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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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  • steve
  • Woodbury, MN, United States
  • 11-29-11

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.

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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

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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.

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  • Jaclyn
  • Newport Beach, CA, USA
  • 12-26-06

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.

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  • johnathan
  • BEAUMONT, TX, United States
  • 02-19-16

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!!!

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  • speck
  • Twin Cities
  • 10-04-16

Good book, not so good sound quality

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A nice glimpse into the world of sports betting. Detailed, informative, interesting. A good narration by the author himself (nice accents and affectations) is undermined by the poor audio quality (think Bruce Springsteen's album Nebraska).

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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!

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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
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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.

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  • Rick
  • MUNDELEIN, ILLINOIS, United States
  • 10-29-14

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.