Or whether there will be a 'no ball' in the 8th over of a cricket match?
I was listening to the radio this morning and learned about all of my options in sports betting. It is outrageous!What the hell is happening in this country? Gambling has taken over.
I have never been a fan of gambling. It pissed me off in the 1990s when most the 'live music' venues replaced bands with poker machines. It is practically impossible to see a band play in a small venue in Sydney now. But if you want to throw a $20 into the pokies, you have a plethora of choices. What is that all about? I guess I am pissed off again, huh?
It used to be that the Melbourne Cup was the big day for betting in Australia. It probably still is, I know it is the only betting I do, but you can now 'have a punt' any day of the week, on any multitude of events. Dogs. Horses. Rugby. Cricket. Golf. Soccer. Basketball. Name your sporting competition. Local, national and international competitions, all within reach. Just a click of a button away.
You will be able to bet on your child's soccer match soon, the way things are going.
It is crazy. There is little wonder that Gamblers Anonymous has been created to help people who identify as having a gambling problem. It is so accessible. So acceptable. Another risk-taking behaviour gets the government's stamp of approval? Our government makes money (taxes) from gambling. It is in their interest to get a few more of us hooked. Gambling, smoking and alcohol. The government's big money spinners.
Families are torn apart by gambling. People lose their jobs, their houses, their families and their dignity.
Odds are (excuse the pun!) that some of you have been effected by this nasty past-time. I reckon it is time we took a stand against this. I sure do not want my children getting into it. There is too much at stake. I am going to boycott all things gambling henceforth. No more Melbourne Cup. No footy tipping. And no (extremely infrequent) games of blackjack.
What is your feeling about gambling?