We’ve all heard about sharps, wise guys, professional gamblers, syndicates and betting groups. Perhaps the most famous sports betting group was the “original” Computer Group. Over 20 years ago, the famous – or should we say “infamous” – Computer Group changed the face of the sports betting world. Many of the Computer Group’s members made unreal amounts of money. Several made millions (indeed, at least one eventually earned a fortune estimated to be in the hundred-million-dollar range!). In this article, we’ll take a look at the Computer Group’s story and see what we can learn. Daftar Situs Judi Online Resmi
Can sportsbooks be beaten? Yes. Is success more difficult today? Most definitely yes (tougher lines), although in some ways, no (more Low-Vig or Reduced Juice Books; more competition amongst books Shop for the Best Line). Can SportsInsights.com’s tools be used to achieve success and track sharps? Happily, yes. First, let’s “go to the videotape” and see what we can learn from the Computer Group’s story.
The Computer Group: Early History
Twenty years ago, computers and computing power were not as readily available as they are today. Backtrack even further – into the 1970’s – and computers were even scarcer. Enter our first character, the “computer dude /mathematician.”
The year is 1972. Our statman studied stats for his softball team at work. He wondered, “What made teams better than others?” Later, he saw more value (dollar signs!) in other areas – and turned his interest to writing computer programs for college football. What stats were most important to the outcome? How often did certain factors help to beat the spread? It always pays to be ahead of your time – but this computer dude was THE pioneer in studying everything from: number of first downs, home field advantage, common opponents, etc. Some say that the distance a visiting team traveled to a game was a factor. Amazing…
Fast-forward to 1979 where, seven years later, our mathematician moved to Las Vegas. As usual, there were bumps along the way and this was NOT the “happily ever after” ending that you might expect. Our computer dude saw that sports investing was hard work – and included everything from inputting data, to getting bets down at good prices, to suffering the ups and downs of the business and especially the responsibility of knowing this was his livelihood. The ups and downs of the business were particularly difficult for our mathematician.
The Computer Group: Success
In 1980, our statman partnered with a doctor. The moral support of a partner was key to turning things around – as was sharing some of the responsibilities. The doctor had not been successful in his own handicapping – but was toying around with the idea of forecasting baseball games with a computer. The doctor and computer dude hit it off. The doctor took over the responsibilities of getting the bets down – leaving the mathematician to focus on the computer results. The doctor was a wizard at moving large amounts of money around and getting bets down.
The mathematician (now, with his brother) was happily updating the computer and generating good results. In 1980, the computer researcher and doctor shared about $100,000 in profits. In addition, the doctor was growing a network of people to help get bets down. The doctor eventually had a network of an estimated 1,000 people who used the information. This network included people in almost every state around the country and was used to get money down fast and to find the best lines.