• Josh Smith

A Sports Gamblers Safe Space

This is a safe space. Sports gamblers let it out. I’ll go first:

At this point I actually miss owing money to my bookie. For degenerates as myself, this national pandemic has been brutal. Along with far more important things COVID-19 has taken from us, sports gambling has been one of the harder pills for me to swallow. I don’t even remember what it’s like anymore to stay up until 1am sweating a Pac12 basketball game. You’d think this would be a perfect time for us to sit back and reflect on all the money we’ve wasted. All the sleep we’ve lost. Maybe this time apart would make us finally decide that sports gambling was never worth it in the first place. That’s just not the case. I need it now more than ever. I need my fix!!!

The timing of COVID-19 couldn’t be worse. We not only had conference tournaments to bet on, but most importantly we had the NCAA Tournament. I still remember where I was when the news broke that it was it cancelled. Just devastating as a sports fan and a gambler. After making a lot of money during the college football bowl/playoffs season, I was poised for an even heftier payout for college basketballs. A week after sports were cancelled as a whole, I went into full desperation mode. Live bets. The sports gambling devil. I was finding basketball leagues in China and other countries, and betting on quarter spreads like I knew what the hell I was doing. Horrible decision. Those leagues eventually were cancelled, so I moved on to professional Table Tennis. Yes I said it, table tennis. Remember, this is a safe space. No judging. Anyways, I thought I was on to something with Table Tennis. I made some money and thought I had found a loop whole in Vegas. That lasted for a week and I forced myself to stop betting on it. I might as well of went to the  nearest ATM, with drawled money and lit it on fire. I think at some point all sports gamblers think they’ve “figured out Vegas.” It never lasts.

You see, sports betting is kind of like Golf. You’ll hit 5 horrible shots, and then finally get that chip on to the green. It’s that one shot that brings you back. In this case, it’s that one winner that brings you back. It’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve placed a bet. I’m not okay. I can’t wait for sports to be back. I can’t wait for things to go back to normal. For now I’m cherishing the current state of my bank account.