Exclusive Clip from ‘The Best of It,’ a New Documentary About Professional Gamblers

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In this new clip from the documentary The Best of It (my review can be found here), now available on all VOD platforms, the professional gambler Dink and his wife discuss the challenges that his unusual profession have on their marriage. Dink has been betting on the sports books for decades, and his success led him to be the inspiration for the movie Lay the Favorite, where he was played by Bruce Willis — if you can see the resemblance, kudos to you.

Dink is merely one of many characters that populate The Best of It, with a number of eccentric gamblers and their long-standing feuds playing out in front of the cameras. For those unaware of the lingo, The Best of It refers to a common phrase for professional gamblers which means they have the upper hand in betting action.

The film is directed by Scott Pearson Eberly, and sheds light upon a profession where many try and most fail. The main problem with failure in this profession is that it will leave you destitute. Some of these men have been enslaved by that gambling monster. We shall call him Gamblor!

The official synopsis for The Best of It:

THE BEST OF IT takes an unflinching look at the life of a professional gambler. The character driven documentary focuses on the lives of Boston, The Shrink, Dink, and Banker who all chose to make a living betting sports. A gambler selects this profession despite knowing the life they fancied tends to chew up and spit out even the most seasoned gambler, an all too common tale in Las Vegas. A feud between Boston and The Shrink develops after accusations are made about gambling debts, but a gambler’s actual bank account balance is often based on rumors and half-truths. The outcome of a gambler is as unpredictable as the games they bet.

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