There are few places in the world more exciting for sport’s bettors than Las Vegas, Nevada. Life on The Line is a fifty-five minute tribute to some of the hottest sport’s gambling pros in Vegas.
The film convincingly captures the art of the profession, describing just what it takes to make it big, while featuring some of the greatest sport’s bettors and bookies of all time.
Behind the Scenes
Behind-the-scenes footage of Las Vegas Hilton’s “SuperBook” presents several of the world’s top sport’s bettors. Super-contest champ, Steve Fezzik, the long-running odds-maker, Jay Kornegay, the prosperous hedge fund manager, John Netto, and some well-established Las Vegas professional bettors – Alf Musketa, Bruce Marshall, Bryan Leonard, Erin Rynning, and Teddy Covers, are just a few of the featured pros. Talk-radio sport’s commentators, Ken Thompson and Brian Blessing, make it easy for viewers to get lost in the mysterious, generally off-limits, domain of sports-gamblers and online live bets while vicariously enjoying successful professional betting.
Super Bowl XLV – Pittsburg Steelers vs. the Green Bay Packers- provides an apropos background for the unique documentary, directed by Isaac Feder and produced by Cary Lin, Isaac Mahesh Pailoor, and Matti Leshem. Feder, having worked his way into the customarily well-guarded territory of bettors and bookies, sets out to delve into their individual lives, and manages to effectively uncover many of the secrets behind their success. Feder attributes getting behind the scene to the trust he established… allowing him to interview the professionals described as “brilliant masterminds.” Regular reviewers enjoyed the backstories behind the masterminds and the insight it brought into the usually hidden world of sports gambling.
Wall Street – Las Vegas Style
The primary difference between Las Vegas and Wall Street is that wagers rely on the rise and fall of team action rather than on business activity. Teddy Covers, an ESPN journalist and sports-bettor, explains in the documentary that “there’s no difference between the two”, adding that the “sport’s bettor’s problem is that we haven’t marketed ourselves well. It’s my job to change that”. Covers further states that negative press often describes sports-bettors as “wise guys”. Ironically, he explains, in Vegas the term “wise guy” connotes a “badge-of-honour”…used for one who is positively betting the odds.
Originally screened in the Las Vegas Hilton, a former Elvis Presley haunt, the “Life on the Line” debut was well received by approximately 300 guests. The film provides an insight into the everyday world of sports-bettors, possibly the most realistic account of sport’s gambling to date.
The documentary makes it clear that the life of these speculators may not be quite as glamorous as one might think. More closely linked to sport’s nerds and number-crunchers, sport’s jocks and super-stars they are not… although their dedication to the sport is commendable. Watching Netto rise before five in the morning, to begin a day spent sitting beside eight computer monitors, will cause anyone to appreciate the tremendous amount of resolve it takes to become successful in the field.
Vegas Wiseguy Report stated, “”Never before has there been a movie that more authentically nails the experience of being a professional bettor.”
The documentary is available as a downloadable-streaming video that brings to life the real world events surrounding the business. Possibly the best sports-betting narratives of all time, the pros reveal just what it takes to place one’s “Life on the Line”!