Betting at the office

by Evil HR Lady on December 21, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

Is running daily betting pools at work considered a separate small business for the person in charge of the betting pools?

Why do you ask? Do you want to run one, or do you want to get the person who is running one in trouble?

If you want to run one, ask the boss.

If you want to get the person who is running one in trouble, stop it.

If you are the boss, you get to choose.

It’s most likely illegal in whatever state you are in, but not exactly something the police bash doors down for. So, if I were the boss, I’d say, no. But if I were the coworker, I’d ignore it.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

MaryP December 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I love number 2, ending with “stop it”. That’s pretty much how I respond to that sort of tattling, too. Of course, I work with toddlers…

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Evil HR Lady December 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

There is some surprising overlap between our professions. I learn a lot from your blog!

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Gene December 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Social gambling is legal in the majority of states. The key point to make it social gambling is that all moneys taken in bets are paid out – no house cut.

Informative gambling laws chart here: http://www.gambling-law-us.com/State-Law-Summary/

And yeah, most people never really leave toddlerhood.

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Evil HR Lady December 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

That is super! You’re the best. Gamble away!

Although if this is a “business” then there would be money made, which would make it illegal, correct?

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Gene December 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Yeah, rereading the post; if it’s a “small business” it’s illegal pretty much everywhere.

Vegas, Baby!

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Gigi December 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Isn’t fantasy football etc harmless version of social gambling?
I’ve never seen coworkers getting into trouble for that.

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