Posted: 2/28/2011 5:39:03 PM
Originally Posted by kaponofor3 Further questions:
1. Ever meet anyone from covers in real life? If so, who and what were the circumstances?
I have never met a single person from covers ever. Im not against it, but it has never been the right circumstances.
2. Where is your favorite place (hotel) to stay in Vegas?
I havent been to Vegas since about 2005. I stayed at the Wynn, nice place. Im pretty sure I am going to get out there to check out the M casino because of everything I hear about their sportsbook and live betting.
3. Please tell the story of getting kicked out of a large US bank for the weird Carribean square check.
I had a couple of accounts at a large well known bank. The large square check from Pinnacle was just the last straw in a series of mis-steps I had because of inexperience. I was transferring in and out from neteller dozens of 5K ins and outs every week (I think 5k was the max they would allow at the time in one transaction) - and I didnt even try to hide it. It would just be 5k, 5k, 5k, 5k 5k rapid fire every day. I made the mistake of believing because it was legal, that the bank would welcome it. Wrong.
So I got the check from Pinnacle (BTW, how many people can say they got a check from Pinnacle pre 2007? Probably very few). It was square, and looked like a coupon your would use at a supermarket. I was cocky (afterall, it was totally legal, and I wasnt hiding anything) so I marched up and tried to deposit it - like it was a check from my neighbor or something. They had a conference of tellers behind the glass, and since they had never seen anything like it - they called over the mgr who proceeded to tell me that they were worried about my acct activity and that I should call a VP of the bank that she gave me a card.
(as Im writing this, I took a flyer and did a search on my comp and realized I still have a scan of this check. It is drawn on Maduros and Curiels Bank - yes that is the real name - and signed by Maduro and Curiel themselves!!)
So anyway, I dont call the bank, but I get a certified letter about 3 days letter telling me to pack up my garbage and get out. It was not nice. This was my first experience with this - it has happened to me once since - so I was a little panicky. I called my lawyer at the time and he told me something like (put on a sopranos accent) "Look. They dont like you. Who the darn cares. You didnt break any laws, but if your local sub shop didnt like you, you might not be eating turkey sandwiches any time soon. Go get another sub shop." That was all I needed to hear.
4. How many books do you post up with online? Ever go for the riskier ones or been there, done that?
I have never posted up at a risky book, not even one penny. It is against my DNA. 5 years ago, I had about 20 books. Today - it pains me to type this - I have 3. Pinnacle, MB, and Betfair - and honestly - I dont know if I still have MB (but can get it if I want I think). I seriously might be on an extended break after soccer ends.
5. Was there any single event that made you go "you know what? I could probably do this for a living and be successful?"
Yes. I remember the moment. Sitting in an endless corporate douchebag meeting, I just had enough. The light went on. I had enough put away to live on comfortably for at least 3 years, so I took a chance. I wish I was as smart gamblingwise 10 years ago as I am today because I could have made a lot more money and avoided some costly mistakes - but such is life. I consider myself to be very fortunate, and understand the luck it has taken to get to where I am.