Interesting piece by David Purdum:
The multi-story, adobe-style house is located 30 minutes off the Strip in Henderson, Nevada. Sitting on a corner lot in a gated community littered with palm trees, it's nice, but not overly extravagant.
You certainly wouldn't guess that crammed into an upstairs office inside is the three-man brain trust of a successful, high-volume sports betting syndicate.
There's a former Chicago financial trader, a former high school basketball coach from Illinois and a poker pro who doesn't even watch the games. They're regular, easy-going guys in their 30s, who make a living gambling. And they're preparing for the busiest 30 minutes of their NFL Sunday.
It's an open, informal setting, with two desks, a couch and four TVs tuned into the early slate of NFL games and the final day of the Presidents Cup. There's an oversized cutout of Tiger Woods on the wall, along with St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Celtics memorabilia. It's not really a man cave, though, not a place to chill out, drink beer and watch football with buddies. The only food out is a bucket of ice with some Red Bulls and a box of donuts. This is very much a high-stakes grind.