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

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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 ...

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Overview

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."

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306811562
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 203,640
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 "Death Is Not the End" 1
2 "It's Us Against the Wiseguys" 11
3 "Get Out of My House" 22
4 A Nation of Sports Bettors 26
5 Let the Games Begin 44
6 Hi Mom! My Bookie Called, Send Money 60
7 "A Dying Breed" 67
8 The Devil's Deal 92
9 "This Life ... Is Starting to Make Me Sick" 106
10 Take Me Home 122
11 "We Believe Anything Is Possible" 141
12 "I Got a Winner, Huh Cuz?" 153
13 "It's Just Another Day" 175
14 "Without Nevada, This Would Not Have Happened" 186
15 Everyone Jump in the Pool 207
16 The Final Four 224
Epilogue 247
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    This is madness!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    Sportbook gambling from both sides of the counter

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Gives you a nice look into the sports betting world from both si

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2001

    Gamblers Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    A Sure Fire Bet For Sports Wagering Fans

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    You'll never watch sports the same way again!

    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.

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