kept his gambling money in the freezer,

    I don't know why, but that really made me laugh. Great impression, your Gramps must have been a character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98NCCalum
    Toots,

    I honestly believe gambling is in my blood. My grandpa went to the horse racetrack every day of his adult life. Even the day he died. Never bet more than $2 on a race and kept his gambling money in the freezer,
    That's a 'family' trait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watusi
    I don't know why, but that really made me laugh. Great impression, your Gramps must have been a character.
    You should have seen the look on our face when we found it!

    Honestly, my grandpa was a little old Italian guy who was an absolute charachter! Funny, caring, smart, and very proud of his family.

    Apparently, I'm his twin.

    Great great man! Miss him dearly!

    It's amazing what a son of an immigrant who never made it past 7th grade made of his life. (Although, he was given an honorary diploma from Newport Catholic, only time I ever saw him cry. It was an awesome day!)

    Sorry enough of my family talk....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickymitts
    That's a 'family' trait...
    That's funny. I don't do that normally, but when I was saving some extra cash for a Vegas trip, I kept it in the freezer,

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    Quote Originally Posted by h.s.sportsrbest
    I'm probably the strangest of birds -- I follow the lines, trends, and patterns closely but don't bet on games. I used to bet a little on College Football and Basketball, however, it just ruined my sports viewing.

    I do go to Belterra about 2x a year and play black-jack. I also play in Hold 'Em tourneys about 4x a year. Not to mention, of course, I handicap the ponies several times a year.

    Why spend that much time on it and not play them at least a little?

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    98, do you consider fantasy football a form of gambling?

    I have a theory on this but I'd like to hear a few others...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latch
    Why spend that much time on it and not play them at least a little?
    I really enjoy the science of it. I like studying the trends, I love looking at 3 and 5 year windows for teams ATS. I love using factors like home-field, weather, motivations, etc. to draw conclusions and anticipate out-comes.

    Again, the reason I stopped putting my money where my mouth is was because it truly ruined my viewing experience. That, and I hated losing money more than I enjoyed winning money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickymitts
    98, do you consider fantasy football a form of gambling?

    I have a theory on this but I'd like to hear a few others...
    I guess, but not really.

    I am in a couple money leagues, but I don't really get in them to win money, it's more recreational than gambling.

    I guess the literal definition of putting up money for a chance at winning money makes it gambling, I just don't really consider it the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98NCCalum
    I guess, but not really.

    I am in a couple money leagues, but I don't really get in them to win money, it's more recreational than gambling.

    I guess the literal definition of putting up money for a chance at winning money makes it gambling, I just don't really consider it the same.
    Concur.

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    I truely enjoy betting on college football and NFL. Baseball is really hard to bet on unless you parlay 3 or 4 games. I had a local bookie for a while, but generally save my sports betting for my annual Vegas trips. I'm in my 40's and love to gamble but I can honestly say I do it responsibly.

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    I used to play what I call the "card" or the weekly games and a occaisional bet with friends. All for not a lot of money, mostly for fun. I couldn't afford to gamble big money.

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