Most sports betting enthusiasts are passionate about their favourite pastime.
Not only do they love to be entertained by betting on their number 1 sport, but they also enjoy trivia, movies, and documentaries about betting on sports.
Below is our list of the top 5 must-see sports betting documentaries. These are for the fans, and not to be missed.
The Legend Of Jimmy The Greek
Full title, 30 for 30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek, this informative and engaging documentary gives the viewer an inside-peek into the thrilling life of a Las Vegas bookmaker and iconic sports commentator.
Telling the story of the life and times of James George Snyder Sr., better known as Jimmy the Greek, this film focuses not only on Jimmy’s life as bookie during a time when betting on mobile was basically taboo, but it also shines a light the 12 years he spent on The NFL Today.
The documentary also features unique commentary by sports broadcasters Phyllis George, Irv Cross, and Brent Musburger.
30 for 30: The Legend of Jimmy the Greek is available on Amazon.
Fantasy Sports Gambling
Frontline’s Fantasy Sports Gambling, which forms part of a PBS investigative series, is the result of a collaboration with The New York Times.
What makes this documentary so informative is the fact that it invites the viewer into the dark and murky world of underground online sports betting – and in particular that of fantasy sports.
The documentary zooms in on how the fantasy sports betting industry became a multi-million dollar affair after it took advantage of a loophole in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
Several in-depth interviews are featured, including with prosecutors, actual gamblers, regulating authorities, and more.
The documentary is available on YouTube.
Life On The Line
Released in 2013, Life on the Line features famous sports betting pundits and professional betters.
The documentary offers a never-before-insight into the real sports betting Vegas, with a specific focus on betting on the Super Bowl.
Expert bettors featured include Erin Rynning and Teddy Covers. Several sports radio talk show hosts weigh in too.
Life on the Line can be watched on Amazon Prime.
The Best Of It
This insightful 2016 documentary focuses on the lives and careers of a group of professional gamblers, including Ken “The Shrink” Weitzner, Alan “Dink” Denkenson, and Alan “Boston” Dvorkis.
What makes this film special is that it shines a humble and honest light on the life of professional sports bettors, the challenges faced, and the sometimes-unpredictable outcomes of the trade.
The documentary was created by Scott Pearson Eberly and was first released in 2016. It remains a hit even today.
The Best of It is available on YouTube Movies.
The Gambling Mafia
Full title, The Gambling Mafia and International Sports Betting, is probably the most insightful documentary available about soccer’s global match-fixing problem.
Bribery is at the order of the day, and the storyline delves deep into how the gambling mafia operates across the US, Europe, and Asia.
It’s a must-see for every sports betting enthusiast, and available on YouTube.