JIMMY THE GREEK: BY Himself by Jimmy Snyder


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A candid self-portrait of that incomparable oddsmaker, handicapper and bettor Jimmy (no relation to Nick) the Greek--a down to earth high-flyer who lives ""where the fast money flows."" Nee Demetrois Synodinos in ""wide-open"" Steubenville, Ohio, Jimmy Snyder played entrepreneur as a kid renting bikes, parlaying the ponies and dealing craps. Bankrolled at the track, he established himself in business as a ""B&F Commissioner"" giving the line on baseball and football games. Going up and down a greenbacked roller coaster, ""the Wizard of Odds"" once took in $170,000 on Truman at 17-to-1 and lost his fortune several times with dry oil wells. Formerly a controversial public figure--investigated by the Kefauver Committee for fixing and probed by the Justice Department for gambling--the Greek says he has become a legit oddsmaker in Vegas and a public relations consultant, one of whose clients was Howard Hughes (""for someone you never saw, his presence was everywhere""). You may have already figured out his hand--yet, it's an even bet you'll stay with the pot.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1975
Publisher: Playboy Press