Josh Mallen is the founder and CEO of Sports Pick Predictions in Las Vegas; here is a link to his website:
Q: How did your business come into being?
A: Well first and foremost, I’ve been a sports fanatic ever since I can remember. I would watch and play sports non-stop each and every day. From that passion, along with going to college in Las Vegas at UNLV and learning about sports handicapping and becoming enthralled in it, it was only natural for me to realize that with my knowledge of sports I could potentially make real money. Once I began turning a profit, I wanted to help out others make money and advise them, much like a stock broker on Wall Street does, just with a different investment vehicle.
Q: What qualifies you and your employees to be sports handicappers?
A: We all have a passion for sports, a passion for beating the oddsmakers and the ability to analyze match-ups between 2 teams who are playing each other. At the end of the day, you just have to win over the long term, that’s it. Our success is not measured on a daily or weekly basis, it’s over the long term. Anybody can get lucky for a week straight, but the ones with the profits over a year’s time are doing something right and we all do that.
Q: What kind of research do you do ?
A: Anything and everything. From constantly reading news articles to watching games and seeing how certain teams perform under various different scenarios. Also, we have a network of people in the know that we communicate with to stay up to speed on information. Sometimes it is as easy as just watching the games and gathering mental notes. Other times it’s crunching numbers. Everybody has their own methods of coming up with their predictions and I would say we are 50% research and 50% gut instincts.
Q: What are some of the things you take into consideration when handicapping a game?
A: There are many factors we take into consideration. How teams match up against one another on offense and defense would be number one. Other key factors would be scheduling. If a team has played 3 games in 4 nights, we look at past results on how certain players perform during these situations. Streaks is another thing we take into strong consideration. If a team is on a winning streak and playing good, 9 times out of 10 they will keep up their same high level of play. Same can be said for teams that are on massive losing streaks. Home field advantage is something that also should never be overlooked as it has a magical way of bringing teams performances up a notch.
Q: What kind of packages do you have and how does it work?
A: We have 4 packages. Weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual. For monthly and above packages, we offer special webinars and exclusive access to e-books and blog releases that gives our clients a deeper look into what goes into providing top quality winning sports predictions.
Q: What do you think causes gambling addiction?
A: I think the number one problem is chasing losses. I would estimate that the number one reason people get into holes they can’t get out of is because of horrible money management. We preach day in and day out to our clients that if they follow our money management system that they won’t ever have these problems. Losing at times in inevitable, but if you’re constantly increasing your bets to recover previous losses all at once, you’re setting yourself up for big failures. The good news is that Gambler’s Anonymous is always an option and can help people that have lost control of themselves.
Q: Of the people who try your free trial how many stay as customers?
A: Roughly 70% of our free trials convert to customers. We are one of the only honest handicapping services out there and we back up our promise of turning anybody into a profitable handicapper. Some people just want to try us out and either don’t have a desire to have a handicapper or like making decisions by themselves, which we completely understand.
Q: What is FanDuel?
A: It is the largest and most respected one-day fantasy sports site. Users go on and choose their best 9 man roster for that day’s events for a particular league, and they cover everything. The catch is that every player is assigned a dollar value and you have to stay under a salary cap, just like real general managers do. You can either play heads up matches, tournaments, or even play in special leagues set up with just your friends. It is a welcomed change from traditional fantasy sports, where you typically have to wait until the season is over to determine the winner. If you know a lot about sports, this can be used as another vehicle to produce profits.
Q: What is your strangest Las Vegas story?
A: A few years back during the Kentucky Derby, I was at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the prize pool for the main race was much higher than usual because of a very popular horse racing called “Smarty Jones”. A lady about 90 years old picked 4 horses (randomly) and threw them into a superfecta, where you have to pick the first 4 horses to finish the race in that exact order. The race was dominated by super underdogs and her $2 dollar ticket paid out roughly $1.2 million dollars. I never saw that look of amazement/excitedment/shock on someone’s face before. I also never saw a 90 year old lady jump in the air so high! Who says luck doesn’t exist?
Q: If the ladies of The View duked it out with the ladies of The Talk who would win?
A: The View, hands down. Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez could probably hold their own in the UFC ladies division, more less a fight with hosts of another daytime talk show!
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