I did learn a bit about sports gambling in the late 90s early 2000s and his writing style agreed with me. To the gambling cognoscenti, Rick Matthews is no rumor. My favorite section of the book was when Konik enlists a bunch of Hollywood movie stars Captain Beefcake and his friends to make bets for him. But with a lot more week-to-week specific bets from 1997-2001. Big Daddy Matthews has just invited me to join his team, the organization that those in the know call the Brain Trust.
Only the loftiest of high rollers get invited to play at this ultra-exclusive North Las Vegas private course, where people like Michael Jordan and Phil Mickelson keep lockers. The man has always had a penchant for games of chance. Despite being intermittently distracted by other books it took me close to a year to finish , this was a definite worthwhile read. It will be one of your better investments! I make a pretty good line, you know. On the sixth tee, I watch Matthews hit a towering drive, an elegant parabola that rockets out to the right and slowly curls back to the left, coming to rest three hundred yards in the distance, bisecting the fairway. The man is a vital member of society.
I have gone through streaks at poker where it stops feeling like money. He reveals how they -- and he -- got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multimillion-dollar offshore betting circuit. Who wants to take a bet from a long-term winner, right? My average blackjack bet is ten dollars. So began Michael Konik's wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. To make a fair match, I know I should be getting at least three shots a side. I would definitely read more from Konik in the future. For the next hour we fill out paperwork and count the money.
But could we talk about it later, after the round? I raise the binoculars to my eyes and scan the trees across the street. 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. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. This is not really a book about how to bet sports but more a story on what to expect when betting on sporting events. Every employee at Caesars wears a uniform that is supposed to suggest ancient Rome, however tenuously. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who may retain copyright as noted. Once inefficiencies are discovered, it is only a matter of time before the market corrects itself.
I love books like this and was very impressed. But as long as the lard kept bubbling he could count on a steady stream of money to donate. The only thing Konik brought to the table was hustle. He reveals how they -- and he -- got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multimillion-dollar offshore betting circuit. The problem is that such a people get a reputation and become barred from casinos. This will get most serious investors thinking about how they can most improve their handicapping and results. Konik writes with ease, great clarity, and a keen sense of storytelling.
I pay the mortgage, I save for the future, I buy clothes and cars and concert tickets—and it all amounts to a rather ordinary variation on the theme of American triumph: You work hard, you endure the countless indignities of the unprivileged plebian, and then you go quietly. The best part of all this fantasy stuff is that it's a true story. He reveals how they -- and he -- got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multimillion-dollar offshore betting circuit. As the author's situations became more surreal and as the money grew to eye-popping amounts, I felt my pulse quicken and palms begin to sweat. Konik's experience isn't exaggerated at all - it is a true-to-life, accurate depiction of that world and its dangers and allure.
The Smart Money is Mr. The excesses of the Roman Empire are celebrated at this world-famous resort, where every man, no matter how plain his title back home, can be an emperor. He tells me that it would look better if a hotshot Hollywood type—or at least a guy who can play the part—flew into Vegas each weekend, looking like hundreds of other high-rolling suckers. So began Michael Konik's wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. Having played poker with people who were simultaneously betting 10x the money on sports next door I have assumed them to be addictive gamblers.
But if you're going to level those kinds of charges, come right out and do it. We will not remove any content for bad language alone, or being critical of a particular book. . So began Michael Konik's wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. That is, for them to consistently win bets against the spread, they must have identified some trends that are not widely known, and I'd be curious what they are, but the book never reveals.
I saw this book on the new release table at Barnes and Noble, and snatched it up immediately. Vivian is what moralists would call a bad girl, a libertine who refuses to subscribe to the code of feminine conduct prescribed by church and state. This fascinating inside look at the gambling biz perfectly suited, incidentally, to fans of the recent movie Two for the Money reveals so much information that you would swear the author was breaking some sort of Omerta-like code of silence; in fact, the parallels between organized gambling and organized crime are numerous. I plunk the shoe bags on the counter. Then I rewrite the shopping list of football games in my own messy scrawl. Jack says that Rick Matthews has a reputation throughout the gambling world as a snake, a rat, a back-stabber, and every other lowdown epithet you could imagine. Warning: You must ensure you meet all age and other regulatory requirements before entering a Casino or placing a wager.