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How To Troll: A Masterclass By A Professional Gambler

Poker pro Bob Voulgaris, who was featured as a basketball betting genius in Nate Silver's book The Signal and the Noise, gets a lot of crap on Twitter from haters, so he put on a masterclass in trolling.

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Voulgaris has been a recurring guest on Bill Simmons' popular podcast "The BS Report." He portrays himself on the show as a very successful NBA gambler whose proprietary analysis helps him win.

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And so when people gave Bob Voulgaris crap on Twitter, he turned the tables and went full troll — claiming that the idea he makes money gambling on the NBA is a sham. First, an "assertion" that he hasn't won money betting on sports in seven year

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This would be a HUGE deal if it were true. This is Nate Silver's introduction to Voulgaris in his book "The Signal and the Noise." If Voulgaris were being honest in his tweets, all of the highlighted sections would be false:

The video from 2010 of Voulgaris showing off his house — the video he refers to in the above tweet about "housesitting" — matches Silver's description in the above passage.

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AND THE KICKER: Public records show that before he moved to his current address, he sold that Los Angeles house from the video in 2010 for $3.3 million, which means he wasn't house-sitting. Bob Voulgaris responded to our email and confirmed that he is indeed a master troll. "Smart Guy Wednesday" and Nate Silver's sterling reputation lives on.

This post has been updated.

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