I’ve been in this game for years, it made me an animal/
There’s rules to this s***, I wrote me a manual/

In 1997, Biggie penned a classic about navigating the crack game. And while the world of sports gambling—the one that’s a flourishing underground business reportedly worth billions each year in the U.S.—isn’t nearly as dangerous as running weight like the G.O.A.T.’s former hustle, it does have its own set of rules the late Christopher Wallace probably would appreciate.

So with a respectful nod to the Notorious B.I.G. and his lyrical brilliance, we’ve penned our own set of commandments to follow if you’re looking to start throwing your dollars down with the NBA season fast approaching and the NFL nearly half way through its campaign. No guarantees that if you follow these rules you’ll make mad bread to break up, but at the very least we’ll help you get your game on track, not your wig pushed back. 

Illustrations by Adam Easterling (@adameast).