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What Would You Do?

Discussion in 'Business & Economics' started by Chip, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Chip

    Chip Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2007
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    Imagine ...

    ... That you're a computer programmer and you've written a program that will pick the results of NBA basketball games.

    You've tested your program and found that out of 1232 games in a season, it will select approximately 160 games in which it will be right nearly 75% of the time.

    You've plugged that win percentage into a random simulator (like random.org), generated random test results of 160 games at 75% and found that, when you analyze the results through an investment program that, starting with a bankroll of $1,000.00, and considering betting maximums, betting just 10% of your bankroll up to the maximum per bet, you will finish those 160 games $100,000.00 to the good, per casino!

    What do you do?

    Your day job has been off-shored to so many other continents that to continue in your profession if you moved there you'd have to travel by burro just to get to work.

    The American economy is in the tank.

    You're too much of an old dog, let's say, to learn any new corporate tricks.

    But ...

    ... You really don't want to move to hotter-than-hell Las Vegas, or Atlantic City (assuming it is even legal to gamble on any sport in Atlantic City), and it's illegal to gamble on sports anywhere else in America.

    And, of course, gambling on the internet is illegal, period, isn't it?

    Still, you're on the fast-track to homelessness.

    And you've discovered this sure-fire winning formula.

    What do you do?

    Do you keep your system a secret and/or forget all about it?

    Do you move to Las Vegas and melt away?

    Do you gamble illegally on the internet?

    Do you do nothing because you believe gambling is unethical?

    Do you do nothing on the internet because you refuse to break the law in any way?

    If you do choose to gamble illegally, do you tell your friends what you're doing, knowing that loose lips sink ships and the government could find out about you and make life "difficult" for you, not to mention that your friends might abandon you because you're doing something shady and scary, or do you not tell anyone what you're doing, and thus never talk about what you do for a living, carrying the burden of your secret while all around you your friends lose their jobs, their homes and their hope in the economic collapse of the western world?

    If you gamble on sports in Las Vegas, casino reporting may compel you to declare your winnings to the government thus revealing your tax liability. Do you pay those taxes? Do you gamble on the internet off-shore and not declare your winnings to avoid paying taxes? If you decide not to pay taxes on your winnings, how do you hide your money domestically so as not to draw suspicion?

    And do you really want to get involved with alleged off-shore mob organizations? Would you be concerned that they might not sit still for you taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from them each year? Would you be concerned about what they might do to you?

    Or ... would you rather just starve to death?

    What would you do?

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