(There’s my boy. Photo courtesy of WEC.tv)
As some of you have noted in the comments to our Gambling Addiction Enabler series, following our betting advice seems likely to lead to financial ruin. Weird, I know. It’s almost as if you shouldn’t make financial decisions based on what you read for free on the internet while you’re supposed to be working.
But in an effort to bring accountability and transparency to the Gambling Addiction Enabler, here’s how I did following my own advice for WEC 39.
The Bet: $20 on Mike Brown at -185 (BetUs.com)
The Outcome: Won a cool $10.81 (plus, you know, my original twenty back).
What I Learned: Yes, I know I’m betting small here but it’s the WEC, which is basically the dog track of MMA. You don’t want to blow hundreds of dollars on some greyhounds that will be euthanized four months from now, so to speak. (To really lose your ass, you go to Santa Anita. Which for the purposes of this ill-fated analogy, is the UFC.) My faith in Brownie paid off here, albeit in meager fashion. But I’m building my gambling fortune empire and like they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It also wasn’t built on twenty-dollar bets on guys who were favored at almost 2-1, but I’m conveniently ignoring that fact in order to savor this win.
The Bet: $20 on Rob McCullough at -160
The Outcome: Won $12.50
What I Learned: I originally planned to only put ten bucks on McCullough, but that felt like too much of a pussy bet even to me, even after I tried to justify it to myself as a “recession bet.” At some point I was forced to admit that a) there’s no such thing as a recession bet, it was just something I made up, and b) what’s another ten bucks? Fortunately, I wasn’t penalized for this idiotic thought process, though the way the fight went down I couldn’t really feel good about the victory either.
The Bet: $20 parlay on Brown + McCullough + Hendricks + Palaszewski
The Outcome: Screwed by Palaszewski
What I Learned: I really have to stop putting my faith in guys who I remember from the IFL. It’s dumb, most of them aren’t as good as they seemed back then, and there is money at stake here. Lesson learned. I hope.
Didn’t Bet Against: Jose Aldo. The line was tempting, but for good reason. Aldo walked through Chris Mickle and brought some credibility back to Cage Potato’s “Absolutely Don’t Bet Against” feature, which was severely damaged by Josh Koscheck’s loss at UFC 95 and Chris Wilson‘s loss at UFC 94.
Net Result: Began with $60 and ended with $63.31 for a profit of $3.31. Yippee. Think I’ll go buy myself a slice of pizza to celebrate. If only I could also afford a drink…