I was asked this week what my plan is for The Sharp Plays. It was one of those questions I enjoyed because it allowed me to reflect on things for myself too. It is a question I get a lot so I’ll bore you by sharing my answer. I have been a gambler since 1995 and have enjoyed a very good career in the sports gambling industry since 1999. It’s been over 20 years as of May of this year. It has been one of the best experiences and a lot fun! However it’s a very draining business to be involved in because the action never stops. Starting in 1999 I worked 7 days a week and pretty much around the clock. Anyone who followed me during March Madness this year remembers the 1am tweets followed by the 5am tweets as I got up ready for the day ahead. Yes, it can be non-stop, little sleep, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It wears you out but I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT. It is the best business to be involved in. It is continual excitement and action. It’s “juice”, like a drug. Also like a drug, it is tough to step away from the business of sports gambling. A few years ago I sold my business and semi-retired from the industry. Now consult a few shops because I wasn’t ready to walk away totally. I love the daily action of the markets. However even though I am not that old, I am at the point where I am ready to step away and enjoy the fruits of those 20 years of blood, sweat, tears, lack of sleep and labor. I am confident this will be my last football season as a full-time consultant.
However I don’t just want to go fishing or sit by the pool and read a book every day. I love the action! Over the past 20 years I have developed countless friends and associates through the business. Doing The Sharp Plays allows me to keep busy within the industry, keep busy within the action, keep playing around with my old and new algorithms and to interact with the people I have come to know. The Sharp Plays allows me to stay involved in the action but unlike consulting, I get to do The Sharp Plays on my own time. Which makes the time requirement of The Sharp Plays exponentially less than the time I spend consulting. Plus, the fun level of The Sharp Plays is through the roof, even with the idiots! So, for me, it is the perfect and leaves me plenty of freedom with my time while still getting my daily action fix.
With this being my last football season as a full-time consultant, I am starting to spend time thinking about what I want to do with The Sharp Plays when it’s all over. I mean immediately after it culminates with the Super Bowl, I will be taking off the month of February like I always do. By the way, yes, I will be tweeting daily content in February. LOL! I mean I can’t vanish totally from the planet! It’ll just be about 20% of the usual content. Even when I was in the middle of the ocean last February, those of you who followed remember the Mr. Poison daily posts. I mean, we all have to get our Poison fix… at least I do! When I come back from vacation, what do I want The Sharp Plays brand to look like? What do I want to do with it?
I am not looking to start some major operation. I have no plans to go from full-time gaming consultant to full-time something else. Whatever I do with The Sharp Plays will be something I do for fun, in my free-time, when I want to do it and in the way I want. Anything else and I become a captive to my own creation. That’s no fun!
Even though I want this to be more on the “hobby” side of things, I want to make The Sharp Plays the best brand with the best content that it can be. Of course I have a bunch of ideas. I often think of all these amazing ideas (to me, LOL) and then I filter them through the usual analysis… what’s the commitment in both time and effort to do it right if I decide to move forward with this idea? Plenty of ideas get left on the cutting room floor but a few make it through. What are those ideas and plans for the future? I am tossing a bunch around and a lot of it will come down to how I feel once the football season is over. Typically, my vacation time is perfectly suited for sitting back and thinking about future plans. Actually, it was during this time last year that I tweeted about creating the 1st Inning Algorithms, those did pretty well! Hope to have some more like it!
Good luck in your action!
~ The Sharp Plays