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noun: vigorish
an excessive rate of interest on a loan, typically one from an illegal moneylender.

the percentage deducted from a gambler’s winnings by the organizers of a game.
“payment of vigorish to be made at a later time”

The Vig was created in the beginning of February 2020 by two brother-in-laws, J and Bill. They are both from upstate New York and have been immersed in the sports gambling world for years. J had the idea to create a sports gambling podcast with an XFL focus and Bill agreed. With their immense gambling knowledge, love for sports and the XFL being a new, untapped market, it was the perfect storm.

Off to a blazing start, the guys failed to record before Week 1 of the XFL. However, they were up and running with their first episode dropping right before XFL’s Week 2 kickoff. After a few weeks, they had both fallen into a groove and their personalities began to take shape. J turned into a sports detective making connections; line after line, his research turned into sometimes outlandish, yet completely logical, Bold Predictions of the Week. Bill’s Black Horse of the Week blunder was now a recurring topic and his Locks of the Week were automatic.

The plan was to branch off into other sports coverage as the XFL ended; but now, with almost all sports being cancelled for the foreseeable future, they have had to venture into uncharted territory. J has been locked in as of late, going 21-10 in Bleacher Report’s GOAT Madden Sim Bracket and deep diving into NASCAR’s iRacing. Bill has a newfound love in the nonstop action of International Table Tennis and has been profitable with Madden Simulations, as well.

New episodes come out weekly, with the occasional bonus episode and special guest.

For The Love of Gambling, this is The Vig.

Remembering the Miracle of Istanbul

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Channing Frye’s Ice Cold Take

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Blake Snell Doesn’t Get It

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NFL Schedule Release: Games I Want to See

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Golf is Back

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Derby Day

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Baseball is Back!

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When Are We Getting Sports Back?

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Andy Dalton to New England?

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NFL Draft Drinking Game

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NFL Draft Prop Bets I’d Like to See

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