Nine men have been arrested this week in South Florida for gambling on children’s American football games. Suspicion was raised when parents at the games, supposedly supporting their kids, were seen to be distracted and were also passing money openly between each other during the contests.
The men arrested included several coaches who, worryingly, had extensive criminal records to boot. Brandon Bivins, affectionately named ‘Coach B’ in the community, was seen to be the ringleader, running a seedy bookmakers behind a fake closet door in his fake barber shop. It turned out that ‘Coach B’ had actually been in prison, but was released to coach kids and promptly became the friendly neighbourhood bookmaker (although he was thought to have been skimming money off the top of winnings for the privilege of his service).
The children must have been playing out of their skins! Parents will have been
screaming encouraging them vigorously from the sidelines to make win them their bet, and good ol’ ‘Coach B’ must have been training his team 16 hours a day to ensure they provide good value for their parents’ hard earned bucks!
You would imagine that the men could find something a little more exciting to bet on, like these:
The concept is simple- stick a couple of ferrets into a box and have some ferret sized tubes sticking out. Bet on which tube you’ll see a ferret popping it’s head out of first! Much more fun than throwing your money away on children playing sport.
In 2004, professional gambler Ashley Revel from the UK sold all of his possessions, including his clothes and went to Vegas to gamble it all. He put all of the money he had made, £76,840 on red on the roulette table, and unbelievably won. Betting on kids’ sport is actually probably better for your finances and heart than this.
In 1986, a Canadian professional gambler, Brian Zembic, had breast implants put in to win a $100,000 bet. The stipulations were he had to keep them in for a year, but strangely, he still hasn’t had them removed, even after being offered another $10,000. Easier money than betting on kids’ football, but try not to get too ‘attached’.
Although it is not funny exploiting children for gambling purposes, the stupidity of parents openly passing money gambling on their children does raise a few chuckles. Maybe if they took up one of our tips, they’d be able to scratch their gambler’s itch.
Featured picture courtesy of Jim Danvers (@Flickr)