Allen Moody

  • Award-winning journalist and author of Becoming a Winning Gambler and Sports Betting Basics
  • Featured writer for Bettoday and regular contributor to
  • Over 35 years' experience in sports gambling, including work as a bettor, bookie, and sports service operator


Allen Moody is a former writer for ThoughtCo and contributed work for over eight years. He has been immersed in the sports gambling culture for more than 35 years. From first being introduced to illegal bookies in the Philadelphia suburbs at the age of 18, Allen has been actively involved with sports gambling, spending time as a bettor, a bookie, and a sports service operator. He is the author of Becoming a Winning Gambler and Sports Betting Basics and is a featured writer for Bettoday and a regular contributor to

An award-winning journalist, Allen regularly wrote about Sports Action, Oregon's legalized NFL betting lottery game, which was discontinued by lawmakers at the conclusion of the 2006 season in an attempt to attract the NCAA basketball tournament to the state.

During his time with sports gambling, Allen has witnessed the industry from both vantage points, as a bettor and while working for bookies. He ran a short-lived sports service by 900 number in the mid-1990s.


 Awards and Publications

  • Author of Becoming a Winning Gambler and ​Sports Betting Basics

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