OT: Are you a degenerate gambler?

Submitted by JeepinBen on March 28th, 2013 at 11:26 AM


Todd Fuhrman has a funny quiz up today, to see how bad of a gambling problem you have. It's all in good fun, and I'm rather proud of my low score despite having at least 2 items in each section.

I figured the Board may get a kick of of it, as JamieMac, the resident gambling expert thought that his number wasn't so bad. Also, couldn't help but think of coverage on this site:

College hockey lines, junkie?

I scored a 37, how did you do?



March 28th, 2013 at 11:39 AM ^

Outside of Vegas, where can you put money on a game?  Is online betting legal?  Do they have sportsbooks in the Detroit casinos?  I am totally ignorant.  Seems relevant to the thread.  Somebody educate me.


March 28th, 2013 at 11:57 AM ^

No sportsbooks anywhere in the US except Nevada.  New Jersey is trying to pass it despite federal law but hey Chris Christie has done worse.  Howeva, Caesars across the border in Windsor has a sportsbook.  Have to do a 2 game parlay minimum that's how they get you.  Online is hit or miss.  If you're a US citizen then goodluck getting withdrawals.  I think it's too risky since it is technically illegal for US citizens on I believe most sites. Depends on the country of origin.  And yes, if you're still wondering, Hi my name is mgoblueben and I'm a degenerate gambler...


March 28th, 2013 at 8:26 PM ^

On a serious note, don't waste your time with Caesars Windsor sportsbook, unless you are cashing the winning bet in person.  I wagered on a parlay, won, mailed in the ticket and was told that I did win, but they couldn't mail the winnings.  They offered to hold the money at the casino or I could pick it up on Toronto.


March 28th, 2013 at 11:42 AM ^

-I'll bet you 20 bucks I can get you gambling before the end of the day.
-No way!
-I'll give ya 3 to 1 odds
-5 to 1?
-10 to 1?
-You're on!
-I'm gonna get ya, I don't know how, but I'm gonna get ya


March 28th, 2013 at 12:15 PM ^

I am not sure about being a degenerate gambler, but I did take the under on my estimated results and lost $20 to me, which means yet another late-night stop at the ATM to get cash and pay my debts, so there is that. 


March 28th, 2013 at 1:04 PM ^

See, I think this survey asks the wrong questions

It's not what you've gambled on, but how you've paid debts that speaks to your degeneracy. Have you ever scraped up all the coins you can find in your appartment? Then, you might be a degenerate.

And, yes, I have done that. At least once.


March 28th, 2013 at 12:29 PM ^

Okay, well maybe we should tell that to Rain Man, because he practically bankrupted a casino, and he was a ruh-tard. 


(obvious movie quote is obvious)



March 28th, 2013 at 12:29 PM ^

Go to a casino, and find the machine that says "ATM" and punch in a code...


If your code is correct (usually it is) you pick how much money you want to win!


It's amazing.


March 28th, 2013 at 12:30 PM ^

my favorite bet was one my cousin and I used to make back when I lived in Glencoe Hills...

The appartment was made up of 45% black familes and 45% white familes, with two asian families to throw us a curve ball.  

We would bet the color of the next person to enter or exit the building... we did 5$ a bet with the occasional 10-1 on asian.

Good times. 


March 28th, 2013 at 1:05 PM ^

I'm also a zero, I've never done a bracket for cash in my life.  The last time I did any form of gambling was strip beer pong in college.  

I'm so lame I spent an entire week in Vegas and didn't gamble once.  Not even a quarter in a slot machine.  Although I did rent a Ferrari and a machine gun.  Sadly they were rented serially, not in parallel.  

French West Indian

March 28th, 2013 at 1:10 PM ^

...the only time I've even been in a casino, I didn't play any games but did score a quarter in the coin return at the pay phones.  I considered that a big score and never returned.

Having said that, I actually scored a 1 on the poll because I have been to the horse track a couple of times with friends and it was quite fun to put a few dollars down.


March 28th, 2013 at 7:55 PM ^

I made a wager or two on Michigan bowl games with friends about 30 years ago. I play nickel ante poker with friends every once in a while, but that hardly qualifies as gambling in my book, at least in relation to the article. I wouldn't have a clue how to contact a bookie or sports betting operation. I passed thru Vegas on a road trip with a buddy a couple of summers ago, and threw a quarter into a slot machine at Paris LV. I won a buck, but didn't cash the chit and that was the end of it. So maybe I should get a 3, but any self-respecting gambler would still give me a zero.

Horace Prettyman

March 28th, 2013 at 12:42 PM ^

I once took action on the results of a German club handball game from an offshore.

But then again, my 25:1 ticket on Michigan winning the tourney that I snagged last August is still looking pretty.


March 28th, 2013 at 12:48 PM ^

I was in a betting pool for what the new pope would select as his new Papal name.

Needless to say we all lost when he went off the board with Francis. I will claim degenerate status for that alone.


March 28th, 2013 at 1:00 PM ^

Man you gotta do your research.  Dude was a Jesuit, Francis was definitely in play.  Darker horses were some variant of Ignatius and the names of other canonized Jesuits.  If it makes you feel any better the Catholic arm of my family was betting on it as well.  

French West Indian

March 28th, 2013 at 1:05 PM ^

I've been to horse tracks a few times but that's literally only "gambling" that I've been involved.

Unless, of course, you've been paying attention to the global banking system (hello Cyprus!) in which case they should probably add "Do you have a deposit at a bank?" as one of their questions.


March 28th, 2013 at 1:10 PM ^

I've got plenty of problems . . . addicted to food, as my waist line shows. Addicted to Michigan sports, as my time here shows. I can understand addiction to substances and to sex. But gambling? It never did anything for me. The one time I went to a Riverboat Casino, it was because I was cajoled into by a cousin I hadn't seen. Then he was mad because I was up $500 at the blackjack table. I ended up losing most of it, giving him the rest for gas money, and leaving with my wallet intact, and no desire to ever go back.


March 28th, 2013 at 1:17 PM ^

Is blowing my mind; seeing the things people bet on is funny and scary. I've done office pools for NCAA basketball but nothing else.

People bet on Special Olympics? W...T....F



March 28th, 2013 at 1:29 PM ^

Well I live in Vegas and I have a William Hill sports betting app right on my phone. Gotta love being a degenerate gambler, checking out betting lines and placing bets without even being in the sports book!


March 28th, 2013 at 3:14 PM ^

Well I signed up for a William Hill account at PTs, a local bar, when they got all the William Hill kiosks (that's pretty good too, sports betting at a kiosk in a bar). They just scanned my ID (you have to be a Nevada resident I presume) and I got an account. When I downloaded the app, I just called their customer service line and they got me set up in 5 minutes.

As for the app, you can only use it when you're in the state of Nevada and you have to allow it to track your gps.

It's very handy to have if you love sports betting, hate going to the sports book, and get off work around 5 pm and have already missed the wave of games staring on the east coast (4-4:30 PST start times).


March 28th, 2013 at 2:15 PM ^

I used to play the hell out of $5 blackjack in Atlantic City (at the Tropicana) with my buddy but its nearly impossible to find $5 tables anymore.  There were none in Vegas - at least at the main casinos - when I went last.  We would bring $50 and it would last us like 2 hours!  Instead, most tables seem to be $25 and I can lose that $50 in less than 60 seconds.  F- that.  I've got mouths to feed.

Benoit Balls

March 28th, 2013 at 2:18 PM ^

my Uncle Buck had to stay with us for a week when my Parents had to leave town because my Grandfather was dying. One night, his horse fixer was in town and he was going to take my twin sister and I to the track with him. However, my older sister was on a date with her boyfriend Bug, and Uncle Buck knew that he couldn't take us to the track for his big score while my sister was in danger of being deflowered.

That's how my Uncle Buck taught me family is more important than gambling.