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Benjamin Franklin once said, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” As a sports bettor, this is one cliché I’m particularly accustomed to. Why? It’s simple – I appreciate the veracity. Imagine this scenario: you have taken a plane to Las Vegas, Nevada. Looking down from your window seat as you are about to land, you can see the Venetian, Caesars Palace, and other famous casinos you are hoping to visit during your trip. From the airport, you call a taxi and begin to drive towards your destination. As it is for most people, your first stop in Las Vegas is the strip. As you make your way through the tunnel, the area around you becomes a tourist’s version of fantasy: multi-colored jumbo screens, long lines of young adults eagerly awaiting the club’s opening, street performers, and bright lights that spread throughout the strip, seemingly forever. “Paradise,” you think.
After a few days of smoke inhalation, large volumes of beverage consumption, and the proverbial and literal beatings you received from slots and poker tables, you begin to rethink your version of paradise. A…