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The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions

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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 world's most successful sports gambling ring.

When journalist Michael Konik landed an interview with Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews, the largest bet he'd 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 world's 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 he'd like to "make a little money" during the football season, the writer found himself seduced . . .

So began Michael Konik's wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. In The 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.

Synopsis:

For three years, "44," a former journalist, lived a secret life as a key operative within The Brain Trust, one of the world's most successful sports gambling rings. Here he documents how the world's best sports bettors beat the bookies out of millions in this book filled with nonstop intrigue.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Glossary

Preface

Introduction

One A Proposition

Season One

AUTUMN 1997 — SPRING 1998

Two High Roller

Three Built In

Four Close Calls

Five A Mule or a Man?

Six Super Bowl

Seven March Madness

Season Two

SUMMER 1998 — SPRING 1999

Eight Persona Non Grata

Nine The Wild Frontier

Ten Ripped Off

Eleven Milking the Cow

Twelve Deputy 44

Season Three

SUMMER 1999 — SPRING 2000

Thirteen A Little Knowledge Is Dangerous

Fourteen Bringing Home Baby

Fifteen Good-bye and Hello

Season Four

SUMMER 2000 — WINTER 2001

Sixteen Superstars

Seventeen The Smart Money

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743277136
Subtitle:
How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions
Author:
Konik, Michael
Author:
44
Author:
Konik
Author:
Konik, Michael andquot
Author:
Konik, Michael/44
Author:
44andquot
Author:
Michael andquot
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Gambling - General
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
Sports betting
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Gambling - Sports
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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