So every week, if my son has been a good boy, did his chores, cleaned up after himself, put his PJs in the laundry basket etc, we give him an allowance of $4. Why am I telling you this? Well because today is Sunday, the day my son gets his allowance.
And May 10, 2009 will also mark my sons first sports bet!
After dinner, we went in to watch some TV. The Red Wings/Ducks game was on, with 8 minutes left in the 3rd period, and the score 2-1 to the Red Wings. Now I’m the kind of guy that just can’t watch sports without betting on it. Period. It doesn’t matter what teams it involves – I just have to bet on sports. So I jumped onto Betfair Mobile, only to discover there was no liquidity in the market. Fuck! I texted my local bookie, but he didn’t get back to me and the game was starting again after a break.
It was at that point which I turned to my son, pointed to his allowance and said “How would you like DOUBLE that?”
Yep, I convinced my son to put up his hard-earned allowance, and bet on the hockey with me. He took the Red Wings, and if he won he’d get $4. I took the Ducks, and if they won I’d get his full allowance. The odds were in his favour, but that’s okay – what you do is you reel them in with low juice, then you hit them with it when they’re hooked.
Well if you watched the game, Red Wings scored with 4 minutes left and that was all she wrote. So my son won $4 off me in his first sports bet, and went rushing to the candy store to celebrate with cola bottles and gummi bears. I am convinced I am going to be called to school some day, because my son is betting his lunch money against others that he can finish the math test first or something.
What was great though was seeing his eyes light up when the Red Wings scored, and he knew he was collecting that money. We spent the next 20 minutes discussing other sports we could bet on, a topic which as you can imagine, didn’t exactly delight my wife.
“I’ll remember this day”, she said. “If he turns into a degenerate gambler, gambling his life away, it’ll be because of this day.”
As long as he does that via my affiliate trackers, I have no problem with that. 🙂