Pick 'n Click

More whiz kids than tough guys, today's bookies are still making a killing.

Updated: August 10, 2003, 6:29 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN The Magazine
Ask Rob Gillespie to explain how he does his job, and he'll grab a pen and paper to show you the math. Within minutes, you're staring at a puzzle of plus and minus signs and brain-busting calculus. "Tell me when I've lost you," he says. "I'll slow down."

Gillespie, 34, would make a fine stockbroker. Give him a couple of minutes, and he'd convince Warren Buffett to hand over his portfolio. But you won't find Gillespie at an investment bank or on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The guy owns one suit -- "for marrying and burying," he says -- and one tie. His office is 3,000 miles from Wall Street, on the sixth floor of a brick office building in Vancouver. That's where Gillespie, who studied statistics at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., runs BoDog, one of the world's most profitable online sports books.

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