Here at BangTheBook.com, we’re committed to giving you the most comprehensive sports betting website on the internet. We have no shortage of Expert Handicappers with winning track records offering picks and packages for purchase, as well as daily free sports picks. Our writers supply game previews on a daily basis with free plays and analysis that you cannot get anywhere else. We write about betting tips, trends, and the futures market. Our forums are filled with knowledgeable posters and handicappers with varying levels of experience and success. Plans are in the works to add even more helpful tools to our readers and clients and make BangTheBook.com a one-stop shop for the sports betting enthusiast.
We’re happy with what we have accomplished so far and want to continue improving and getting better. One way we can do that is to establish our credibility and establish the character of the people that work for us. With that, we’ve decided to institute a new weekly article series to Meet The Handicappers. Our handicappers work tirelessly to perfect a craft that a small percentage of people can turn a profit with over a long-term basis. Why do they do it? How do they do it? How can you become a better handicapper? What is the hardest part about this lifestyle?
We know that the “touting” industry has its hardships. Some bad apples spoil the whole bunch by losing clients a lot of money or by giving the industry a bad reputation through their actions and candor. We’re proud of the group that we have here at BangTheBook.com and we felt that it was important to give our readers and clients a chance to get know them better. Our Expert Handicappers welcomed the chance to share their knowledge, successes, failures, and even stories on how they turned a hobby into a profession.
Over the last several weeks, we’ve focused on Kyle Hunter, Chase Diamond, Tony George, Sean Higgs, and Joseph D’Amico. This week, we focus on somebody who is an amateur handicapper, but has a different perspective on the industry. Cole Ryan has provided BangTheBook.com readers and clients with thought-provoking insight on big games or teams to watch. He’s also observed the industry as a journalist for many years. His work is visible all over our front page on any given day and on the airwaves with “The Gridiron Gambling Report”, our weekly NFL podcast. (The corresponding podcast to this article is here for your listening pleasure.)
Adam Burke: First off, Cole, thanks for taking the time to do this and let the readers of BangTheBook.com learn a little bit more about you. How many years of experience do you have handicapping?
CR: 23 years
AB: What is your earliest gambling memory?
CR: Playing parlay cards in high school.
AB: How did you get started in the industry and why did it appeal to you?
CR: I got my start by writing on sports forums in general. I started making predictions (SU and ATS) and I gained a big following and decided that it was something that I could get used to.
AB: As an amateur handicapper and a writer in the business, how has your perspective of the industry changed from when you started to the present?
CR: Technology—wow! Blows my mind how far it has come in the time since I have started. In the past, a newspaper with old information would be the best handicapping tool. Not anymore. There is so much information available that it is has made handicapping more of a skill than it has been in the past.
AB: How would you describe your handicapping style?
CR: I consider myself to have a “hard-working” handicapping style. I love information and try to get as much as possible. I am different than most pro handicappers as far as my approach is concerned. My goal is to always take a different approach to handicapping.
AB: What element of handicapping do you struggle the most with?
CR: Dealing with the bad bounces. When you handicap a game correctly but still lose on a bad bounce that could be impossible to account for, it can sting, but I pride myself in being very resilient.
AB: Outside of losing, what is the worst thing about being a handicapper?
CR: The grind. When football starts in August, it is a 24/7 job. That can wear on the best people in the business.
AB: What is your favorite sport to bet and why?
CR: Football. It is truly the king of sports. Although, I also enjoy other sports like basketball, football will always be the king.
AB: What is your favorite sport to watch and why?
CR: NFL, but believe it or not college basketball is a close second.
AB: What are your favorite teams in the major leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NCAA, NHL (if applicable))? How do you approach them from a betting perspective?
CR: I am originally from New England, so Boston teams across the board. The original plan was to avoid betting on or against any team that I liked. However, that changed as I became experienced and was able to separate my heart from my bankroll. Although there are still certain situations that I try to avoid. I will not bet against the Red Sox in the World Series.
AB: What is the best win you have ever had? What about the worst "bad beat" story?
CR: My best wins and losses are not based on amounts, but victories. The Patriots beating the Rams in the Super Bowl was one of my favorite wins. The Patriots also had another good win for me when they made a great comeback against Peyton Manning and the Broncos last year. Bad beats, it seems like I have too many to count.
Last year alone there were a few like Georgia +3.5 and Auburn getting the tip pass TD on a Hail Mary or NC State vs Duke I had the under 57 and the score was 17-13 with 6 minutes to go in the game and the final was 38-20. I could go on and on…
AB: What tips or advice would you have for novice/inexperienced bettors either looking to get better at betting or looking to break into the industry?
CR: Work hard and learn from guys already in the business. Then learn some more and work harder.
AB: What should the readers BangTheBook.com and/or the clients of BTBCappers.com know about you?
CR: I am easy going and always do my best to interact with anyone I come across.