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Got the Gambling Bug?

March 6, 2009 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Like to drive head-on into a twister? That’s sign No. 1 that you may be the gambling type.


Despite being a multi-billion dollar industry, online sports betting in the United States currently has an ambiguous legal status. Additionally, even if you overlook its unclear legality, it can be difficult getting money into (and out of) online sportsbooks. That’s a real shame, because having a piece of the action on a game you’re watching can really enhance the enjoyment of sporting events. So can beer, but that’s another story.

Luckily there’s a new alternative (not to beer, but to online sports betting), which has all of the advantages of sports betting, without any of the drawbacks. Daily fantasy sports contests like Draftbug allow players to pick a team of players, and win (or lose) cash based on the statistical performance of those players on that day. Fantasy sports are completely legal, deposits can be made by credit card, and payment or withdrawals by cheque. Unlike traditional fantasy sports, Draftbug doesn’t require a season-long commitment, which is perfect for those among us who are borderline ADD. Sorry…what was I talking about? Oh, right…gambling. Picking a team takes about five minutes, and results are calculated the same day.

Draftbug is currently offering daily basketball and hockey contests and baseball will be available on Opening Day (April 5). Registration is free, and a promotion providing 4,000 player points (which allows entry in $4 of real money contests) has been extended until the end of March.

So what the hell. Get off your duff and give it a shot. Tell them RotoRob sent you and get a free Chinchilla! Okay, not really. But still, mmm…chinchillas. I hear they make great pets.


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