Monthly Archives: April 2010

Are Bookies More Ethical and Smarter Than Goldman Sachs?

Ideally, large investment banks are like bookmakers. Sportsbooks set up a fair wager that will attract bettors. They set the line to attract equal action on both sides. As the wager starts to attract bettors, the line readjusts to make sure the action is balanced. If a sportsbook still ends up having unbalanced action, it […]

Frugal Detective Work

Billionaire Andy Beal beat Ted Forrest (and the corporation) out of $10 million in a poker game at the Wynn. Right after the victory, I overheard Beal confirming his travel plans with Beal Bank VP, Craig Singer. Towards the end of the call, he added, “And see if they’ll bump us up to first class.” […]