$150-$10k Challenge Finally Complete

Hi all,

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, probably a sports betting sub, but I feel like this pertains to gambling in general and you all might like to hear my story.

A couple weeks ago I was sent home from work for flu like symptoms (don’t worry my test came back negative), but during that time I really had nothing to do. Sports were off and as much as I like poker, I’m just not very good at it. I love video games, always have, and Counter Strike has been a big part of my life. So I decided I’d put $150 in (my normal deposit amount), and just have some fun with it. On the first day I hit a $10 parlay to win $850. After that it was a blur, massive gains, some losses, but yesterday I looked at a $10k balance. I decided to gamble on one final spin of the roulette wheel. I put $1000 on black, by far my largest bet outside of sports (previous was $500 on blackjack), and my heart jumped out of my chest when I saw it hit black.

I withdrew everything in Bovada, and told the other I discussed bets with that I’m taking a break. For me personally, things were getting pretty intense. When you’re throwing around a months worth of salary on a game, things start to feel a little different.

Nevertheless, I’m very lucky and happy that I’ve come this far. It was an exciting and exhilarating journey, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Just for my health, I have a couple questions for anyone that has any input.

When sports betting, how do you not overwhelm yourself with the dollar amount of bets you’re placing? When I started sports betting, my largest bet ever was $100 until this past run. After betting thousands on games, I’m not sure if I could ever do it again, betting so much on an individual game.

Does anyone else here have a similar experience? I’d love to hear more similar stories. Also, just to clarify my position in life, I’m right out of college, so to me making that much is a very big deal.

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