Sam’s first gambling came making bets with friends in school. He’d bet his friends he could throw ball farther than they, or he’d flip baseball cards. He soon starting betting his school lunch that his favorite sports teams would win; and sometimes he’d lose and not get to eat. As a teenager, he would bet with his money from his after-school job and lose that as well. As his debts grew but his desire for action continues, he sought money from loansharks.