Friday, July 25, 2014

The Long Con of @RJinVegas: Bet Like A Pro (Part One)


RJ Bell is the founder and CEO of Pregame.com, a sports betting website that includes forums, odds, contests, and picks (both of the free and for purchase varieties). It is one of the most successful sites of its kind, in no small part due to the popularity of Bell, who has accumulated over 80K Twitter followers and established himself as the mainstream media's go-to "expert" for stories involving gambling on sports.

An American success story if there every was one. That's only one side of it, though. In some corners of the internet (including this blog), there is a feeling that Bell has not found his success in a legitimate way. This is the second post in a series detailing the reasoning behind that particular feeling.

When we last left off, RJ Bell was essentially admitting that his touts are not long-term winners, and explaining that yes, he was defending his operation in exactly the same way any scam artist would, but Pregame doesn't have ANY element of a scam, so he is clearly no scam artist.

As good as Bell may be at deflecting and giving non-answers, it's probably not realistic to run a large pick-selling operation without ever being able to claim that any of your touts are long-term winners. Fortunately, about 18 months ago, Bell found a way around this issue. You be the judge regarding whether the following contains "any element of a scam".

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Long Con of @RJinVegas: Defining Value


RJ Bell is the founder and CEO of Pregame.com, a sports betting website that includes forums, odds, contests, and picks (both of the free and for purchase varieties). It is one of the most successful sites of its kind, in no small part due to the popularity of Bell, who has accumulated over 80K Twitter followers and established himself as the mainstream media's go-to "expert" for stories involving gambling on sports.

An American success story if there every was one. That's only one side of it, though. In some corners of the internet (including this blog), there is a feeling that Bell has not found his success in a legitimate way. This is the first post in a series detailing the reasoning behind that particular feeling.

When selling sports betting picks, most touts have a fairly standard approach: they claim that the picks will win. This ranges from stating that a game is lock, to advertising how hot they've been over their past 12 3* releases, to saying they'll win in the long-term. Regardless of how they get there, the idea is the same: they're selling winners.

Certainly, Pregame employs some aspects of this approach. But the weird thing is, its founder and CEO doesn't seem to have ever totally bought in.

Friday, July 18, 2014

This Fortnight in Degen Internet (7/2-7/18)


G.O.A.T. of the Fortnight

The Cleve/LeBron/Lee Jenkins/etc.

W.O.A.T. of the Fortnight

Randall James.

Tweet of the Fortnight

The Rest

The Yankees went HAM in the international signing period.

NBA stars are greedy and selfish, no matter what.

Fezzik released a very shrap 3* MLB BEST BET.

5Dimes is going to start accepting deposits via bitcoin.

Maire's Final Jeopardy wager made one man very sad.

Damn it, Nate.

Deleted Tweet of the Fortnight


Response to a Now Deleted Tweet of the Fortnight

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

This Month in Degen Internet (5/31-7/1)


G.O.A.T. of the Month

Pop.

W.O.A.T. of the Month

That would have to be Adam Kramer, who so kindly explained how lines are set to ~22K people, but doesn't seem to quite get it, or really have any interest in getting it.

Tweets of the Month



The Rest

Pregame's carnival barkers are jumping ship at an impressive rate. Randall is handling it as you'd expect.

John Oliver on net neutrality.

Ruben Amaro got confused.

Friday, May 30, 2014

This Fortnight in Degen Internet (5/17-5/30)


G.O.A.T. of the Fortnight


(via)

W.O.A.T. of the Fortnight

John Schuerholz.

Tweets of the Fortnight

The Rest

Ryan Lambert seems like an excellent analyst with no biases at all.

Darren Rovell Visits The 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Johnny Detroit still owes Groovin $10K.

A Dr. Seuss story about explainer sites.

Friday, May 16, 2014

This Fortnight in Degen Internet (5/3-5/16)


G.O.A.T. of the Fortnight

Adam28. If there are any tweets which IYO should be added to the list of Stitchable Tweets, please send them to me.

W.O.A.T. of the Fortnight

Norman Chad, for his #hot #take on the Phil Ivey "controversy". So pathetic.

Tweets of the Fortnight


The Rest

Goodell's Twitter chat went well. In related news, #nicedrugpolicyASSHOLE.

Fifteen days until the bobblehead day to end all bobblehead days.

#teamAROD.

Roger also had some interesting answers regarding whether he's known of a game being fixed during his association with the NFL.

Carlos Gomez is adapting to his new lifestyle.

The field for The Basketball Tournament has been set. Going to be a popular topic on Twitter on Thursdays, IMO.

Friday, May 2, 2014

This Fortnight in Degen Internet (4/19-5/2)


G.O.A.T. of the Fortnight

Bomani.

W.O.A.T. of the Fortnight

Tood. Not even for anything in particular, just his whole timeline/life.

Tweets of the Fortnight


The Rest

Apparently, one-way media props have a bit of vig?

The Astros are selling PROCESS shirts.

Thought the Rolling Stone piece on the Sports Guy was a bit odd. Seems like the writer hates Simmons/sports/Twitter but can't really come out and say that?

Silver won round one, but seems like Sterling has 300MM reasons to fight and a decent case.