Welcome to our interview with Vincent Pepe, a key player in Tipico's sustained growth and innovation. Vincent is here to offer a genuine glimpse into the company's culture, work ethics, and the driving forces that set Tipico apart in the online gambling and sports betting landscape. Whether you're an industry veteran or just curious about what goes on behind the scenes, Vincent's straightforward insights provide a valuable look at what makes working at Tipico a truly unique experience.
Q: What is your name, job title, and how long have you been with Tipico?
A: My name is Vincent Pepe, I am the Quantitative Trading Analyst on the
Bookmaking Team and I have been here for just over 2 years now.
Q: How does being in the betting industry impact your job on a day-to-day basis?
A: Due to the nature of my position on the bookmaking team, I’m consistently involved with the operation. On a day-to-day basis I am either analyzing our odds or looking / creating products to improve our offering. We have bettors across all departments, so everyone is always talking about sports / talking about bets we are making. If you’re a sports enthusiast and a bettor yourself, there isn’t a better industry to be a part of.
Q: What attracted you to joining this industry?
A: The book and movie Moneyball. Originally, I wanted to work for a soccer team as the world of analytics has just started to breakthrough in that sport. My background is in data science and statistics, both of which encompasses probability. At the base level, all odds are the probability of if an event will happen, so learning to derive and understand how an odd is created is fascinating to me. My job is to play around with numbers and watch sports all day, 2 things I enjoy doing in my free time anyway, so why not do it and get paid for it?
Q: What advice would you give someone trying to join a company like Tipico?
A: You don’t need to be a master of sports betting to work for a sportsbook! I’d say it’s about a 50/50 split between people who avidly sports bet and people who don’t understand sports betting. No matter the department, if you have a willingness to learn about the industry and enjoy watching sports, this is the industry for you
Q: Where would you like your career to go from here?
A: Tipico has always made it a point to promote within rather than hiring for new positions. In the future I’d like to eventually expand the Quantitative Research team and become more involved in projects spanning across all departments.
Q: What’s your most interesting story from your time here at Tipico?
A: The bookmaking team traveled from the US to visit our operations team in Medellin, Colombia to both and go to the Christmas party. During a companywide soccer game I ended up getting stung by a scorpion. Wouldn’t change a thing.