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Hello....I like your site and commend you on a lot of very good information.
I especially like your list of 10 ways to throw away your money at
10 Ways to Lose at Sports Betting.)
That was a wake-up call for at least one problem gambler that I know. I
wanted to point out however that the book is still open as to what
causes problem gambling.
You are definitely right that frequent gamblers are NOT sick or
morally defective people.
Social Impact of Gambling.)
Problem gambling, however, is caused by multiple reasons and labeling
those that have problems as having a personality defect or
predisposition can produce a naive sense of invulnerability in gamblers
that may be at risk.
The most likely model for problem gambling is that it is the result
of a number of different reasons including physiological predispositions
(physiological impulsivity), emotional vulnerability (stress, bad life
experiences, depression), a variety of social factors, and
unrepresentative experiences (big winning streaks, successfully using a
doubling up strategy for a period of time). This theory has been
proposed by Alex Blaszczynski, an (Australian) gambling researcher.
While some people might pat themselves on the back (that) they don't
have a physiological predisposition, they cannot assume that they are
not at risk for other reasons.
Nigel Turner, Ph.D., Scientist
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
(Name and address used by permission)
You are correct of course, and I acknowledge that your credentials
are superior to mine. Much of the conditions pointed out in the last
paragraph of your letter, however, such as bad life experiences and
stress, can be regarded as relatively temporary conditions that can be
corrected when the root causes are corrected. Gambling, itself, is not
the cause of the condition.
In other words, some of the points in your own letter
support the argument that gambling itself is not responsible for
creating addictive behavior.
The purpose of my article (The
Social Impact of Gambling)
was to debunk the myth that gambling somehow causes addictive behavior
or somehow causes an increase in violent crime rates. Here in Tennessee,
for example, at this writing, no form of gambling whatsoever is allowed
- not even church bingo - and yet according to the FBI report on violent
crime, both Nashville and Memphis have higher rates of violent crime
than Las Vegas or Reno.
One factor not mentioned in your email, but which might be the
biggest problem of all, is a person's need to be in control of his own
destiny. This desire to be in control of one's own destiny is what
creates religionists, and it's thought by some psychologists that
gambling might replace religion in some people. - J. R.
(Tennessee has since legalized a state lottery.)
You know what I like about you? You don't whine and make excuses when
you lose, you don't brag and swagger when you win. You step up the next
day and do your business just the same, whether you won or lost the
night before. - Thomas W.
LOL....Yeah, we learned a long time ago that
sports betting is a humbling experience. It's a grind-'em-down affair.
There's no point to making excuses and there's no point to bragging
about how smart we sometimes feel. The next day might bring drastic
reversals. - J. R.
My name is Zhen and I am interested in sports gambling. We have a couple of
quick questions for you and i hope to hear back from you soon.
1. How long has the professionalgambler.com website been running and
providing tips over the internet for?
2. How long has J. R. Miller been in the INTERNET tipping business for and
how long has he been doing Handicap betting in general for?
3. How many people are members of your business and do they come from all
over the world? If so which countries are the main ones?
We hope to become members as soon as possible, however we want to be sure
what we are investing into. The questions that we have asked, if some of
them cannot be answered, please answer the ones that you can answer at your
earliest convenience. Thank
Thank you for your interest.
J. R. Miller first started
in 1997. The newsletter was started that same time.
J. R. first
became known as a professional-level gambler in the early 1980's. He was
known in the early 1980's through is articles in the original Gambling Times magazine,
along with other publications. (Check our webpage,
"Who the Hell is J. R. Miller?"
We have members in
countries all over the world, especially the USA, Canada, Australia, New
Zealand, Singapore, Russia, England, Norway, Germany, etc...
Best wishes. - Laurie (customer service)
P.S.: You can also check J. R.'s
at our website.
Just wondering, do you bet on spring training. Because I'm having a hard
time finding who the starting pitchers are going to be. Maybe I should just
be patient and wait until April. - Brendan
we don't do much betting on spring training. it's too much like
gambling. -J. R.
Just one question for now - I assume you just email me the newsletter/picks.
Roughly what time of day do you send them? - Len C.
....We don't "hold" the newsletter until a
certain time of day. As soon as it's ready we ship it. It's almost always
several hours before the first games begin. Usually by 1:00 PM USA Eastern
Time, even earlier for early games. - Laurie (customer service)
I just verified your claim of being (ahead) for the
month...against my records. As usual, you are 100%
accurate to the nearest hundredth of a percentage point. I greatly admire
a number of things about your operation, but high on the list is your
unwavering honesty. It instantly says two essential things about you: 
you have nothing to hide, and  by logical deduction from #1, you must
be genuine. I have never seen this in anyone else during my entire
May I relate a somewhat humorous incident that proves
the point? I started tracking your results last October 7, not realizing
then that October is the most pitiful month of the year. Anyway, by the
end of October 23, I had charted less than a hundred propositions, and you
were actually down by several units. By then, I had cynically
concluded that you were just another tout, albeit more sophisticated than
most, and I was preparing to move on. Then, on October 24, one of those
many hurricanes of last summer hit Florida, and you were offline for
several days supposedly because of "problems with your server." I figured
this was just the bullshit excuse of a con man, and that you were actually
buying time or trying to find a way to fake a better record. After all,
why would a sports handicapper based in Tennessee have an Internet server
based in South Florida, where the hurricane hit? To make matters worse,
when you finally reappeared and posted your results for October 24-26, you
went 7-1 +7.99, which is very unusual for October and much better than you
had been doing. On October 27-28, you posted no plays, and this made
me really suspicious. I was also somewhat angry, figuring that I had been
outsmarted by this unknown "JR Miller dude." I started to do more research
on your webpage, and, lo and behold, tucked away in the fine print of some
Internet government form was the name and address of your actual server:
Boca Raton, Florida, which was in the hurricane's direct path.
Instantly, all was forgiven, and I have been an avid fan ever since. I
must say, however, that you are an otherwise extinct animal, and very
likely the only completely honest person in gaming.
Congratulations, and, most of all, thank you. - John
P.S. If issues ever come up about you and your
service, I will be very happy to receive emails and tell people what I
have observed. Also, please feel completely free to publish all or part of
this email on your letters from readers page.
Thank you so much for taking
the time and effort to send us your letter! - Laurie (customer
Your site is impressive- even to a mathematical infant
like me. Your articles on money management and bet size have saved me. i
recently read Mike Lee's amazing Betting the Bases and the results of
his handicapping have been mind blowing for me. His 10 angles provide a
monstrous number of games- and ALL of these angles work perfectly. I'm
stunned by the consistency of the results. And by the ease of the method.
But his chapter on bankroll management- holy moley! Please tell me- before
he died did Lee become a billionaire? Because his predictions on bankroll
return should have guaranteed it. I now understand that increasing bet size
with bankroll size is a losing proposition. But I ask you- is there ANYTHING
to his system of betting higher on angles that do,in fact, return much
higher percentages than other angles. Also- please let me know your opinion
of this short book and do u use any of his approach in your mlb picks. Thank
u very much for your kind attention. - M. D. in NY
I knew Mike. He was a hard worker and devoted a
lot of time to his work. His book, Betting the Bases, is a perennial
good seller and has lots of useful information. Mike was well known around
Las Vegas as an excellent handicapper, and I agree. We had dinner together
several times and I always came away feeling like I'd learned something. He
always threatened to come to Nashville with me and become a songwriter.
.....Money management..........Wel-l-l-l-l.......Mike seemed to be
making a good living, but he was no billionaire. His belief in progressive
betting schemes kept leading him back to Square One. Nothing I ever said
made him re-examine his logic about progressive betting.
I can sense from your email (above) that you are already savvy enough to
glean from Mike's book only those things that make sense, When it came to
handicapping, Mike could make a lot of sense. - J. R. Miller
J.R. I just wanted to let you know I love your page, and I wanted to ask you
one question. A friend and I are thinking of moving to vegas in september to
gamble on sports and blackjack only. I am a pretty good blackjack player,
and not bad in sports. In your opinion is this a good idea. If so how much
should are bankroll be, and what percent should we risk per a play. Thank
you for your time and experties
advice would be to avoid jumping in with both feet. Eas-s-s-s-s-y does it.
If you have outside income - and you really should - you could consider
using as much as 2% of your bankroll per bet against sports, but that's way
too aggressive if you're relying solely on your gambling for your income.
With an outside income, your main goal gambling is to make a profit. As a
full time pro, your main goal is to avoid going broke. Most pros I know use
no more than 1% of their bankroll per bet.
I am more pessimistic about blackjack. Defensive moves
by casinos have all but eliminated most of a player's advantages. That's not
to say you can't eke out a living playing blackjack, but it's become very
tough to do.
As to how big your bankroll must be, it depends on your
desired lifestyle. Generally speaking, if you can double your bankroll in a
year you're doing well. Lem Banker agrees with me on this, and so did Bob
McCune and Jack Painter. A 100% gain in bankroll can be your goal, - less,
of course, however much you pull out for living expenses along the way. It's
been our experience that we expect anywhere from 30% to 130% gain over a
calendar year, but that does NOT always happen. There are 12-month periods
wherein we have lost money, and Sonny Reizner told us about a 3-year losing
period he once experienced that cost him virtually everything.
In my book, How Professional Gamblers Beat the Pro
Football Pointspread, I point out that guarantees come with toasters,
not sports bets, so you must be ready for an emotional rollercoaster
ride. After a multiple-day losing streak it takes balls to belly up to the
window and place your bets just as if you'd had a winning streak. An outside
income can act as an effective partner against the fear of insolvency.
I wish I could offer more encouragement, but I tend to
agree with something Lem Banker says: "It's easier to become a movie star
than it is to become a professional gambler." - J. R.
.....Do you know any successful sports bettors who
don't watch games? I mean, it seems to me you people have to spend a good
part of your life watching all the games...Don't your brains eventually turn
to mush? - Bud W.
I know a couple
successful handicappers who never or rarely watch a pro sports game of any kind,
not even on television.
I, for one, have no interest in watching pro sports as a fan. I do
occasionally watch NFL and NBA games, but only to judge a team's level of
motivation and what I call "character". I rarely watch baseball at all. (Baseball is not a
contact sport; so motivation doesn't matter much.) On the other hand, it's
common knowledge that if it wasn't for gambling, Monday Night Football would
be cancelled. Without money involved, who'd care?
- J. R.
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