You know you’ve reached new heights of fame, and in your career, once they start writing books about you. Even more so once there is a book in which you’re the main protagonist, and you’re the one who decides its storyline.
That is precisely what happened to Billy Walters. The Smart Money is a genius book in which a famous journalist takes us deep into the world of sports betting. But who is the person that helps the author of the book, Michael Konik, meet all the right people? Who helps him be in the right place at the right time? Considering it is a book about Billy Walters, you probably already know that he is the person behind the curtain — the puppet master.
Although the book itself is neither Billy’s autobiography or a history of his achievements, it shows us the deepest depths of people similar to him. Michael is but an ordinary, every-day sports bettor. He enjoys watching football and basketball, so he bets some money on these sports every now and then. But he will soon find out just how exhausting, dangerous, and filled with adrenaline sports betting can actually be.
The book is reading material for both veterans and beginners in gambling. Together with Konik, the readers will learn a lot more about betting. The more he learns the rules, the more he’s aware of the stress and obligation this “job” demands from a person. Something gamblers like Walters and his kin learned and adapted to a long time ago. And in this book, we are Konik — just an ordinary person placed in extraordinary circumstances.
The Psychology Behind It, and When to Quit
Konik continues to hide his emotions throughout the entire book. So you don’t have to be too smart to realize his mental burden. He suffers plenty of ups and downs throughout the chapters, but it’s the last one that proves what betting has done to him.
Konik admits that all the money he earned doesn’t help him sleep better at night. With this single sentence, the readers can easily realize that betting on high stakes takes its toll. Michael is constantly on the crossroads — does he want to keep earning big money, or does he want his old life back? This is the perfect example of what most big gamblers go through — they want their regular lives back. Should you go back to it or not depends mostly on you and what your wishes.
If there is anything that we can learn from this Billy Walters book, it’s that even these difficult experiences happen once in a lifetime. Konik acknowledges and admits this. But most importantly, he teaches us that high stake bettors are not good or bad people — they’re just people, like all of us. Billy is not any different than you or me — he’s just a person with goals and ambitions.