ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Officially Done With Sports Betting - My Personal Experience

Updated on August 15, 2016
Patrick Patrick profile image

Patrick has been working as a freelance writer for the past 3 years

Sports Betting

Why I Had to Stop

I was never much of a gambler, and initially believed that people who do so were simply wasting their money- More like throwing it away. Although I never liked to gamble with my money, a friend of mine convinced me to bet on a certain team that I have always been fun off. What happened you ask? Well, I won. The chances were good anyways and I only used a little cash, but I won something. I honestly wish I lost, which would have discouraged me from playing again. I have to admit; I never believed that there was any such thing as being addicted to gambling- I always thought that people could just stop gambling whenever they wished or whenever they felt that had lost too much money; Boy was I wrong.

Although I did not lose that much money, my sports betting experience brought me to one very important realization- It's simply not worth it.

I know of people who have won big- I mean really big; that is a fact. The problem here is that the few people that win big influence many more to believe that they have good chances of the same. This is simply not the case. While a good number of people will often claim to have won a small amount, the reality is that many will lose more money than they win.

After playing for about two weeks, I wanted to win more and would use the money I had won to bet on more games. Here is what I realized from the experience. While I would win from time to time, I would also lose. Since I would only lose a small amount, I did not feel like it affected me much. However, after comparing how much I had won and how much I had lost within the few months that I plaid, I realized that I had lost more than I won. Loosing small amounts did not seem to be much of a problem, but in total after the few months of playing, the amount was more than I was comfortable with.

Ultimately, if many people who bet will be outright honest, one always looses more than they win. The problem with small winnings is that they get a person to continue betting more and more.

Ever had a leach suck on your blood? They produce this substance that keeps the skin numb, which allows them to continue sucking more blood with the person feeling pain- Greedy bastards :) My experience with sports betting was more the same. While I may have had total winnings of about $60 within the two months, I had lost about $80- As the small winnings made me happy and all exited; I did not give much attention to the amounts I was losing. Again, I know of people who have won big, but they only make up about 1 percent of all the people who bet. The majority will either lose a lot of money or remain stagnated (neither winning a lot nor losing a lot).

So, is it really worth it? I do not think so. There are a number of issues with sports betting and gambling in general that I am very concerned with. What are these issues you may ask?

Addiction

While many people may not feel the pinch of losing small amounts, they will come to realize that they have lost quite a good amount in the long run. The small amounts won at first will always be the trap that will keep people hooked with the hopes of winning big. On the other hand, some people will continue playing with the hopes of recovering the amount they lost, which only leads them to continue losing more.

Waste of Money

I am sure there are so many people who have very interesting stories to tell about how much money they have lost with sports betting and gambling. The reality is that the house has nothing to lose, but you do.

Personally, I felt like I was standing on quicksand- Not going anywhere- slowly, but surely sinking. It was time to call it quits. I will not say sports betting is wrong, but I would suggest that anyone who plays be careful not to go overboard. Remember, too much of anything is bad.

What's Your Take?

I know I gave very few reasons on the negative side of betting and gambling- Although they are some of the main reasons, there are many other reasons why it would not really be advisable to gamble or get involved in sports betting. Feel free to share some more reasons as to why you would be against the whole thing, share your experiences and lets learn more from each others.

Time to Stop ??

No More
No More

Share Your Experiences

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)