GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Gadoon “Spanky” Kyrollos, Founder, Betbash

As it turns out, professional gamblers no longer wear ten-gallon hats with bandoliers slung across each shoulder and pistols and aces hidden in various places. Some, like pro bettor and BetBash organizer Gadoon “Spanky” Kyrollos (l.), prefer hoodies and sneakers.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Gadoon “Spanky” Kyrollos, Founder, Betbash

The life of a professional gambler can be very complicated now that sport betting is legal in the U.S. Once a sportsbook or online casino ID’s a “sharp” bettor, they impose rules and limits that make it impossible for the sharp bettor to win any substantial amount on their platforms. Spanky, a sharp bettor who escaped a job on Wall Street, has a team of analysts that look at all contests and decide which ones are beatable. Spanky’s clients get their recommendations and Spanky decides on the bets he will place but it’s mostly offshore books that accept his action. Spanky also runs a conference on sports betting, this year being held at Circa in Las Vegas on August 8-12. This year they will honor the first inductees to the Sports Betting Hall of Fame. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his home in New Jersey in June.

GGB Podcast sponsored by Pavilion Payments.

Articles by Author: Frank Legato

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the humor book How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and a coffee table book on Atlantic City, Atlantic City: In Living Color.