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 300+ recommendations into these lists

Business of Betting podcast profile

Format
One host interviewing one or two guests in audio only.

Date range
April 20th 2017 – Present.

Number of episodes
63 (as of September 2018).

Episode length
Roughly 50 minutes.

Episode frequency
Roughly weekly.

Sponsors
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

Methodology

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.

Academic papers

AuthorTitleRecommenderEp
Aaron BrownOptimal betting strategy with uncertain payout and opportunity limitsVictor Haghani21
Kevin BraigQuantifying NFL coaching: A proof of new growth theoryKevin Braig22
Leighton Vaughan Williams, David PatonWhy is there a favourite-longshot bias in British racetrack betting marketsLeighton Vaughan Williams55
Lisandro Kaunitz, Shenjun Zhong, Javier KreinerBeating the bookies with their own numbers - and how the online sports betting market is riggedLisandro Kaunitz, Javier Kreiner57
Mark J Dixon, Stuart G ColesModeling associated football scores and inefficiencies in the football betting marketMatthew Trenhaile56
Sally GainsburyHow blockchain and cryptocurrency technology could revolutionize online gamblingSally Gainsbury27
Thomas Gilovich, Robert Vallone, Amos TverskyThe hot hand in basketball: On the misperception of random sequencesJoseph Buchdahl48
Victor HaghaniRational decision-making under uncertaintyJake Williams20
Victor HaghaniRational decision-making under uncertaintyVictor Haghani21
Victor HaghaniRational decision-making under uncertaintyDarren Potter40
Victor HaghaniRational decision-making under uncertaintyGeorge EVBettor63
Victor HaghaniWhat's past is not prologueVictor Haghani21

Articles

AuthorTitleRecomenderEp
Adam ChernoffHow to maximise basic teaser strategy in NFL bettingJake Williams19.5 (bonus)
Adam ChernoffHow to create and use NFL power ratings to beat the point spreadJake Williams19.5 (bonus)
Bill BarnwellNomentumJake Williams5
Chris Burke The learning curve for rookie tight endsKevin Braig19.5 (bonus)
Mark CubanMy new hedge fundChris Connelly10
Greg Wood‘Minimum bet rule could prove a winner for punters and horse racingScott Ferguson35

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 .

NameRecommenderEp
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
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.

NameSpecializationRecommenderEp
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.

AuthorTitleRecommenderEp
Aaron BrownThe poker face of wall streetVictor Haghani21
Adam KucharskiThe perfect bet: How science and math are taking the luck out of gamblingDominic Beirne3
Alan Potts Against the Crowd: The methods of a modern backerMatt Bisogno45
Atul GawandeThe checklist manifesto: How to get things rightAdam Chernoff4
Atul GawandeThe checklist manifesto: How to get things rightJake Williams49
Benjamin GrahamThe intelligent investor: The definitive book on value investingAdam Chernof4
Bob WilkinsBioenergetics and racehorse ratingsDominic Beirne3
Brendan Moynihan, Jim PaulWhat I learned losing a million dollarsScott Ferguson35
Caan BerryBetfair trading made simple: The ultimate guide to getting startedCaan Berry53
Carol Tavirs, Elliot AronsonMistakes were made (but not by me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful actsDominic Beirne3
Cass R. SunsteinThe ethics of influence: Government in the age of behavioral scienceDr Sally Gainsbury27
Chris B. BrownThe Essential Smart FootballGeorge EVBettor63
Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast and slowRalph Horowitz2
Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast and slowDominic Beirne3
Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast and slowJake Williams20
Daniel Kahneman, Victoe HaghaniThinking, fast and slowPeter Webb47
Dean OliverBasketball on paper: Rules and tools for performance analysisAlok Pattani54
Dean OliverBasketball on paper: Rules and tools for performance analysisGeorge EVBettor54
Edward O. Thorp, William Ziemba, Leonard MacLeanThe kelly capital growth investment criterion: Theory and practiceWilliam Ziemba29
Edward O. ThorpA man for all markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, how I beat the dealer and the marketJake Williams29
Edward O. ThorpA man for all markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, how I beat the dealer and the marketJake Williams40
Edward O. ThorpA man for all markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, how I beat the dealer and the marketJake Williams47
Edward O. ThorpBeat the dealer: A winning strategy for the game of twenty-onePeter Webb47
Elihu Feustel, George HowardConquering risk: Attacking Vegas and Wall StreetScott Ferguson35
Harry FindlayGambling for lifeHarry Findlay25
Harry FindlayGambling for lifeDarren Potter40
James SurowieckiThe wisdom of crowds: Why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nationsDominic Beirne3
James SurowieckiThe wisdom of crowds: Why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nationsSteward Davidson42
James SurowieckiThe wisdom of crowds: Why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nationsJuilian Gauld58
James TippettThe football code: The science of predicting the beautiful gameRyan Carruthers31
Jared TendlerThe mental game of poker: Proven strategies for improving tilt control, confidence, motivation, coping with variance, and moreJared Tendler62
Jared TendlerThe mental game of poke 2: Proven strategies for improving poker skill, increasing mental endurance, and playing in the zone consistentlyJared Tendler62
Joe PetaTrading bases: How a Wall Street trader made a fortune betting on baseballScott Ferguson35
Joe PetaTrading bases: How a Wall Street trader made a fortune betting on baseballJake Williams43
Joe PetaTrading bases: How a Wall Street trader made a fortune betting on baseballJake Williams63
Joseph BuchdahlHow to find a black cat in a coal cellar: The truth about sports tipstersJoseph Buchdahl48
Joseph BuchdahlSquares and sharps, suckers and sharks: The science, psychology and philosophy of gamblingJoseph Buchdahl48
Leonard MlodiThe drunkard's walk: How randomness rules our livesDominic Beirne3
Malcolm GladwellOutliersDean Evens39
Malcolm GladwellOutliersRob Waterhouse60
Michael E. Gerber The e-myth revisited: Why most small businesses don't work and what to do about It Juilian Gauld58
Michael LewisMoneyball: The art of winning an unfair gameRalph Horowitz2
Michael LewisMoneyball: The art of winning an unfair gameAlok Pattani54
Nassim Nicholas TalebFooled by randomness: The hidden role of chance in life and in the marketsDominic Beirne3
Nassim Nicholas TalebFooled by randomness: The hidden role of chance in life and in the marketsJake Williams4
Nassim Nicholas TalebFooled by randomness: The hidden role of chance in life and in the marketsRyan Carruthers31
Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragile: Things that gain from disorderJake Williams4
Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragile: Things that gain from disorderJake Williams26
Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragile: Things that gain from disorderJake Williams31
Nassim Nicholas TalebThe black swan: The impact of the highly improbableJake Williams19.5 (bonus)
Nassim Nicholas TalebThe black swan: The impact of the highly improbableScott Ferguson35
Nicholas LovellThe curve: Turning followers into superfansRalph Horowitz2
Nick MordinBetting for a livingMatt Bisogno45
Nir EyalHooked: How to build habit-forming productsDr Sally Gainsbury27
Patrick VeitchEnemy number one: The secrets of the UK's most feared professional punterDarren Potter40
Philip E. Tetlock, Dan GardnerSuperforecasting: The art and science of predictionRalph Horowitz2
Rem PlanteThe Australian horse racing and punters guideMarc Lambourne9
Richard H. ThalerMisbehaving: The making of behavioral economicsAdam Chernoff, Jake Williams4
Richard H. ThalerMisbehaving: The making of behavioral economicsJake Williams21
Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. SunsteinNudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth, and happinessAdam Chernof4
Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. DubnerFreakonomics: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everythingDominic Beirne3
Tobias Moskowitz, L. Jon WertheimScorecasting: The hidden influences behind how sports are played and games are wonJuilian Gauld58
William PoundstoneFortune's formula: The untold story of the scientific betting system that beat the casinos and Wall StreetDarren Potter40
William PoundstoneFortune's formula: The untold story of the scientific betting system that beat the casinos and Wall StreetJake Williams63
William Ziemba, Donald B HauschEfficiency of racetrack betting marketsWilliam Ziemba29
William ZiembaCalendar anomalies and arbitrageWilliam Ziemba29

Data and tips services

NameSpecializationRecommenderEp
BetsmartHorse racingDaniel O'Sullivan17
Champion BetsHorse racingNathan Snow11
Champion Bets (Trial Spy)Horse racingDean Evens39
Champion BetsHorse racingBen Krahe52
Champion DataAustralian Rules FootballRalph Horowitz2
Champion DataAustralian Rules FootballDavid Beirne46
CorsicaHockey dataRob Pizzola50
Daily SectionalsHorse racingRalph Horowitz2
Darren Potter Race AssessmentsHorse racingDarren Potter40
Digital Gaming SolutionsB2B sportsbook softwearAdam Chernoff4
Dynamic OddsOdds comparisonJohn Walter19
Dynamic OddsOdds comparisonStewart Davidson42
Fan GraphsBaseballJerry, Kieran61
Football OutsidersAmerican FooballJerry, Kieran61
Gee GeezHorse racingMatt Bisogno45
Genius Tech GroupB2B data driven contentNathan Rothschild8
Money PuckHockeyRob Pizzola50
Odds ChekerOdds comparisonAdam Chernoff4
Odds PortalOdds comparisonAdam Chernoff4
Pomeroy College Basketball RatingsNCAA BasketballRob Pizzola50
Pomeroy College Basketball RatingsNCAA BasketballJerry, Kieran61
Pomeroy College Basketball RatingsNCAA BasketballCaan Berry53
Race BKHorse racingBen Krahe52
Racing Systems BuilderHorse racingMatt Bisogno45
Racetrack RalphyHorse racingRalph Horowitz2
Racing WatchHorse racingJohn Walter19
Right Angle SportsUS sportsJoe Fortenbaugh15
Tennis RatingsTennisDan Weston28
Racing PostHorse racingHarry Findlay25
Racing PostHorse racingRyan Carruthers31
Racing PostHorse racingMatt Bisogno45
The Rating BureauHorse racingDaniel O'Sullivan17
Tom WaterhouseHorse racingTom Waterhouse51
Winning Edge InvestmentsHorse racingDean Evens39
Winning Edge InvestmentsHorse racingMark Rhoden49

Gambling identities

NameSpecializationRecommenderEp
Bill BenterHorse racing bettorPaul Daily6
Bill BenterHorse racing bettorLeighton Vaughan Williams55
Bill BenterHorse racing bettorMatthew Trenhaile56
Dan OsullivanHorse racing trainerNathan Snow11
Dan OsullivanHorse racing trainerVince Accardi12
RJ BellLas Vegas tipsterIan Epstein, Luke Pergande18
Tony BloomSoccer bettorHarry Findlay25
Tony BrasselHorse racing sectionalsVince Accardi12
Phil BullHorse racing timesRob Waterhouse60

Investments

NameSpecializationRecommenderEp
Contrarian InvestmentsSportsbetting fundChris Connelly10
Elm FundsHedge fundVictor Haghani21
Priomha CapitalSportsbetting fundBrendan Poosts5

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.

NameSpecialityRecommenderEp
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.

TitleRecommenderEp
2 for the MoneyJake Williams, James Canning14
8 Men OutJames Canning14
BookiesJames Canning14
Owning MahownyJake Williams, James Canning14
RoundersChris Connelly10
RoundersBrett Richey59
The GamblerJames Canning14

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.

NameSpecializationRecommenderEp
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 sportsbook solutionsBrendan Poots5
CG TechnologyB2B land based sportsbook solutionsChris Connelly10
CitibetBetting exchangeJulian Gauld58
Colossus BetsTotalizerHarry finnley25
Colossus BetsTotalizerScott Ferguson35
Colossus BetsTotalizerMatthew Trenhaile56
DraftFantasy sportsJosh Lloyd7
DraftFantasy sportsBrett Richey59
DraftstarsFantasy sportsJosh Lloyd7
DraftstarsFantasy sportsNathan Rothschild8
EadgelessCryptocurrencyJames Canning14
Golden Nugget Football ContestLas Vegas sportsbookVegas Matty33
IG IndexSpread bettingMatthew Trenhaile56
Just DiceCryptocurrencyJames Canning14
Lagasse's Stadium at The VenetianLas Vegas SportsbookChristian Pina34
MatchbookBetting exchangeDominic Beirne3
MatchbookBetting exchangeJake Williams18
MatchbookBetting exchangePeter Ling20
MoneyballFantasy sportsJosh Lloyd7
Nitrogen SportsCryptocurrencyWhatle Capper36
Poker StarsPokerJared Tendler62
Prop SwapLas Vegas bet ticket marketIan Epstein, Luke Pergande18
Satoshi DiceCryptocurrencyJames Canning14
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

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

Social networks, forums and communities

Twitter is recommended  and not recommended so much that I did not bother recording them. The consensus is that there is a lot of good gambling resources on Twitter but there is a lot of junk and you have to decide for yourself if the noise is worth the bother.

NameRecommenderEp
Betfair Trading CommunityRyan Carruthers31
Betfair ForumRyan Carruthers31
Punters LoungeAdam Chernoff4
Punting Ace (purchased by Punters Paradise)Anthony Jump43

Software

NameSpecializationRecommenderEp
Bet AngelExchange tradingPeter Webb47
Bet TraderExchange tradingTony Hargraves13
Bookee appMobile sports bettingAdam Chernoff4
Don BestData for sportsbooksChris Connelly10
Football Form LabsSoccer betting dataTony Hargraves13
Gruss SoftwareExchange tradingStewart Davidson42
Microsoft AccessDatabaseAnthony Jump43
Poker TrackerPoker assistantDan Weston28
Ratings 2 WinHorse racingPaul Daily6
Ratings 2 WinHorse racingJohn walter19
Sports InsightsSports odds trackingChris Connelly10
Sports InsightsSports odds trackingJoe Fortenbaugh15
Sports InsightsSports odds trackingRob Pizzola50
The Score Exchange

Websites

NameRecommenderEp
Advanced Football AnalyticsAlok Pattani54
At the RacesCaan Berry53
Basketball MonsterJosh Lloyd7
Betting at BetfairShaun Beirne1
Betting at BetfairBrady Kannon44
Betting at BetfairBen Krahe52
Betting Research UnitLeighton Vaughan Williams55
BitedgeJames Canning14
Blitz PredictBrett Richey59
Caan BerryCaan Berry53
Chalkline SportsDaniel Kustelski24
Code CademyJerry, Kieran61
CoversJoe Fortenbaugh15
CoversIan Epstein, Luke Pergande18
CoversJake Williams38
CoversBrady Kannon44
CoversRob Pizzola50
Daily Racing ForumMatt Bisogno45
Drat ExpressJosh Lloyd7
Elo Rating SystemDan Weston28
Fair Wagering AustraliaRichard Irvine41
Football ContestsVegas Matty33
Football DataJoseph Buchdahl48
Gambling ComplianceRahul Sood23
Horse Racing Bettors ForumScott Ferguson35
Horse Racing Bettors ForumMatt Bisogno45
Jared Tendler: Mental Game CouchJared Tendler62
Kelly criterion WikipediaJerry, Kieran61
Las Vegas Tee TimesBrady Kannon44
Leighton Vaughan Williams BlogLeighton Vaughan Williams55
Magic the GatheringMarco Blume26
Magic the GatheringMatthew Trenhaile56
Marc LambourneMarc Lambourne9
MediumAdam Chernoff4
Nag Nag NagMatt Bisogno45
Nate Silver's 538Jake Williams48
Nate Silver's 538Leighton Vaughan Williams55
Pinnacle Betting ResourcesShaun Beirne1
Pinnacle Betting ResourcesScott Ferguson35
Pinnacle Betting ResourcesJoseph Buchdahl48
PuntRyan Carruthers31
Quant CoachKevin Braig19.5 (bonus)
Quant CoachKevin Braig22
Rob WaterhouseRob Waterhouse60
RotoworldIan Epstein Luke Pergande18
RotoworldChristian Pina34
Secret Betting ClubPeter Ling20
Sloan Sports Analytics ConferenceAlok Pattani54
Sportsbook ReviewBrady Kannon44
Star LizardHarry Findlay25
Tennis AbstractLeighton Vaughan Williams55
Tennis DattaJoseph Buchdahl48
The Hook ReportChristian Pina34
The Sports TraderTony Hargraves13
William T ZiembaWilliam Ziemba29

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