I have begun to pursue interests directly or indirectly related to trading to a greater or lesser degree now that I am probably wrapping up the compete refinement of my Forex system, which is why I am presently planning to look into sports betting as well. A month ago I began the process of finishing up my learning how to code in Metaquotes Query Language, and later today, I plan to begin the same kind of self-education with respect to the above topic. Since I am more interested in pursuing this as a hobby than in discussing athletic teams and players, I started the thread here under Chit Chat rather than under Sports. My timing is because I suspect the chart configuration I put together on Friday (but have yet to actually attempt to put into use) is the culmination of everything that came before it, and as such, should eliminate any need to continue working on my forecast models any longer. It is based on entering positions when there is divergence between the lower panel oscillator and histogram, and the simplified version below illustrates why I believe it should lead to consistent profits, God willing. The connection between Sports Picks and trading is that in both cases, my angle is to rely on statistical odds and mathematical probability. I will be attempting to learn from someone who supposedly makes a lot of money from this type of activity, so I'm looking forward to eventually putting his ideas to the test. Though, as a follower of Yeshua Hmashiach, I can see at least five reasons to be extremely cautious here: There is the danger of denying the reality of God's sovereignty by relying on luck. There is a potential for irresponsible stewardship in the form of throwing away money. It could result in the erosion of a biblical work ethic as the proper means of securing one's livelihood. It can be motivated by sin (greed and covetousness). It is built on the exploitation of others—often taking advantage of poor people who think they can gain instant wealth. However, as with trading, my plan is to take a very level-headed approach to this endeavor, which should mitigate all but the very last concern. As to whether this final consideration should, in the end, bar my participation in what might otherwise be a very lucrative pastime is still an unsettled issue for me.