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Gambling on the Premiership

football gambling Gambling on the PremiershipListening to The Guardian’s Football Weekly Podcast, especially contributor Sean Ingle, you’d think that every grown Brit who was a football fan bets on matches week-in, week-out. Obviously that isn’t the case, but how prevalent is betting on matches?

Remarkably, I’ve never once bet on a Premier League match. When I grew up in the United Kingdom, I was too young to bet (I left those Isles when I was fourteen). Arriving in America, I had no opportunity or desire to vote on the top English league I’ve been following religiously for practically 31 of my 38 years of life.

Until recently with the rise of Internet gambling worldwide, the opportunity to bet on matches was there, but I didn’t take the chance. Consider it part naivety and part lack of desire. Now, of course, it’s illegal in the United States to make transactions between online gambling sites and U.S. banks or similar institutions, so my opportunity to bet legally on matches has passed unless the law changes.

Based on my performances in last season’s predictions league, I feel I’d have a pretty good chance of predicting matches. However, my performance this season on EPL Talk’s ‘I Know The Score’ leaves much to be desired.

The question, for you, is have you bet on Premier League matches before? If so, did you do it in person or online, and how well did you do? Click on the ‘Comments’ link to add your thoughts.

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4 Responses to Gambling on the Premiership

  1. Kartik says:

    I don’t bet period and actually am against ALL gambling on team sporting events. I guess I am typically American in that regard.

  2. Dave M says:

    I have not, but I’m not against it. If I were in Vegas or AC, I might put money on Arsenal (to lose).

  3. TheScout says:

    Up here in Canada, we have a government run gambling system called Pro Line/Sport Select and EPL games are available to bet on. There is a maximum dollar value you can gamble per ticket but as far as I know there are no limits on the number of tickets you play.

    I’ve played Pro Line before but not for EPL games, I may do so in the future just for kicks but given my record in “I Know The Score” perhaps I should just keep the money in my pocket :)

  4. Chris O says:

    I’ve bet on football plenty of times here in the UK but am IN NO WAY addicted to it! I see it as an occasional way of trying to win a small amount of money by betting a small stake in the first place – a bit like betting on a horse in a race like the Grand National or Kentucky Derby.

    When I was about 18 years of age, I was legally able to step into one of the many betting shops here and pick up a large ‘weekend’ coupon that listed all the Saturday and Sunday games along with the odds for a home win, away win and draw in each case.

    What they do to lure you into placing a bet is suggest something that potentially pays out lots of money, for instance “Four draws – 50/1″. Sounds very easy, doesn’t it – selecting four games to end in a draw from a list of about sixty, but it’s much more difficult than you think!

    My friend and I bet on those weekend coupons frequently in our late-teens – only ever betting £1 at a time or something – but we never won anything. Even the supposedly easier bets like “8 Homes – 33/1″ we could never win because, of course, you had to find the right result in more matches.

    A mugs game, really, but played on an infrequent basis it does no harm and you could, potentially, win a small amount for your trouble.

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