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Never hurts to be lucky

July 17, 2012 - Jay Bennett
There are a lot of ways to make a living, but being a professional gambler probably has to be one of the hardest.

Most people can't even afford trying to be a "riverboat gambler" once a year or so at the area casino or by making a trip to Las Vegas to legally bet on sports. However, there are other options available for those who aren't as well off to do.

Some people like to buy lottery tickets, play what used to be known as the "gray" machines or dream of hitting the Powerball jackpot. Other people like to donate money toward raffles or 50/50 drawings to support a cause and possibly win something they desire.

For sports nuts, I don't think there's a better option — no matter what your budget is — than, which is an Internet fantasy sports operation where players from anywhere can get together and make a friendly wager. One doesn't even have to play for money. They can just try it out as much as they like and play for fun or step up to the table and put anywhere from $1 to whatever on a contest.

The entire fantasy sports scene has really come alive in recent years. I still remember about a decade ago doing fantasy golf with CDM Sports via snail mail and using the telephone to drop players for the weekend who didn't make the cut.

However, fantasy baseball fans hoping to get the shot of a lifetime to hit six figures of cool hard cash need to check into fanduel's daily fantasy baseball championship qualifying games.

Even though I haven't taken a $10 chance to qualify for the DFBC, I happened to be picking a lineup late Sunday evening/early morning Monday when a guy chimed in on the live chat. We struck up a conversation and he asked if I knew his moniker — bigd453 — and I said I didn't.

We had talked back and forth for a little bit. It just so happened to be Danny Sawyer, who is currently one of the lucky eight headed to Las Vegas with a shot to win $100,000 or at least $1,500.

He seemed liked a pretty cool down to earth kind of guy for a 24-year-old sales associate. He won first in a qualifier by .08 points and I know I'll be rooting for him to take the top prize.

I've included links to both the DFBC and the story of Mr. Sawyer and the other lucky bums who took a gamble and got lucky.


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