Money Talks on CNBC – Darin Notaro AKA Steve Stevens – Inside the World of Las Vegas Sports Gambling
If there is one thing to know about me it’s a love sports. In fact I’ve long been a proponent of legalized sports gambling in the good ol U S of A. With that being said I was lounging around the house on one my days off when I came across a reality show called Money Talks on CNBC which follows Darin Notaro aka Steve Steven owner of VIP Sports in Las Vegas. Simply put it’s a reality show based around sales and sports betting, two things that are very much up my alley so I just had to check it out.
From a pure entertainment prospective I like the show and have been recording and watching it for around a month. Steve Stevens is personable, his live in girlfriend and baby momma, Kelly, is a straight hottie as is his right hand cougar gal pal, Paula. His sales crew also provides entertainment value. As I enjoy the show I hope it continues and is renewed by CNBC. However, aside from entertainment value Steve Stevens has apparently rubbed people in the sports handicapping industry the wrong way.
For starters, apparently no one within the sports handicapping scene in Las Vegas apparently ever heard of Steve Stevens and there have been a few sports gambling themed sites/blogs that have lambasted him. Stevens hasn’t helped himself either witch a bunch of nasty emails and voice mail messages that can be found online. Of course, the emails as well as voicemails are crude to say the least but Stevens appears to be a crude sort of guy to begin with. Sure, the guy has been arrested for phone scam frauds in the past, I believe around 4 times but from the information I can find the last incident happened approximately 13 years ago. Many have pointed to this as a way to show that Steve Stevens is a fraud. However, people do change and I am a firm believer that although a person’s past may be indicative of the type of person he or she is that it’s impossible to arrive at a conclusive decision about a person solely based on his or her past. Sure, Steve Stevens back in the day ripped off elderly people but now people are using that against him as ammunition that he is now ripping off sports bettors.
What I find amusing is that the people who seem to hate Steve Stevens and VIP Sports the most are other fucking sports handicappers. Steve Stevens has stated on air that the key to his business is “news” meaning new clients. What the fuck makes that any different from any other sales based organization. Do car dealers not need a stream of new customers in order to continue to sell vehicles? Do insurance agents not need new customers in order to grow their respective books of business? Simply put most people who bet on sports can handle winning but can’t handle losing. VIP Sports is no different than any other sports handicapping service but one thing that I take exception to is that Stevens has claimed to win at a 70% clip which I call ABSOLUTE FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!
I don’t give a fuck who it is, there is not a person walking the face of the fucking earth that can consistently win at a 70% clip! I watched an episode of Money Talks where Stevens gets a check in the mail from a client for over $70,000. If he hits at a 70% clip why have a sports handicapping service to begin with? Why not take the supposedly astronomical money that he apparently has and become an actual bookie killer? It’s because 70% is pure fabrication and there is more money to be made running a sports tout service than to bet on sports. For fuck sake look at VIP Sports’ pricing! Today’s Action Play $29, Today’s Play of the Day $50, Today’s Owner Selection $500 and 7 Days of Winners $2500. Of course this doesn’t make VIP Sports any different than any other tout service. However, as much as I enjoy the show I can’t believe that anyone with a fucking ounce of intelligence would agree to a 30% commission on winnings let alone a 50% commission on winnings. If there are such suckers around it’s no wonder why Steve Stevens aka Darin Notaro is raking in the dough.
Again, I like the show but fucking c’mon…a 50% commission on winnings?! This has to be the most retarded fucking thing I’ve ever come across. For example let’s do some simple math. I get 3 plays from VIP Sports at -110 odds across the board. I place 3 bets of $33,000 to win $30,000 where the final result is 2 Wins and 1 loss. The 2 Winners pays out $60,000 whereas I must deduct the loss of $33,000 for a gross profit of $27,000. I than have to cut a check to VIP Sports for $13,500 leaving me with a profit of $13,500. Not too shabby but what happens when VIP Sports, more specifically Steve Stevens goes 1 and 2? I lose $66,000 in straight bets and than have to pay Stevens $15,000 leaving me $51K in the hole? Of course I hate to make assumptions so it is feasible that Stevens has an agreement with those clients that he receives 50% of their profit which wouldn’t make the arrangement all that retarded but I have not seen any evidence of this on the show as of yet.
The one thing that I cannot get around is the claim of winning 70% of wagers as it’s fucking impossible. That in of itself simply leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Perhaps Stevens has not changed all that much since his days of ripping off old folks. Perhaps he’s doing what all other tout services do and is just simply ripping off ignorant sports bettors who have no business betting on sports to begin with. “But KnowItAll, sports handicapping services are not ripping people off!” BULL FUCKING SHIT! Every single sports handicapping service I have come across in my fucking lifetime rips people off by simply charging ludicrous fees for their shitty picks!
Where in the fuck is the sports betting tout service that can consistently pick winners and charge a reasonable fee of say $20 a fucking month? There isn’t such a service as consistent winning and sports betting is an oxymoron. If one Mr. Steve Stevens aka Darin Notaro comes across this article and takes exception to it fucking good. Take the StupidityIsContagious.com sports tout service challenge and prove me fucking wrong. I know you won’t as you fucking can’t deal with the fact that I’m 100% correct!