Books to get you ready for football

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As summer winds down and football season is on everyone’s mind, it’s never too late to pick up a book and find some time to read.

There’s no lack of tomes when it comes to football and betting. Whether you’re casual bettor, a professional gambler or even if you have never placed a bet, the sports gaming industry is a facinating one.

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Writing a book is never easy. It’s a long, drawn-out process and financially, most authors don’t get rich. But they do it out of love and passion for their subject. Here are four books that you might want to consider obtaining and broadening your horizons when it comes to football and sports betting. All are available online through Amazon.

“Then One Day … 40 years of bookmaking in Nevada,” Chris Andrews (Huntington Press) $14.42.

Andrews, the sports book director at the South Point, tells some great tales about his side of the counter and explains the philosophies behind the oddsmakers’ job. He gives the reader a keen insight into his world and gives you a better appreciation of the challenges that come with being a legal bookie in 2019.

“My world specifically is a very exclusive club,” Andrews said. “How many sportsbook operators were there in the state of Nevada when I started writing this two years ago? Only a few of us lived through it and you don’t realize all the things we went through to get to where we are.”

The book is currently in its second printing and Andrews said pulling back the curtain on his industry was worth the effort.

“I’m glad I was able to connect with a lot of people and tell my story,” he said.

“The Logic of Sports Betting,” Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow, $17.99.

Miller, a Poker pro and sports bettor, had pivoted to fantasy sports four years ago. And while this book may or may not help with your fantasy draft, it will give you some insights as to the proliferation of sports betting across the country.

“We wanted to lift the education of people about the industry,” Miller said. “I see a lot of misconceptions and faulty logic about sports betting. I wanted to point people in the right direction.”

With the rise of analytics in the sports betting world, Miller and Davidow, who have started their own company, Deck Prism Sports, devoted to real-time odds, explains what the oddsmakers look for in setting the lines and what goes into those decisions.

“There are so many people who are new to sports betting and as it grows all over the country, we wanted to explain what really goes on in the books,” Miller said.

“Sports Betting for Winners: Tips and tales from the new world of sports betting,” Rob Miech (Kensington Publishing), $16.95.

Miech, a former sports writer for the Las Vegas Sun, had spent the last year following gamblers around Las Vegas, talking to oddsmakers, watching the daily yin and yang of the business. It all comes together beautifully in this, his fourth published book.

“I saw this as a great opportunity to write about what happens on both sides of the counter,” Miech said. “I tried to dig into the machinations of the business and express it in very human terms.”

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Miech tapped into the expertise of industry bigwigs, including Roxy Roxborough, Dave Cokin, Matt Youmans, Paul Stone and Kelly Stewart who told great stories and explained the process of going head-to-head with the Vegas bookies.

“In researching this book, I found that there was a lot of vague and outdated information,” he said. “I was hoping to hear stuff I didn’t know, and I did.”

The book is due out in October and Miech will have a book signing from noon-3 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Henderson.

“Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield,” Bruce Kebric, Jon Kingdon and Steve Corkran (Rather Be Feared Publishing), $27.95.

With the Raiders headed to Las Vegas a year from now, what better way to educate the next generation of fans of the Silver and Black than with an unfiltered look at the Godfather?

But the beauty of this book is you don’t have to be a Raiders fan to understand and appreciate Al Davis. He had a fascinating football life and Kebric and Kingdon were there for a good portion of it while working for the Raiders. Their first-hand insights are entertaining and interesting and Corkran, who covered the Raiders while working in the Bay Area, does a masterful job of weaving all the stories together.

If you are a Raiders fan, this is a must-read. And if you hate the Raiders, it’s worth reading just to understand the psyche of why you do hate them.

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About the Author

Steve Carp

Steve Carp is a six-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year. A 30-year veteran of the Las Vegas sports journalism scene, he covered the Vegas Golden Knights for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2015-2018.

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