Wes Reynolds turned enamored with sports activities betting at a younger age.
The Indiana native was 10 when his mom, a supervisor at an Italian household restaurant in Indianapolis, would get a $5 parlay card every week from considered one of her prospects for her sports-obsessed son to fill out.
“It was only for enjoyable. I’d attempt to see what number of I may get proper,” stated Reynolds (@WesReynolds1). “That’s how I received began.”
After incomes his grasp’s diploma in sport administration at Indiana College, Reynolds was working in skilled sports activities when his mother and father turned ailing, and he turned a professional sports activities bettor by necessity.
“I took time away from my profession to assist them,” he stated. “As a strategy to complement my revenue, I guess video games for a pair years. I suppose you can say I used to be an expert bettor. I used to be not betting $10,000 a recreation. However I used to be self-sufficient for a pair years.
“It’s a grind. When that’s how you must pay your payments and assist your self, there’s lots of strain. You’ve received to place within the work and be in entrance of the Don Greatest (odds) display screen for double-digit hours per day. That finally led me out right here (to Las Vegas).”
For the final 5 years, Reynolds has labored for VSiN, the place he’s co-host of “VSiN Tonight” and the “Lengthy Pictures” golf betting podcast.
He picked 17 outright golf winners final 12 months and 4 this 12 months, and he additionally excels at handicapping faculty basketball and soccer and the NFL.
Reynolds received the Westgate SuperBook’s Professional Soccer Season Wins Problem final season, going 21-7-2 ATS to show his $200 entry into $21,300.
“That was my first massive Vegas contest win,” he stated. “It’s not a life-changing rating, but it surely’s nothing I’m ever going to sneeze at.”
He additionally swept the Overview-Journal’s faculty contests whereas going 61-36 ATS (62.9 %). He went 40-25 to win the faculty soccer problem, 11-4 to win the faculty bowl problem and 10-7 to win the March Insanity problem.
Contestants picked 5 weekly video games in opposition to the unfold within the faculty soccer problem.
“It’s laborious to simply decide 5 video games. I’ve at all times been extra of a quantity participant,” he stated. “There have been occasions I’d go below .500 within the RJ, however I’d have a worthwhile week. I simply picked the improper 5.”
Reynolds stated he’s by no means been the kind of bettor who wagers solely on variations between his energy scores and the purpose unfold.
“Let’s say I’ve 5 picks. Most likely one or two of them are going to be situational spots, the place a group off an enormous recreation might be in a possible letdown or a sandwich spot,” he stated. “For instance, if Georgia performs LSU one week, then the following week they’re enjoying Vanderbilt, then they’ve Alabama, that might be a letdown (in opposition to Vanderbilt). Conditions like that.
“I wouldn’t name myself only a ’canine participant, however long run, I’ll most likely be on extra underdogs than favorites. However I solely need to lay actually centered favorites which can be going to provide the finest likelihood to cowl. Not one which’s received an enormous recreation on deck and simply got here off a conflict the sport earlier than and perhaps doesn’t have power.
“A few of it’s the market and simply taking a look at what the numbers are and what the sharper books have. I’d take into account the Westgate SuperBook and Circa to have the sharpest strains.”
Reynolds hit each of his finest bets within the NCAA Match, together with San Diego State over Alabama within the Candy 16. Reynolds likes Florida Atlantic (+3) over the Aztecs in Saturday’s nationwide semifinal.
“My intestine is telling me Florida Atlantic,” he stated. “They received an analogous recreation already on this event, having to beat Tennessee. I don’t suppose San Diego State’s physicality or size or athleticism is de facto going to throw FAU off all that a lot.
“Florida Atlantic has received a number of ballhandlers, and so they have some methods to win right here.”
The Owls even have a coach in Dusty Might who was Reynolds’ classmate at Indiana and a student-manager below legendary Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight.
Earlier than the event, Reynolds picked Connecticut — a 5½-point favourite over Miami within the different semifinal — to win its fifth nationwide title.
“UConn is clearly the most effective group with probably the most expertise and probably the most depth,” he stated. “I feel Miami offers them a problem, however UConn wins all of it.”
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