Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Offshore Sports Gambling Empire

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Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2007 - Computers - 254 pages
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The gambler’s high is like a rush; he feels invulnerable. That high lasts, though, only until the next big loss. Such is the story of Steve Budin, who created the first online sports betting company. Under the tutelage of his father, a legendary, old-school Miami bookmaker, and with the help of a cocaine-addicted polygamist, Budin revolutionized the shadowy business of spreads by taking them global. But he also stuck to some tried and true methods, like plying clients with trips to Vegas, hookers, and hardcore drugs. In the end, Budin raked in hundreds of millions of dollars and stood on the verge of a deal worth billions more. He took bookmaking into an automated, virtual worldwide casino that anyone could access, anywhere and at any time. For anyone fascinated by the “wild West” that is internet gambling, here is a rare peek into that exciting, dangerous world.

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With an abundance of clichƒ¯‚¿‚½s and hubris, Budin, a bookmaker and offshore gambling pioneer, tells of his rise and inevitable fall in the world of international gambling. After learning from ... Read full review

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Steve Budinnbsp;was the founder and mastermind behind Sportsbook.com and virtually created the off-shore gaming industry. Indicted for federal crimes, he paid a substantial (seven-figure) fine but never served in prison. He now serves as CEO of Sports Advisers, an online sports analysis company that sells expert analysis to gamblers all over the world.

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