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Jim Clarke bookmaker at the racecourse
Horse RacingJune 16, 20210

A Royal Ascot Catastrophe

One year I got a day’s work with fellow Dorset bookmaker Jim Clarke. Jim and I got on really well but our day working together at Royal Ascot was memorable for all the wrong reasons. I am not at Royal Ascot this year but sitting down to write about it did get me reminiscing. Here is the story, a tale of woe, people who do not like to read about bookmakers losing, stop reading now!

punters checking bets results
Horse RacingJune 12, 20210

Weekly News roundup from Beth

The week started on a sombre note. On Tuesday racing bade a fond farewell to trainer, philanthropist and legendary gambler Barney Curley. His funeral was held at Our Lady Immaculate and St. Etheldreda Catholic Church, Newmarket. Sadly, Covid restrictions meant that only 50 of Barney’s family and closest friends were able to attend. Despite the fact …

BookmakersJune 3, 20210

Coral review

Coral was originally founded by Joe Coral in 1926, and initially operated betting pitches at greyhound and horse racing venues until opening the first credit office in London’s West End in 1943. He branched out into multiple betting offices by the mid 1960s, establishing Coral’s presence on the high-street all over the UK.

Horse RacingJune 1, 20210

Backing them down

The three racecourse bookmakers I worked for regularly were all very different. The first one, Jack Lynn, an old-school bookie, he was D Day veteran, or as he’d always correct, ‘second-wave’ with the Welsh Guards. You had a better chance of coming home if you weren’t in the first wave.

BookmakersMay 28, 20210

BetVictor Review

The company was originally founded in 1946 by the family bookmaking dynasty the Chandler’s, BetVictor has become one of Europe’s leading online gaming firms. The company was founded by William Chandler who owned Walthamstow Stadium, which he opened in 1931, today they are headquartered in Gibraltar.

BookmakersMay 27, 20210

William Hill Review

Established in 1934 and a familiar name to punters, William Hill once dominated the British high-street. Now a huge online player as well, they remain one of the most trusted and respected bookmakers in the market. The company remains a dominant brand in gambling (despite the emergence of a large number of dynamic online-only competitors) and are listed on the London stock market.

Horse RacingMay 21, 20210

Drone Wars and Bookies’ Woes

Some racecourse bookmakers have been up in arms over Royal Ascot’s decision to limit their crowd to just 4000 this year. They aren’t complaining about that figure, or that they will be made up of members, box holders and people eating in the restaurants. No, some of the layers aren’t happy that bookmaker numbers have been limited to just a dozen to service those punters.

Horse RacingMay 19, 20210

When a Gamble Isn’t a Gamble

The Racing Press did its best to brighten up Monday with an on-line story about another attempted multiple ‘gamble’. The punting had apparently taken place overnight on horses from the same stable. Phrases like ‘the bookmakers were running scared’, ‘braced for a huge pay out’ and all that sort of thing no doubt being readied as the first horse went to post. None of the selections won and the trainer was annoyed that his name had been linked to what looks a likely cry of wolf.