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  • Toughest jobs in sports: Professional gambler

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Turnstile1 mth ago

    This is the eighth of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.

    Like architects who built houses out of Legos, fashion designers who made clothes for their dolls or pastry chefs who cooked in easy bake ovens, Dave Cokin also began preparing for his future career as a kid.

    The only difference is Cokin's chosen profession is a little less traditional.

    Cokin, a longtime professional sports handicapper, placed his first bets at minor-league hockey games as a 6-year-old growing up in Providence, R.I. Since many of his family members enjoyed gambling, they would allow him to wager a few dollars on the Rhode Island Reds with a local bookie every time they attended a game.

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