BetBash 2 brings bookmakers and punters together in Las Vegas
Spanky and Captain Jack Andrews at Bet Bash 2
LAS VEGAS – Three thousand meetings in one room in less than two hours. That’s what happened Saturday morning here at Bet Bash 2, a gathering of professional bettors, bookmakers, data scientists, digital product specialists and entrepreneurs, designed to do just that: bring people together of the sports betting community to build new relationships, exchange ideas and reconnect with old acquaintances.
Saturday’s Speed Networking at D Casino & Hotel brought together approximately 200 industry professionals paired up for 15 seven-minute one-on-one meetings. This was truly the essence of the four-day Bet Bash, the second iteration of an event designed by professional sports bettor Gadoon “Spanky” Kyrollos. Spanky believes in improving the sports betting ecosystem and improving the sometimes contentious relationship between bookmaker and bettor.
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— BetBash (@bet_bash) April 2, 2022
The original Bet Bash took place last August in Jersey City on a much smaller scale. BetBash 2 is full of opportunities for networking, learning and even letting go and having fun.
Here’s what else it has to offer.
Friday night recording
Attendees checked in Friday night at D’s Bar Canada, taking in the NBA and NHL action over a few cocktails and, of course, sweating a few bets.
Among those spotted in the crowd: South Point sporting director Chris Andrews, pro bettors Captain Jack Andrews, Rufus Peabody, Rob Pizzola and Jason Winegarner, Matt Buchalter of +EV Analysis fame, a Play Up sportsbook team led by vice president of product Joe Rodgers and new head of betting industry analyst Rex Beyers Alphonse Straffonand Sports Betting Hall of Famer Joe Brennan.
Sports Betting Science Seminar
After Speed Networking on Saturday, Professors Harry Crane and Philip Maymin and Buchalter, an insurance actuary who applies his mathematical expertise to sports betting, led a breakout seminar on the science of sports betting. Attendees learned concepts such as how to find value in alternate lines, when it’s worth trying to “make the middle” of a point spread, and how long it takes a quantitative handicapper to find a statistical advantage.
High-level stuff that goes beyond the thought process of a typical casual gamer. The 30 or so students in the class are trying to become better sports bettors, even forgoing the first half of the Villanova-Kansas semifinal in their effort to improve.
The seminar was just a taste of the Masters of Sports Betting program offered by Crane, Maymin and Buchalter. At the end of Saturday’s class, Crane announced the launch of the Journal of Sports Betting which will be edited and published by Researchers.One, which Crane describes on its website as “a decentralized research platform for review by peer review, scholarly publishing, community building and research”. dissemination.”
Final Four Watch Party at the swimming stadium
BetBash attendees gathered at the Circa Resort & Casino swim stadium, an outdoor sports betting experience that has to be seen to be believed, to soak up the sun, maybe take a dip, have a few cocktails and watch the Jayhawks cover the 4-point gap against the Wildcats, then North Carolina’s anger against rival Duke.
Legendary bookmakers Roxy Roxborough, Richie Baccellieri and Adam Bjorn, and ESPN’s Doug Kezirian were among the crowd.
— Steve Nebraska (@Stevenebraska_) April 3, 2022
Sunday features a series of expert panels at The D. Topics:
- Ethics in sports betting
- The art of the book
- Stardust Memories (Stardust was the Las Vegas casino that really started the city’s sports betting culture)
- The art of sports betting
There are additional seminars on horse racing betting analysis and blackjack, and on Sunday evenings there is a cocktail party at Circa’s rooftop Legacy Club.
The Bookie Bettor Breakfast takes place on Monday mornings, with tables featuring professional sports bettors, gambling experts and bookmakers. Then there’s another meetup at the Mega Bar at Circa and a poker seminar, and the festivities culminate with a Championship Game Watch Party at Circa Sportsbook.
More on this fantastic industry event later.