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How to Beat the Bookie—Scientific Betting in an Uncertain World Paperback – 2010
Rich Allen, aka The Sports Betting Professor, chronicles his journey through the world of Sports Betting, which has allowed him to become one of the most successful and respected bettors in the World. In this book Rich hits on a number of different topics including the history of sports betting and the intricacies of the wagers that account for 99% of overall betting volume. Plus he goes into great detail illustrating which strategies work and why — with the research to back it up. This book will change the way you think about Sports Betting and is an entertaining and engaging read. As a free bonus Rich also includes his famous College Football Betting System, which normally retails for $197.
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1. Concluding parlays are bad, without identifying when they should be used;
2. Suggesting that teasers should be used "if you're looking for a safer bet than a regular parlay", and advising that players stay away from teaser bets. There is no discussion of when a teaser is a good idea (such as basic strategy NFL teasers);
3. Suggesting that players should never bet on futures;
4. Concluding that the closing number is wrong, and the line for a game earlier in the day is more accurate (this concept is used to support his betting system that he sells)
5. Repeated quantitative failures. The author states that the home team in NFL wins 56% of the time (understating the win rate), that "6.6% of all bets (in NBA) come in at 1 point less than the final spread", which overstates the value of that 1 point. The push-rate of the "7" in NFL is 3.4% (it is much higher). Almost every number used by the author that wasn't published somewhere else was meaningfully wrong.
6. Data mining errors (I cannot tell if it was from his data or methodology), but the author concludes that for a +9 point road NFL dogs, you should buy half a point. There are other equally bad conclusions on point buying.
There is a tremendous amount of gambling-related history and trivia. I found myself looking up more about quite a few topics discussed in the book (such as Galileo hedge fund, and some of the spread fixing topics). However, this book was titled as a sports betting treatise. The book would have been better released titled "Interesting sports betting trivia" with all the sports betting advice removed; this would have earned it a 3 or 4 star rating. The new bettor will be hurt more than helped by the erroneous betting advice herein.