Sports are arguably some of the most popular forms of entertainment around the world. While most people would only enjoy watching sports, there are some who consider sports as an opportunity to earn more money, as they can bet on a team or a player that gives them the highest chance they to win loads of cash if they win. Among those who bet on sports are the few who often win a lot, and they win plenty of money through strategy and a bit of luck. Their frequent wins in betting events and establishment allowed them to appear in the spotlight, as people tend to ask them for advice or to just know more about their lavish lifestyles. To learn about these elites in the sports gambling industry, let us take a look at each profile of the five most famous sports gamblers.
Billy Walters, whose real name is William T. Walters, is regarded as one of the most successful sports gamblers in Las Vegas, as he was able to have a winning streak that lasted for more than 30 years. Walters was born on July 15, 1946, in a poor rural town in Kentucky. He grew up without his parents, as his biological father died when he was only 18 months old, and his mother walked out of his life and gave him to his grandmother. Thanks to the teachings of her grandmother in life and in business, Walters was able to provide a comfortable life for his family until today by running successful businesses.
However, he also learned how to gamble at the age of 9, and this habitual gambling would eventually lead to his career as a successful sports bettor. He once participated in all types of gambling, but in 1987, he stopped almost all of his gambling habits and only saved sports betting in order to satisfy his desire to gamble. As of 2014, his reported net worth is USD100 million.
Haralabos Voulgaris, better known by his nickname “Bob,” is one of the most prolific NBA sports bettors in the world, as he was able to spend and earn millions by just betting on NBA teams. According to him, he became successful in NBA betting by observing and analyzing the coaching tendencies of three particular coaches, namely Byron Scott (former head coach for the Nets, Hornets, Cavaliers, and Lakers), Eddie Jordan (former head coach for the Kings, Wizards, and 76ers), and Jerry Sloan (former head coach for the Bulls and Jazz).
In addition to being a prolific NBA bettor, he is also a successful poker player, as he has participated in various poker tournaments around the world. Because of his knowledge in basketball when it comes to observation and analysis, the Dallas Mavericks hired him as Director of Quantitative Research and Development in 2018.
Tony the Lizard
Anthony Grant Bloom, who is mostly known by many as Tony the Lizard, is an entrepreneur who is currently the chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, a Premier League football club, and Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, another football club that belongs to the Belgian First Division B. Besides being a chairman for two football clubs, Tony the Lizard is also known as a popular sports bettor because of how much money he spends and earns in the betting industry.
Furthermore, Tony the Lizard has also been a great poker player, as he has been able to have money finishes in several poker tournaments in Australia, London, and even in the World Poker Tour. In addition to his football club ownerships, Tony the Lizard is reportedly also the owner of several sports gambling websites, with some of them allowing players in wagering free bonuses, but because of a non-disclosure agreement, it is unknown which gambling websites he currently owns.
Parlay Patz, whose real name is Benjamin Tucker Patz, became famous for placing ridiculous parlay bets in sports betting establishment, and because of being known for his parley bets, his peers and other sports bettors gave him the nickname “Parlay.” According to Patz, he started sports betting at the age of 18 in 2015, and since then, he has had the luck to win multiple USD1 million bets that allowed him to become one of the most successful sports bettors in the world.
However, aside from being known for his parlay bets, Patz is also infamous for allegedly sending more than 300 death threats to several athletes and their families. After further investigation, it was proven through several transcripts that the death threats he sent are true, thus enabling the judge to sentence him to five years in prison.
Last but not least, we have Jon Price, an American sports gambler and entrepreneur that is known for betting a million dollars on the Super Bowl XLIX and ending up winning despite the impossible odds. Price attributes his luck and strategy in winning sports bets through his Mathematics degree, which he earned after studying at New York University or NYU.
According to Price, there are 22 variables that he takes a look at before betting in sports, but he refused to reveal those variables that he follows. Through those variables, he was able to confidently bet a million dollars on the Super Bowl XLIX, the biggest football game in the United States that is played between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Price betted on the Patriots to win through an “interception at the one,” and true enough, the Patriots did win the Super Bowl using the said tactic or play.
Those are five of the most successful and famous sports bettors in the gambling industry, although most of them have been under the radar in mainstream media despite their popularity amongst sports gamblers. Through the wealth that they earned through sports betting, it could be safe to say that they wouldn’t even need to bet on more games in basketball, football, or any other sport anymore, but because of their passion and their desire to win at all costs, most of them have continued to bet at high stakes.