Don't do it, kids.
In a former life, Dick was quite involved in darts and provided tips to a rather salubrious subscription betting site. They must have been good because I was made a free life member. Some of the darts info I am afforded would make your hair curl so an anonymous darts blog would have been quite interesting. Unfortunately, I tried it for a couple of weeks and darts fans completely missed the point.
Anyway, one still likes to keep one's hand in and I threw a lazy tenner at Simon Whitlock at 66/1 earlier this month with a deliberate view to laying if it got too hot. That day was yesterday but, with distractions aplenty I bloody forgot, didn't I.
Brilliant, then, that he won to offer a much more attractive lay today. Bloody wonderful, in fact, as the bet was still alive and dent to my return, after hedging, was reduced by half.
Guaranteed profit is nice, but seeing him beat Barneveld tonight is rather worrying. I'm now left with a matched liability of £581 if he should beat Taylor tomorrow, leaving a mere £73 profit.
Now, it ain't happening, of that I'm pretty sure, but if he'd lost to Wade (with my lay placed) or Barney, I'd have been quite happy. With Taylor, though, I'm in the odd position of wanting Whitlock to win despite it costing me about £500.
There should be no sentiment in betting, so I wish I'd not bothered with a wager in the first place, to be honest.
Ungrateful bastard, ain't I?