Football/Locks1 August 2000
One of the most obvious of these is the claim that a particular service has a "lock game". That infers that it is a sure thing, a can't lose proposition. If you are that gullible and believe this nonsense, I'm wondering about how you got your money in the first place. It always amazes me that reasonably intelligent people will buy into this nonsense. Do you think that if someone truly did have a "lock game", they would sell it to you for just $25 or $50?
Are you the betting public that naïve? Obviously there is a certain percentage of football bettors that are. Otherwise how could these fleas continue year after year to advertise in the paper and pay for those 800 and 900 phone lines?
Also, if you are paying for these phony promises, how much more do you have to wager to make up for the expense of the information? Your win percentage has to go way up. Take a pen and pad and figure it out. It will amaze you as it enlightens you.
Please do not get confused with some legitimate handicappers and services that do the job and run their businesses ethically. I'm just trying to save you the aggravation and expense of getting involved with the bottom of the barrel types that swear up and down that a certain game "can't lose". "This game's a LOCK they'll tell you. If you somehow do get sucked into a situation that you find yourself slowly losing control and you are throwing good money after bad, just write it off and change your phone number.
I am trying to protect my readers from getting taken advantage of. Save this column and share it with your fellow football bettors. It is tough enough to win at football betting without paying some smooth talking wannabe wise guy for useless information. Remember if someone uses the word lock, hang up the phone.
"The trick always, in taking a sucker is to get him to suggest a bet."
"Winning isn't going to change your life. So don't bet so much that you
can get hurt. If that's what betting is all about for you, wear dog tags so
they know where to ship the body."
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's
the way to bet.