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1. Can You Win?: The Real Odds for
2. Sports Investing: Profiting from
3. The Smart Money: How the World's
4. Superbookie: Inside Las Vegas
5. Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting
6. Forecasting in Financial and Sports
7. Sports Investing: NFL Betting
8. The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling:
9. Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll:
10. Complete Book of Sports Betting:
11. The Book On Bookies: An Inside
12. Mathematics in Games, Sports,
13. Sport Gambling 101
14. Beat the Sports Books
15. So You Think You Can Gamble, On
16. The Analysis of Sports Forecasting
17. GA Is For Bitches - Sports Betting
18. The Professional Handicapper:
19. Sports Investing: College Football
20. A Sure Thing?: Sports and Gambling

1. Can You Win?: The Real Odds for Casino Gambling, Sports Betting, and Lotteries
by Mike Orkin
Paperback: 181 Pages (1991-01-15)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$14.95
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Asin: 0716721554
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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We all dream of hitting the big one, but what are the odds? You can learn them from Mike Orkin. Orkin gives us the facts about gambling: how to calculate the odds of winning any particular bet, and what the best bets really are.
Amazon.com Review
This book is about odds, and the chances of actually winningat a wide variety of gambling, from casino games to sport betting tolotteries.But while odds can be a dry subject, Orkin's presentationisn't. He livens it up with quotes from great literature and greatwits, as well as his own sense of humor. There's profitableinformation here. For example, while Orkin confirms that you can't upyour chances to win a state lottery, there are ways of increasing yourwin when you do get lucky. It pays to listen up when Mike Orkin spillsthe chips. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Applied Probability Title
Should allow most beginners to understand important aspects of applied probability.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eyes Open - Pockets Wide
If you decide to do any gambling, even a few bucks on your state lottery, consider the price of this book as your first bet. Orkin presentsthe real odds of most popular gambling games, at least one'sure fire system' (yes there is such a thing, but you need deep pockets and have to be satisified with a pretty low rate of return), and the effects of the 'house edge'in an entertaining manner and with just a minimum of math.In fact, skipping the math in the book does nothing to reduce thebook's usefulness nor your reading enjoyment.

Read this if you think gambling isa solution to money problems.In fact, after going through this highly readable and entertaining book you may be tempted to skip the lottery tickets and put the money in casino stock instead!

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on casino math
Casino math for the non-mathematician. If you really want to understand the math, it will take some effort to follow if you haven't dealt with probability and statistics in a while or ever. However, I am so tired of people presenting schemes on how to win at craps, roulette, etc: Martingale, anti-Martingale, D'Alembert, contra-D'Alembert, ad nauseam. No matter how you weight a negative expected return, the sum of the series is still expected to be negative. The risk to people who use these schemes unwittingly to gain a series of small "wins" is the guarantee of a single huge loss somewhere in the future - the longer you put it off, the larger it will be. If you didn't understand what you just read and want to, this book is for you. The writing is brisk, bordering on entertaining (if you're into this sort of thing) and not nearly as dull as you'd expect. The previous reviewer covered which games were presented so I won't repeat. Like Stanford Wong, this author's math is accurate - unlike many, many other authors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Science shows you were to put your money.
Mike Orkin's book explains the real odds for all the common casino games, and in the process, shows you it is generally better to leave your money in your own pocket, and just watch.Games covered include roulette, craps,Keno, slots machines, sports betting, blackjack, lotteries and horse races. A great chapter on the Prisoner's Dilemma is included, and coversthecomplex issue of when it is best to be a snicth, and when it is best tobe quiet. ... Read more

2. Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads: Finding Value in the Sports Marketplace (Volume 1)
by Daniel Fabrizio, Joseph Hunter
Paperback: 116 Pages (2010-04-02)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$31.53
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Asin: 160970004X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads" introduces strategies and tactics that turn the sports betting market into a more businesslike activity.We prefer the term "sports investor" instead of "sports bettor" because we take a professional view of the sports marketplace. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars overpriced
There just was not that much info for a 116 page book priced at over $30.

There is more written about how to use their paid subscription website than the ABC's of sports betting and handicapping. If you are looking for info on putting together a handicapping system of your own from the ground up I would not suggest this book unless you intended to subscribe to the sportsinsights.com website.

If you are an experienced bettor, the information here is so basic it won't do you much good. I'm a inexperienced bettor and I found most of the information too basic for me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good beginner summary of how the sports market operates
If you are new to sports betting, there is a lot of good introductory material. There is very realistic advice on money management and how successful a great handicapper can be. There is also a lot of analysis on "smart money" versus "public money". The book defines each of these, how they affect the market, and how to determine which is causing a line move. In many places, the book suggests that by using [...] (a website/service operated by the authors of this book), you will be able to identify the source of market moves, and make money by exploiting this information. The book provides several graphs showing how the "smart money" has done in the past by various sports, and all appear profitable.

I have two criticisms of this book, and both relate to the book's suggestion that you can profit going forward using their methods. The first is the belief that the market is primarily driven by public money. This assumption might have been valid 10 years ago, but the growth of syndicates and the number sharper players could have already changed the market place. As an example, consider the most recent Super Bowl between Indianapolis and New Orleans. In nearly every year in the past, there has been large value playing the "anti-public" middle - betting the favorite (Colts) on the moneyline, and the underdog (Saints) on the spread. This value was caused by mass amounts of public money in years past. In the 2010 Super Bowl, the public money (which always caused profitable middles in the past) was not sufficient to overcome the sharp money. More and more, we are seeing that public money is mostly irrelevant compared to syndicate action at controlling the market price. While there are occasional opportunities in fading the public, these opportunities are usually gobbled up quickly by the professional players. The betting market is very different from how it was 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago. Methods that worked in the past (such as blindly betting the underdog and under on Monday Night football) simply don't work anymore.

A second criticism I have is that the book's conclusion - that you can profit from following smart money - is stated bluntly, but there is virtually nothing to support this. There are win/loss records for a few categories, and summaries of how profitable things would have been... But there is no way to validate the authors' conclusions. In fact, one cannot even tell what the source is to distinguish smart versus public money. From where do they get their consensus percentages? There is a huge difference between a consensus at Pinnacle or Matchbook versus a consensus at Sportsinteraction or Stations in Las Vegas.

There is a lot of good information here, and food for thought for newer sports bettors. The book does try to soft-sell "[...]" by suggesting this will help you generate winning plays in the future. The site and service are very good at providing up to date lines, injuries and information. Nearly every professional sports bettor will have some service like Sportsinsights or Don Best, but none of them expect to find profitable plays by focusing on smart or public money (other than chasing steam, in which case you don't care why a line moves).

If you are already a winning sports bettor, your time and money are better spent elsewhere than on this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wise Investment
The sports betting world is rife with opinions.If you know anything, then you think you know best, and oh-by-the-way did you see that my new system has hit 5 in a row?

Sports Investing, the new book by the people at Sports Insights, is exactly the wake-up call that bettors need: a well-researched, level-headed guide to achieving realistic profits over the long-term.I love the focus on disciplined money management, perhaps the most common obstacle for the casual bettor.And once you've started following the sharp money (they show you how!), you'll never depend on old school stats or match-up analysis again.Reading this book will change your whole perspective on placing wagers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads: Finding Value in the Sports Marketplace (Volume 1)
Fabrizio and Hunter do a great job of distinguishing between a gambling and investing mindset. I'd never heard of the idea of taking a long-term investing approach to sports betting, but this books does a great job laying that out and showing how to truly find value in the sports marketplace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Legitimizes my hobby of sports betting
So I got my copy of this book from SportsInsight's ebook store (although with Amazon's discount, pricing is similar to the ebook store after shipping).I bought the book because of the interesting title: "Sports Investing.""Investing" instead of betting or gambling?That got my attention!!

Many of the book's ideas make sense.Even Wall Street can't get as systematic as the book's method of being a contrarian in the sports gambling world.The book's author collects data from sports books and then likes to "bet against the public."There are even charts that show results over years of data.Results are solid: generally up, but not outrageously high so it looks reasonable -- in addition to making sense.

I keep the book at my desk because it has already proven to be a good reference for various things I think about when I bet (odds of landing near the point spread, money-line odds & corresponding win %, contrarian method performance by sport, etc.).I also want to re-read the section on smart money.Good stuff. ... Read more

3. The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions
by Michael Konik
Paperback: 384 Pages (2008-11-12)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$13.52
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Asin: 0743277147
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A riveting inside look at the lucrative world of professional high-stakes sports betting by a journalist who lived a secret life as a key operative in the world's most successful sports gambling ring.

When journalist Michael Konik landed an interview with Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews, the largest bet he'd placed on a sporting event was $200. Konik, an expert blackjack and poker player, was no stranger to Vegas. But Matthews was in a different league: the man was rumored to be the world's smartest sports bettor, the mastermind behind "the Brain Trust," a shadowy group of gamblers known for their expertise in beating the Vegas line. Konik had heard the word on the street -- that Matthews was a snake, a conniver who would do anything to gain an edge. But he was also brilliant, cunning, and charming. And when he asked Konik if he'd like to "make a little money" during the football season, the writer found himself seduced . . .

So began Michael Konik's wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. In The Smart Money, Konik takes readers behind the veil of secrecy shrouding the most successful sports betting operation in America, bypassing the myths and the rumors, going all the way to its innermost sanctum. He reveals how they -- and he -- got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multimillion-dollar offshore betting circuit. He details the excesses and the betrayals, the horse-trading and the paranoia, that are the perks and perils of a lifestyle in which staking inordinate sums of money on the outcome of a single event -- sometimes as much as $1 million on a football game -- is a normal part of doing business. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Ride Into High Rolling Sports Betting
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. This story of Michael Konik's adventure in to the world of high stakes sports betting and the trials and tribulations that he encountered on that roller coaster ride is something very few of us will ever get to know but are richer for reading about.

I won't go in to the storyline because I don't like to be a spoiler. I can say I was engrossed in how the story progressed as Konik became more and more well known amongst the bookies and their desire to prevent him from placing any kinds of 'real' bets. His association with the Brain Trust and how they operate is fascinating as you realize the business of betting successfully is just that, a business and is run as such.

This is not really a book about how to bet sports but more a story on what to expect when betting on sporting events. Granted you will not likely win with the win expectancy that the author experienced but he did show that even when you have the odds in your favor there are times they still go against you.

I recommend this to people who like to read about gamblers and how they operate. While I consider it a very well told story I will not give it a 5 star rating because it was a book I could put down for days at a time and while the read at times was compelling, the writing style was like that of a columnist and for 5 stars it would need to be better than that. This is a 4.5 star read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Michael Konik is the bookie!
After being robbed of $10 I feel like Michael Konik is my bookie and I just hit a 12 game teaser and he won't give me my money back.A waste of time and I have been to all the places in the book and he does nothing to paint the picture.The real con here is that Michael Konikpasses him self off as a writer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Man's Dream Fulfilled!
Every American man at one point in his life dreams of the fast life of Las Vegas. We talk about the high-roller status, the private jets and hotel entrances, the RFB (oh yes the full RFB), the showgirls, and betting more than the average guy, and winning more than the average guy.

Mr.Konik lived this Vegas high life, made a fortune, and lived to tell about it. The Smart Money is Mr. Konik's seductive and suspenseful account how he and his group of high-rolling, numbers-driven, syndicated sports bettors did what most people just dream and talk about, and made out with millions to the dismay of bookies world-wide. Read this because someone proved it can be done, and you know you want to know how he did it.

Mr. Konik writes with ease, great clarity, and a keen sense of storytelling. There are mini-stories within the global picture, and some of the most memorable characters captured in writing about gambling. The best part of all this fantasy stuff is that it's a true story.

Don't miss this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Smart Money is a terrific book that takes you behind the scenes of a gambling syndicate and the thinking of the bookies in Vegas.If you're looking for secrets on how to win millions, you won't get them here.This book is the tale of a "normal" guy who knows just enough about the sports betting world to help the Brain Trust win millions from Vegas and various off shore sports books by following their directions - then learns enough to start his own syndicate.The author does a great job expressing his personal thoughts through out the book as he wonders if this is what life should really be about.

A great read for anyone who is interested in sports, curious about the lines/odds, and perhaps has placed a wager or two.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great War Stories with some Tips
A very interesting read.The book reviews the author's experience working with a sports betting syndicate.There are some good war stories, mixed together with some tips and ideas that are useful for sports betting.This book can psyche you up to be a "sharp bettor" in the sports betting world.

This reminds me of the "Market Wizard" books for investors and traders.Those books can get traders "psyched up" fortrading/investing.This book is a surprisingly motivating book. ... Read more

4. Superbookie: Inside Las Vegas Sports Gambling
by Art Manteris, Rick Talley
 Hardcover: 240 Pages (1991-10)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$91.78
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Asin: 0809244306
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5. Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting
by King Yao
Paperback: 250 Pages (2007-07-25)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$12.47
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Asin: 0935926305
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Sports betting can be attacked intelligently. Smart sports bettors do not gamble the same way as tourists play roulette or retirees play the slot machines. Instead, smart sports bettors are making bets that they have thought through carefully with supporting logic and/or research. The purpose of this book is to give you tools to succeed at sports betting, to show you how to evaluate, compare and view sports betting from an analytical perspective, not from a gambling perspective.

This book by King Yao, author of the widely-acclaimed Weighing the Odds in Hold 'em Poker, should be used as a guideline to sports betting rather than a blueprint. The sports betting market changes and adapts quickly. The underlying principles shown in this book should help you adapt and continue to make good bets even when the market changes.

This book is for you if you want to think analytically about sports betting. It is for you if you do not want to be spoon-fed supposed winners, but want to get some ideas to improve your game. You battle bookmakers and line makers constantly; betting sports is a game of maneuvers and adjustments. You can use as many weapons as possible in this continuous fight. This book should help in that regard. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
Don't buy this book!It really doesn't offer anything that is useful.Everything is from a 30,000 foot view that doesn't give detail on things that will help you.It talks about only betting when there is positive Expected Value (EV).Really!Gee, and this whole time I thought I should bet on things that were expected to lose money over time.But it never helps you decide how discern between the two.The whole book is filled with things like this.Now I was only interested in football so I didn't read the other sections but I don't hold out much hope for those sections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well organized and easy to understand
I always was intrigued about the lines and odds in sport betting, This book explains everything. The only little negative is that it does not cover soccer just American sports

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for the beginning bettor.
If you are new to sports betting I strongly recommend buying this book and Stanford Wong's Sharp Sports Betting. These are the two quintessential books for the beginning bettor. Reading the two books will take you from a total newb to an advanced beginner in the shortest time possible and will make you +EV in sports betting to a certain degree.

1-0 out of 5 stars For someone who has no idea
The information in this book is only insightful to those who have no idea how sports betting works. If you have done any serious betting yourself you will already know 95% of everything written.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book For Beginners
I'm a beginner in the world of sports betting and this is exactly what I was looking for. The book is very specific with its details and now I feel much better prepared to place bets. ... Read more

6. Forecasting in Financial and Sports Gambling Markets: Adaptive Drift Modeling
by William S. Mallios
Hardcover: 278 Pages (2011-01-11)
list price: US$94.95 -- used & new: US$75.96
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Asin: 0470484527
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This book discusses cointegrated time series associated with financial and sports gambling markets are analyzed in terms of time-varying parameter models. Modeling premises are that present and past disequilibria—shocks both within and between time series—may affect subsequent changes and rates of these changes within individual series and sufficiently large shocks may disrupt/alter model structure such that resulting forecasts may be temporarily unreliable. Reduced forecasting equations are in terms of higher order ARMA models that are not limited to bilinear processes. Sports forecasting models based on public information are usually more effective—in terms of profitable trading/wagering strategies—than those for the financial sector for two reasons: insider information is less prevalent, and modeling is simplified since lagged shocks associated with the gambling lines/spreads are known—in contrast with financial modeling where there are no comparable gambling shocks, only unknown, lagged statistical shocks in terms of MA variables. Forecasting is illustrated for NFL and NBA playoff games. In financial markets, cointegration is discussed in terms of candlestick chart variants with modeling illustrations given in terms of recent Google price changes.

Chapter coverage includes candlestick charts, higher order ARMA processes in financial markets, the effects of gambling shocks in sports gambling markets, cointegrated time series with model drift, modeling volatility, and the promotion of financial and mathematical literacy.

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7. Sports Investing: NFL Betting Systems
by Daniel Fabrizio, Jim Cee
Paperback: 48 Pages (2010-08-08)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$28.76
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Asin: 1609700082
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This follow-up to the popular book, "Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads," focuses on specific NFL football betting systems and strategies.This book continues with the philosophy of seeking contrarian value in sports investing, but goes into more detail.In particular, the authors reveal betting systems and parameters that they have used to successfully navigate the NFL sports marketplace. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Real edge in sports betting
I have researched many methods in sports betting and investing.There are no get-rich schemes that work consistently -- and no free lunches.Handicappers that claim long-term win rates of 70% are nonsensical.

On the other hand, the research in this book doesn't make huge claims, but from my work with the numbers, there is a real edge to this approach.In addition, the methodology makes a lot of sense (using actual bets from online sports books to come up with public betting percentages).This is a good systematic method of finding contrarian value.

The first book in the series is a good overview of this approach -- and the NFL book is a good extension because it gives some specific rules to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars NFL and Value Betting
I liked Fabrizio and his team's first book on "Sports Investing" ...
Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads: Finding Value in the Sports Marketplace (Volume 1)

... but thought it needed just a bit more.With football season coming up, I got a copy of this NFL book and wasn't disappointed.In particular, I was looking for some more specific parameters to use: actual point spreads to look out for, additional info about the author's "betting percentages" (and good ranges) and how much the line can move before value starts to diminish.Although a bit on the thin side, it is full of useful parameters and systems -- and especially interesting ideas and approaches that match up with the theme of value betting (or investing, as the authors would say!).

As you can tell, I like the approaches researched in this book.They make a lot of sense and are backed by data, research, and historical performance.I'll like it even more if these methods add to my NFL bottom line -- but it gives me comfort thinking Fabrizio and his team are solid (they aren't full of hype). ... Read more

8. The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling: How to Win Big at POKER, Casino Gambling & Life!The Zen of Gambling updated
by Wayne Allyn Root
Paperback: 336 Pages (2006-08-03)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$7.12
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Asin: B000P29HXY
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The King of Las Vegas and America's premier sports gambler reveals a powerful program for breaking all the rules, beating all the odds, and achieving all your dreams.

In The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling, Wayne Allyn Root of Spike TV's King of Vegas(tm) demonstrates why it is vital to take risks in life-whether in the casino, on the playing field, or in the boardroom. Root lives an American dream: He makes money watching sports on television. In fact, as CEO of GWIN Inc., America's only publicly traded sports-handicapping firm, Root is a self-made millionaire with hundreds of thousands of sports-betting clients and fans. In this book he reveals the spiritual principles behind his consistently winning hand. Turning the popular conception of the casino denizen on its head, Root shows readers how to concentrate on the risks they take and to cultivate tranquillity in the face of life-defining, stressful moments. Bringing a unique contrarian approach to gambling, Wayne Allyn Root states his maxim of never following the masses and always taking the lead in life, and guides the way to navigate successfully the many gambles life offers. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Review Scam?
Check out the other reviews on this book, and then check out all the reviews by that person.See the pattern?All of the reviewers have either only reviewed this one book or 2 books by Mr. Root.How credible are these reviews?

Mr.Roots contrarian philosophy and unique application of gambling strategy to life and business is right on the mark,and something never before seen in a gambling book. This book could actually CHANGE PEOPLES LIVESFOR THE BETTER, IT HAS MINE.I commend Mr. Root and his message,and highly recommend this book to GAMBLERS AND NONGAMBLERS ALIKE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loaded with usefull information
I've been a client of mr. Root for many years. When I heard about his new book I couldn't wait to read it! He did not let me down. The king of vegas guide to gambling is a book full of unique gambling wisdom.

Wayne's honest, heartfelt story of his long journey from a butcher's son in a blue collar town...to king of vegas is a true testament to hard work, committment, tenacity and the end result- the american dream. You never find that kind of inspirational and motivational business wisdom in a
gambling book. I give this book 5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars I wantWayne'sWorld!
I'm in awe. I'm amazed about just how much one person knows about life...risk...and winning. Thru Zen,Family or Spirituality I learned an entirely new perspective about life. Then he switches gears and tells me about risk....and how to have less risk thru Contrarian thinking and Value Investing. Now I'm ready to go the opposite way after I hear someone say "it can't miss"!
And finally, there's betting rules and a betting clock to maximize my betting opportunities. I didn't know that!! But what I enjoyed the most is how he took me thru the World Series of Poker. I not only feel like I was there but I learned so much I'm have many successes on the internet.His writing style is second to none during this fast paced chapter. What an incredible piece of work. This is a smart read for all risk takers, sports gamblers and poker players. And a must read for everybody else even if you only want to see how one man can combine success with family and business. Thanks Wayne Root!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you for this book!
I just finished Wayne Allyn Root's book on the Zen of Gambling after receiving it as a gift from a friend of mine to whom I had recommended the Millionaire Republican by the same author. This book was a lot of fun since good books on casino gambling are few and far between and I have to admit I like to partake on my trips to Vegas. This book is more than just a nuts and bolts "how to play". Wayne is a very colorful individual (if any of you have read the Millionaire Republican or heard Wayne on the radio can attest) who gives some interesting insights on what it takes to be a winner. I won't give away the material, but its more than just knowing when to stay and when to hit in blackjack or what numbers to avoid in craps. With this book, its more about the mindset or "Zen". If you've ever had a tuff streak at the poker or blackjack table, or playing those "office pools" (haha) on Football Sunday, then this book can teach you to ride out the tuff times and maximize the runs. Finally someone has written this book!! ... Read more

9. Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Offshore Sports Gambling Empire
by Steve Budin, Bob Schaller
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2007-10-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$8.00
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Asin: 1602390991
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The gambler’s high is like a rush; he feels invulnerable. That high lasts, though, only until the next big loss. Such is the story of Steve Budin, who created the first online sports betting company. Under the tutelage of his father, a legendary, old-school Miami bookmaker, and with the help of a cocaine-addicted polygamist, Budin revolutionized the shadowy business of spreads by taking them global. But he also stuck to some tried and true methods, like plying clients with trips to Vegas, hookers, and hardcore drugs. In the end, Budin raked in hundreds of millions of dollars and stood on the verge of a deal worth billions more. He took bookmaking into an automated, virtual worldwide casino that anyone could access, anywhere and at any time. For anyone fascinated by the “wild West” that is internet gambling, here is a rare peek into that exciting, dangerous world.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Betters MUST READ!!!
Great book. For all Offshore betters it is a must read just to see what this industry has come from, and what Great strides that Steve Budin paved the way for.

I am a Football handicapper myself and am entangled in this business on a full time basis, just glad to see that some people are getting recognition in this business.

2 Thumbs Up Budin.

P.S Steve, let's talk business.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
Received in time as a special gift for a friend who absolutely loved it.Great book for horse racing fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wild Beginnings of Offshore Bookmaking
"Bets, Drugs and Rock & Roll" by Steve Budin. This book was written by the father of off shore sports book gambling and is a truly fascinating read. Having learned the basics of bookmaking from his father, who was one of the top bookies in New York City, Steve Budin demonstrated a remarkable talent for his chosen field. The book charts his rise from his early days as a high school bookmaker in Florida, who took bets from his classmates as well as their parents and his teachers, through his time as a casino host to his setting up of the first real offshore sports book in Panama and later in Costa Rica. He describes the difficulties this posed as well as his success in overcoming the many obstacles placed in his path. Steve Budin also discusses his battles with the US government, which ultimately lead to his downfall, notwithstanding that he was meticulous about paying taxes on his earnings. The book is filled with interesting tidbits about some of his celebrity clients, which included actors and professional athletes to his own philosophy about the proper conduct of a bookie. The book also provides an excellent introduction to the basics of sports betting which I found especially enlightening.I will note that Mr. Budin frequently pats himself on the back in his book and brags about his accomplishments but I think he is entitled to his pride when you realize he helped create what is now a multi-billion dollar industry. The book is a fast paced read which I finished in one sitting.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely horrible!
all he talks about is how great is father is (the guy seems to be in line for the nobel peace prize) and how smart he is when all he really is is a tool for the New York mob, which called all the shots.The guy is a shameless self promoter.I am ashamed I spend money on this book and immediately tossed it in the garbage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Seller
Fast shipping, great product, got exactly as described. I would do buisness with this seller again! :) Thank you! ... Read more

10. Complete Book of Sports Betting: A New, No-Nonsense Approach to Sports Gambling
by Jack Moore
 Paperback: 190 Pages (1996-04)
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Asin: 0818405791
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Moore draws on his extensive experience as a criminal trial attorney, handling countless gambling cases, to explain betting concepts in easy-to-grasp terms. He uses amusing and memorable anecdotes to reveal the ideas that most successful bookmakers already know. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult strategy to apply
The main theory behind this book is that the sports betting market will create a closing line that is generally more valid than the opening line.Moore's idea is that one could be successful betting on sports by utilizing his "Blindfold Method" in where a bettor picks off rogue numbers off of sportbooks that are slow to move their lines with the common market line.Some of the ideas are not very practical as many books offer the same line

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great information. Very helpful.

Best Gambling Portalhttp://www.increasedodds.com

4-0 out of 5 stars Good primer.....although his "Blindfold Method" is a joke
The first three quarters of the book offer a highly entertaining and educational overview of sport betting.Moore takes the reader through all of the various types of bets and thoroughly explains how the odds fordifferent sporting events are expressed (e.g. money line, point spread,etc.)He also defines much of the lingo in sports betting and devotes anoutstanding chapter to the subject of examining (and debunking) manypopular misconceptions.

However, Moore's betting system (the"Blindfold Method"), which he uses the last quarter of the bookto unveil, is amusing at best.His theory, which suggests that bettors canexploit "soft lines" between different bookmakers, assumes thatsignificant variations in odds can be found regularly ("one or twogames per week").In practice, this does not occur.Most bookmakersare well aware of the Vegas line for all sporting events and manage theirbetting imbalances by using "lay-off" operations instead ofsimply changing their lines (a fact completely ignored in the book).Aswith all betting systems, it is worthwhile to wonder why the author iswriting about them instead of using them to make untold millions.Forthose that do put their faith in Moore's system, the "BlindfoldMethod" could not be more aptly named. ... Read more

11. The Book On Bookies: An Inside Look At A Successful Sports Gambling Operation
by James Jeffries
Paperback: 152 Pages (2000-05-01)
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Asin: 1581600704
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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If you have ever wondered why the bookie always wins and you always lose, or how your bookie adjusts point spreads and in which direction, The Book on Bookies is for you. In it, you'll find all the answers you need to come out a winner, no matter what you bet on - football, baseball, horse racing, boxing, golf or any other sport. Go behind the scenes with J.J. to see how a professional sports book is set up and run. Find out all about point spreads, straight bets, half-points, parlays, exactas, teasers, exotics, sweeps money lines - everything you need to know to wager wisely . . . or to become a bookie! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book!
well worth the read, tons of info and easy read.cant wait to "try" what he did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book full of information about bookies
If you have ever watched a movie and they talk about a bookie and you think to yourself, "I know of the concept of a `bookie' but I would like to know more details," then this is a wonderful book for you.It was fun and easy to read and the author clearly described all the bets a bookie takes, how they work, and how they change with different sports.The author also clearly takes you through all the details needed to start and run your own book.Overall, it was a great book for anyone interested in learning about bookies.The only bad thing about this book is he takes all of his odds from Vegas.So if you were interested in learning about how to calculate your own odds (say for home town football games where Vegas won't be posting odds) you won't find it in this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Clueless Author Comes to Mind
Save your money, do not buy this book as you may find out you know more about the subject of bookmaking than the authors.

Evidence of the authors cluelessness, in the book they write, "there are no winning gamblers". This is completely false. Quite a few sharp sports bettors making a living at sports betting. Just ask any Las Vegas sportsbook as they escort another pro from their casino sportsbook threatening arrest if they should return. There are more false writings throughout the book. Not recommended reading.

2-0 out of 5 stars No how to.
I bought this book because I wanted to understand how to set Las Vegas quality lines. Hopes of one day moving there and becoming a bookie. This book does not explain how to set the lines for the numerous sporting events it talks about and your not going to become a good bookie without knowing how to set the lines. In lieu of all you gamblers out there: the knowledge needed to set the lines is very hard to ascertain, and, if you want to be successful at gambling you must set a better spread or line than the bookmaker. This book teaches you how to become highly illegal, it does not teach you the most important thing to know when betting on sports or becoming a successful bookie.

1-0 out of 5 stars waste of money
Book On Bookies: An Inside Look At A Successful Sports Gambling OperationI really resented the time I spend reading this book, I could have caught up on some sleep, watched paint dry - useful stuff.This was without doubt the worst book on gambling and bookmaking I have ever read, I learned nothing, it was very out of date and if anyone laid a bet with this guy they were an idiot with the books he made up.If you are looking for an insight into how to be a bookie or how to beat them stay clear of this. ... Read more

12. Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling: - The Games People Play
by Ronald J. Gould
Hardcover: 374 Pages (2009-07-28)
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With an emphasis on mathematical thinking and problem solving, Mathematics in Games, Sports, and Gambling — The Games People Play shows how discrete probability, statistics, and elementary discrete mathematics are used in games, sports, and gambling situations. It draws on numerous examples, questions, and problems to explain the application of mathematical theory to various real-life games.

Only requiring high school algebra, the text offers flexibility in choosing what material to cover in a basic mathematics course. It covers permutations in the two-deck matching game so derangements can be counted, introduces graphs to find matches when looking at extensions of the five-card trick, and studies lexicographic orderings and ideas of encoding for card tricks. The text also explores linear equations and weighted equations in the section on the NFL passer rating formula and presents graphing to show how data can be compared or displayed. For each topic, the author includes exercises based on real games and sports data.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb intro to probability and problem-solving for gamblers
This book was originally intended to be a textbook for a college freshman mathematics seminar. The book states that you need high school algebra as a prerequisite for this book, and this is accurate. If the idea of graphing y=ax+b on paper seems easy, you have the background to read and appreciate this book.

I am amazed at how well written this book is. It explains some very serious topics in ways that are both interesting and understandable. I have never seen a serious book on mathematics that reads so easily. Nearly every topic covered is of interest to anyone interesting in sports betting or gambling. These topics include basic probability (including Bayesian probability), counting, binomial and Poisson distributions, analysis of data, "averages" and distributions, and combinatorics. Don't be intimidated by any of these topics if you have never heard of them -- they are each explained clearly with many interesting examples. What are the odds that a Nascar driver will have a flat tire during a race, or that a baseball player will have x hits in y at bats? What is Alex Rodriguez's true slugging average, with 99% confidence? How consistent is Pete Sampras's double-fault rate? There are numerous examples in different sports. Most of the examples and problems posed address "real-world" issues that team managers would worry about, or a casino actuary might consider.

In addition to the topics directly applicable to professional gamblers, there are a lot of other theoretical gaming topics that fall into the mix. This book provides an easy-to-read "toolbox" to solve all sorts of problems. If you are new to sports betting or gambling, and want to tackle problems yourself, this is a fantastic resource to get you started. If you have already studied probability, statistics and discrete/combinatorial mathematics, this won't offer anything new (other than interesting examples.)

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13. Sport Gambling 101
by Oliver Jones
Kindle Edition: Pages (2007-11-11)
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Asin: B001DUGNH0
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The world of gambling on sports is a controversial and provocative place.  Author Oliver Jones has written a neat book entitled SPORT GAMBLING 101.  It is an educational, tell-it-like-it-is work of research. What to do, how and where to do it, and what not to do, are fully described in this user-friendly reference guide.  With facts, details, opinions, and anecdotes, its simplicity and honesty make it unique from the competition.  This book is written for the novice who wants to learn, the pro who wants to refresh, as well as the addict who needs help and wants to quit.  Learn more about the gambling industry and the sportbooks and how they operate.  SPORT GAMBLING 101 is a must-read for any gambler, sports fan, or anyone interested (whether one gambles or not). Its chapters include: 1.  Why Sports Gamble?, 2.  Things You Must Know, 3.  How and Where to Sports Gamble, 4.  ALL Sports: Football * Basketball * Baseball * Hockey, Nascar * Golf * Boxing * Soccer, 5.  General Tips and Strategies, 6.  The Cops, The Refs, The Beautiful Women, 7.  Be Your Own Bookie, 8.  Why Not to Sports Gamble, 9.  Terms and Definitions.  Oliver Jones grew up playing and watching almost all sports and he witnessed first hand the explosion of TV sports and sport radio as well as the gambling industry.  He was inspired to write -Sport Gambling 101- because, while there is a lot written on the casino games such as Poker or Black Jack, there is very little good writing on sport gambling, in the broader picture.  Oliver succeeds in his book in informing the sport gambling public and entertaining the rest of the population.  Reading this book will prove the best bet you will ever make!


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2-0 out of 5 stars Cheap, and yet overpriced
Heh... well, I bought this book an hour or so ago. I've now read it and am reviewing it. I wanted a very basic overview of sports gambling terminology and such, and it did give me that. That's why it got 2 stars. The downsides...

- The book is extremely short. It would be even shorter if it wasn't so repetitive. Aside from the glossary of terms I wanted, there is almost no useful content in the book. The $12 book could have been a $3 pamphlet
- The formatting for the Kindle is awful. Line breaks all over the place, so it always feels like you're reading a book of haiku or something.
- The writing is extremely amateurish; the book feels as if it was written by a middle school child. There is a definition in the glossary for pundant which I reeeeally think is trying to define pundit. There is one section where the author randomly goes on a rant about US politics in the middle east. Spelling errors. A chapter on how you could become a bookie (which of course you wouldn't do) which is just embarrassing to read. A ridiculous (thankfully short) section on the role of beautiful women in sports gambling. And so on.

So if you want a glossary of sports gambling terminology, you'll get it. But you won't be getting much else. Just so you know what you're getting into...

3-0 out of 5 stars An Idiot's Guide to Sports Betting
This is strictly a book for the uninitiated.It explains the very basics in very simple terms.As such, it has some value for those who would like to learn more about sports betting but do not really know where to start.It is true that many of the books out there are designed for those who have at least some experience betting on sports and are looking for ways to improve their success.As the title suggests, this book is for the less experienced crowd and in this sense it fills a gap in the market.The danger is that after reading this book, one will know what to do but not how to do it well.It's like giving the reader a key to the tiger cage.Sure, it'll open the door, but what then?The truth is that very few people are good enough to make any money betting on sports and the few that are good enough often fall short due to poor money management.So, if you're interested in sports betting and think you might want to dabble in it as a hobby, a few bucks a game, by all means pick up this book.Just be careful not to assume that because you read this book you are anywhere near being able to make money at sports betting.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READING
I am recommending this book to all my friends and family.Very easy reading and great tips that have helped me in my decision making.Definitely worth the money.Thank you Oliver! ... Read more

14. Beat the Sports Books
by Dan Gordon
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-08-26)
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Dan Gordon, who is widely regarded as one of the three best football handicappers in the world, shares his inside tips and strategies on making big money betting on NFL football. Much of the information here is available nowhere else. More than 40 chapters cover basic, advanced and expert concepts that will give readers the most powerful winning information available anywhere. Readers learn how to set up betting models and use power ratings and how to separate performance from perception. Gordon shows how to beat the point spreads and money lines, and how to bet underdogs, propositions, teasers, parlays, futures, and much, much more.  ... Read more

15. So You Think You Can Gamble, On Sports?: A Lifetime of Lessons from a Professional Gambler (Revised) (Volume 2)
by DavidPaul Greene
Paperback: 116 Pages (2010-01-10)
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Hello, I'm David Greene, andthis is my second offering as a writer of Sports Betting books. I've been making quite the nice living wagering on College and Pro sports (not just Football), for almost fifteen years now. I've been recently persuaded to go public with all of my self-taught theories and practices. I've come to believe that if I am any kind of a teacher; that anyone with the proper amount of motivation; can absolutely be taught how to become a Pro. Throughout this booklet of mine you will (at the very least) learn a heightened degree of discipline. This alone, will completely revitalize your career as a gambler. This booklet (recently revised I might add, as of 11/01/08); was designed to help all levels of Sports Gamblers. But, I must admit it primarily delves into football betting, mostly. So, if you're a novice or at the avid level; I assure you that this booklet will help you immensely! ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Some tidbits, but not much you couldn't find elsewhere
Not a whole lot of meat in this thin book.I think your money would be better spent elsewhere.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you want this book, you can go look for mine at the landfill
This book is terrible. If you have even spent a single weekend betting on sports, you would know everything and more compared to what this book has to offer. First of all it's written in 2nd grade font to make its meaningless blah into a decent sized book. Second it will teach you nothing you can't learn from just talking to someone that has common sense. Pleaes and I do beg you please that you don't buy this book because you will simply be sorry for the purchase. How this book got any ratings above one star is beyond me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and time
This is the worst book on sportsbetting I have ever read.It is poorly written and had no factual information. The author only spends time telling you stories and opinions and leading you to his pay websites.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written pamphlet. Even poorer advise.
Greene tries to bill himself as a successful gambler. My best take is that he is on the down side more often than the up. He doesn't tell you anything to help your "game".
It is very poorly written. Not edtited. If he wins so much money he should spend a few bucks on a writing and publishing class.
I don't mind paying good money for good advise. I did not get my moneys worth here.

4-0 out of 5 stars Please Get This Book
Read from cover to cover...each page is filled with detailed knowledge that grabs you immediately and keeps you in the game.Definately a must for beginners and experts alike. ... Read more

16. The Analysis of Sports Forecasting - Modeling Parallels Between Sports Gambling and Financial
by William S. Mallios
Hardcover: 312 Pages (1999-12-01)
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Given the magnitude of currency speculation and sportsgambling, it is surprising that the literature contains mostlynegative forecasting results. Majority opinion still holds that shortterm fluctuations in financial markets follow random walk. In thisnon-random walk through financial and sports gambling markets,parallels are drawn between modeling short term currency movements andmodeling outcomes of athletic encounters. The forecasting concepts andmethodologies are identical; only the variables change names. If, infact, these markets are driven by mechanisms of non-random walk, theremust be some explanation for the negative forecasting results. TheAnalysis of Sports Forecasting: Modeling Parallels BetweenSports Gambling and Financial Markets examines this issue. ... Read more

17. GA Is For Bitches - Sports Betting Guide B&W Version: The Must Have Sports Betting Guide For The Winningly Challenged (Volume 1)
by Harry J. Misner
Paperback: 92 Pages (2008-09-16)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$31.57
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Asin: 1440424152
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a Sports Betting Guide like nothing you have ever seen before. In Volume #1 of hopefully many to follow, I'llnot only show you how to change your betting advantage from -110 to +120 over the house on all your straight wagers, but also include some of my own personal sports betting angles & strategies. This book covers NFL handicapping, MLB handicapping, NBA handicaping, and College Football & Basketball betting angles & strategies.The gambling tips & tricks I reveal in this guide I've never seen anywhere before, so see for yourself what everyone is talking about and purchase GA is for Bitches Volume #1 today! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This author made his own 5-Star reviews!Beware of SCAM!
Just take 15 minutes out of your sports gambling book search and look at the "other reviews" link next to EACH of the 5-star reviews for this book. All of these "users" have consistently rated the same books by this author and two others with glowing 5-star ratings.

That is dirty marketing and this author (along with the other two) should be ashamed of themselves. Don't waste your time with BS crap like this book. Read through the reviews and make an informed decision on quality information.

Report this author to amazon.

The book sucks, too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolute WASTE OF MONEY and Time
I cannot, for the love of God, understand the flowery praise heaped upon this piece of crap book, except maybe that those reviewers in absolute awe of the author are his friends and relatives (or likely the author himself). There is nothing in the 40+page book the occasional bettor won't already know.It is stuffed with useless nonsense, like teaching you how to become an online tout in order to make surefire money in sports betting (by selling both sides of a game, for example, so that there's always gonna be winners/suckers who keep coming back to you).There are just 2 angles for betting baseball, and one of them is explained by: "..now there's no real rhyme or reason I use this angle..."NO REAL RHYME OR REASON?Wow, Harry "Blow Your Money On My Useless Book" Misner is even too lazy to invent bullcrap to disguise his "pro advice"!It runs on the premise that everyone involved in pro sports are a cabal of scammers out to get the public's money, and that understanding how these cheating athletes and referees/umpires think is the key to winning in sports betting.BOO!!

To top it off, the book is rife with typographical and grammatical errors, and is written with a huge size 16 font that absolutely fails in the author's obvious intent to pad his anorexic book to a respectable thickness, despite the inclusion of blank pages for "notes" after each chapter as well as lists of websites that no longer work.

DON'T waste your hard-earned money on this book.If you have it already, return it."GA is for Bitches" is only for bitches.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is gabage!
Totally useless information that a kindergarten bettor wouldn't benefit from. Mostly all the helpful Web-sites listed are defunct. Total waste of money. Save yours & pass on this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A few crumbs here
I've read about a half dozen books on betting sports and this one is kind of so-so.Some of the tips I've seen elsewhere and others were perhaps good if you want to get into affiliate programs or start a tout service online.For what's here, $15 would be a reasonable price for this thin book.

2-0 out of 5 stars no happy
no se que es lo que pasa que no ponen mis review este libro es una basura que no cirbe para nada el precio podriaser $10 dollares. no se dejen enganar ninguna de esas formulas funcionan solo pones tu dinero en la basura. este libro es para perdedores ... Read more

18. The Professional Handicapper: Advanced Teachings In The Ways To Properly Forecast College & Pro Football (Volume 1)
by David Paul Greene
Paperback: 90 Pages (2010-01-10)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$12.49
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Asin: 143826643X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Make sure to check out (www.tuttlerules.com). davidgreene39@gmail.com is where I can be reached. My next book, "So You Think You Can Gamble, on Sports"(which will be pertaining to the "Big-3" of sports gambling); is now available. These booklets, are just that; in the fact that they will only be between 90 to 115 pages in length, always. Hence the low price, even though there's plenty of wording (12,104 in this booklet), and it certainly packs a punch! Although, this book was written with all football bettor's in mind; its teachings are a bit advanced for the Beginner/Novice. The Avid/Advanced football bettor, will absolutely LOVE IT!! The "systems" discussed in this book are absolutely years ahead of their time! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give 0 stars
I can't believe I was stupid enough to unwittingly buy a book written under one of Joseph Tuttle's pseudonyms.They're usually easy to spot, but obviously he's doing a much better job of disguising all of the earlier good reviews that were written by himself and accomplices.

The only good thing about this book is that it's ridiculously short and printed in a gigantic font.The little actual content consists of a few theories and formulas that range from laughably simplistic or meaningless, to outright mathmatically ignorant.And the incessant pimping of a couple of websites gets really tiresome.

One can only hope that he is following his own gambling advice.I'd much prefer knowing that the proceeds from this book are in a bookie's pockets, rather than the author's.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too Basic
Not sure how people gave this 5 stars, but the book is too basic to learn new things. You will only learn new things if you have no idea what football is. It's short and his large writing. A waste of my time.

1-0 out of 5 stars I'm dumber after reading this
This book is full of errors showing a complete lack of understanding of sports betting in general.

For example, on page 23, the author compares a player's advantage in betting an NFL team at -5.5 when the fair line is -6, and concludes this yields a 1 % advantage. A 6 point-favorite wins by exactly 6 about 4.5%, which translates into a 4.5% advantage over a bet at -6.

On page 35, in explaining how the fair odds on a 3-team parlay are calculated, he explains "quite simple. 3 x 3 = 9 - 1 ... equals 8 to 1 odds. This is so bad, it is laughable that it is published. This mistake is repeated on page 48 "5 team parlays should pay 5 x 5 = 25-1, or 24:1".

Most of the advice in this book is plain awful as well. He recommends hedging often to prevent bad beats. As far as money management, he advocates keeping about half your money at your main book, and suggests Bodoglife. Any decent pro has money spread out between 5-50 books. Bodog deals dual lines, and won't take a large bet from anyone with a brain. No mention is made of either Pinnacle or Matchbook, which are mandatory outs for pros. He also suggests that your average wager size should increase to 10% or more of your bankroll once you have "gotten ahead at least $4000".

Every few pages contains more unsupported conclusions and horrendous advice. Save yourself time and money on this one - there is nothing redeeming in it.

1-0 out of 5 stars outdated
this book is already outdated.He mentions a website in here that he relies on a lot.The website does not exist anymore.He also provides his email address, but he doesn't respond to emails.So much of this book relies on the website that he refrences so this book is not worth it.Don't buy it, it's not even well written.It's like John Madden wrote it.He gives some good advice on bankroll but overall, this book is not worth the price.

2-0 out of 5 stars 83 pages, thats it
This short book is like reading a magazine article.Not too much in there, just kind of thrown together.How do people make 83 page books?
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19. Sports Investing: College Football Betting Systems
by Daniel Fabrizio, Jim Cee
Paperback: 40 Pages (2010-08-08)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$31.54
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Asin: 1609700066
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a follow-up to the popular first book in the series, "Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads," which remains a top-selling book in its sports gambling category.This book focuses on specific college football betting systems and strategies.The book remains true to the philosophy of contrarian value in sports investing.In particular, the authors reveal betting systems and parameters that they have used to successfully navigate the college football sports marketplace. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, went 25-5 first 4 College Football Saturdays
The results speak for themselves. Using the "Bet Against the Public" betting strategy, I went 25-5 in the first 4 weekends of college football. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking to make money at sports betting while having fun watching the games.

5-0 out of 5 stars College Football -- handicapper's edge
I like the fact that the author doesn't hype his work.I believe that this "sports investing" value approach can help cappers get an edge.I think it is best used in combination with other handicapping methods as well.Although the edge is slight, the historical numbers DO show a statistically significant bias that backs the approaches.Even so, I'm liking the 6-0 start to the 2010 season for one of the author's college football approaches.

I hope the authors keep up the good work and I look forward to a Major League Baseball version of their research.

5-0 out of 5 stars Contrarian Betting Systems for College Football
I enjoyed Fabrizio's first book, "Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads" - which gives a good overview of applying contrarian methods to the sports betting world.The first book is fairly general but does a good job of helping readers apply systematic methods.In particular, the author advocates objective approaches that make sense, such as: "betting percentages" (to find value and bet against the general public) and "line movement setups" (that indicate the direction of syndicate/big bettors).


This follow-up book on "College Football Betting Systems," is fairly thin, but it takes the first book a step further.It focuses on college football data - and in particular, shows parameters such as specific point spreads and betting percentages ranges that have helped the author and his team achieve decent results.

Sports bettors looking for a get-rich-quick method will be disappointed.However, those looking for a solid approach that can be used both "stand-alone" -- or as part of additional handicapping methods -- will find a lot of useful and practical betting info.Dan Fab and his team have put themselves out there with published data, methods, and picks for years -- and have produced generally profitable results, even after vig. ... Read more

20. A Sure Thing?: Sports and Gambling (Sports Achievers Issues)
by Jeff Savage
Library Binding: 112 Pages (1997-06)
list price: US$23.93 -- used & new: US$7.75
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Asin: 0822533030
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Discusses the ever-increasing gambling phenomenon of sports betting and the issues involved with it, such as societal and individual risks and benefits. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A LOOK AT GAMBLING
Gambling has always been around in our culture. People bet on horses, dogs, play the lottery, and sports. Gambling in its varied forms has been used to fund both government and religious institutions. At times it was illegal to gamble but today everyone partakes in the gaming industry and the most notable group are teenagers.

A Sure Thing? explores the sociological world of gambling in all of its facets. It gives a brief history of gambling, lays out the views of those for and against legalized gambling, shares the stories of young people addicted to gambling and opens up the question of whether sports gambling should be legalized. This is an excellent book in introducing to teenagers an area of life that has become so common place in our society.

Author, Jeff Savage, lays out the issues, shares the negative and positive impacts about gambling and leaves the reader much better informed about the gaming industry. He also brings up the paradox of gambling being legal for some things and yet for sports, it is illegal because it can undermine the "integrity" of the game.

If you never discusssed the moral, ethical and political issues regarding gambling with your teenager, this is the book to have. Savage is not preachy in his presentation but is not afraid to share the hard facts of gamblings destructiveness on teenagers, sports figures and adults. His bibliography provides further resources in exploring the issue in depth. ... Read more

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