Richie B. is the Man with the RIGHT NUMBER
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In case you don’t know me, for years people in Vegas knew Richie B as a kind of linesmaker’s linesmaker - a kind of numerical purist who, when every other sports book in Vegas was posting Ohio State (-7) over Texas, I was saying... “NO! It ought to be Ohio State (-8)!”
I took a position. I didn’t just put up a “betting middle” where I could draw even betting action from both sides. Instead - if I really felt the Buckeyes were stronger than generally thought - I’d put up (-8) or even (-9) and dare the bettors, “Come and get me! Prove me wrong!”
And they couldn’t do it! My house would clean up when heavy hitters like Roger King and Kerry Packer would take up my dare and lay $250,000 on Texas and get killed.
Two years ago - my maiden season as a public handicapper - with a group of private players to join me -
- We went 79-47 for 62.7%.
- In weeks, we went 12-5 (two weeks we lost only on the vig).
- If you bet flat $100 units, you cleared $2,730.
- If you took my recommended units, you made over $10,000.
- And of course, if you rolled your profits over as you went along, you made much, much more.
In his book, “The Odds: One Season, Three Gamblers and the Death of Las Vegas”, Chad Millman said, “Richie Baccellieri is a throwback. His renegade attitude is more Wiseguy than Bookmaker”.
I’ve always said that there’s absolutely no mystery to beating the Las Vegas Spread. It’s only a number. There are those in this business, salesmen mostly, who will tell you it’s tricky and hard to figure... That only a handful of people are really “in the know”. They know stuff you don’t know. Get “inside” word you never hear about and win money you lose.
It doesn’t work that way at all. Beating the spread is a very straight forward proposition. The information is available to anyone who has the time and patience to dig for it and the expertise to know what’s important and what isn’t. If you do your due diligence, look behind the numbers, get a general idea of who can beat who, compare the style of play, visualize the match-ups (man on man, style vs style). Sure it’s work. But hard work is what it takes to succeed at anything.
I spend 80 hours a week at this job. I track games all day long.
That is the real difference between the part time handicapper who’s got a pretty good opinion, which maybe describes you and...
The dedicated full-time obsessed, football-obsessed goggle-eyed-from-watching-too-many-games professional handicapper... which is me.
That’s why you should be with me for the rest of the basketball season and for the entire baseball season. I am on the case all day, every day. So that by the time you get your selections, I have been tracking your games all week-long - from Sunday Night to the moment you log into the web site.
When you’re going to war, you don’t want a guy mumbling, "Aw shucks."
You want a guy shouting at the top of his lungs, "Hey guys - follow me. I know the way!"
Serious players LOVE that kind of exactitude. And win or lose, I started to gain a following. More and more of the sharps and even the heavy hitters started to take notice. And pretty soon the standard question you’d hear when they started talking about a game was... "WHAT DOES RICHIE B SAY?"
Either way, serious players HAD to have a shot at Richie B’s number. It wasn’t the clone lines posted by all the other books. It was MY number. It practically had my signature on it.
This is why Caesar's Palace made me head linesmaker when I was only 27. They knew that despite any ups and downs or one-time flukes, my number would beat everybody and anybody over time.
At Caesar’s Palace, I opened up a special highlimit window for players who wanted to bet more than the regular house limits - a big risk when pro bettors could bet six figures at the drop of a hat. I didn't care! I would ALWAYS come out ahead!
Despite the whims of Lady Luck or the funny bounces, I had the most respected thing in Las Vegas, the thing the pros talked about but almost no one could nail down: The Right Number.