The Guide to Sports Betting is a thoroughly researched common sense approach for those who annually -- and illegally -- wager some 50 billion dollars on anything that moves. And although adherence to the basic principles presented here may not automatically overcome the everyday gambler's almost certain negative balance sheet, the book will give him more of a fighting chance. Few people in their normal business lives would risk capital on as little information as does the bettor. This book preaches patience and statistical evaluation in lieu of intuition and emotion. Sturgeon and the editors of Sports Action know the odds, point up the insanity of gimmicks (superfectas, parlays, round robins, etc.) and provide some incontrovertible axioms (""Never bet a lot to make a little?') to increase the chances of your success. The guide is strongest in its handling of football, basketball, baseball and horse racing -- but might have given more emphasis to hockey. No matter how sophisticated the bettor, there is something here for everybody -- including a forceful case for legalized gambling and how it might be achieved with maximum societal benefits.