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2.0 out of 5 stars Obvious Issues, July 18, 2011
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This review is from: Conquering Risk: Attacking Vegas and Wall Street (Paperback)
Feustel recommends a scam sportsbook. The chapter on teasers is data mined and inconsistent. (Why would you place a bet at -241 instead of -225? Insanity.) The chapters written by his coauthor on the market are insanely incorrect/horrid.

One of the better books on sports betting, which speaks more to the lack of quality literature (for a variety of reasons) than the quality of the book. Ignore his recommendations on which books to use as he's a paid by an affiliate advertising site, ignore his teaser advice, and ignore all the advice on equity markets. If you manage this, you'll avoid the major pitfalls of the piece.
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Initial post: Jul 21, 2011 11:51:48 AM PDT
AmazonUser says:
Why would you buy a book to decide what sportsbooks to play at? That makes no sense. What pct. of the book was spent recommending what sportsbooks to use?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2011 6:10:29 AM PDT
Garrett says:
I did not purchase the book for that purpose. Nor do I know what sort of benefit the authors received for their recommendations. (I'm uncertain why an author would offer a list of online sportsbooks, especially given the mercurial state of offshore gaming. Though Feustel's link to paid advertisers leads me to believe there may be a monetary benefit for his recommendations.) However, when an author makes a recommendation to an outright fraudulent bookmaker, it is an error that should be noted.

Feustel (and all other authors on the topic) would be best served by not making commentary on an issue which could be dated by the time of publication. Much less one where there is marked conflict of interest due to financial incentive.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 9:17:28 PM PDT
Jan Suchanek says:
On what page is the -241 versus -225 thing?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2011 8:07:45 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2011 8:15:49 AM PDT
Garrett says:
Top of page 196.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2011 9:46:49 PM PDT
AmazonUser says:
Again, what pct. of the book was devoted to recommending scam sportsbooks? And what was the particular scam sportsbook in question? Enlighten me.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 11:15:20 AM PST
You seriously misread this section. The point was that two other professionals offered to bet against the author on a particular kind of bet and offered him better terms (1-leg 6-pt teasers at -225) than the available market rate (an effective moneyline of -241). The author didn't take the bet at either of those terms, figuring that "when other professional players are willing to bet against you, you are going to lose".

How anyone can interpret this as "why would you place a bet at -241 instead of -225. Insanity" without a deliberate misreading is beyond me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2012 5:15:40 AM PDT
Garrett says:
Because his reasoning is incredibly stupid.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:21:33 PM PST
AmazonUser says:
Garrett -- how would he even in theory get affiliate money from pimping a sportsbook with a generic link in a printed book? It makes no sense whatsoever. This reeks of spillover of some lame sbrforum war.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2014 7:17:32 AM PST
Garrett says:
He would be paid to advertise obviously. I'm sorry you can't understand this idea.
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