Saturday, January 15, 2011

The World's Most Consequential Sports Bettor

In the course of researching the big-time sports betting world, I soon discovered there was unanimous agreement among the dozens of people I interviewed (bookies, runners, movers, sportsbook managers, and pro gamblers) as to who the world's most significant and influential sports bettor is and has been for some time - Billy Walters.  It has been widely reported that Walters is the "Rick Matthews" featured in Michael Konik's The Smart Money (which I have noted before, and which I reference in Gaming the Game).  Anyone interested in the history and sociology of the highest level of sports betting would be wise to start with a look at the man heralded as the head of The Computer Group.

Notwithstanding my quite serious concerns about the ability of 60 Minutes to uphold its reputation for biting and incisive reporting, I am eager to see their look (however superficial) at Walters tomorrow night (Sunday, January 16, 2011).