10 Awesome Sports Betting Podcasts Worth Your TimeBy Brett Smiley | Published: March 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm
There’s dozens of sports betting podcasts out there to enjoy whenever you’ve got the time. The only problem is, some programs aren’t worth any of your time. To each his own: some like humor, some like all-22 breakdowns, some like trends, or some combination. The seven podcasts listed below represent the SportsHandle crew’s favorites and recommendations for your valuable time. Some are new, others long-running. Here they are in no particular order:
Sports Handle’s 9 Favorite Sports Betting Podcasts You Ought to Try — for Lessons or a Laugh
— Bet The Board (@BetTheBoardPod) October 9, 2017
Payne is the professional bettor and Fuhrman is the media guy/interviewer/former Las Vegas oddsmaker. Together they bring a ton of valuable insight covering match-ups, personnel, injuries, situations (macro and micro), coaching, line movement, sharp and square positions and more. They deliver the goods (about an hour apiece) on Monday (ahead of MNF) and on Thursday (prior to TNF) looking at the upcoming Sunday action. (They also produce college football podcasts and record for special events like Mayweather-McGregor.) Be advised: they don’t force action or drive anyone toward a side. It’s all about analysis and understanding the market. They’ve developed a great rapport and a loyal, growing following that’s much deserved based on the consistent quality of their podcasts.
From the ever-growing The Action Network, “The Buffet with Chad and Scooch” takes a deep dive into he sports betting world with game breakdowns for most major sporting events, and examines old-school Las Vegas codes. The pod debuted in October 2017 with Action’s head of media Chad Millman (a former ESPN-er) at the helm and his bookmaker buddy Scooch riding shotgun. They bring a rotating range of solid guests such as ESPN’s Ryan Russilo and Stanford Steve, and most recently, NBA die-hard Rob Perez, better known as “World Wide Wob” on Twitter, who co-hosts “Buckets.” If you dig breakdowns including coverage of public versus pro action, plus betting stories from some premier talent, tune in weekly. (On iTunes here.)
Cousin Sal from Jimmy Kimmel Live has been focused on sports betting for years. Whether it’s guessing the lines for the last 11 years with Bill Simmons or giving out his top three picks on SportsCenter, Cousin Sal loves to gamble. Since the end of April, he’s had his own podcast on the Ringer Podcast Network where he and his high school friends (“The Degenerate Trifecta”) invent lines on things they’d like to wager on, and discuss actual lines available at sportsbooks. Sal will also occasionally bring on experts to talk about prop bets for specific events, such as Max Kellerman to talk fight props for the Mayweather vs. McGregor bout. It’s great show for the bettor who wants a laugh — and some memories — along with the betting talk.
4. ‘Beating the Book’ by Gill Alexander
Consistently cracking the Top 100 Sports Category chart on iTunes, “Beating the Book” host Gill Alexander covers a wide range of sports betting topics from the NFL, golf, college football to Alexander’s favorite, Major League Baseball. What drives him? Helping sports bettors get better at their craft. (Pod also here for non-iTuners.)
Also a host on Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN), Alexander is regarded as an innovator for his use of sabermetrics in MLB handicapping. He provides an in-depth statistical analysis of sport betting competitions and gives his advanced unique betting strategies. If you want to number crunch and make informed wagers, tune in.
5) ‘Behind the Bets’ by ESPN Chalk
Brought to you by ESPN Chalk and hosted by Ben Fawkes, Doug Kezirian, Stanford Steve, and Chris “the Bear” Fallica, this crew explores the culture of sports gambling in “Behind the Bets”. They take a wide view of what’s happening in the sports betting world, covering events such as football to horse racing and everything in between. They’re some of the best in the business with varying areas of expertise and consistently quality guests. Come for good sports betting culture conversation an stay for breakdowns of marquee matchups and events in the sports betting world. (Also on iTunes.)
Brought to you weekly on Thursdays by Pregame.com’s RJ Bell (@RJinVegas), a well-known voice in sports betting media who’s appeared on ESPN. Bell brings in his “Wiseguy Roundtable,” typically with two solid guests, among them pro bettors Steve Fezzik, Ken Thomson, Brad Powers, and Vice President at CG Technology Matthew Holt for the behind-the-counter perspective. They whip around the horn and everyone gives solid nuggets and trends (if you’re into trends, some don’t have predictive value) and X’s and O’s analysis. And Bell and the Wiseguys are on top of what’s happening in Vegas.
Here we have Fezzik again with former NFL lineman-turned-media pro Ross Tucker — the guy who makes this podcast unique. He brings great insight based on his experience on the field and in the locker room; He can evaluate X’s and O’s matchups and has a good sense of the emotional toll of certain games, or of situations and travel. Tucker and Fezzik also grade their previous week’s picks and best bets (consensus) — a good way to keep honest and learn from misjudgments. The two have been going strong three or four years. This is a great option for those of you pressed for time: it’s a quick listen at about 25 minutes a pop.
8) ‘BangTheBook’ with Adam Burke
We like BangTheBook because it’s like the US Postal Service: Delivered every day. Every weekday at least. Host Adam Burke consistently brings in a good guests — professional handicappers, bettors and sports writers — and they discuss their analysis and opinions and how they’re formulated. In addition to NFL action they cover MLB, NBA, college football and hoops. Burke might be the hardest working man in sports betting podcasting — every day, every week he’s grinding.
Barstool needs no introduction. The flagship podcast Pardon My Take shot up the chart to #1 on iTunes shortly after inception and has hung around up near the top 30. The betting-focused Barstool Pick Em is similar fare. The show combines Barstool Big Cat, Stool Presidente (Dave Portnoy) and others from the Barstool cast to make their weekly picks (college football and NFL) in comical fashion. If you’re a Stoolie, or like sports betting, or laughing, or two out of three, this is a good listen for you.
He’s one of the most insane men in the history of America, and the inspiration for Al Pacino’s character in the movie Two for the Money. One of the godfathers of sports touts, Stu Feiner is an amazing storyteller and his energy is ridiculous. We don’t listen for his picks, we listen for his stories. He barely breathes for the length of his podcast and half the time he may just be talking to hear himself, which is well worth a listen.
Self-serving, bonus entry:
Check out SportsHandle’s “The Hedge — Why I Gamble, With Jimmy Shapiro.” Former sports radio host Jimmy Shapiro talks with sports gambling enthusiasts from around the world of sports about their passion for sports betting. You can also listen on iTunes right here.
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