Business of Betting reference list


    The Business of Betting is the world’s pre-eminent gambling podcast. It features intelligent conversations with professional bettors, operators, academics and technologists.

    Guests often recommend tools and resources, such as websites, books and podcasts which helped them succeed. I have collated all 372 recommendations into these lists

    Business of Betting podcast profile

    One host interviewing one or two guests in audio only.

    Date range
    April 20th 2017 – Present.

    Number of episodes
    74 (as of January 2019).

    Episode length
    Roughly 50 minutes.

    Episode frequency
    Roughly weekly.

    Betfair Australia, from episode 26 onward.

    Full reference list

    This list is complete up to episode 63. If you hear any resources recommended that are not listed here please let us know the episode and timestamp in the comments section below.

    Recommendations which are the guests own work are indicated with a pencil icon 

    Negative mentions are indicated with a thumbs down icon


    We record resources that guests (including the host) use or recommend. We generally don’t record resources that are merely mentioned in passing.

    We generally don’t record resources that are mentioned negatively, except as a relevant counterpoint when that same resource has been recommended by other guests.

    • Authors

      In these cases authors were recommended without a specific book being mentioned. More authors are listed in the books table and I summarize the most recommended books and authors in the professional gambler’s reading list .

      Amos TverskyJake Williams50
      Andrew BeyerDominic Beirne3
      Andrew BeyerPaul Daily6
      Andrew BeyerVince Accardi12
      Bill JamesGeorge EVBettor63
      Daniel KahnemanRalph Horowitz2
      Don ScottDominic Beirne3
      Don ScottPaul Daily6
      Don ScottNathan Snow11
      Don ScottVince Accardi12
      Don ScottDaniel O'Sulivan17
      Don ScottPeter Todd37
      Don ScottRob Waterhouse60
      Don ScottAdam Blencowe65
      Edward O. ThorpVictor Haghani, Jake Williams21
      Edward O. ThorpJake Williams63
      Howard SartinVince Accardi12
      Joseph BuchdahlShaun Beirne1
      Malcolm GladwellJake Williams4
      Malcolm GladwellScott Ferguson35
      Michael LewisScott Ferguson35
      Nassim Nicholas TalebRalph Horowitz2
      Nassim Nicholas TalebJake Williams57
      Nick MordinDominic Beirne3
      Richard H. ThalerVictor Haghani21
      Tom BrohamerDominic Beirne3
    • Bloggers and Journalists

      In these cases Bloggers and Journalists were recommended without a specific article being mentioned.

      Adam ChernoffSports bettingAdam Chernoff4
      Adam ChernoffSports bettingChris Connelly10
      Adam ChernoffSports bettingJake Williams19.5 (bonus)
      Arthur HarrisHorse racingMark Rhoden49
      Ben ColeyGolf bettingScott Ferguson35
      Chad MillmanWestgate SupercontestJake Williams33
      Kevin O'ConnorBasketballJosh Lloyd7
      Ted KnutsonMagic the GatheringMatthew Trenhaile56
    • Books

      Authors who were recommended without any specific book being mentioned are listed in the authors table. I summarize the most recommended books and authors in the professional gambler’s reading list.

      Aaron BrownThe poker face of wall streetVictor Haghani21
      Adam KucharskiThe perfect betDominic Beirne3
      Alan Potts Against the crowdMatt Bisogno45
      Atul GawandeThe checklist manifestoAdam Chernoff4
      Atul GawandeThe checklist manifestoJake Williams49
      Benjamin GrahamThe intelligent investorAdam Chernof4
      Bob WilkinsBioenergetics & racehorse ratingsDominic Beirne3
      Brendan Moynihan, Jim PaulWhat I learned losing a million dollarsScott Ferguson35
      Caan BerryBetfair trading made simpleCaan Berry53
      Carol Tavirs, Elliot AronsonMistakes were made (but not by me)Dominic Beirne3
      Cass R. SunsteinThe ethics of influenceDr Sally Gainsbury27
      Chris B. BrownThe Essential Smart FootballGeorge EVBettor63
      Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast & slowRalph Horowitz2
      Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast & slowDominic Beirne3
      Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast & slowJake Williams20
      Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast & slowPeter Webb47
      Dean OliverBasketball on paperAlok Pattani54
      Dean OliverBasketball on paperGeorge EVBettor63
      Dean OliverBasketball on paperEd Feng67
      Ed FangHow to win your NCAA tournament poolEd Fang67
      Edward O. Thorp, William Ziemba, Leonard MacLeanThe Kelly capital growth investment criterionWilliam Ziemba29
      Edward O. ThorpA man for all marketsJake Williams29
      Edward O. ThorpA man for all marketsJake Williams40
      Edward O. ThorpA man for all marketsJake Williams47
      Edward O. ThorpBeat the dealerPeter Webb47
      Eliot JacobsonAdvanced advantage playSpanky Sports68
      Elihu Feustel, George HowardConquering riskScott Ferguson35
      Elihu Feustel, George HowardConquering riskSpanky Sports68
      Harry FindlayGambling for lifeHarry Findlay25
      Harry FindlayGambling for lifeDarren Potter40
      I. Nelson Rose
      Gambling & the lawSpanky Sports68
      James GrosjeanBeyond countingSpanky Sports68
      James SurowieckiThe wisdom of crowdsDominic Beirne3
      James SurowieckiThe wisdom of crowdsSteward Davidson42
      James SurowieckiThe wisdom of crowdsJuilian Gauld58
      James TippettThe football codeRyan Carruthers31
      Jared TendlerThe mental game of pokerJared Tendler62
      Jared TendlerThe mental game of poke 2Jared Tendler62
      Joe PetaTrading basesScott Ferguson35
      Joe PetaTrading basesJake Williams43
      Joe PetaTrading basesJake Williams63
      Joseph BuchdahlHow to find a black cat in a coal cellarJoseph Buchdahl48
      Joseph BuchdahlSquares & sharps, suckers & sharksJoseph Buchdahl48
      Leonard MlodiThe drunkard's walkDominic Beirne3
      Malcolm GladwellOutliersDean Evens39
      Malcolm GladwellOutliersRob Waterhouse60
      Malcolm GladwellBlinkGill Alexander72
      Michael E. Gerber The e-myth revisitedJuilian Gauld58
      Michael LewisMoneyballRalph Horowitz2
      Michael LewisMoneyballAlok Pattani54
      Michael LewisMoneyballEd Fang67
      Michael LewisMoneyballGill Alexander72
      Nassim Nicholas TalebFooled by randomnessDominic Beirne3
      Nassim Nicholas TalebFooled by randomnessJake Williams4
      Nassim Nicholas TalebFooled by randomnessRyan Carruthers31
      Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragileJake Williams4
      Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragileJake Williams26
      Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragileJake Williams31
      Nassim Nicholas TalebThe black swanJake Williams19.5 (bonus)
      Nassim Nicholas TalebThe black swanScott Ferguson35
      Nicholas LovellThe curveRalph Horowitz2
      Nick MordinBetting for a livingMatt Bisogno45
      Nir EyalHookedDr Sally Gainsbury27
      Patrick VeitchEnemy number oneDarren Potter40
      Philip E. Tetlock, Dan GardnerSuperforecastingRalph Horowitz2
      Philip E. Tetlock, Dan GardnerSuperforecastingSpanky Sports68
      Rem PlanteThe Australian horse racing & punters guideMarc Lambourne9
      Richard H. ThalerMisbehavingAdam Chernoff, Jake Williams4
      Richard H. ThalerMisbehavingJake Williams21
      Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. SunsteinNudgeAdam Chernof4
      Stanford WongSharp Sports BettingSpanky Sports68
      Stanford WongSharp Sports BettingGill Alexander72
      Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. DubnerFreakonomicsDominic Beirne3
      Tobias Moskowitz, L. Jon WertheimScorecastingJuilian Gauld58
      Tobias Moskowitz, L. Jon WertheimScorecastingSpanky Sports68
      William PoundstoneFortune's formulaDarren Potter40
      William PoundstoneFortune's formulaJake Williams63
      William Ziemba, Donald B HauschEfficiency of racetrack betting marketsWilliam Ziemba29
      William ZiembaCalendar anomalies & arbitrageWilliam Ziemba29
    • Gambling identities

      Bill BenterHorse racing bettorPaul Daily6
      Bill BenterHorse racing bettorLeighton Vaughan Williams55
      Bill BenterHorse racing bettorMatthew Trenhaile56
      Bob Voulgarisbasketball bettingStephen Rothwell70
      Dan OsullivanHorse racing trainerNathan Snow11
      Dan OsullivanHorse racing trainerVince Accardi12
      Dr BobSports bettingGill Alexander72
      Mark LambourneHorse racing bettorJack Dickens Dicko69
      Phil BullHorse racing timesRob Waterhouse60
      RJ BellLas Vegas tipsterIan Epstein, Luke Pergande18
      Rufus PeabodySports bettorGill Alexander72
      Rob WaterhouseHorse racing bookmakerLuke Murrell66
      Tony BloomSoccer bettorHarry Findlay25
      Tony BrasselHorse racing sectionalsVince Accardi12
    • Magazines

      The Racing Post used to be a magazine but now it is more often used as a data and tipping website, as such it is listed in that category instead of here.

      The SportsmanHorse racingDominic Beirne3
      The SportsmanHorse racingMarc Lambourne9
      The SportsmanHorse racingMark Rhoden49
    • Movies

      See summaries, previews and Rotten Tomato scores for all sportsbetting movies here.

      2 for the MoneyJake Williams, BitEdge14
      8 Men OutBitEdge14
      The GamblerBitEdge14
      Owning MahownyJake Williams, BitEdge14
      RoundersChris Connelly10
      RoundersBrett Richey59
    • Operators

      I detail the most recommended operators here.

      Betfair and Pinnacle were recommended so often that I did not bother to list them all.

      Although the Hong Kong Jockey Club runs a tote they are more of a sports administration body than a gambling operator so are not included here.

      AriaLas Vegas sportsbookChristian Pina34
      Bet365Online gamblingParlay Queen Monique38
      BetdaqBetting exchangePeter Webb47
      BetdaqBetting exchangeCaan Berry,53
      BetdaqBetting exchangeMatthew Trenhaile56
      BetfairBetting exchangeHarry finnley25
      BetfairBetting exchangeScott Ferguson35
      Black TypeOnline gamblingPeter Ling20
      CG TechnologyB2B land based sportsbooksBrendan Poots5
      CG TechnologyB2B land based sportsbooksChris Connelly10
      CitibetBetting exchangeJulian Gauld58
      Colossus BetsTotalizerHarry finnley25
      Colossus BetsTotalizerScott Ferguson35
      Colossus BetsTotalizerMatthew Trenhaile56
      Colossus BetsTotalizerBernard Marantelli73
      DraftFantasy sportsJosh Lloyd7
      DraftFantasy sportsBrett Richey59
      DraftstarsFantasy sportsJosh Lloyd7
      DraftstarsFantasy sportsNathan Rothschild8
      Golden Nugget football contestLas Vegas sportsbookVegas Matty33
      IG IndexSpread bettingMatthew Trenhaile56
      Just DiceCryptocurrencyBitEdge14
      Lagasse's Stadium at The VenetianLas Vegas sportsbookChristian Pina34
      MatchbookBetting exchangeDominic Beirne3
      MatchbookBetting exchangeJake Williams18
      MatchbookBetting exchangePeter Ling20
      MoneyballFantasy sportsJosh Lloyd7
      Nitrogen SportsCryptocurrencyWhatle Capper36
      Nitrogen SportsCryptocurrencyStephen Rothwell70
      Poker StarsPokerJared Tendler62
      Prop SwapLas Vegas bet ticket marketIan Epstein, Luke Pergande18
      Satoshi DiceCryptocurrencyBitEdge14
      South Point CasinoLas Vegas sportsbookChristian Pina34
      Sporting IndexSpread bettingAnthony Jump43
      Sporting IndexSpread bettingMatthew Trenhaile56
      SportsbettingOnline gamblingBen Krahe52
      The M ResortLas Vegas sportsbookChristian Pina34
      UnikrnCryptocurrencyRahul Sood23
      Westgate SuperBookLas Vegas sportsbookChristian Pina34
      Westgate SuperContestLas Vegas sportsbookJoe Fortenbaugh15
      Westgate SuperContestLas Vegas sportsbookJake Williams18
      Westgate SuperContestLas Vegas sportsbookJake Williams, Kevin Braig22
      Westgate SuperContestLas Vegas sportsbookVegas Matty33
      Westgate SuperContestLas Vegas sportsbookBrady Kannon44
    • Podcasts

      Beating The BookJoe Fortenbaugh, Jake Williams15
      Beating The BookGill Alexander, Jake Williams72
      Bet The BoardJoe Fortenbaugh15
      The Bill Simmons PodcastRalph Horowitz, Jake Williams2
      The Bill Simmons PodcastKevin Braig22
      Chat With TradersAdam Chernoff4
      Deep DiveWhatle Capper36
      Game Theory with Sam VecenieJosh Lloyd7
      Locked on Fantasy BasketballJosh Lloyd7
      Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist HistoryJake Williams54
      The Mental Game PodcastJared Tendler62
      Points Spread WeeklyBrady Kannon44
      The Power RankEd Fang67
      Red Rock Fantasy BasketballJosh Lloyd7
      RSN Correct WeightAdam Blencowe65
      The sharp 600Joe Fortenbaugh15
      Sports Gambling PodcastChristian Pina34
      Sports ThoughtsJerry, Kieran61
      The StepienJosh Lloyd7
      William Hill Golf PodcastBrady Kannon44

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