Billy Walters’ autobiography, “Gambler: Secrets and techniques from a Life at Danger,” might be launched Tuesday.
We requested Las Vegas oddsmakers, bookmakers, professional bettors and a on line casino proprietor for his or her ideas on Walters, broadly thought-about to be the best sports activities gambler of all time.
Johnny Avello, DraftKings sportsbook director, former Wynn sportsbook director
“I contemplate him to be one of many prime sharpest gamers that you just’ll ever discover.
“He was all the time a really charming man.”
Billy Baxter, Poker Corridor of Famer, Sports activities Playing Corridor of Famer
“Billy Walters, undoubtedly, will not be solely the best gambler ever however essentially the most profitable individual, by miles, that ever was concerned with playing. The world doesn’t actually know however what he did was nearly inconceivable, the place he come from and the place he wound up. It’s fairly wonderful.
“He began with nothing. You’ll be able to’t depend another person’s cash, however I’m fairly certain he’s a billionaire. Not a millionaire. A billionaire.
“He’s the one individual that ever actually beat sports activities. Once I say beat it, destroyed it, over a protracted time frame, 30 to 40 years. No one ever figured it out to today. That’s fairly wonderful in itself as a result of there’s quite a lot of actually sensible those that work on sports activities nowadays.”
Jack Binion, longtime Binion’s Horseshoe proprietor
“If there’s a Mount Rushmore of sports activities playing, there’s just one face on the mountain and that’s Billy Walters. Nobody else is shut.
“Essentially the most wonderful factor is he’s been out in entrance of everyone not only for years, however for greater than three a long time.”
Nick Bogdanovich, Circa sportsbook supervisor, former sportsbook director at Binion’s Horseshoe, William Hill
“He positively gained essentially the most, and he did it below very tough circumstances. Everybody was making an attempt to steal his performs. Attempting to get down what it is advisable in your sport, he grew to become a grasp at that.
“The Pc Group was already in enterprise earlier than he got here round. He bought concerned and took it to new heights.”
Vinny Magliulo, Gaughan Gaming sportsbook director, former Caesars Sportsbook vp
“He’s essentially the most calculating gambler I’ve ever met. He moved extra numbers than the Federal Reserve. And if I’m in a two-man (golf) scramble, I wish to be his associate.
“His analysis is unsurpassed. He has his opinion, and he will get different folks’s revered opinions. I’ve all the time discovered him to be honorable. He was a person of his phrase.”
Rufus Peabody, prime professional sports activities bettor
“With the ability to get that a lot cash down and with the ability to transfer the markets, I’ve a lot respect for his skills to do this. There’s a purpose his title would encourage worry in bookmakers as a lot as he did. He’s a legend.”
Michael “Roxy” Roxborough, oddsmaker, Sports activities Playing Corridor of Famer
“Was he the best handicapper? Most likely not. Was he the best bettor? For sure.
“He may wager extra locations than FedEx may ship to.
“He additionally was capable of conceal his performs. And he may simply cross up (his followers) together with his performs. He may play on one aspect, then he’d know when the road had moved sufficient that he may play again on the opposite aspect. The individuals who moved his cash, they all the time thought they knew precisely what his performs had been. They didn’t know.”
Scotty Schettler, former Stardust sportsbook director, Sports activities Playing Corridor of Famer
“Billy really helped us (on the Stardust). We opened up early within the morning. We had been often the primary. Billy’s guys would are available in and wager, and everyone would comply with him. Three o’clock comes and Billy bets the opposite aspect, so we’re stepping into with Billy. If Billy wins, we win, which we gained very often.
“There have been quite a lot of good bettors, however Billy gained essentially the most cash. He’s up right here (raises hand above head) and everyone else is down right here (lowers hand to abdomen). In case you maintain rating by cash, he gained greater than anyone.”
Jimmy Vaccaro, South Level oddsmaker, Sports activities Playing Corridor of Famer
“I’ve by no means met anybody with a greater opinion than Billy Walters. There’s little question about that.
“You couldn’t meet a nicer individual.”
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