Wednesday, July 18, 2012

NFL Picks Recommended Reading
Most information is now available at your fingertips, but sometimes we need to start with the basics before we branch out.  I'll be the first to say there aren't a lot of great options out there, but there are a few 'must-read' books that most bettors can benefit from.

I've included the best of the rest below, but if you think I've missed one don't hesitate to contact me so I can add it to the list!

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NFL Picks Recommended Reading Conquering RiskConquering Risk: Attacking Vegas and Wall Street
Elihu D. Feustel

Description: The authors present a lucid and comprehensive guide for developing a plan to succeed at sports gambling in an increasingly complex marketplace. Whether you're interested in becoming a winner at sports betting or simply fascinated by the role of risk in our society, 'Conquering Risk' is must reading."

Reader review: "Conquering Risk is nearly unique in offering a thorough explanation of sports betting for beginners, sound psychological and risk management advice and plenty of warnings; while requiring only essential, basic mathematics. On top of that, it's well-written: both clear and precise. This book will do no harm, and will do a lot of good."


Target Audience: Everyone.

NFL Picks Recommended Reading Sharp Sports BettingSharp Sports Betting
Stanford Wong

Description: Sharp Sports Betting explains the logic and math of sports bets, including such exotic bets as parlays, teasers, and props. Lots of NFL data.

Reader review: "Sharp Sports Betting is a good introduction to sports betting for the novice. Its very mathematical tone and in-depth instruction on calculating probability make it useful for the intermediate bettor, as well. The author's passion for applying statistics to sports, in the spirit of a card player, may result in some fresh ideas for the experienced handicapper also. "


Target Audience: Beginner/Intermediate.


NFL Picks Recommended Reading Weighing the OddsWeighing the Odds in Sports Betting
King Yao

Description: Sports betting can be attacked intelligently. Smart sports bettors do not gamble the same way as tourists play roulette or retirees play the slot machines. Instead, smart sports bettors are making bets that they have thought through carefully with supporting logic and/or research. The purpose of this book is to give you tools to succeed at sports betting, to show you how to evaluate, compare and view sports betting from an analytical perspective, not from a gambling perspective.

Reader review: "If you have never bet on sports, and are wondering what type of work must be done to have a chance, this is the best introductory text on sports betting I have read."


Target Audience: Beginner/Intermediate.