Gambling

How do you solve a problem like fixed odds betting terminals?

3 March 2018 9:00 am

You can tell by the tone of the jokes how most occupations are regarded and we’ve all heard the traditional…

Bang her up! Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game

If this is Aaron Sorkin’s riposte to those who criticise his portrayal of women, God help us

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Molly’s Game marks the directorial debut of Hollywood’s most celebrated screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and is based on his adaptation of…

The founding father of bookmaking

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Imagine Ryan Moore getting caught on the line by a rival’s late spurt at the end of a Newmarket race…

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Unearthly powers

21 October 2017 9:00 am

This delightfully good-humoured novel is the sort of genre scramble that doesn’t often work: there’s a bit of 1990s family…

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…

Virtual reality versus real reality: wisdom (and motorcycle maintenance) from Matthew Crawford

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bit of Kant, bit of Kierkegaard, bit of motorcycle maintenance. That’s one take on The World Beyond Your Head, Matthew…

The missed New Year opportunities I would have rowed the Atlantic for

10 January 2015 9:00 am

 Gstaad The very end of 2014 laid an egg, and an expensive one at that. I missed David Tang’s bash…

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which…

Why I’m glad there’s no British Las Vegas

15 November 2014 9:00 am

I didn’t realise that the Rialto Bridge has a moving walkway and muzak, that the gondolas beneath it float on…

A casino clash worthy of James Bond reaches its climax in the High Court

11 October 2014 9:00 am

It is said that all you really need to know about casinos is that the house always wins. I wouldn’t…

Fear and libertarianism in Las Vegas

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Great God, Vegas is an awful place. I realised this the moment I arrived. My cab driver — who’d been…

The gambler’s daily grind

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Lord Doyle is a shrivelled English gambler frittering away his money and destroying his liver in the casinos of Macau.…

Where the Whigs went

25 January 2014 9:00 am

A book about one of the London clubs, published to mark its 250th anniversary, might be regarded as of extremely…