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The Smart Money: How the Worlds Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions
The Smart Money: How the Worlds Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions by Michael Konik 0743277147 9780743277143
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The Smart Money: How the Worlds Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions by Michael Konik

A riveting inside look at the lucrative world of professional high-stakes sports betting by a journalist who lived a secret life as a key operative in the worlds most successful sports gambling ring.When journalist Michael Konik landed an interview with Rick Big Daddy Matthews, the largest bet hed placed on a sporting event was $200. Konik, an expert blackjack and poker player, was no stranger to Vegas. But Matthews was in a different league: the man was rumored to be the worlds smartest sports bettor, the mastermind behind the Brain Trust, a shadowy group of gamblers known for their expertise in beating the Vegas line. Konik had heard the word on the street -- that Matthews was a snake, a conniver who would do anything to gain an edge. But he was also brilliant, cunning, and charming. And when he asked Konik if hed like to make a little money during the football season, the writer found himself seduced . . .So began Michael Koniks wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. InThe Smart Money, Konik takes readers behind the veil of secrecy shrouding the most successful sports betting operation in America, bypassing the myths and the rumors, going all the way to its innermost sanctum. He reveals how they -- and he -- got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multimillion-dollar offshore betting circuit. He details the excesses and the betrayals, the horse-trading and the paranoia, that are the perks and perils of a lifestyle in which staking inordinate sums of money on the outcome of a single event -- sometimes as much as $1 million on a football game -- is a normal part of doing business.

Author: Michael Konik

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 384

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2008-11-12

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ISBN: 0743277147


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