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When it comes to betting on sports, there are people that gamble and there are gamblers.

The first group, which makes up most of the sports betting population, are those who bet regularly for both fun and entertainment and to try to make a few bucks. The second group does it daily as their sole source of income.

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I fall in to the latter category. You would think that living in Las Vegas there would be more players like me. But at this level, we are few and far between. And it is us gamblers that have been feeling the sting of the current situation of no sports as hard or harder than anyone. This is how me make our living.

But the pain of not having baseball in my life has hurt the most. Back-and-forth negotiations went on for a while. But only after the players rejected the latest offer from ownership Monday did commissioner Rob Manfred impose a 60-game season. The players, who claim they’ve wanted to be on the field all along, need to agree to two key points: First, that they can be in camp by July 1. Second, that they have signed off on health and safety protocols as it pertains to the coronavirus.

Starting in a few weeks, my schedule goes back to normal. I get up at 3 a.m., make some coffee, get my pitching report for the day, which is delivered on my driveway by that time, and start handicapping the day’s card so I can bet.

After going through starting pitchers, past matchups, trends, and streaks, I then put in the most time-consuming aspect, shopping for the best number. Technology has helped with my search. In the old days, I had to have “friends” at the sportsbooks feeding me updates. Now, I can go online and see which joint offers me the best value.

As someone who only bets in Las Vegas sportsbooks, I don’t even have to go in person. I can bet through my many phone apps. This process goes on all day, every day. This is how I make my money.

I have felt a possible year without baseball hard to deal with. Without any games being played, there would be no money coming in at all. Now, with the season back on, albeit a shortened campaign, I can go back to doing what I do best — pick winners and make money. After the threat of having no season at all, I gladly accept the challenges of trying to adapt to the new rules changes like a designated hitter in the National League.

It’s a good thing too, because I can’t sing and dance. Baseball is back, baby.

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