Computer Bets, Bookmaking Confab Topics

Computer wagering and offshore bookmaking are simulcast conference topics.

from the Thoroughbred Racing Associations

Michael Konik, author of The Smart Money: How the World’s Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions, will address the subject of programmed wagering and offshore booking Sept. 29, first day of the International Simulcast Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The simulcast conference, which runs through Oct. 1, will include a session on the simulcast business model with Drew Couto, vice president of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Group and president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, and Chris Scherf, executive vice president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations.

Konik wrote about acting as part of the Brain Trust team, a computer programmed system so successful neither Las Vegas nor offshore bookmakers wanted to take its action. Konik’s role was to open those accounts and place wagers with various bookmaking entities until he was cut off for winning too much.

His presentation will encompass the supremacy of programmed computer wagering and his experience with a large number of offshore bookmakers, both of which have had an impact on horse racing during the current decade.

The simulcast conference is co-sponsored by the TRA and Harness Tracks of America, in association with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association. More information, including the conference registration form, is available at the TRA Web site.