18 May 2012
MvsW #0122 QoD
Marek vs Wyshynski #0122 (May 09, 2012) Question of the Day:
Who do you like in today's Game 6 and why?
Again, this is the problem with answering these after the fact. My pick was Washington, not only because I dislike the Rangers (for all the shit people give teams like Nashville and Phoenix about their style of play, New York is more boring than anyone else in the league), but because I had money riding on the Capitals.
While I was in Las Vegas a couple weekends ago with some good friends, I got the opportunity to do some sports betting for the first time. I've always wanted to get in on this, but because our wonderful country thinks it needs to save us from ourselves, it's a pain in the ass to start online betting through Bodog/Bovada. Unfortunately, I'm pretty low on funds right now, due to a combination of last year being an expensive one (my bank account is so sad!) and being in between paychecks right now, as I just started a new job. Hell, I wouldn't have even made the trip to Vegas if my airfare and accomodations at the Bellagio weren't paid for.
To give you an idea of my bankroll, I ended up going to Vegas with about $200 in my pocket. I came home with about $50. About $75 or so of that was spent on food and drink while being out there, and the other $75 went into gambling, $30 of it at the sportsbook at the Bellagio, on three bets:
- $10 - The Flyers -1.5 in Game 1 to beat the Devils - Flyers won by 1, bet lost
- $10 - The Capitals +1.5 in Game 1 to beat the Rangers - Rangers won by 2, bet lost
- $10 - The Capitals to win the Best of Seven series against the Rangers - Spoilers: Rangers won, bet lost
I didn't win a damn thing while I was in Las Vegas. I accidentally lost $30 to video poker by hitting the "maximum bet" button. I placed some sports bets that immediately fell through. I didn't have the cash to play table games at the Bellagio on a weekend (if you have that much money to give to a casino, you should give me some!). The Capitals were my last hope on my first sports betting adventure, and my only hope of winning anything from my trip to Vegas.
So yeah, I was pulling for the Capitals. And of course, they won. Inevitably, they lost Game 7, and I sadly threw away my bet slip and accepted my fate as a sports betting failure.