Gambler's Dharma

I was offered a review copy of Gambler's Dharma: Sports Betting with Vedic Astrology on April 1st and wondered if it was a cruel April Fool's joke. Unfortunately, it isn't.

"What on Earth is dharma?" you might say. Dharma is a term from Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and is best described here because I don't have the time or inclination to look it up.

The book was written by Simon Chokoisky, author of the classic Sex, Love, and Dharma: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Relationships, a 'must read', I'm sure Simon would say. 

In the preface to Gambler's Dharma, we are told that the author turned $75 into $24,000 in the space of a month using only the beginner's techniques in the book. Heaven knows what he would have made if he had used all of the book that he wrote. He may even have made enough to not bother writing the book in the first place.

Inside, you will find out how to read Vedic astrology charts, how to make predictions and when to place bets using karma. An example is given when Simon used his charts and a helping of karma to bet on the fifth game of the 2015 American League divisional game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers. Simon tells us, after seeing the Rangers streak ahead,
"The only way Toronto gets out of this is by some divine intervention... or the effect of the crowd. Neither was seeable in the chart... Toronto piled up four points to go ahead. They won that game, even though they shouldn't have. By sheer force of will they refused to lie down, even though the karma of the chart weighed against them... By deciding they would not lose, Toronto's players wrote their own destiny. But such moments are rare, which is what makes them momentous. If it happened every day, astrology wouldn't work, and we'd be out of a job. But astrology does work, which means that in the majority of charts we should be able to judge an outcome and get it right."
And so this mumbo jumbo continues page after page. Even using it for a World Cup game between Spain and Holland. But not for him the gambling lingo of over/under. Instead, a Vedic chart is used to discover the lagna of the game. By now my patience had waned. It was worse than reading a vendor website telling me how easy it is for everyone to profit from a zero-sum tennis market. 

I jumped to the final chapter, titled Avoiding the Pitfalls of Gambling. This sounded more promising. Would I see terms like edge used for the first time? No. All I saw was reference to charity (probably the donation of all my wealth to a needy bookmaker) and the trouble with eclipses, presumably horses are more likely to fall at the first if there is an eclipse.

Going back to the preface of the book, Simon quotes Richard Feynman with the lines, "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Unfortunately, Mr Chokoisky didn't take heed of Mr Feynman's words otherwise we would have been spared this book.

If only all the mumbo jumbo you read about sports trading was this easy to spot. We can all name a trader or two who use "gut feeling" to guide their trading success. Is this any different to using Vedic astrology? I think not. Somewhere down the line, logic and mathematics will play its part, even if the person with the large gut (feeling) thinks otherwise.

Some may still think that this is a hoax but you can hear Chokoisky rabbiting on discussing his work on YouTube. It's rivetting stuff. At least, you have to be rivetted to your chair to listen to it otherwise you will walk off and find something else to do. Rather like a vendor video discussing how easy it is for everyone to profit from a zero-sum....

I wonder who Chokoisky is aiming this book at. Afterall, I can't see hippies and new agers being remotely interested in sport or gambling. Chokoisky is probably ruining his reputation by using these methods on something that yoghurt weavers might find highly unethical. Likewise, sports traders will notice immediately that they are being taken for a ride.

Maybe Pyckio is going to use dharma to guarantee that the expected number of people who will invest in their sports hedge fund will make more money than just leaving it in their dwindling bank accounts. Who knows? And before anyone writes a comment stating, "We don't know everything about the universe and we should always keep an open mind." Please save your embarassment by not posting it here. 

Gambler's Diarrhoea is not yet available but you can pre-order (I know you have disregarded my review and want to) a copy from Amazon. The book will be on the shelves on June 1st. Published by Destiny Books, I fear the the book is destined to be remaindered a day later. Om! 

Amazon - Gambler's Dharma: Sports Betting with Vedic Astrology


  1. "Gambler's Diarrhoea" LMFAO.

  2. It is known as Dharmachakra Mudra or 'turning the wheel of Dharma.' Symbolic of the Buddhas first sermon after he achieved enlightenment, it is meant to signify the moment the Buddha to put into motion his teachings.
    protection buddha

    1. Nothing to do with gambling then?

      It must make you angry when someone uses Buddhism for financial gain.

      I'd have a few words with Mr Chokoisky, if I were you.