Still, nothing can prepare you for watching punters fight over their losses or throw away a weekly wage in an hour.
Bookmakers are excluding persistent winners as "liabilities". It's perfectly legal, if not entirely fair. But these high-stakes gamblers still find ways to bet – and now the liabilities are starting to fight back.
I got to the point where I easily made $16,000 each month.
Most sports betting is still underground, but the internet has made it more convenient. Paying off your illegal gambling debts, however, will never be as painless as paying for an MP3.
Sparing a thought for the printers and patriotic clothing companies that will be left bereft after the vote.
Being surrounded by loss and despair every day is surprisingly not great.