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Burke: It's okay to step away

By Adam Burke  ( 

November 17, 2021 11:08 AM

Are you familiar with the acronym FOMO? It stands for fear of missing out. Bettors deal with it every day. The idea that if you take a night off, you are going to miss the greatest CLV opportunity of all-time or how that would have been one of those magical perfect nights where you’re on the right side of every game.

Like how that next spin on the slot machine will be the big winner. How that next dice roll will be the one that gets you back to even. How that night at the bar is when you’ll meet your soulmate. How that one time you didn’t buy lottery tickets, you’d have won the jackpot.

We’ve got a lot of expressions and idioms related to FOMO. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. No regrets. You can’t win what you don’t put in the middle. And so on.

The months of November and December are insane in this business. Just about every sport except is happening in some way around the globe. The cards are full of games on a daily basis, along with the football weekends that draw attention throughout the week.

I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to step away if you need to. If you feel overwhelmed, if you’re on a cold streak, if your relationships need more time and attention, you don’t have to bet games every single day. More games will be on the betting board tomorrow.

I’m a big proponent of paying attention to your mental health, not only with betting, but with life in general. Sometimes you need a night away from checking scores and making bets to check out a movie or play mini golf or find a bowling alley or an arcade. Put your phone in another room and watch a movie on Netflix or Hulu. Hell, last week, my wife and I had some beers and played Yahtzee for a couple hours.

In this day and age of high demand and high supply for all things betting, those that are involved with the industry are inundated with boosted odds and same game parlays and subtle, or not-so-subtle, messages that encourage action on every sport and every betting event. You’re almost made to feel guilty for not wanting to bet that day.

So, I’ll throw another expression at you. Tomorrow is another day. If what you want to do today has nothing to do with betting, that’s perfectly fine. Clear your mind. Pay attention to someone or something that you’ve neglected. We’re not that far from the holiday season. Plan a trip. Plan a meet-up with your friends. Do some holiday shopping. Fire up a video game console. Find somewhere with live music.

It may seem counterintuitive to work for a company that covers sports betting and talk about this topic, but ask any one of us here and we’ll tell you about the daily grind and the importance of stepping away when needed.

If nothing else, you won’t be at your best when handicapping with a clouded mind. Take care of yourself and your mental health and the results should follow.

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