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Studies show that some people’s brains are wired differently. They have an abnormal craving for stimulation, combined with an out-of-control impulsiveness. They are never satisfied even when winning, and will continue to gamble at all cost. Most anything is okay in moderation, but to those who overindulge, sports gambling can lead one down a path of serious negative addiction.
There have been scores of studies citing the negative effects of gambling in general. Teenagers and children under the legal gambling age of 18 have been able to gamble through deception. This is becoming a more pervasive problem, which can lead to more serious risk taking such as substance abuse and unprotected sex. Be consistent, pay out to winners promptly. Run your business with professionalism and courtesy. You’ll get burned once in awhile by a few dead- beats, but you’ll more than make up for it with profits. Simply don’t let the dead beats play again.
Obviously as in any business, the best way to know the business is to work for someone else for a while. If you are currently using a bookie, you might want to ask if he or she needs any help. You might be surprised at the positive response you’ll get. Even a limited number of hours will benefit. Clerking, answering the phone, running errands, learning the business from the ground up over time will be the most valuable teacher.