The life of a mid-level bookie.
“In 1981, with a computer built into my shoe, I walked into a Las Vegas casino and beat the house.”
How a high-stakes poker game that started at Tobey Maguire’s house became part of a $100 million gambling and money-laundering operation orchestrated by the Russian mob.
How a longtime gambling addict and a small band of his cronies manipulated both the game and betting exchanges from a tiny Berlin cafe, going as far as buying ownerships of teams in order to insure their failure.
Bob Voulgaris and his math prodigy sidekick attempt to create the perfect betting algorithm.
How Singaporean mobster Tan Seet Eng, aka Dan Tan, and a global network of fixers influenced as many 680 soccer matches at the highest levels.
On William Cockford and his 1800s gambling hall in London, where much of the British aristocracy lost its fortune.
On the evening of November 7th 1974, the 7th Earl of Lucan, an inveterate gambler and Backgammon champion with a taste for power boats, snuck into his estranged wife’s basement. He then bludgeoned their nanny with a lead pipe and placed her in a canvas sack, before attempting to murder his wife. Recognizing his voice, she convinced him that she could him escape, then slipped out a bathroom window. Lord Lucan was never seen again.
“Strong-arm methods, including murder, are common in the illicit narcotics traffic. After a major international narcotics ring was broken up last year, two of the- twenty-four defendants were murdered before completion of the trial. One was shot down in the Bronx; the burned body of the other was found near Rochester, New York. The business executive, factory worker, and housewife never encounter the seamy side, but this is what their bets are financing. Again I ask, Is this really the way the American people want it to be?”
Catching “the world’s most prolific criminal fixer of soccer matches.”
Attending the two-day-long “Crap$ 101” course, where aspiring craps players learn the Golden Touch system of betting, visualize dice tosses, and pursue the elusive “controlled throw.”
A writer’s trip home to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and the racetrack inextricably linked with the histories of his family and his hometown.
How Don Johnson won $15 million playing blackjack over a four-month period.
How the world’s biggest casino ran out of luck.
On playing chess and waiting to get arrested.
Live from the World Series of Poker.
The story of a small Latvian counterfeiting business that got far too big for its own good.
How slot machines snuck into the mall, along with money laundering, bribery, shootouts, and billions in profits.
Basketball is considered one of the most difficult sports to effectively bet on, therefore gamblers like Haralabos Voulgaris who make a handsome living on NBA lines are a rare breed, whose knowledge of the game and personal statistical databases rival most of the league’s front-offices’.
A profile of 21-year-old Dan Cates, who made $5.5 million playing 145,215 hands in 2010.
After the 1919 Black Sox scandal, Ring Lardner, America’s first great sportswriter, walked away from the game.
“I’m not the kind of guy who hears voices. But that night, as I passed the station, I heard a little voice coming from the back of my head…‘If you do it that way, if you use that algorithm, there will be a flaw. The game will be flawed. You will be able to crack the ticket. You will be able to plunder the lottery.’”
How Cantor Fitzgerald is bringing the principles of day trading to sports betting in Vegas.
A story of gambling addiction, in seven parts.
How a card-counting former meteorologist from Las Vegas made the first perfect Showcase bid in the 38-year history of The Price Is Right.
In 2007, Harrah’s made 5.6% of its total Las Vegas revenue off of a single person: Terrance Watanabe.
The lonesome death of Arnold Rothstein, notorious gambler, inspiration for a the character Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby, alleged fixer of the 1916 World Series, opiate importation pioneer, mobster and Jew.
The dark secret life of The Great Zucchini, Washington D.C.’s most sought after children’s birthday party entertainer.