Faculty

Instructors

Harry Crane is Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Excellence Scholar in Statistics, Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Statistics, and Affiliated Faculty in the Graduate Program in Philosophy at Rutgers University.

He is currently Fellow at the London Mathematical Laboratory, and has previously held positions as a Visiting Scholar in Mathematics at UC Berkeley, Research Associate at the RAND Corporation, and Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also a co-founder of Researchers.One, a platform for scholarly publication and initiative for intellectual reform.

Harry received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Chicago and BA in Mathematics, Economics and Actuarial Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

He has profitably applied statistical and other techniques to successful sports betting and other advantage gambling opportunities and has discussed these experiences on the Business of Betting podcast, the Pinnacle podcast, the Political Trade Podcast, the Artful Trader, Old Bull TV, and other media outlets.

He is the author of Probabilistic Foundations of Statistical Network Analysis.

Website: harrycrane.com

Twitter: @harrydcrane

Philip Maymin is a professor of analytics and the director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at the Fairfield University Dolan School of Business where among other things he teaches both an undergraduate sports analytics course and a graduate sports analytics course. He is the founding managing editor of Algorithmic Finance and the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sports Analytics. He is the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Swipe.bet, an Insight Partner with Essentia Analytics, an advisor to Athletes Unlimited, and an affiliate of the Langer Mindfulness Institute, and has been an analytics consultant with several NBA teams.

He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Harvard University. He also holds a J.D. and is an attorney-at-law admitted to practice in California. He has been a portfolio manager at Long-Term Capital Management, Ellington Management Group, and his own hedge fund.

He was awarded a Wolfram Innovator Award in 2015. He has won numerous coding challenges and hackathons. He was named one of the Top 50 Data and Analytics Professionals in the US and Canada in 2018. He is the only person to have won both the Grand Prize for Best Research Paper (2018) and the Hackathon (2020) at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

He is the author of Financial Hacking.

Website: philipmaymin.com

Twitter: @pmaymin

Matt Buchalter is the owner of Plus EV Sports Analytics, which offers consulting and education to bettors of all skill levels. Matt holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, where he was awarded the Samuel Eckler Medal for highest academic standing in his graduating class. Trained as an actuary, he has spent his spare time applying quantitative methods to sports betting for the past 12 years. He has had success in the Canadian sports lotteries (which Wikipedia wrongly claims are unbeatable), North American horse racing and various prop betting markets in major American sports. He has been a guest on several leading podcasts in the betting space, and he has written articles for Pinnacle Sports and more recently for his own blog where his articles have been recommended by some of the world’s leading professional bettors. Matt has achieved worldwide acclaim in the field of sports betting analytics with specialized expertise in Bayesian analysis, applied probability, optimal bet sizing, betting market dynamics and evaluation of betting results. His teaching style blends academic theory and real-world practice while keeping the atmosphere casual and fun.

Website: www.plusevanalytics.com

Twitter: @PlusEVAnalytics

Guest Lecturers

Past and Present

Bill Benter is a professional gambler and philanthropist who has successfully applied statistical methods to horse betting for the past 30 years. He is founder of the Benter Foundation, CEO of Acusis LLC, and a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

Wikipedia

Gadoon Kyrollos (better known in the sports betting community as “Spanky“) has been a winning professional sports bettor for more than 20 years. Spanky hosts the Be Better Bettors Podcast and is a vocal advocate for sports bettors.

Twitter: @spanky

Rufus Peabody is widely regarded as one of the world’s top professional bettors.  He is a co-founder of Massey-Peabody Analytics and of Unabated.com, and is co-host of the Bet the Process podcast. Previously he was ESPN’s predictive analytics expert and a statistical analyst for Las Vegas Sports Consultants. He has a B.A. in Economics from Yale University where he wrote his senior thesis on inefficiencies in the MLB betting markets. He has been a panelist at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and a speaker at numerous other global outlets and has been featured in numerous national publications including USA Today, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Sporting News, and the Wall Street Journal, which has also published his NFL and college football ratings for over a decade.

Website: www.unabated.com

Twitter: @RufusPeabody

Captain Jack Andrews is a long-time professional advantage player and sports bettor.  He is co-founder of Unabated.com and is one of the most knowledgeable and trusted voices in the sports betting industry.  He is a frequent guest on top gambling and sports betting podcasts, produces educational videos on his YouTube channel, and is a reliable resource for industry news through his Twitter feed and participation on various gambling forums.

Website: www.unabated.com

Twitter: @CapJack2000

JM is a renowned sports bettor and market maker leading a dynamic licensed Maltese syndicate that is set up to specialize in US sports trading.

Dr. William T. Ziemba is the Alumni Professor (Emeritus) of Financial Modeling and Stochastic Optimization in the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia where he taught from 1968-2006.  His PhD is from the University of California, Berkeley.  He currently teaches part time and makes short research visits at various universities.  Recently he is the Distinguished Visiting Research Associate, Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics. He is the author, among other things, of Handbook of Investments: Sports and Lottery Betting Markets with Donald Hausch, The Kelly Capital Growth Investment Criterion with legendary hedge fund trader Edward Thorp and Leonard MacLean, and a memoirs financial history book Adventures of a Modern Renaissance Academic in Gambling and Investing. He also, along with Hausch, wrote the famous Beat the Racetrack book which was revised into Dr Z’s Beat the Racetrack which presented their place and show betting system and the Efficiency of Racetrack Betting Markets – the so-called bible of racetrack syndicates. Their 1986 book Betting at the Racetrack extends this efficient/inefficient market approach to simple exotic bets.  Ziemba is revising BATR into Exotic Betting at the Racetrack which adds Pick3,4,5,6, etc. 

Administration

Dean of Analytics.Bet

Iosif M. Gershteyn is a serial entrepreneur and scientist publishing on computational immunology and other health-related topics. He comes from a background in professional asset management and is a graduate of the Real World Risk Institute, as well as holding degrees from Brandeis University, International Business School, and Quantic. 

He is a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute, Chairman of the Ajax Biomedical Foundation, supporting research in the biomedical sciences, and co-founder/CEO of ImmuVia LLC (biologics/immuno-oncology). He founded the Immunodietica Project which interrogates the interaction of diet and autoimmune disorder via computational methods. His work has been published in International Immunology, the Journal of Translational Autoimmunity, Researchers.One, Quillette, and other publications.

Twitter: @IMGpf

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