10 PEOPLE WHO GOT RICH ON SPORTS BETTING

Anyone who loves to place a few bets on the weekend has dreamed of turning their hobby into a full-time job. Even more so, turning betting as a full-time job into making millions of dollars, or even billions! For some people, this dream has turned into a reality and we want to tell you all about them. Over ten weeks, we are compiling a list of ten people who got seriously rich from sports betting!

Bloom is the owner of EPL side Brighton FC.

Bloom is the owner of EPL side Brighton FC.

Week 1: Tony ‘Lizard’ Bloom

Arguably the UK’s most notorious sports bettor, Tony Bloom, is the owner of Starlizard, a company that describes itself as a betting consultancy.

Starlizard is also the sole adviser for Bloom’s betting syndicate who, every weekend, have £1 million riding on any given football game.

This makes Starlizard the biggest betting syndicate in Britain and it is believed they make roughly £100 million a year, but that would be an average year.

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Benham (left) is the owner of Championship side Brentford FC.

Benham (left) is the owner of Championship side Brentford FC.

Week 2: Matthew ‘Moneyball’ Benham

Although Matthew Benham has stated he dislikes the comparison between himself and the movie ‘Moneyball’, let’s be honest, he’s about as close as it gets! 

Benham’s footballing beliefs revolve around KPI’s, statistics and algorithmic philosophy. 

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Bob playing at a Poker event. Credit Jayne Furman.

Bob playing at a Poker event. Credit Jayne Furman.

Week 3: Haralabos ‘Bob’ Voulgaris

From the late 1990’s to the early 2000’s, Haralabos Voulgaris (a.k.a. Bob), made betting look easy, exploiting inaccurate odds on NBA points totals.

For five years, Bob made an absurd amount of money with a winning rate of almost 70% at a point in time. 

He found a flaw in the bookies prices where the total points for the first and second half of NBA games were simply half of the predicated game total.

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