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My boss is a know-it-all, especially when it comes to sports.  As a result of this, the rest of us always have to hear about his sports’ gambling.  He has a habit; there is no doubt about it.  He bets on all of the major sports pretty frequently.  From what he says, he does pretty well and wins…but doesn’t everyone who brags about it?  Or maybe that’s just what he wants us to think.  We also hear about all the bets he should have made and how he knew they were going to be winners (that is probably his way of saying he lost without actually having to admit it).  He even brags that his bookie pays him via overnight mail, like Greg from Boiler Room.  Actually, it’s a common joke around the office (for those of you that have seen some gambling movies), that he perceives himself to be Worm from ‘Rounders’ or Ace from ‘Casino.’

If we all go out to lunch, he will repeatedly cite Vegas odds and gambling lines.  I get tired of hearing who the favorite is and what the odds are.  That’s all he wants to talk about.  Most of us don’t even care.  I have tried talking sports to him on occasion, but it’s difficult because he’s a know-it-all.

Someone recently had the guts to ask him if his wife knows what he does.  She doesn’t.  After that, even though it isn’t my business, I felt that enough was enough.  I had some Gambling Problem flyers sent to his house and office.  He’s the kind of guy who would fire me if he found out it was me, so I’m not sure if I’ll do anything else.  But I also stopped going to lunch with him as frequently.  I just hope at some point he will get help before it ruins something that is important to him.

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