Bulan: Juni 2019

Kehidupan Liar Terbaik di Dunia NBA Petaruh

Kehidupan Liar Terbaik di Dunia NBA Petaruh

Jika taruhan olahraga bisa entah bagaimana akan disiarkan, Haralabos Voulgaris akan dimulai judi revolusi dengan cara yang sama poker lakukan di awal tahun 2000-an.

Namun, sebuah film tentang hidupnya mungkin melakukan hal yang sama. Sejauh ini, sudah lebih dari layak.

Voulgaris lebih langka dari petaruh yang telah menantang rintangan, secara harfiah, dengan mempertahankan kaya karir bertaruh pada olahraga selama dua dekade sekarang. Kenyataannya adalah bahwa beruntun seperti ini adalah lebih dari sebuah bentuk seni dari keberuntungan. Itu adalah hasil dari kerja keras dan gaya hidup banyak orang akan iri.

Bertindak Satu: Membangun Bankroll

Haralabos Voulgaris, profesional NBA petaruh

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Setelah lulus sma, Voulgaris (yang sering pergi hanya dengan \’Bob\’) meninggalkan asalnya Kanada untuk perjalanan pada tahun kesenjangan. Di antara tujuan nya adalah Las Vegas, di mana ia dan ayahnya pada dasarnya tinggal di Caesars Palace selama dua bulan.

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senior Voulgaris sukses restauranteur dan pengusaha, tetapi juga avid penjudi. Selama ini Bob mulai belajar masa depannya kerajinan, duduk di sportsbook menonton pertandingan NBA sementara ayahnya bermain blackjack.

beberapa tahun kemudian dan keluar dari perguruan tinggi, Bob itu meneliti pramusim peluang untuk memenangkan 1999-2000 Kejuaraan NBA. 6,5-1 peluang untuk Shaq/Kobe Lakers tampak terlalu bagus untuk menjadi kenyataan, meskipun mereka tersingkir di putaran kedua playoff musim sebelumnya.

Jadi, secara alami, Voulgaris menempatkan hidupnya tabungan sebesar $70,000 pada baris. Enam bulan kemudian, ia $500,000 kaya.

Bertindak Dua: Mengasah keahliannya

Setelah menang besar lain jumlah ketika Lakers meraih kemenangan kedua berturut-turut judul, Voulgaris mulai membuat sekitar 350 NBA bertaruh satu musim.

Sering taruhan ini berada di pertama dan kedua setengah total, yang ia mulai memalu setelah menyadari sportsbooks yang menghitung mereka dengan hanya membagi mereka diproyeksikan permainan total dalam setengah (yang tidak akan faktor dalam pelanggaran berat, stop-start sifat NBA keempat).

Voulgaris digambarkan dengan menandatangani NBA bola

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Akhirnya buku-buku tertangkap dan Voulgaris dibutuhkan cara baru untuk mendapatkan kembali tepi nya. Kali ini, ia meminta bantuan dengan menyewa literal pakar matematika dari analisis pekerjaan hedge fund pada tahun 2007. Bersama-sama, mereka mulai membangun model prediksi yang bisa mensimulasikan kemungkinan hasil dari setiap NBA pertarungan ribuan kali.

model Ini, yang memperhitungkan segala sesuatu dari potensi formasi, defensif matchups, kemungkinan hasil untuk setiap bola, dan bahkan pemain perdagangan, mengambil dua tahun untuk sampai ke titik di mana Voulgaris terpercaya.

Dalam kata-katanya sendiri, model “hancur” paruh kedua musim 2009 dan memungkinkan dia untuk meningkatkan taruhan frekuensi hingga 1.000 taruhan per musim.

kadang-Kadang itu berarti bertaruh lebih dari $1 juta dalam satu hari di NBA.

Act Tiga: New Frontiers

Seolah-olah dia tidak sudah, Voulgaris sekarang tinggal kehidupan setiap pro dan amatir olahraga penjudi telah bermimpi.

Selama musim ini, hidupnya berputar di sekitar menonton pertandingan, kadang-kadang sebanyak 80 jam-minggu dan setidaknya bagian dari 90% dari permainan dalam satu musim.

Ketika tidak di depan menara Televisi dan monitor di rumah, lain kali ia menonton secara pribadi, di las Vegas, Monaco, atau di mana pun di dunia dia merasa di.

Seperti yang ia katakan untuk Pokercast, banyak keberhasilan yang dikaitkan dengan, “menonton lebih basket dari manusia lainnya.”

Sebuah tembakan dari Voulgaris selama wawancara tentang NBA taruhan

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dedikasi telah dibayar dalam beberapa cara, di luar hanya rekening bank-nya.

Untuk musim 2009-10 ia mengambil istirahat dari perjudian dan ditandatangani dengan tim NBA sebagai penasihat khusus, berharap itu bisa mengarah untuk mencapai mimpi satu hari menjadi GM. Tapi hanya setelah beberapa (hampir tidak menguntungkan) bulan, Voulgaris kembali ke old gig melanggar bank.

Menurut dia, tim yang ia consulting (dan depan kantor-kantor di mana-mana) hanya tidak siap untuk benar-benar merangkul apa model nya, dan kuantitatif statistik secara keseluruhan, dapat dilakukan.

Voulgaris mengambil bagian dalam live turnamen poker

Gambar Kredit: cardplayer.net

Selain itu taruhan basket, Bob adalah perjudian lainnya hiburan. Pada tahun 2012, ia masuk dalam World Series of Poker adalah salah Satu masalah Besar bagi Penurunan $1 juta buy-in acara, finishing hanya keluar uang.

Di tahun 2017 iterasi dari acara yang sama ia selesai keempat, membawa kemenangan hidup untuk lebih dari $3 juta. Dia juga mengoleksi 11 uang selesai dan dua akhir tabel selesai di World Poker Tour peristiwa.

Voulgaris’ reputasi dan industri mengambil membuatnya banyak dicari diwawancarai, bahkan pernah berbicara di MIT Sloan Olahraga Analytics Konferensi.

Prologue

Voulgaris tahu ia tidak bisa mengalahkan sportsbooks, setidaknya dalam mode ini, selamanya.

taruhan Olahraga selalu menjadi salah satu besar permainan kucing dan tikus antara bandar dan petaruh, mantan menyesuaikan metode mereka segera setelah mereka merasakan terakhir telah menemukan cara untuk mendapatkan konsisten tepi.

Voulgaris anjing duduk di stasiun kerja

Gambar Kredit: billionairegambler.com

Bahkan kembali pada tahun 2013 Bob mengatakan secara terbuka bahwa ia membuat sedikit uang setiap tahun, perlu untuk terus meningkatkan jumlah taruhan untuk mempertahankan margin.

Tetapi bahkan jika kita berada dalam bab terakhir dari apa yang mungkin menjadi yang terbaik di dunia olahraga taruhan berjalan, itu tidak berarti Voulgaris akan berjalan menjauh dari bola basket: tujuan utamanya adalah untuk satu hari memiliki sebuah tim NBA.

tantangan terbesar maka mungkin saja menonton salah satu pertandingan pada satu waktu.

Pokémon GO, Augmented Reality and the Future of Gambling

Pokémon GO, Augmented Reality and the Future of Gambling

Three weeks ago, in New York City, a Vaporeon appeared in Central Park, causing a stampede. A Vaporeon, as we’re sure you know only too well, is a small, blue, semi-aquatic Pokémon, with a fetching white ruff at the base of its neck, three fins on its head and a swishy, mermaid-like tale. It is an extremely rare form of Pokémon, hence the stampede. People weren’t running away from this monster, incidentally, they were trying to capture it.

 

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Pokémon Go gambling
Pokémon Go has bought augmented reality to the masses. (Source: forbes.com)

If you’re perplexed by this opening paragraph it seems you’re one of the few who has somehow failed to notice the global cultural phenomenon that is Pokémon GO. This is an augmented reality “treasure hunt” game that uses a mobile device’s camera and geolocation software to plant Pokémon (short for “pocket monsters”) in the “real world” for enthusiastic gamers to track down and then capture.

Yes, that’s right. An entire generation, it seems, are rushing around chasing imaginary monsters. Whether you think this is glorious, harmless, fun or further evidence that the world has descended into frivolous mass insanity is fairly irrelevant because the Pokémon GO phenomenon is huge, it doesn’t care what you think, and it is not going to go away soon.

Rise of a Monster

Within two days of its release last month, the app had been installed on over five percent of all Android smartphones in America. Four days later, it had become the most popular mobile game in the United States ever, with 21 million active users, eclipsing Candy Crush Saga’s peak of 20 million.

Makers Nintendo and publisher The Pokémon Company are making $1.6 million per day from the US iOS store alone, all from a game that is ostensibly free-to-play. The monetization of Pokémon GO comes from various in-app micro-transactions, enabling you to buy items that will increase the efficiency of your Pokémon hunting and subduing.

While augmented reality has been around for a while, recent developments in mobile internet connectivity and mobile processor speeds have made games like Pokémon GO more viable over the last two years.

AR’s Killer App

All new technologies need a “killer app” to launch it into the gaming stratosphere and augmented reality has found one. Pokémon GO is to AR what Angry Birds was to 2D mobile gaming. And while there has been much talk of virtual reality – augmented reality’s more sophisticated cousin – as VR goggles were made commercially available for the first time this year, the relative expense of VR hardware means it’s probably still a market for the future, five years away, perhaps, from mass adoption.

AR, meanwhile, is here and it’s now. It has been embraced by the masses and all you need to access it is your smartphone.

Millennial Thinking

The gambling industry will be watching the rise of AR intently. The industry has long bemoaned the fact that the so-called millennial generation, reared on Halo and Counter Strike, eschews the traditional gambling games so beloved of their Auntie Beryls and Uncle Franks.

The disinterest young people have for repeatedly pulling levers on slot machines poses an existential crises to the industry, which has busily engaged itself over the past few years in making its games more “millennial-friendly.”

In the US, for example, the states of Nevada and New Jersey have rewritten their gaming laws to permit “variable payouts,” which will pave way for the advent of video-game-slot hybrids on the casino floor. Previously, anybody playing a gambling machine had to be offered the same chance of winning as everyone else. The advent of variable payouts means that, now, players who have mastered a certain video-game-style bonus round, for example, have a better chance of winning.

Growth of Esports

Meanwhile, casinos all over the world are becoming increasingly eager to embrace the esports phenomenon. MGM Resorts, the biggest casino operator on the Vegas Strip, recently announced it would hold the Evolution Championship Series (Evo), at its Mandalay Bay property, and plans more events in the future, as it seeks to entice the elusive millennial demographic through its doors.

Esports, or professional competitive video gaming, will be a $1.9 billion industry by 2018, according to predictions by analysts SuperData, and Las Vegas wants a piece of that pie. More specifically, it wants to figure out how it can encourage people to bet on it.

A large number of esports betting sites have sprung up over the past few years, allowing people to wager on the outcomes of competitive video gaming matches and tournaments as they might on a game of football or baseball. The esports betting industry, some of which is officially licensed and regulated, but much of which isn’t, turned over an estimated $594 million last year, according to esportsbettingreport.com.

Soon, we may well see betting markets spring up around Pokémon GO games, although it remains to be seen how much of a “skill” element there is to it. It’s a new game, after all, and we don’t yet know whether it will produce celebrity Pokémon GO champions – crack Pokémon hunters –a necessary factor for its “bet-ability.”

The success of Pokémon GO has proved, however, there is a huge market for augmented reality gaming, and it will likely spawn hundreds of copycat games, as well as new and more creative ways of using the medium. Online gambling, which, like its land-based counterparts, is already borrowing from aspects of social and video gaming to appeal to younger players, is likely to be in the mix too.

Skin Gambling

The existence of rare Pokémon raises the question of whether Nintendo might launch a trading platform, where such Pokémon can be bought and sold or traded like baseball cards. It’s a potentially lucrative, although risky route, as Valve, maker of the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) and owner of the Steam games platform, found out to its cost recently.

In order to ramp up player engagement in CS: GO, Valve introduced “skins” – decorated designer weapons of varying degrees of rarity that could be bought or sold on the Steam platform.

 

GO skin gambling
Within CS: GO people are betting on skins like these displayed above. (Source: kingpin.net)

Valve wanted to introduce an in-game virtual economy, but slowly, an illicit gambling industry grew up around this digital arms race; third-party sites that used skins like a digital currency, or more accurately, like digital casino chips, with which gamers could wager on lottery-style games or bet on esports matches.

The introduction of skins made CS: GO one of the most popular games of all time. At any given moment, 380,000 people around the world are playing the game. This made the illicit skin betting industry huge. It’s estimated that over 3 million players bet $2.3 billion worth in 2015.

But because much of CS: GO’s global audience are minors, Valve was recently hit with at least two lawsuits accusing it of facilitating and profiting from underage gambling. The company, which had up until that point, kept silent on the skins gambling industry, was forced to deny it profited from the third-party gambling sites. These sites, it said, existed in direct violation of its terms and conditions, as it moved to shut down a multi-billion-dollar gambling industry before any regulator had really been aware of its existence.

Gamblers of the Future     

Technology is changing the way we play games, and gamble, at a breakneck pace and the gambling industry is desperate to keep up with new trends. Augmented and virtual reality will undoubtedly play a part in its future development as games evolve into a necessary mix of social, skill-based and betting game hybrids.

Some casino games are over a hundred years old and the gaming floor is ripe for innovation. The casinos of the future may well be Tron-like virtual reality arenas, where the greatest “cyber athletes” in the world battle one another, while audience members place their bets, strap themselves into their VR headsets and take their seats in the arena.

Or they might be something else entirely. And now, if you’ll excuse us, we have Pokémon to catch!