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Sharp Sports Betting Paperback – September, 2001
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For those unfamiliar with the workings of sports books, Sharp Sports Betting explains how to place bets, money management, calculating what you stand to win on bets, and what types of bets are available, including separate chapters on money lines, over/under bets, props, parlays, and teasers. There is a glossary of sports book terms in the back of the book. And there is a chapter on internet sports books.
Moving beyond the basics, the author lays out his highly mathematical methods of handicapping sporting events and choosing bets. I have to say that I was not at all surprised to find out, on the last pages of this book, that Stanford Wong is also a professional blackjack player. He earned his way through graduate school playing cards. He has written books on blackjack. And he handicaps sports precisely like a blackjack player. I think the cardshark perspective that Wong brings to handicapping sports lends a little extra interest and unique content to Sharp Sports Betting. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the guy is a statistics and probability nut. He doesn't actually make his own lines, so there is no instruction on line-making.Read more ›
The author expects the reader to blindly accept many of his techniques. Large sections of the book assume that sports data fits neatly into a particular probability distribution, such as Poisson or binomial. The author does not justify his reasoning and expects the reader to go on faith alone. This left me slightly uneasy because if the underlying assumption is incorrect, all the calculations are rendered useless.
Perhaps the biggest drawback of the book is its age. Many of the techniques have already been incorporated into the betting line. No bookmaker will allow the player to have an advantage by buying off the "3" in the NFL. The book is still useful for evaluating certain wagers such as middles but unfortunately its value has greatly diminished with time.
A good book to buy for easy access to NFL reference charts.
The material is slightly dated - internet betting has made the sports markets more efficient. Notwithstanding this, most of the material is still useful (notable exceptions are trends of super bowl teams, and some underdog analysis).
There is a recurring emphasis on mathematics, which any solid gambling book should have. Additionally, the book has several charts that are invaluable to sports bettors. It has frequences of pushes for NFL against different spreads, as well as different totals (these have not changed significantly since the book was published). Additionally, it has odds charts for Poisson distributions for 1 and 2 variables. While an advanced gambler could generate all these charts themselves, this book still saves the newer gamblers many hours - and the book is worth it for these alone.
If you are serious about gambling to win (which means you are willing to put in long hours, and are very disciplined), there are a few other books you might consider: any of Stanford Wong's Blackjack Books; Larry Seidel's "Investing in College Basketball" and Don Pesynski's "Win more-- lose less!".
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Great introduction to sports betting if you are new to the topic - its coverage of available bet types and the extensive glossary will be especially helpful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jaroslav Tuček
Great read. Learned a lot. Must read of getting into sports gambling.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still a great book, Wong teasers still make money. I haven't seen many sportsbetting books in the years since this was written and certainly none that have been worth reading. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John H
Outdated information but a good book if you like betting the NFL, This guy obviously knows his sports betting stuff.Published 12 months ago by Thomas E Kralovetz
Great book for beginners, and is a book you can always go back to for any questions you may have... outdated but still a good go to bookPublished 14 months ago by luquon
Classic book for serious sports gamblers. Even non-gamblers who love the NFL will find this interesting. Read morePublished 21 months ago by BB from Maine
I've read my share of gambling books. This one is one of the very best.Published 21 months ago by Richard Dwyer
This book is a beginner’s guide to betting NFL games. 30% of the book is devoted to explaining the basics of betting and there is plenty of general good advice. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Andrew Student