Have a bourbon
forget the gambling stress
Just had a call from
a punting friend who was absolutely off his face about Tatts_Bet and
their *!#@* computer system.
Apparently it has been
down for over an hour and a half (since 3.45pm) on this being Derby
Day 2012 and I would imagine they are pretty upset as well!
My friend uses Tatts_Bet
for his gambling activities (and they are allowed to put up $1
money back dividends!!!! - better him than me thanks very
much) and he has been in the middle of one of those losing sequences
that face all of us on a regular basis when you do it seven days a
week. Of course the very next race he would have been
on had Tatts_Bet not fallen over was his selection and
won easily and that would have been the end of his losing sequence.
I have never heard such
a prolonged burst of "language" ever and I have knocked
around with some basic folk all of my life - wow - talk about upset!
I thought he was going to have a heart attack on the spot just from
the stress of it all.
Look - at the end of
the day this is just one of those "chaos factors" that,
as gamblers, you have to deal with and certainly learn to live with.
So the computer's down? What can you do about it? Two fifths of three
quarters of diddly squat so there's no point having a stress episode
over it. Put your feet up. Shut YOUR computer down and have a bourbon.
The other point that
may be worth dwelling on is having two funded accounts just in case
something like this happens. I know, a pain in the butt but what's
Thinking about it, there
must have been heaps of people off their face about the Tatts_Bet
computer system being down for such a long time and as my friend said,
with all the long priced winners saluting during the afternoon, a
lot would have been trying to "get out of jail". Which leads
to the next question: why on earth would you allow yourself to be
"in jail" in the first place if you had a sensible staking
No - no point in getting
upset - kick back - take a deep breath and relax. Imagine how much
turnover these dudes are missing out on by their inability to stay
"on the air" - must be an absolute fortune - and if they
can't cope today what on earth is going to happen next Tuesday on
Melbourne Cup day?
Kind of explains why
another old punting acquaintance always "pulls stumps" on
his punting activities the weekend before the Melbourne Cup carnival
starts and goes fishing at Lakes Entrance. No stress there.
By the way, Betfair worked
fine all day - and the divvies were way better - as they always are!
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