Meet Sarah J. Phillips: Sports bettor. Columnist. One cool chick.

SJP is a college student who will throw her money down on anything from the NBA to World Cup cricket. She probably knows more about sports than you and she just happens to be even prettier than a winning 12-team parlay ticket. And yes, for the millionth time, she's real. So quit asking and read.

I walked up to the counter at The Mirage and waited patiently for the next available ticket writer to assist me.

A few minutes went by, and finally someone asked me, “May I help you?”

“I’d like to place a wager on the Boston Celtics against the spread to win $1000,” I said. 

The agent seemed stunned. Is it because I was laying $1100 to win $1000? Couldn’t be, this is chump change compared to the high rollers.

Is it because I was playing the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back? No, the sportsbook couldn't care less which side of the action I was on.

Maybe it was because I’m a female bettor? Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner. The fact that I knew a spread isn’t just for toast can be baffling to the books sometimes.
I’m Sarah J. Phillips, or SJP for short. I enjoy long walks on the beach, local sports, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

Oh, and, I also like knowing more about sports than you. “You” being the chauvinist who thinks women should be baking pies and folding laundry instead of managing bankrolls.

If that's not you, my apologies. But if you feel the need to continue believing I’m a man in order to ease your insecurities, please do. I don’t want to emasculate you more than your father or significant other already has.

I understand your disbelief and you're not alone in your sexism. It’s still wrong, but you are not alone. I primarily communicate with my sportsbooks through their live chat feature in order to keep a paper trail. If you don't use it, you should start.

The chat guide specifically asks you for your name and account number prior to entering the live chat session. Even though my name is clearly listed as “Sarah Phillips,” the imbecile customer service representatives almost always auto-pilot and greet me with a, “Welcome SIR.”

They don’t even have the training script to greet a female bettor.

Before I get too far into my rant I should introduce you to my roommates, Amber and Erika. They are my partners in crime and that's them in the picture above.

They are pro-GTL and anti-sports. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve rolled their eyes at me for checking sports scores on my Blackberry during “girl time.” You’ll learn plenty about them as we become better acquainted.

Anderson Silva is my favorite athlete. If you don’t know who Anderson Silva is, please close your browser and exit stage left.

I admire his soft personality outside the octagon and his ruthlessness inside it. My dad and I always debate who the best fighter is during our time: he takes Roy Jones Jr. in his prime and I stick with Anderson. It’s an argument that will never be resolved.

My dad is the reason I am addicted to sports. David Beckham and Derek Jeter might have a little to do with it, too.

I’m a little irritated right now so I’m going to cut this column short. My book tried to manipulate the line on the India/Pakistan World Cup Cricket Match. Their site showed India -180, but when I called in, they had it at -200? Shady, shady.
 
You should feel comforted knowing that sportsbooks believe in equality: they will try and squeeze you and me just the same, regardless of gender. I need to get on the phone and yell at someone for at least 45 mi

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Posted by rated91
2 years ago

How the fuck are you going to "manipulate" a cricket line...or a line for any game for that matter?
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Posted by rated91
2 years ago

This is bullshit
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Posted by Syddigs
2 years ago

" Oh, and, I also like knowing more about sports than you. " Says the woman who walks up to the betting counter and says exactly this “I’d like to place a wager on the Boston Celtics against the spread to win $1000,” No wonder the agent was stunned. Anyone who asks for a bet in this fashion is fucking clueless. You don't know shit.
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Posted by VegasVandal
2 years ago

They looked at you funny because you said"I want to place a bet against the spread on the Celtics". I would look at you funny too if you said that and I know numerous female sports bettors. You just say "I want 201 for $1100" and be done with it. My biggest pet peeve is people who don't have there damn numbers ready to call of in line!! Grr...
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Posted by Bucci020
3 years ago

I wish there were more females around with the passion we have SJP/ / / Keep up the great work
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Posted by scruffys
3 years ago

that a girl Sarah keep it up. check out my space and lets talk Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most exciting sporting event of the year. peace and love
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Posted by freshvigs
3 years ago

I've finally found my dream woman
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Posted by freshvigs
3 years ago

I've finally found my dream woman
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Posted by sgamble077
3 years ago

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Posted by sgamble077
3 years ago

well, let's see some picks hot shit!
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Posted by sgamble077
3 years ago

Amateur, at best. Learn how to place a bet. It's either a straight bet or money line, not "against the spread." BTW, why would you place bets at the Mirage? I'm a local, we all know the Mirage sucks! If you are a real person you, you're an average chick here in Sin City.
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Posted by Damix
3 years ago

Can we sit down in a sportsbook and have a chat about tonights games
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Posted by BIGfnPOO
3 years ago

hi sarah, im bigfnpoo mayor of the penalty box, i hear a lot about you,,these shmendriks say u a man, so i come to chk it out, firsthand...come here.... well i saw i came i leave back to the pen box to tell them that you are a woman all the way...hit em hard baby.....can the big poo escort you to lou's next party? dont answer right away ..take a moment..byby my love..big poo
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Posted by Wynters
3 years ago

Welcome Sarah. Cute how men get so intimidated by women, why are they so scared of you? lol Do your thing girl!!
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Posted by bweisber
3 years ago

p s i hate all of you jeter loving mother fuckers! hahah
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Posted by bweisber
3 years ago

vomit vomit vomit, what did this have to do with betting on sports? ur hot ok, ur on the internet, who cares? I don't care, i have real ladies in my life, i don't care about fantasy betting girls who like to the underdog on tuesday study night, hahaha priceless, the person who sunbmitted this to covers is probably a 56 yearlod waitress who lives in vegas and squanders her tip money at the VLT's late night. (ur BETTOR than this covers) HAHA
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Posted by zipcomm22
3 years ago

Congratulations Sarah....
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Posted by SnotBoogy
3 years ago

in all honesty if a hot girl walked up to the counter and said that with 1100, the ticket guy would probably be like "ok let me help you honey"
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Posted by Tad
3 years ago

oops
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Posted by Tad
3 years ago

no
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Posted by Boxcar
3 years ago

By the way GSP is pound for pound the best fighter in the world! Cheers
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Posted by claude_gir0ux
3 years ago

gsp doesnt finish anyone. who cares.
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Posted by scruffys
3 years ago

no he doesnt finish them, he just breaks them down so badly they never want to take that kind of punishment ever again. figure it out giroux, flyers have lost 14 games in their last 20 and probably gonna lose to the isles tonight! hows that for "finishing".. tool
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Posted by Boxcar
3 years ago

Great Read Sarah, I love your style, my kind of woman, your article was a great read, good luck to you in your sports wagering, maybe I'll see you on a poker table sometime in Vegas or LA, we'll have a drink, Cheers
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Posted by HutchEmAll
3 years ago

The first time I placed a bet in Vegas, I gave the team and the number (Oklahoma -7) and the guy practically yelled at me, "I don't care about the line, just give me the number." And that taught me a lesson I've never forgot. Yeah, "I want to place a bet on Boston against the spread to win $1,000," sounds real professional to me. NOT!!!!
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