Betting

The coup that nearly cost the bookies £10 million

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Since coup conspirators nearly won £10 million from the bookies, the sport has divided into two camps. Some grinned and…

In defence of gambling

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Doing good doesn’t always work out as expected. A regular entering his local pub takes pity on an old lady…

Why racing is not a ‘posh’ sport

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Why hasn’t Bristol De Mai become as beloved by the racing public as his fellow greys Desert Orchid and One…

How I won €160 by mistake

10 October 2020 9:00 am

My French friend André speaks perfect English and is the kindest of men. After reading last week about my futile…

Rich Ricci, former executive chairman of BetBright. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Stringer

While some bookies behave admirably, the BetBright debacle is a disgrace

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Encountering a generous-hearted bookmaker is normally as rare an occurrence as finding a picture of the Duchess of Sussex without…

Tom Scudamore riding Know The Score wins the Visit Our Shop 'Star Sports Mayfair' Standard Open NH Flat Race at Towcester racecourse, 14 February, 2018

‘Concussion doesn’t count’: memories of a racing dynasty

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The Scudamores are one of the bedrock families of jump racing. After being shot down and spending two years as…

How one man took on the French betting system — and kept winning against the odds

14 April 2018 9:00 am

About a third of the way through this book I worked out that I had an unbeatable system for winning…

The rich literature of the game of poker

2 December 2017 9:00 am

According to the subtitle, this is a collection of ‘short stories of long nights at the poker table’. Were that…

The turf

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Racing is an expensive sport to stage. Courses and grandstands have to be maintained, health and safety regulations have to…

Cheltenham has no brothels – I wonder why

26 March 2016 9:00 am

I shared a taxi from Cheltenham station to the house party in an outlying village with a stripper. Finding a…

You don’t need a nose-tapping tipster to maximise your winnings

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Master golfer Gary Player had the perfect retort when a 19th-hole pundit on his fourth G&T declared, ‘It’s all down…

My afternoon in a Gallic version of Betfred

21 March 2015 9:00 am

For the Cheltenham Festival I received the customary tipster circular from my pal Soapy Joe. Soapy’s most convincing credential as…

How to beat a robot bookie

22 March 2014 9:00 am

What does it mean these days to beat the bookie? Many of us like to imagine that winning a bet…

A FOBT ban could be terminal for high-street bookies – and great for a Labour donor

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Hands up: who knows what a FOBT is? It stands for fixed odds betting terminal. No? Well, you should, because…

The Speculator: Why I get so excited at goalless football matches

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A successful gambler once told me: ‘Never bet on football, never bet on multipliers, and never ever bet on football…