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The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions
The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions
by Michael Konik
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.41
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Ever knew it was so hard to Pay 11 to win 10, March 9, 2012
The Smart Money overall is a great read if your interested in the topic. Konik finds an in to Rick Matthews, the head of the Brain Trust, the best sharp money bettors out there. Konik starts by using his name to become a high roller in vegas. Problem is, he always wins, at least over the long hawl. And he wins because he works for Matthews. He wins so much that he basically gets barred from making a serious bet in Vegas. He then moves offshore and it gets even bigger. The great thing is we slowly learn this amazing world few know of. It as if we see the operation as the curtain is pulled back as trust is found. The ups and downs can get a little repetitive, but I think it serves a purpose nevertheless. If sports betting interest you, read this book.


How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookiees and Wall Street
How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookiees and Wall Street

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling Mess, January 8, 2012
This book is off topic and not worth your time. There are a few nuggets of fantasy that are interesting, but whatever good is found in the book is put off my the random ramblings around it. Mass tries to connect these antidotes to the fantasy sports world, but his connects are weak at best. It is clear that he just thinks he has some funny stories to tell and wanted them to be included in the book. Some of them are, but they don't belong here. For example we learn that Allen Iverson is a, to put it G-rated, not a real nice person as Mr. Mass was a dealer for Iverson at a casino in Atlantic city. Mass tries to connect this to the fact, you don't draft based on how much you like the guy. One chapter he uses a bunch of Star Wars references that a reader who is not a big fan just wont get.

I know this is supposed to be a fun book, but you can be fun and on-topic and Mass in general is not. There is a chapter where he talks about the type of league members and gives them funny names. Mass should have included more things like this and less antidotes about dealing cards to Iverson or his bachelor party with inexperienced exotic dancer.
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