The Difference Between Mutual Funds and Pregame

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RJ Bell, CEO and Founder of Pregame, provided answers to our questions about Pregame’s transparency. In his answer, Bell compared Pregame’s level of disclosure to the mutual fund industry’s disclosure. In his words: I’m proud of the fact that our promotion approach is no different than the typical mutual fund. When a fund outperforms the… Read more »

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RJ Bell, Pregame CEO, Responds to Questions

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Yesterday, we posted six open questions for RJ Bell, the Founder and CEO of Pregame.com. Bell sent us the following written response, which we are publishing it its entirety with no edits. Our original questions are in italics. 1. You’ve written that you’re more transparent than other major pick-sellers but Right Angle Sports, the most… Read more »

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An Open Interview For RJ Bell, Pregame Founder and CEO

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RJ Bell is the most-quoted sports betting personality in the country. He is the Founder and CEO of Pregame.com and the Founder of FreePicksByEmail.com. He’s regularly referenced by many major media companies including Bloomberg, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. And he has a particularly friendly relationship with Colin Cowherd,… Read more »

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The Changing Relationship Between Mainstream Media and Touts

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In 1991, Rick Reilly wrote an outstanding article in Sports Illustrated that exposed a number of pick-sellers as scammers. In the article, titled “1-900-Ripoff,” Reilly captured the tout industry with the opening sentence of the second paragraph: In a world of cheats, cons, grifters, swindlers, carnival barkers and people you would not want to change… Read more »

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Terrible Tout Write-Ups: On Sample Size and Strength of Schedule

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In what will be a recurring feature, we’ll be highlighting particularly terrible tout write-ups. This won’t be an easy task, of course, as there will be a lot of candidates to wade through. But, this initial ‘winner’ is a runaway. Marco D’Angelo is the General Manager of Picks at Pregame.com. In his page on Pregame,… Read more »

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Oddsmaker Adam: A Pick-Seller with a Bad Reputation

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If you’re on Twitter and follow a lot of the sports betting community, you may have bumped into “Oddsmaker Adam.” His LinkedIn profile claims he’s an “Oddsmaker/Odds Compiler” at Paradise Games. A Twitter follower sent us his article exposing much of Oddsmaker Adam’s background. We had been tipped off about Adam’s background before but hadn’t… Read more »

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Kelly In Vegas: Should You Buy Picks From Someone in a Bikini?

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As we all know, the tout industry is filled with fake personalities who make misrepresentations about their skills. It’s like professional wrestling (but far less entertaining and nearly everyone is out of shape). Last month, the star of the tout industry was Steve Stevens (formerly known as Darin Notaro), a convicted telemarketing felon who will… Read more »

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CNBC To Air Primetime Show About Sports Betting Called ‘Money Talks.’ Does it Star a Convicted Felon?

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This September, CNBC will air a one hour show called ‘Money Talks,’ which, according to a press release, is a “docu-soap that follows Steve Stevens, his stable of agents and the clients who risk big dollars in the hope these guys have the expertise to consistently deliver winners. There’s a lot on the line as we… Read more »

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