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I gamble on something almost everyday.

However,  I keep spreadsheets and things to keep track.

Ever since I could bet on things I have done.  I don't ever think it is a problem as long as you know where you are with it.

I don't win much but I don't lose much either,  its kind of a hobby.  (I love fruit machines but they don't have therm in Holland in the same way)

Last 12 months,  I am exactly+ 220 pounds up.  I send the mrs a spreadsheet each month also so its all visible.

It makes the last 15 minutes of the footie a lot more exciting especially as they have cash-outs now and accy insurance and the like.

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sports gambling is like the heroin of gambling for me, i'll never do it.

i used to play a ton of online poker and a fair amount of live and casino games. i felt i needed to quit because i'd lost about 3 grand over about 5 years. really not make you homeless money, but enough to get me off poker.

now all i do is buy the occasional lottery ticket..i feel like henry hill did at the end of goodfellas with the egg noodles and ketchup

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It's odd but I won't play games against humans,  so card games and the like are not for me.  Not sure why but I think its becasue I would not like making someone else poorer directly.

(Not sure if that even makes sense)

It's the games I like to beat as in footie/ horsey races etc.

+ I like to have a theory,  everyone likes a theory.  Last weeks was that the championship will be draws at half time,  with the home team going on to win.  (60 quid from a fiver). But I lost 20 on the Villa.  So swings and roundabouts.

 

 

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I'll bet on the footie and play cards with my mates, but one thing I will never do is online poker/games/fruit machines/scratchcards etc..... I know that they are supposed to be regulated but how can you ever be 100% sure that what is happening on the servers in the background is ever 100% legit. I work in IT and know how easy it could be for an admin guy to rig the system if the losses are looking high for the company, or someone is cleaning up. There is already proof that people have created AI poker 'bots' that are continually online picking up winnings off less experienced 'real' players.

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Scratch cards for me, sure I've said before I use my change, so if I'm in the shop with a fiver and it comes to £3.70 I'll buy a £1 scratch card, play the lottery if I remember but I usually don't 

gave up on the footie accumulators cos I was never winning and I stopper watching Geoff so I didn't really care, will occasionally do big games if I'm watching live

dont do gamblers they're a mugs game, done casino several times as a night out, it's ok usually just end up drinking really expensive stuff instead whilst watching others play, went to Vegas and enjoyed all the big fancy slot machines, didn't touch the tables

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I have gambled, but not to any serious degree.. I've played with £50 in a couple of casino's which is chump change compared to people on the tables.  Native Indians in Vegas were betting $4,000 a time on Craps when I was there.. was speaking to them and asked them if they were up or down, something you're not meant to do apparently, and one of the guys said nonchalantly "about $38,000 down.  In the UK Casino's I've seen taxi drivers betting large sums of around £500 a spin on the roulette and staying there for an hour or so.

I like the thought of it, winning big and having a lump of dosh for little outlay, but as DeNiro in Casino said "The house always wins". :)

I'll bet a few quid on a night out, but that's it.

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So, towards the end of last season the Port Talbot players were told they were not getting the bonuses that they'd been promised for staying in the league.

It was April, they were mid table. Their next game was against Rhyl, a team of Aston Villa like quality that had lost their last 17 consecutive games and were already confirmed relegated.

Port Talbot lost 5:0

Yesterday and today a total of 8 men and 3 women in their 20's from the Port Talbot area were arrested following suspicious betting patterns reported last April.

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Don't know the exact numbers, and I guess with a court case pending then I shouldn't really speculate on that specific case. It could all be an innocent coincidence.

But that's basically the question, theoretically in any football game anywhere when one team is clearly better than the other, how many need to be in on it to guarantee a heavy defeat against a league's shittest team.

Imagine last season, trying to lose by 4,5 or 6 goals against Villa. You could have played all day and it would end 0:0.

In theory, I'd guess you need to guarantee letting their strikers have plenty of chances plus you'd need to not be scoring up the other end. If in the future I was trying to organise something like that, I guess I'd want a minimum of 4 or 5 players in on it.

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I bet occasionally and have a Skybet account so that I can jump on 100% ITK like Ole Gunner Solskjar being the next villa manager and clean up :) ... 

But the odd £10 here and there I'm not even going to notice so I'll happily speculate in small chunks now and then ( I've got a tenner on McCormick to be top scorer at 12-1 if it comes off great , if it doesn't then oh well ....think I'd be sick if I started losing £100's gambling on "sure things " 

My "gambling" thing is the stock market I've made quite a fair whack on that and unless you are really unlucky you've always got a chance of getting your money back 

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Gamble quite a bit on football as you can probably tell from some of my posts....

I have quite a strange formula tbh...yeah I do normal stuff like Accys and also betting on teams we're competiting with tbh but online I bet on timings of goals...bare with me!

Use Bet 365, always have as it's a really good and easy site to use and never really been interested in using the other sites so no idea how they compare.

Next time you see a high scoring game like a 3-2...have a look at the timing of the goals...if it's something like 17th, 49th, 60th minute for the goals scored...then that's what I do.

You can get some really generous odds for even the better teams. For example today in Bournemouth-Man. United say it's 0-0 around the 15th min mark then Man. United will probs be 12/14s to score in next 5 mins so whack a tenner on that and see what happens.

It's a balance of probability really. There's on average 1000 goals scored during a prem season so it's patience and timing...the prem isn't too bad in fairness. Tend to like the MLS a lot as plenty of goals scored in that league...New York City fc I like doing as they score and concede plenty, Marseille were my other favourite team from last season...percieved big team but hopeless defensively so made a fair bit from their games.

I hate 0-0s and low scoring 1-0s.....so Euro 2016 ruined me for a few weeks! Terrible tournament.

Only gamble on weekends. I used to naively just start from 0 and hope to build from a winning bet...and then after about 3 low scoring games my balance didn't look pretty.

Nowadays I'll put 200 quid in the pot and it works better as you can place more bets and build from there.

Also bet a bit on Tennis,generally on breaks of serves against big serves like Isner and Federer which can be just as frustrating as waiting for goals to be score with ridiculous number of break points squandered.

What can I say about it...well it's up and down as you'd expect and fluctuates. Some weekends I just win what I put in e.g. 200. Other weekends I've made tidy 300-400 quid profits. One weekend I made well over 1k, think it was Liverpool 6-0 weekend last season.

You can't be a multi-millionaire or even live off it really as you need to put thousands in for that to happen imo but I suppose for a weekend side project it's an interesting thing to get a few more quid! 

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I only gamble on greyhounds, and occasionally horses, and I'm not particularly good at it. I'm probably only down a couple of hundred quid over my lifetime, though, because I only make tiny bets. I usually put £3 to win on a dog, and set myself a very tight maximum for the session, of £15 or £20. So an unsuccessful trip is no more expensive than a meal in a restaurant, and a successful trip is no more rewarding than the same. 

I'm self-taught, so I don't fully know how to read form properly, but I've worked out enough to win around 30% of races at this point. 

I used to run a poker session in my apartment for expats in Hanoi, but very low stakes, low entrances and only players with fairly low levels of ability were welcome. More about drinking and catching up with friends than playing poker really. I'm terrible at it, obviously. I only won once out of probably 20 sessions. 

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