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Is it OK to Gamble on UK?


I like to say, “I’ve never been a gambling man,” but with limited sports in June I’ve used a couple doll hairs here and there to make the games more interesting.  I’ve limited my scope to the NBA Finals and horse racing, but today I’ve reached a fork in the road.

With a dozen friends spending the week in Vegas, I have the chance to make a couple of small bets on UK.  I have snaps of them at the Sportsbook, ready to put money down for the Cats to win the National Championship.  The basketball team currently has 8/1 odds and the football team has 500/1 odds to win it all; what would it hurt to make two $10 bets?

I want to tell them to pull the trigger, because why not?  It’s harmless, right?

I’m not superstitious, but I’m a little stitious.  I have never bet on Kentucky, EVER.  If I do, I feel like I’m somehow affecting the mojo of the game, jinxing the Cats and causing their downfall.  The hypothetical bets aren’t on a singular game, helping me rationalize, “It’s OK, you can’t jinx it.”  The Kentucky football bet would essentially be throwing away $10 — it can’t hurt anything — but betting on the basketball team can.  I can’t jinx this team away from #9, but if I make the small bet, is it a jinx?

Help me people.  Do you have a strict “No UK” policy on bets, or can it be fluid if you’re in Vegas?  Did you feel guilty if you bet on the Cats to win it all, only for them to lose?  Please, share your policy on picking the Cats in bets.


UPDATE: I pulled the trigger.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Is it OK to Gamble on UK?

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    1:21 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Its not going to affect the outcome in any way shape or form, so yeah its ok

  2. Tberry57
    1:58 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Just do the bet for football. If you think about it, the football team has 500/1 odds of winning the championship. The bet could inadvertently make the football team win games this year, then it would be all because of you we won the championship.

  3. Chris Burnam
    2:31 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    i bet $10 that Cal still can’t figure out the zone. And another year with no elite Big Man will be the down fall of this coming season again.

  4. Chris Burnam
    2:32 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    And his in game coaching will still suck

    • UK Big Board Update
      6:26 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      I bet you $1000 Cal will beat your Tards.

      I’ll also bet you $500 your program comes down with another scandal before too long.

  5. Megan
    3:51 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    I’m not against gambling. It can be fun and exciting, even with small wagers. But it can also be dangerous and addictive. So I don’t recommend it. You have to be smart about it and understand what you’re doing and how things work. Like drinking, it can get away from you, and you can end up with a seriously destructive problem. (That would never happen to you, would it?) I think there are better ways to spend your money.

    Here’s what I am against: KSR giving us the betting lines for games. Drew likes to do this. He’ll tell us the odds, give us links to betting sites, tell us that he’s “in,” and even show us betting slips. It’s clear that he likes to gamble. Sometimes he ends his commentary with a cover-your-ass disclaimer that he’s not encouraging you to gamble (wink wink, nudge nudge), maybe to avoid being charged with “advancing gambling activities” (see KRS 528.010(1)). But he should exercise the better part of discretion and just be quiet about it. He can enjoy the activity himself as much as he wants without sharing his interest with us.

  6. Gazza
    7:06 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    I just made a bet at the Wynn this morning. No kidding!

  7. Game Changer
    12:25 am June 12, 2016 Permalink

    So lets see… will they allow you to bet $500 to get a $1 return against Kentucky football winning it all???
    If yes then I wish I had $500,000,000… you would be guaranteed to make a million. This Kentucky football team will barely win 2 games this year… mark my words. Hopefully will be the end of Stoops!!