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About the Author

Daniel Fabrizio is the president and founder of SportsInsights.com, a leader in the sports information industry. Dan has more than 10 years of experience in the sports marketplace industry as a risk manager for online sportsbooks, and is the innovator behind SportsInsights' successful contrarian approaches.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: BCDadvisors (April 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160970004X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609700041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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By chad0614 on October 30, 2010
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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.
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I was very disappointed with the authors' thesis of the book, i.e. here are some edges in sports betting we think are of value, however the only practical way to use these edges is to pay $199 a month for the data on our website. So it was basically just a 115 page sales brochure, and I had to pay for it! A lot of information in here is repetitive, making me think it's just "filler" to add length to the book. I will say that some of the core content has value in what the authors view as good strategies and value plays, statistical anaylsis, along with pointing out what the real professionals' realistic winning percentages, money management and how to avoid the thousands of scammers out there. But only a novice wouldn't already know that stuff. If you're not a novice, then little in the book is useful if you don't subscribe to the authors' website and pay a hefty premium to get it.

I know I slam this book but it's only because I feel I was tricked into thinking it would offer tools for my handicapping toolbox, not just try to tease me along to try and sell me something. But with that said, I want to be clear that I don't believe the authors are being dishonest or are shady in any way. They seem quite upfront, honest and respectable. I just think the book should be free since it is essentially just a marketing publication.
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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.
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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.
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