Beating The Book with Gill Alexander (podcast)

ESPN College GameDay’s “The Bear”, Chris Fallica joins Gill Alexander to give his thoughts on the College Football Week 1 lines and Games of the Year that catch his eye.  Plus, author of ESPN’s classic segment, “Tale of the Tape”, Nick Bakay stops by for chat and shares a story about running into his childhood idol, the since tarnished OJ Simpson.  Then, host of the Ringer’s NBA Podcast, Chris Vernon, turns the tables on Gill and asks him if and how he’ll hedge his position on the Warriors 16-0 prop. It’s all on Thursday’s Beating The Book (June 9, 2017). 

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This one is super-sized.  Host Gill Alexander first welcomes the founder of Football Outsiders, Aaron Schatz, for analytics based insight to NFL season win totals.  Then, sabermetrician, Basewinner, and Gill break down the most and least profitable money line clubs in baseball (home/road splits), the best and worst run line clubs, the clubs with the biggest difference between their money line and run line performances, the most reliable totals umpires, the best and worst first 5 inning teams in terms of run production and prevention, and the most and least reliable 1st inning clubs as seen through the prism of scoring percentage.  Plus, proprietary betting stats on the best and worst 5 inning clubs and pitchers are included, as are numbers that you won’t find anywhere else on 1st inning pitching performers, all designed to inform your MLB derivative wagers  And finally, ESPN Chalk’s Joe Peta examines MLB Q1 pricing juxtaposed against the MLB season win totals market, on Thursday's Beating The Book (May 25, 2017).


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Host Gill Alexander and Sharp Football Analysis and Sharp Football Stats creator, Warren Sharp, break down strength of schedule for the upcoming NFL season through the prism of both offensive and defensive perspectives.  It’s the antidote to lazy mainstream media analysis of strength of schedule.  Then, Marco D'Angelo of WagerTalk, the Vegas Stats & Information Network’s Vinny Magliulo, ESPN’s Chris Fallica, the Daily Racing Form’s Peter Fornatale, and Southpoint Sportsbook Director and VSiN’s Chris Andrews, break down the second leg of the Triple Crown, on Thursday's Beating The Book (May 18, 2017).

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It’s super-sized.  Ron Flatter of the Vegas Stats & Information Network gives his Kentucky Derby Championship Formula, narrowing the list of potential winners to five horses in the process.  Then, horse racing expert Marco D'Angelo (he who called the Derby win of 30-1 shot Animal Kingdom six years ago) of WagerTalk and VSiN’s Vinny Magliulo break down the race, all culminating with racing aficionado and Southpoint Sportsbook Director Chris Andrews, ESPN’s Chris Fallica (who had Orb in 2013 at 125-1), and Daily Racing Form Podcast Host Peter T. Fornatale dropping in on Host Gill Alexander for this annual extensive Kentucky Derby roundtable preview, isolating the horses in this year's Run for the Roses that form the group on which bets will be made come the first Saturday in May.  Kentucky Oaks picks are included, as well, on Thursday's Beating The Book (May 4, 2017).

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Brent Musburger joins Host Gill Alexander to share stories and perspective from his career in sports broadcasting, including from his days at the NFL Today involving, among others, of course, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder.  Also, Brent details some of his encounters with Howard Cosell, the valuable baseball card(s) he owns, his thoughts on the sports betting landscape, and even insight to that night when Eminem showed up in the ABC College Football booth. Recorded over a span of several weeks in the VSiN studios at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas where both Brent and Gill host shows for the Vegas Stats & Information Network (Sirius Channel 215 XM Channel 204) these exchanges are now provided in podcast form for the very first time, on a special edition of Beating The Book (April 18, 2017).

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Joe Peta, author of "Trading Bases, a Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order” and writer for Chalk at takes a break from his actual job crunching numbers and joins Host Gill Alexander for another in a long line of appearances on the pod, this time with an exclusive preview of his 2017 National League and American League Season win totals best bets.  Then, fantasy baseball geeks (and baseball bettors), it's time.  No one has podcasted more extensively on starting pitching throughout MLB heading into your 2017 fantasy draft or auction than FanGraphs writer and podcast host, Paul Sporer (RotoWire, MLB Network).  He sits down and chats with Host Gill Alexander about some of the most overvalued and undervalued starters in the majors, headed into Opening Day 2017. It's information that directly applies to fantasy, but converts beautifully to betting value, as well.  It's baseball nirvana once again, plus a little bookmaking with MGM Resorts International VP of Race & Sports, Jay Rood, all on Wednesday's Beating The Book (March 29, 2017).

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We've got the madness covered like no one else.  Peter Keating, Senior Writer at ESPN The Magazine, joins Host Gill Alexander and does what he does best, isolating the best Giant Killer candidates in this week's NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament.  Plus, VSiN’s Matt Youmans and Jonathan von Tobel analyze each first round matchup through an ATS prism, while Adam Stanco of the Pac 12 Network gives his thoughts on the 32 teams you should advance to Round 2 in your brackets.  It's our annual March Madness edition on Tuesday's Beating The Book (March 14, 2017).

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And so, it comes to this.  Before the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, enjoy the final NFL MegaPod of the season, replete with game and prop analysis. MGM Resorts International VP of Race & Sports, Jay Rood, joins Host Gill Alexander,'s Marco DAngelo, and Ace to give insight from behind the book on game and props betting behavior, while the panel breaks down the game itself and offers up what it sees as the best value on the board among Super Bowl game-related proposition wagers.  For the non-Vegas bettors, Gill offers thoughts on the most exploitable novelty props on the board, as well.  There's something for everyone, on Tuesday's Beating The Book (January 31, 2017).

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It's the only non-sports betting episode of the calendar year, but for some, it's the most anticipated.  If you're planning a trip to Vegas, let this be your guide.  Host Gill Alexander, Marco D'Angelo, and man about town, Ace, take off their handicapping hats and are joined by Marc Meltzer of and a variety of Vegas websites to discuss the best Steakhouses, Sportsbooks, Nightclubs, and Strip Clubs in Las Vegas.  The Super Bowl's not for awhile.  In the meantime, enjoy a man's guide to Sin City, on Wednesday's Beating The Book (January 25, 2017). 

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Half of the Massey-Peabody Analytics team and ESPN Predictive Analytics expert, as well, Rufus Peabody joins Host Gill Alexander in breaking down both the NFC Title Game (Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons), and the AFC equivalent (Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots).  Of course, WagerTalk's Marco D'Angelo and the sports betting diaspora's Ace are here to give their Vegas perspective, as well.  It's a Championship Round episode of Beating The Book (January 19, 2017). 

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