When We Held Kings
: The oral history of the 2003 World Series of Poker
, in which an amateur named Moneymaker
turned $39 into $2.5 million and the poker boom was born.
"Las Vegas bookmakers make their money by balancing their risk, but sometimes they simply come out on the wrong side of too many bets." With the regular 2012 NFL season now over and the playoffs about to begin, please take a moment and shed a tear -- or more likely, raise your beer -- as you consider the terrible beating Las Vegas sports books absorbed in 2012.
(LAT link, so potentially behind a paywall depending on your number of previous visits in last 30 days.) [more inside]
For the first time since 1874, the Travers Stakes ended in a dead heat
(tie) when Golden Ticket and Alpha finished together. Unlike 138 years ago, however, there was no run-off following the races, and both horses got a turn in the winner's circle this year. Video of the race
(SLYT) [more inside]
Finally, Gilbert Arenas reveals the whole story
behind the infamous Washington Wizards guns in the locker room incident.
Unlike other forms
of match fixing
, spot fixing
does not affect the final result, only specific events within a game. Last year, in a cricket match
between England and Pakistan, three Pakistani cricketers and one agent
'conspired to cheat
'. Following the decision
[PDF] at Southwark Crown Court today, all four men will face prison time ranging from six to 32 months. It is the first time
this charge, brought in under the Gambling Act 2005
, has led to a sportsperson's conviction. [more inside]
In March of 2009, the Japan Sumo Association won a lawsuit
against Kodansha, a large Japanese publishing house. Kodansha had alleged that match fixing was rampant in Sumo, even at the highest levels. However, in the last week, police have discovered text messages
between wrestlers showing proof of fixing, including negotiation over compensation. [more inside]
The Man Who Shook Up Vegas
is a fascinating and relatively brief Wall St Journal article about Bob Stoll, a college dropout whose statistical wizardry seems to be forcing the $96 Billion U.S. sports wagering industry to jump through hoops. Even if you don't follow sports gambling at all, the article is a very compelling read. note: since the wsj.com is subscriber only, link goes to a reprint of the article.
I am told these sports betting sites are readying themselves for an onslaught of World Cup Soccer traffic never seen in history. Will you play? Does it make the sport uplifting or uncouth?