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Review of Sharp Sports Betting

Sharp Sports Betting

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating


Stanford Wong is most widely known for his work at the blackjack tables, but he has also been an avid sports gambler for a number of years. He shares a good deal of his knowledge with readers with special emphasis on the NFL.

The Beginning

Wong's book is probably best for the beginning to intermediate sports gambler, although even those bettors with plenty of experience are likely to find a helpful hint or two.

The first third of the book covers a lot of basic information, such as the different types of bets that are available, such as totals, parlays, and teasers. The information is presented in a way that will benefit newcomers to the sports betting world, but probably won't hold a lot of interest for veteran gamblers.

The Middle

The book begins to pick up in Chapter 9, which is devoted to proposition bets and he uses Super Bowl propositions for demonstrative purposes. Using the work of 19th century mathematician Simeon Denis Poisson as a background, Wong takes the readers through the process of developing an expected probability of a proposition occurring and then comparing to the odds offered. It make take a bit of time, but there will be some instances where proposition bettors can find some solid value. While he used the Super Bowl for a testing ground, the information can be transfered to other sports, as well.

One of the strengths of the book comes in the form of several charts presented that deal with the point spread and a comparison of betting the money line against betting the point spread. Most sports gamblers will find some good information in these chapters.

The End

After giving some pretty good information for all sports bettors in the middle of the book, for some reason Wong reverts back to a lot of information for fairly new bettors at the end, as there are chapters dealing with NFL totals and teasers, along with a chapter that covers the old system of betting against the previous Super Bowl competitors.

The book concludes with some more charts detailing information presented earlier and a glossary of sports betting terms. Not exactly earth-shattering stuff, but again, good for the sports gambling novices.


In the end, I gave the book four stars, as it is good reading for those who the book appears to be aimed at, which is the beginning or intermediate sports bettor.

The book's title is perhaps a bit misleading, as it doesn't cover anything other than football, with the exception of one chapter devoted to some March Madness over/under propositions.

If you're an experienced gambler, there are probably better choices for your money, although you will likely learn a thing or two from the middle section of the book. If you're still fairly new to the sports betting world, the book is solid and informative.

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