We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Smart Money Audiobook

The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions

Regular Price:$21.27
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In The Smart Money, Michael Konik takes listeners behind the veil of secrecy shrouding the most successful sports gambling operation in America, to its innermost sanctum. He reveals how they, and he, got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multi-million-dollar offshore betting circuit. He details the perks and perils of a lifestyle in which staking inordinate sums of money on the outcome of a game, sometimes as much as $1 million on a single event, is a normal part of doing business.

©2006 Michael Konik. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating....The book feels like a mixture of true-life expose and high-stakes fiction....A definite must-read for the gambling crowd." (Booklist)

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (142 )
5 star
 (65)
4 star
 (38)
3 star
 (25)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.2 (97 )
5 star
 (53)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.2 (94 )
5 star
 (52)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    T. Richards 09-15-07
    T. Richards 09-15-07 Listener Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Disliked it"

    I tend to enjoy stories with the theme of gambling, handicapping or Vegas. Not this time. I found the authors' tone to be a distraction, often blowing his own horn rather than telling the story. When the main character is arrogant and unlikable, the story is hard to embrace. The story itself was nothing to rave about; aimless and eventually downright dull. I dropped the book about halfway through; life's to short to listen to jerks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tim Conroy 12-21-08
    Tim Conroy 12-21-08 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Exaggeration"

    Everything in the book seemed like an over exaggeration of the authors importance in the scheme. Just one mans pathetic attempt to boost his own ego. At no point was the author even necessary in his own book let alone pivotal, which leave a lot of questions to be answered about how accurate the book really is. If you are hoping to get some tips about sports betting you will be very disappointed as this isn't a how to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jaclyn Newport Beach, CA, USA 12-26-06
    Jaclyn Newport Beach, CA, USA 12-26-06 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Riveting"

    Let me state upfront that I'm female, I know NOTHING about sports or sports betting and was, nonetheless, totally enthralled by this book. The writing is as good or better than Augsten Burroughts and the story moves at a fast clip and in directions you don't expect. Though the author is an established gambling journalist, at times you'd swear you were listening to a novel. His reading and his characterization are better than most pros.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    steve Woodbury, MN, United States 11-29-11
    steve Woodbury, MN, United States 11-29-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could not have been more interesting"

    This ia a true story that reads like fiction. The storyline is unbeleivably interesting and really takes you into another world. made me want to gamble like crazy on sports.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    johnathan BEAUMONT, TX, United States 02-19-16
    johnathan BEAUMONT, TX, United States 02-19-16 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow, buckle up"

    An incredible read, loved every second of it. If you have any interest in Vegas & sports betting then this is your ticket!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brandin Scharlin 02-11-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sports fans and thrill seekers this is for you!"

    This had my attention from the start!! I didnt stop until it was 100% completely finished!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    E. Vernon F. Glenn 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "False Advertising"

    Billed as a good book on how to increase your betting skills
    Just a florid account of cliches and how cool the narrator/author is...
    An awful book...do not waste your money and time
    Not one useful piece of info in here
    Dime store junk
    Ugh

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Justin 01-08-15
    Justin 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not what I was looming for"

    The subtitle is misleading. I was looking for a book that taught some of the practical ways that the "wise guys" calculate their picks. This is NOT what this book is based on. Just a long, repetitive story about the author and his time working under one of these wise guys. The wise guys simply use him as a puppet to make bets for them so I really learned nothing I didn't already know. Could even finish the book to be honest. Got 2/3rds through and gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rick MUNDELEIN, ILLINOIS, United States 10-29-14
    Rick MUNDELEIN, ILLINOIS, United States 10-29-14 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Double Life"
    If you could sum up The Smart Money in three words, what would they be?

    Party, Energy & Waiting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Smart Money?

    When 44 decides to quit.


    What about Michael Konik’s performance did you like?

    The way he played the part.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was a heavy better, it made me want to go back, But I know better.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel DAVIS, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Daniel DAVIS, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not about the system, but about the experience..."

    I noticed when deciding whether to purchase this book that a lot of other reviewers had commented on that the author had centered on his own part of the story rather than a comprehensive explanation of the system itself. I definitely was much more interested in the system than the author's story, but I decided to purchase it anyway. This is definitely an autobiography about the author's experience as an external member of the system, as well as his attempt to build his own system. However, I found the story to be an excellent listen, with parts that I laughed out loud to.

    Couple of corrections of the other reviews:

    While the author (and narrator) wrote about himself, in no way did he present himself as being any more important than he actually was. He thoroughly explained the limitations of his knowledge (often with a humorous anecdote) and he never blurred the line between his take on how the system worked and the facts on what he saw of the system.

    If you're looking for an explanation of the algorithms behind the system, I regretfully have to say that this is not the book for you. However, I was also looking for more information on the algorithms, and found this book a delightful diversion, even if I was officially "disappointed". I have listened to audiobooks multiple times before, and I intend on listening to this one again in the future.

    The four stars for the narration is a medium. The narrator's performance of voices other than his own can be trying, especially his take on female voices, but the fact that the author himself is narrating really adds to the realism of the feelings he had as he experienced the story.

    I look forward to listening to more from Michael Konik, and put him in the mix with some of my favorite audiobook authors (which include Scott Patterson and Michael Lewis).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.