Don't ask me to bet on who will score in a football match or for a score prediction as I'll get it wrong and probably curse the team. Ask me to pick a horse and you, and I might be surprised.
I've always enjoyed The Grand National and especially looking at all the various names and I always tend to pick a favourite by a special name that means something to me. For example for last week's Cheltenham Races I put a bet on "Long Run" as the guy I was working with that day kept saying "in the long run..." and it kind of stuck so that was a definite. The other was "What A Friend" as it is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson. I only bet £5 on each as I'm not that convinced by my betting ways ;-)
Long Run came 1st and What A Friend was 4th. I'd put an each way bet on and they were paying out on the top four placed finishes. Admittedly I didn't win a lot but it was really exciting.
Have you ever placed a bet?
How do you decide what to bet on?
Although I'm doing this for fun I know there are others that get addicted to gambling, so here's an informative site for those struggling to stop. There is also a helpful section on how to help someone else http://helpguide.org/mental/gambling_addiction.htm