From guesses between friends to big-time Vegas pros, sports betting is a world that is seen as exciting, entertaining, and recreational. Picking the better teams…the scores…which horse will win, place, and show…seems to fit the general picture.

Sports betting is seldom seen as lucrative.  

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Business Minded

If you’re not a risk-taker, you can still get involved with the money available from sports betting. One way is to go into business. Some successful business ideas include; websites, apparel, and opening a television station! 

Or, you could become a sports picker, also known as a sports handicapper or bettor.

Sports Pickers

Sports pickers are the guys in Vegas who know which quarterback is going to win, which horse is going to place, and when to bet on the score spread. They have the skill, insight, and statistical knowledge to make a good guess at who is going to win and who is going to lose. And they often make a living not only placing their own bets, but selling their guesses out to a list of subscribers.

5 Greats

Here are five guys who have managed to make a better than lucrative living at being professional sports pickers.

Billy Walters

You can’t look up sports pickers on google without coming across the name Billy Walters – one of sports betting’s heavyweight champs. A somewhat colorful figure, Walters is practically a legend. He is supposed to have successfully bet more money than anyone in history, and has had only one losing year in decades. 

Any serious sports picker can learn a lot from just studying his fascinating life and career.

Marco D’Angelo

Is one of the best in the business. He has one of the most impressive records in sports betting history, including a 25-game winning streak in pro baseball, but describes himself as an everyday Joe. Most of his success depends upon skills and statistic tracking.  Not nearly as splashy as Billy Walters, Marco is considered one of the good guys in sports picking circles. 

Teddy “Covers” Sevransky

One of the most popular expert sports pickers around. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Covers has made a name for himself by being not only an expert picker, but an expert marketer. He’s appeared in television, radio, magazines, and newspapers.  Covers is a frequent winning competitor, as well.   

So Money Sports

If you want to see influential sports pickers, look no farther than Twitter. Many of the most successful sports handicappers favor Twitter so they can communicate easily and often, as well as gain a following and eventually build a subscriber list. Here’s one who’s done it. 

200,000 followers on Twitter. A successful career as a sports picker. So Money works under an alias and is a very frequent tweeter of sports picks and tips. 

Steve Fezzik

Another legend is Steve Fezzik.  Like Teddy “Covers” Sevransky he is a great self-marketer, and like So Money Sports, he is big on Twitter. His biggest claim to fame was winning the Las Vegas Hilton Super Contest. Two years, 2008 and 2009, in a row. He has a successful business selling his picks.

Living the Dream

You don’t have to be local to become active in sports betting. While some big name sports pickers, like Covers, are Las Vegas pros and full-timers, others scatter themselves out around the world.  Given the amount of online resources available today, such as comprehensive FAQ pages and mobile apps, getting started is a piece of cake.