They've got a secret

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Trying to identify an addicted sports bettor can be as difficult as trying to pick the winner in a 20-horse field in the Kentucky Derby.

"When you are a gambler, you can do anything. You are a magician," said Randy.

"I could go to work and nobody would know anything (about my life).

"Nothing. Zero.

"A lot of people thought I was a thug by the looks of me, but nobody thought I would have six or seven thousand dollars in my pocket."

Short and sturdy with a receding hairline, Randy was able to fool an Edmonton police officer one night.

"I got pulled over by a cop one time because I had run through a red light by accident - and I had $10,000 in my pocket," he recalled.

"Where I used to work, the police from downtown were very good customers and he recognized me and let me go.

"He shook my hand and asked me how I was doing."

An addiction to sports wagering is unlike almost any other addiction.

"You are going to see a symptom if it is an alcohol addiction or drugs or overeating," said Stan, the gamblers anonymous sponsor helping Randy stay clean.

"But sports betting is a very easy addiction to hide."

Added Randy: "When you are drunk and stoned, you can't hide that.

"Like, who would have imagined Wayne Gretzky's wife would have allegedly bet on games?"


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