Let me take you back 9 years or so, the New Jersey Nets are up 21 pts going into the 4th quarter in a playoff game against the Boston Celtics. I am basically counting the 1500 bucks I am about to win in a 4 game parlay. What follows is only the greatest 4th quarter collapse in the history of the NBA playoffs. And thus the end of my sportsbetting career.
Now in hindsight, this was actually the best thing that could have happened to me. But at the time, it was absolutely devastating of course. But what that fluky collapse led to was me coming to the realization that sportbetting was inherently evil. No matter how many good stretches and hot streaks you could ride, you would never overcome one inescapable fact.
You can’t quit while you’re ahead. So however high you run up your account, or no matter how many times you are sure you have stumbled upon the perfect system, its only a matter of time. Because the true sports gambler never stops while the going is good, they just push it and push it until inevitably all the money is gone.
So why did it take me so long to realize this? Well, because sports betting is fun. REALLY fun. Having action on a game, immediately makes unwatchable games more exciting than your favorite team in a playoff game. The downside is it automatically makes games without action boring, as you begin to forget the actual joy of watching sports. But after I was putting $10 at a time into my online sports betting account, and opening paypal accounts, just so I could get action on another game, I had a feeling that this just wasn’t smart.
So fast forward to the Nets playoffs game. As the Celtics are mounting this insurmountable comeback, I am thinking, how is this possible? But what I didn’t know at the time was that sports betting is pure evil, and if I didn’t lose this game in excruciating fashion, there would be another game and another collapse. Because there is no perfect system. There is no discipline. There is no selectiveness. And nobody quits while they are ahead. Which is why sports betting is evil, and the sooner you realize it the better off you will be.