The handicapping business in general, and the sports service (ie pick selling) niche in particular, is littered with unsavory characters. Touts, as they’re unaffectionately called, market their 10,000 star lock and their guaranteed 50 unit parlay bomb of the century everywhere – radio, television, newspapers, magazines, Twitter. You can’t avoid them. And fundamentally, these touts are nothing more than an ugly crossbreed of penny stock promoters and professional wrestlers – equal parts bluster and misrepresentation.
But there¬†are honest services out there. Really, there are. Not a lot of them, but a handful. And one of them is Right Angle Sports (frequently referred to as RAS).
Edward Golden, founder of RAS, started the company in 1996. RAS has never changed names. RAS has never guaranteed a pick. And RAS doesn’t use a boiler room to market their services to potential customers. These facts alone differentiate RAS from 99% of the pick-selling services out there. But even more impressively, RAS has a long-term, transparent, documented track record of winning in college football and college basketball.
What does transparent and documented really mean? Well, it means the services posts their picks on their site just after game time. It means you can find go to their site and find last year’s record. And their record for the year before that and the year before that. If a handicapper shows his last 10 picks, that’s not transparency. Transparency means showing all the picks over a long period of time and RAS does that for college basketball and college football.
Our question and answer session with Edward is below:
WagerMinds (WM): How long have you been involved in sports handicapping (the records on your site go back to 1997)?
Right Angle Sports (RAS): I‚Äôve been handicapping and betting since I was about 15, so 23 years.¬† The RAS service started in 1996, website went up in 1997.
WM: What led you to get involved in the industry?
RAS: My father is a lifelong horseplayer, so I was familiar with gambling at a young age.¬† I was always a big sports fan, so I simply evolved into a sports bettor.
WM: How come you specialize in college basketball and college football and don’t offer services for NFL, NBA or NHL?
RAS: I have always felt there was more edge to be had in the college sports markets, just because of the sheer volume of teams, and much less national media coverage, especially on the smaller conference teams.¬† We have always had a one sport a time philosophy, we even end our CFB service after week 8 to focus only on college basketball.¬† A lot of our handicapping methods are time intensive. We like to watch a lot of game tape and gather as much detailed information on as many teams as possible.¬† ¬†Essentially, we choose to spend our time where we can get the most edge and volume.
WM: What was your worst season? And what was your best?
RAS: Last CBB season certainly comes to mind.¬† We had four hugely successful seasons in a row, and we were as shocked as anyone to have a losing season, dropping -8.60 units.¬† Our best season was CBB the year before that when we finished +61.10 units.
2010-11 College Basketball Results (RAS worst year):
2009-10 College Basketball Results (RAS best year):
WM:¬†What makes your handicapping process distinct and how have you been able to enjoy winning records for such a long period of time?
RAS: We have been able to combine subjective handicapping (informational, situational, talent evaluation, matchups, etc.) at a high level with objective handicapping (statistical models, etc.) at a high level.¬† There are a lot of people who have been successful using just one of the two in the past, but to compete well in today‚Äôs tougher markets you need both.
WM: If you were going to give a new handicapper 2 or 3 golden rules of handicapping, what would they be?
RAS: Target easier, smaller markets, specialize in them, be selective, prove to yourself you can win, then move on to bigger challenges such as higher volume and/or larger markets.¬† Make sure to get a firm understanding of realistic expectations, variance, and money management.¬† Always work hard at getting the best number possible, every ňĚ point matters.
WM:¬†Assuming you have a favorite team, do you have a policy to never bet when that team is involved in a game?
RAS: No favorite team these days.¬† No policy.
WM:¬†As you know, the handicapping industry is filled with many unsavory characters. What people and information sources in the handicapping industry do you trust?
RAS: Difficult to recommend anyone these days, but Dr. Bob (CBB/CFB), Scott Kellen (NFL), and StevieY (poster at BettingTalk) is probably the most consistent multi-sport (free) forum poster out there.
WM: Do you bet your own plays?
WM: Is there a limit to how many clients/subscribers you’ll work with?
RAS: Currently, no, but it is something we have been considering and may have to do at some point.
WM:¬†What is your all-time worst beat?
RAS: One that is hard to forget is the UNLV/Wisconsin power outage game.¬† Had released the Wisconsin side and was basically counting money along with everyone else, changed the channel, and wondered why the clock¬†wasn’t¬†moving on the internet scoreboards for a while.*
Of course, we want to thank Edward for his time. ¬†At Wagerminds, we’re dedicated to honesty and transparency. ¬†So it’s a pleasure have interviewed and featured one of the select few pick-selling services that is universally respected. We’ll also be writing about the untrustworthy touts as we think the industry has done a poor job of outing the frauds. So stay tuned.