Developing a Roulette System
Those of you who know me well will know that, back in my university days, I had a pretty serious gambling problem. I began gambling at the age of 16, placing a couple of bets each weekend on football matches (soccer, to my American readers). When I started university I was given a student loan, the first large chunk of money I'd ever had, and it turned out I wasn't nearly responsible enough to hold on to the money.
Within a couple of weeks of getting my student loan I'd signed up for a couple of online gambling accounts, placing bets on whatever sports were taking place throughout the day and night. I bet on football (both regular and American), golf, basketball, cricket, rugby... even curling, for God's sake. Whatever was being played around the world I'd convince myself I could predict the winner. I was rarely correct.
Things took a turn for the worse when I discovered online casinos. Now I didn't have to wait for a game to begin - I couldn't simply spin the roulette wheel 24 hours a day. Soon after I began I made £6,000 in a single day, betting £500 on the spin of a wheel dozens of times. I was convinced I had a roulette system that could predict the result of the spin.
I was wrong.
The following day, riding high from my big win, I lost over £8,000. Roulette, it seemed, just wasn't my game. I didn't have the discipline to walk away from the table after a big win. I refused to believe that I could lose, and that was my downfall.
Anyway... It's been almost ten years since I last placed a bet. Would I ever do it again? Hmmm, maybe, but right now I'm happy to earn my money with hard work. The rewards may be smaller, but it's definitely better for my blood pressure.