Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; Rev ed. edition (October 31, 2004)
Format: PDF / Kindle / ePub
Size: 8.3 MB
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this day, branches of chains resembling William Hill and Ladbrokes are common points of interest in excessive streets throughout Britain, and making a bet happens on all types of occasions - from horse-racing to normal elections, from football-match effects to the chance of snow falling on Christmas Day. but till 1961 highway bookmakers have been unlawful, and previous prejudices are gradual to vanish away. A stigma remains to be connected to bookmaking, and for lots of humans bookmakers stay a disreputable and shady lot. This ebook units out to check why this can be the case. Social historian Carl Chinn was once himself a bookmaker, like his father and grandfather ahead of him, and as a result brings his personal exact point of view to this full of life and hugely readable account of the profession's background, from its origins one of the sharpsters who hoodwinked punters at racecourses, to the unlawful highway bookies who provided the operating type a tantalising get away from poverty, to the expansion of relaxation empires similar to Coral and William Hill post-legalisation, to playing on the net and making a bet on 'virtual' horse races.