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Gambling on almost nothing - Justin Boron

Hang your hair in your eyes and dance.

It's the attitude to have at your local club's weekly dance party.

For many, it means cutting loose and jerking your body around without any sense of rhythm.

But for me, it's yet another means to push my metastasizing gambling habit to new heights.

Standing on the side of the dance floor, languidly holding drinks in our hands, my friend and I passed crumpled up bills back and forth for more than two hours.

We placed bets on everything from the next song's decade to the amount of time the DJ would take to segue into the next song, roughly estimating odds as the music vibrated through the hardwood floor.

The important lesson here is that you can gamble on anything, which I guess is what makes it such a dangerous addiction, according to health experts.

Predicting the DJ's music selection is no different than making NFL picks each weekend.

Momentum is king.

Picking a 90s modern rock song to come out of the speakers after a build-up of Rolling Stones is as certain as picking the home team to cover after an away defeat.

However, some things will remain a mystery, like predicting long shots no matter how ideal the circumstances seem.

The big bet of the night was on the Postal Service. I think odds topped out at 20 to 1. But neither of us could hit.

The problem with gambling on song choices is the potential for big success is very low.

No one is realistically going to take big action on something that is really dependent on the preference of one person.

But a true scheme could be developed. You've got to calibrate the impact of audience enthusiasm on the DJ.

At this club, the DJ was up higher behind the dance floor so he would face away from it.

This makes predicting song's based on audience enthusiasm very difficult since the DJ wouldn't pay much attention to the crowd.

Anyway, this was a useless rant.

What I'm trying to prove here is that wherever there is gambling, no matter how silly the subject, a good gambler will impose some type of order or system to it.

Some way to convince themselves they have an edge.

That's what drives the addiction.

Justin Boron covers government and politics for the News-Daily. His column appears Mondays. He can be reached at 770-478-5753 ext. 281 or jboron@news-daily.com .