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
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.
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