It must have been about five years ago now, I was asked to do a guest spot on a sports handicapping radio show, to talk a little boxing and football. The host was a guy named Tim Trushel, who I had met a couple months earlier when I was an in-studio guest on the show. In this, our second conversation, Tim introduced me as “a man of many hats – a writer, bookmaker, fight reporter, and professional handicapper.”
I told Tim I was uncomfortable with “writer” as it was not something I planned on doing when I came to Vegas to hang around for a couple months and catch some fights. Despite having my columns appear in four or five different magazines that year I didn’t (and still don’t) consider myself a writer. And I said I felt the same way about being called a professional handicapper. It began a discussion on “What is a professional capper?”
I’ve heard it described many ways; here are a few, with opinion added:
Is it someone who quits their job to handicap and bet sports full time?
I don’t think so – I’ve seen too many of them that end up losing their bankroll and returning to the work force.
Is it someone who sells picks for a living?
Nope. I’ve seen too many of them lose, too.
Is it someone who bets sports for a living and has NOT had to return to the work force because he has had a successful year?
Is 1 year enough? Most would say “no” and rightfully so.
So, what is the acceptable time frame of profitable seasons? Ya got me.
Is it a title awarded on tenure, as I see bestowed on many long-time Vegas gamblers?
It is, but it isn’t. There does exist a good ole boys circuit of self-proclaimed “pro cappers” out here, for which membership seems to be nothing more than they have sold picks or been asked by some member of the media – be it print, radio or TV – who they like in a contest.
I didn’t have an answer for what a pro capper was back on that day, and I don’t have one today either. It seems to me that it is very open to interpretation. All I can do is tell you what I am, what I do. I’m an investor. I bet on sports. I have been successful, and for proof all I need is to offer this – I am not stupid. My corporate accomplishments are testament to that fact. I have been wagering on sports for a long time. If I was losing money I would not do it. I am not an addictive person. I have never had a cup of coffee. I have never smoked a cigarette. I started out as a gambler, and learned to be an investor.
I am not self-centered, so I do not say “my way is the right way” as I see many charlatans propose as they pose as pro’s. I only know what works for me, and more importantly – what doesn’t work. It’s knowing what doesn’t work that keeps me in the black.
I’ve just finished my “second sport” season with Sports Memo – basketball season. I only played one NCAA game, because I know it is not my strength; though others can do multiple sports at the same time I find that an undivided focus works well for me. It goes back to what I was saying about knowing what I can’t do.
I finished with a nice profit in my second season – NBA – after making adjustments following my first season – football. I am done with baskets for now, as the way I cap does not lend itself to the playoffs. I may play a couple games, and if I do I will use them at SM, because I post what I play and vice-versa.
But I will not have day to day play anymore. This season is done. A profit has been banked, and more importantly, another season of data has been added to my data banks, and I will use it to win again next year – and to win more.
It is time now to battle the Beast – baseball – and I’m off to a good start, scoring 10-9 rounds in each of the first two weeks ending up with a profit in each week (I treat baseball like a fight, each week being a round, rounds start on
Monday, end on Sunday, the goal being to finish out each 7 day window on the + side).
I’m 11-5 in Green Light plays, with no Fav over -170, and my best dog thus far bringing in +140.
Ride with me, as I follow up a successful NBA campaign by beating up the Beast and kicking bookie ass in MLB, too.
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