Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Who wants to bet?

When I was still a lot younger, my friends and I used to place bets on who will win on a basketball game that we were watching. This is something that we do not take seriously; we did it just for fun. More often than not, the loser will be the one who will foot the bill for our meals. Nothing serious, really.

However, I just learned that some people are taking sports gambling seriously. There are people who even raised this activity to a higher level by creating online sports betting sites which are becoming more popular these days among sports fanatics. I’ve heard of people who are making good income just by betting on sports online. They are even websites now which cater to people looking for tips and tricks about sports betting.

In fact, there are ongoing debates on the legalization of sports gambling in many countries. Proponents of sport betting consider this as a hobby and could even help promote the sporting events. Opponents are wary that this activity may threaten the integrity of sports. This, I think, should be the least of our worries. I generally disapprove of gambling to some extent as this activity may be psychologically addictive and can be a harmful behavior in some people. But mature and responsible people have the freedom to do what they think is right as long as they know the consequences of their actions.

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