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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 follow the gamblers who wager a few thousand each week to the whales who routinely make six-figure bets.”

Who is Steve Stevens? He’s a “well-known” handicapper who runs VIP Sports in Las Vegas. Ever heard of him? Don’t feel bad, neither have we.

Stevens has a website where he touts himself and his sports-picking ability. On the front page of that site is the following video (NSFW language):

Now, we’ve covered the sports betting industry for years and we’ve never heard of the “well-known” handicapper Steve Stevens. But, after watching his introductory video, we can confirm the following: Steve Stevens is a phony who runs an old-fashioned boiler room pick-selling operation. He claims he picks games at a “70-69%, year in, year out.” Then his video kindly corrects his off-the-cuff remarks and points out he actually hits at a 71.5% rate. The actual odds of someone like Stevens hitting at 70% against the spread over an extended period of time? Approximately one trillion to 1.

Since we had never heard of Steve Stevens – or his company “VIP Sports Las Vegas” – we did some basic internet research. And we found some interesting things. It turns out that the domain name of Stevens’s tout operation was registered just eight months ago and it’s registered to a man named Darin Notaro.

Who is Darin Notaro?

Well, there’s a Darin Notaro in Las Vegas who was on probation for six federal felony counts of telemarketing fraud by wire when he was arrested for his role in a 1999 telemarketing scam that bilked elderly victims out of more than $234,000. Notaro was ordered to pay back $12,230 and sentenced to one year in jail. At the time of that arrest, Notaro was 25 years old. Two years later, at age 27, Notaro was arrested for another telemarketing scam where, again, he targeted elderly people. Oh, and Notaro, who has at least one confirmed alias of Darin Sasser, was arrested for a previous telemarketing scam at the age of 24.

Notaro isn’t just tied to VIP Sports Las Vegas and ‘Steve Stevens’ by the domain registration, though. Notaro is listed as the only principal of Executive VIP Services International. According to company filings, Executive VIP Services International is located at 4004 Schiff Drive in Las Vegas. That’s the same address where VIP Sports Las Vegas is located. And it’s the address pictured in Stevens’s introductory video on his tout website.

Here’s a look at the office featured in the trailer for “Money Talks” and Google street view of 4004 Schiff Drive (the office tied to Darin Notaro):

According to state filings, Darin Notaro is the President,  Secretary and Treasurer of Executive VIP Services International.

 

It appears Darin is also the company’s best salesperson. Here’s a photo of the sales board at VIPSportsLasVegas and, what do you know, Darin is the #1 seller for the week.

So, has convicted telemarketing scammer Darin Notaro simply adopted the alias Steven Stevens and is he the man pictured in the video on VIPSportsLasVegas.com? It sure seems that way.

But wait, there’s more. It turns out the Darin Notaro who is now going by ‘Steve Stevens’ is a friend of Floyd Mayweather.

Here’s an image from Floyd Mayweather’s ’30 Days in May’ documentary where Darin Notaro is described as a ‘friend’ of Floyd Mayweather and a ‘local businessman.’

In the “30 Days For May”, Notaro points out that his 4004 Schiff Drive office is right next door to Mayweather’s gym. Here’s Notaro referencing the 4004 Schiff drive office as his own (can’t host video, but full version with sound can be seen here, just skip to minute 17):

 

Left Turn Productions, one of the production companies that is developing ‘Money Talks,’ is the same production company that made ’30 Days in May,’ a documentary about Floyd Mayweather.

But that’s not all.

It appears that Floyd Mayweather and Darin Notaro have had a previous business relationship. According to this 2005 Sun Sentinel article, Darin Notaro was identified as the manager of Mayweather’s Philthy Rich Record label.

On Friday, 12 people from Philthy Rich Records led by junior welterweight boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. checked into the hotel a day later than expected. The group, in town for Sunday’s MTV video music awards, said Hurricane Katrina wasn’t getting them down.

“The weather wouldn’t stop us from coming again,” said the group’s manager Darin Notaro. “We’ve got business here and we love the sand.”

Now let’s recap where we are: CNBC issued a press release boasting that it will air an hour long show about sports betting that will center around a Las Vegas-based tout. This tout has no verifiable track record at picking games. This tout’s company is owned and operated by a man named Darin Notaro.  There’s a Las Vegas-based Darin Notaro who has been arrested multiple times for telemarketing scams. The CNBC show is being produced by Left Turn Productions, a film production company that previously worked with Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather seems to have a long-standing business relationship with the same Darin Notaro who is now using the alias Steve Stevens to sell picks.

We  have not been able to locate a mugshot for the convicted felon Darin Notaro so we can’t definitely conclude that it’s the same Darin Notaro as the one posing as Steve Stevens. But, in just a few hours, we were able to raise all sorts of questions about ‘Steve Stevens’ and his boiler room tout operation.

Do you think CNBC – or any of the production companies involved – did any background check on “Steve Stevens” or his pick-selling company? It seems the answer is no.

We reached out to CNBC and Left Turn Productions for comment and neither responded.

 

 

 

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

  1. Todd

    Thank you for your interest in our show/series, Money Talks. Pilot airs Sept 10th – and actually, it’s Turn Left Production, not left turn.

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    • Larry

      No one has “interest” in your garbage show. The only interest is in finding out how a reputable station (cough, cough) like CNBC could possibly air something so fake and full of lies. Why do you have to stoop to the depths of seemingly the rest of the God-awful networks that air such drivel?

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      • Todd

        Larry – you haven’t seen the pilot, therefore, your comments are ill-informed. watch the pilot, don’t watch the pilot, don’t care, but you can’t pass judgement on something you haven’t seen. everyone knows who steve stevens is, especially CNBC – no TV deal would have been done without legal on board. CNBC PRIME is their entertainment side – this show is pure entertainment.

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  2. Hugh G. Rection

    Thanks for having zero integrity, Todd.

    Your show will obviously be worthless.

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    • Todd

      watch the pilot and then call me out – express your opinion. until then, as i commented to Larry above, your judgement is ill-adviced.

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  3. Steve Stevens

    this is the real Steve Stevens you guys are a f****** joke I’m over here trying to blow up our industry we’re not supposed to hate on each other you eediot broke sorry mother f*****this business about sales you can have all the Wii games in the world of you have no one to give them to your games don’t mean nothing that’s why you’re on the f****** internet you broke f***my show is going on the air no matter what you say you silly mother f****** dork

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  4. Steve Stevens

    wait till my show drops on september 10th I’ve been advised not to talk to you you wrote articles and no one responded you guys are nobody I’d be jealous too if somebody had a show on CNBC on the Business Channel who’s about to make millions and millions of dollars either get a board or get out of the f****** way

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  5. Steve Stevens

    my past I have nothing to do with it I paid my price for what I did 15 years ago don’t confuse it with my millions of dollars on making the sports industry from winning games Wayne roots upset about my show what they’re doing a show about a feeling business will call Wayne really f****** idiot

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  6. Steve Stevens

    and when I find you you little f****** f***** the guy that says you’re going to make sure my show never hits the air I’ll put my dick in your mouth and bet you $1,000,000 it hits the air you f****** moron suck a dick you hater

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  7. alex

    as a former salesman for VIP sports I can answer everybody that this company is a complete scam. Don’t watch the show, don’t call their number and absolutely do not send them money. Darin, Steve or whatever name he is using is a complete fraud.

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  8. Lesh

    Something tells me that CNBC ends up exposing that Steve Stevens is fraud; as opposed to supporting/touting his business. Just a thought.

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  9. Barron Maestro

    Just watched the show on CNBC and found it very interesting. Of course VIP is a scam as any such business would be. They are no different than a stock tout.

    I don’t think anyone has found the secret to predicting the future yet. Certainly not an individual who was a serial granny scammer.

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  10. alfonso albano

    Everybody makes mistakes in life and if he did he pay the price i like the show good for him

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  11. gary Olshan

    I am President of the respected Gold Sheet, which has been published since 1957. The show about this bozo was pure garbage and an embarrassment for CNBC> It was all about the glamour, glitz and superficiality of Las Vegas. Been done before, too many time.s There was no evidence that this putz, Steve Stevens, who has a felony conviction, knows anything about sports handicapping. You will get no ratings for this trash. It was insufferable, and I won’t watch the second episode, and neither will anybody else…with a brain.

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  12. Game Changer

    Steve, don’t get bothered by all the haters. They are just looking to be heard and want to get you to expose a nasty side of yourself. Dont give them the satisfaction. Take the high road. Do what you do and just keep picking mf winners!

    I know the biz well. Its a marathon, not a race. It the long run, if you stick to the program, you will come out ahead. Just like a stock broker advising clients on stocks, you advise clients on games. Not every stock nor every game is going to win… but if you have the knowledge and management skills, you will end up profitable at the end of the day…. print it! That is what your sales guys should be pitching to clients! Swag

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  13. Mike

    I watched the show last night, and as long as there is nothing illegal, then its a profile on an entrepuener. I don’t bet on games, but its an interesting insight to that world. I’m sure there are plenty of characters out there with questionable pasts (Wall Street brokers???) that are making a lot of money. Like I said, as long as they are not breaking any laws, then its pure entertainment.

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