(Well, this sure didn’t help. Photo courtesy of UFC.com)
After my meager success at WEC 39, I decided to up my wagers just a little with the hopes of getting my profits into double digits following UFC 96. The results were…mixed. Here’s how I did, in case you’re keeping score of my finances at home.
Bet: $50 on Shane Carwin at +140
Result: Won $70 profit
What I Learned: Plenty of you told me I was crazy for betting on a guy who was undefeated against bunch of scrubs. One of you even claimed Gabriel Gonzaga would have beat Randy Couture if not for a headbutt. But I went with my gut and profited. So there. Who’s the jackass now? You are. You’re the jackass. I’m the guy with an extra seventy bucks in my pocket. I’ll be at the strip club if you need me.
Bet: $20 on Jason Day at +160
What I Learned: I was essentially betting against Kendall Grove here, because when has he looked impressive lately? The answer to that question is, on Saturday night when he dropped Jason Day and then elbowed him until Day’s eyes went white. Maybe betting against a guy who knows he has to win or get fired isn’t such a good idea after all.
Bet: $20 parlay on Carwin + Day + Hamill + Vera
Result: Day screwed me.
What I Learned: Goddamn Jason Day. He’s the only thing that stopped me from winning $211.24. This is my second straight parlay bet ruined by one bad pick. Though I guess that’s why the parlay is both profitable and risky. I’ve got to start playing these a little more conservatively. Maybe I shouldn’t be making these bets after drinking all day.
Net Result: Started with $90, ended with $80. Thanks, Jason. That’s the last time I put my faith in a Canadian whose initials are not GSP. And I felt so good for calling the Carwin fight. I’ve just got to put this behind me and come back strong for the next event. In the meantime, can I borrow twenty bucks?
Edit: Wow. For those of you still arguing over this, I went back and checked by BetUS numbers (which is harder than it sounds because by now there’s tons of decimals and odd number from a year and a half of MMA bets) and I did come out $30 ahead. Still with $80, but only if you consider $50 as the starting point. In other words, I’m better at this than previously thought, Jason Day notwithstanding. Still just as bad as previously thought when it comes to math, though. Now the question is, what to do with that extra thirty bucks? Let it ride. That’s what. Word.