A paradox in
Martin's perception of the pros is that he is more willing to pit himself
against them than his respect would seem to warrant. His very lack of
jitters—"My wife says I'm a robot," he said—in opposing their
theoretically well-informed money suggests a certain contempt. He squares the
paradox by reminding you of the 11-to-10.
"I'd like to
go on a cruise with any of them," he said. "If I have the 11-to-10 they
won't beat me."
dry land, though, where the pros supposedly have access to so much terrific
thing," Bob Martin said.
"How do they
make a living then?"
other things. They have ways."
I assume he means
scalping (which is a form of bookmaking), betting other pros to avoid the
vigorish, touting and "boarding" (betting for groups or for individuals
who don't want to broadcast their selections).
a good season," Martin said. "But I don't believe a player
[professional] can beat me. Not year in and year out."
"What about a
football player?" I asked him about fixes: suspicious great dumps of
"If a player
isn't greedy he can probably get away with it," he said. "But if he
tries to make a lot of money it's easy to spot."