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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, and Sean Higgs. This week, we focus on Joseph D’Amico. Joseph has been in and around sports betting for a long time and brings plenty of experience and expertise to every play he advocates and every bet he places.
Adam Burke: First off, Joseph, thanks for taking the time to do this and let the readers and clients learn a little bit more about you. How many years of experience do you have handicapping?
Joseph D’Amico: I have over 35 years handicapping.
AB: What is your earliest gambling memory?
JD: 10 years old with football sheets in the schoolyard.
AB: How did you get started in the industry and why did it appeal to you?
JD: I originally was on the other side of the counter growing up in Lil’ Italy but when I came to Vegas, I was offered several key positions in major sports books. Then, I worked in several offices under the most reputable cappers in the ‘90’s. From that, I made quite a few contacts with the “Who’s who” in Las Vegas sports gaming and went out on my own and the rest is history.
AB: What is your favorite thing about being a professional handicapper?
JD: My favorite thing is the day-to-day excitement. This is a business that you get out of it what you put into it. So the harder you work, the more successful you are.
AB: How would you describe your handicapping style?
JD: My handicapping style is very unique. I have two of my own sets of power ratings and I deal with the five biggest line-moving crews in the world. So, what I do is unlike anyone else because I know where the lines will move to. I then take into consideration injuries, weather conditions, and “X” factor.
AB: What element of handicapping do you struggle the most with?
JD: None. I don’t struggle.
AB: Outside of losing, what is the worst thing about being a professional handicapper?
JD: Well, losing sometimes goes with the territory but the only negative thing I can think of is the fact that I never rest.
AB: What is your favorite sport to bet and why?
JD: All of them. I believe there are reasons for betting pro and college hoops, pro and college football, and baseball. If you are disciplined and are in it to make money, the sky is the limit.
AB: What is your favorite sport to watch and why?
JD: As a sports fan, I love all sports, I have over a million dollars in sports memorabilia but the purity of baseball is beautiful, the action in football is exciting, and the turnaround that occurs in hoops is legendary.
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?
JD: As a sports fan, first and foremost I bleed Yankee pinstripes. I am also a Cowboys fan, a big fan of both Duke and North Carolina in NCAAB, and a Knicks fan. I don’t put my heart into the thought process of choosing those teams. Now, as a side note, I have certain teams I dislike and that doesn’t play a part either but I am superstitious and there are 2-3 teams that I just don’t put up or go against.
AB: What is the best win you have ever had? What about the worst "bad beat" story?
JD: The best win I ever had... there have been quite a few. I won $100,000 on boxing matches and even won a 25-1 bet on a draw. I have picked both the side and total winners in quite a few Super Bowls but most recently, I had the Final 8 in March Madness to the Final 4 and the Final game all win, but in the Final 4 I made money line bets and cleaned up huge. I cashed out over $250,000.
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?
JD: The best advice I can give to a newbie is to be patient, disciplined, and don’t try to do it all yourself. There are plenty of solid cappers out there that do this 24/7. Understand that a mechanic can fix my car because that’s what he does every day from dawn to dusk. Well, that’s what I do. I didn’t go to law school or med school, therefore, when I need a lawyer or a doctor, I find the best one. Just like us. Also, if you are 0-2 and like one more game, don’t double up or if you are 2-0 and like one more game, don’t double up. Money management is more important than wins and losses.
AB: What should the readers BangTheBook.com and/or the clients of BTBCappers.com know about you?
JD: The readers and followers of BTB should know this...I am not a General in the back of the troops telling everyone what to do. I am a grunt Sergeant in the trenches with you. I bet every game I put out. This isn’t a job for me. When a cop ends his shift, he doesn’t stop being a cop. I live this 24 hours a day and that is why I am always a winner.
Also, please listen to the podcast that the author recorded with Joseph D'Amico where Joseph went further in depth about his life as a professional handicapper.