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The Odds: One Season, Three Gamblers And The Death Of Their Las Vegas
     

The Odds: One Season, Three Gamblers And The Death Of Their Las Vegas

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by Chad Millman
 

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One gambler is a manic former cokehead with an Ivy League degree. The second is a college dropout trying to make a living at the only thing he enjoyed at school—gambling. The third, one of Vegas's most respected bookmakers, is perilously close to burning out. The Odds follows the lives of these three professional gamblers through a college basketball

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One gambler is a manic former cokehead with an Ivy League degree. The second is a college dropout trying to make a living at the only thing he enjoyed at school—gambling. The third, one of Vegas's most respected bookmakers, is perilously close to burning out. The Odds follows the lives of these three professional gamblers through a college basketball season in a one-of-a-kind city struggling to reconcile its lawless past with its family-friendly makeover. With a wiseguy attitude and a faultless eye and ear for the sights and sounds of Vegas and its denizens, Chad Millman has created a portrait that the Wall Street Journal called "fascinating. . . often screamingly funny." The Las Vegas Review-Journal had just one word for the book: "Superb."

Editorial Reviews

Sports Illustrated
An intimate, hilarious and, at times, sad portrait of...(sports betting) in Sin City.
Wall Street Journal
fascinating. . . a print version of cinema-verite. Its foul-mouthed dialogue seems all too authentic . . . screamingly funny
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Superb...a must read.
Las Vegas Sun
Thoroughly reported and tightly written...splendid.
Library Journal
To some, sports betting is good clean fun it adds spice to the game to put a little down on your alma mater. To others, it's big business federal agents estimated that before the 2000 Super Bowl that nearly $5 billion would be bet both legally and illegally, and the 2000 NCAA basketball tournament drew nearly $80 million in legal Nevada bets and estimates running from $2.5 to $7 billion in illegal action. Here, sports reporter Chad Millman goes to Las Vegas, the legal gambling mecca threatened by recent legislation and offshore Internet betting sites, and follows the men who make the odds and those who try to beat them. This is not a Reefer Madness-style expos designed to scare gamblers straight, but its depiction of the lives of a young bookmaker, a big player, and a rookie gambling professional still might make bettors consider dialing 1-800-BETS-OFF. Recommended for larger public libraries. Jim Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Millman's close-up of three gamblers in Las Vegas to bet on the 1999 college basketball "final four" playoffs provides a harrowing view of gambling addiction even as he relates the concern of the gamblers and their bookmakers that their way of life is being threatened as Las Vegas becomes more family friendly. Millman is an associate editor at . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306811562
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
227,166
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Chad Millman is a former Sports Illustrated reporter, a CNNSI correspondent, and associate editor at ESPN The Magazine. He has covered the NCAA basketball tournament, the Boston College football gambling scandal, the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics, and six Super Bowls. He lives in New York City.

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The Odds: One Season, Three Gamblers And The Death Of Their Las Vegas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, quick read. Pretty entertaining for the most part, and perfect timing too as it was written when Vegas sportsbooks were on the brink of becoming the ugly step children of the betting world...especially the Stardust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy sports betting, you might enjoy this book. It takes a brief glimpse of a season as a professional sportsbook bettor, and of the bookmaker. Joe is the bookmaker at the Stardust in Vegas. Rodney and Alan are wise guys, the knowlegeable professional sports bettors not afraid to risk everything just to make a living. Joe depends on people making bets against a number he sets for each game. This includes both the tourists, and wise guys. He has to set the numbers well enough in order to not get killed by wise guy action, yet balancing for tourist action. Throw in the recent sportsbook activity on the internet, and you upset the dynamic of both the bookmaking and sports betting. This book illustrates just how difficult, and the pressures involved, of trying to make a living on either side of the counter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives you a nice look into the sports betting world from both side, gamblers and books. Pretty nice and quick read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will take you through all the high and lows of sports betting and will let you know you are not the only lunatic with compulsive betting habits that find loser after loser. Great characters, depictions, and real stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author takes you into the heart of Vegas Sports Betting and how its been changed by the Internet. Gambling fans of all types will be shocked at the seedy/grinding life of three professional gamblers. A great read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent perspective of where the lines are made and the inner struggle of real bookmakers and professional gamblers. Nerves of steel, these guys are true risktakers. Day after day, they battle each other for prominence and respect, while hundreds of thousands of dollars way in the balance.