Betting Reminiscences

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Betting Reminiscences

Post by harry_rag » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:35 pm

Feel free to join in if it helps pass the time. Few things we could do like how you got into punting, biggest wins, worst losses, most embarrassing mistakes etc.

Let’s start with your betting beginnings. Allow me to express myself as Kevin Rowland might say.

Early betting would’ve been social, e.g. my dad liked the occasional game of pontoon on a Bank Holiday which would typically end up with me doubling or losing my pocket money. I can also remember playing poker and other card games for money in the 6th form, either at school or someone’s house, to very small stakes. I remember one piece of spectacular cheating where me and the lad next to me both folded, compared our hands and realised we had 5 aces between us (2s were wild). I somehow got away with rejoining the betting and taking the pot which we split. I don’t think I’ve ever cheated other than that and I salve my conscience by saying the rest of them got what they deserved for being so unobservant! I also remember losing more than normal to my mate one night and him giving me the chance to double or quits via high card. After several rounds of that I had to stop as I’d lost an “enormous” amount (about £6.40 I think)! My self inflicted punishment was no lunch for a week, just an apple a day.

First nervous foray into a betting shop would be the obvious Grand National. I can also remember betting on the Derby when it was midweek because a girl I fancied wanted to have a bet on it and wasn’t old enough to go in the bookies (that sounds dodgy, she was only a year younger than me). First footy betting was when I moved to a team at work where all the blokes put a fixed odds coupon on every weekend. I saw them being passed around and became interested. Started putting one on myself, used to use the form guides in the daily paper then started buying the RP every Friday as it had all the form and prices. Used to love the Friday night form study. Had a bit of beginners luck with some chunky 5 folds landed me a few £100. I remember seriously pissing the Hills manager off by excitedly rushing round for my winnings not long after the results were in. I think the expected etiquette was you waited till Monday! No Sunday racing then, and I can just about remember prices being on blackboards.

Sorry that went on so long, I’ll pause there and part two will be a more conscise summary of my transition to being a more serious punter! :snooze

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Re: Betting Reminiscences

Post by harry_rag » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:09 pm

Must admit my own enthusiasm for this spur of the moment rambling has waned somewhat so not surprised at the lack of response (though I see Fenners is threatening us with his whole life story)! {8

To quickly finish it off, I noticed the tips on various sports in the RP and cottoned onto the idea of trying to make a profit by betting on singles rather than tilting at accas. Became interested in Spread Betting when that came on the scene and started opening accounts. Also enjoyed reading "soccer boffin" Kevin Pullein's articles over the years and found my own approach to framing "true" odds across a variety of markets, which has evolved over time. I've largely stuck to sports betting for my "serious" bets and just bet on horses for "fun". No doubt missed plenty of winners on here over the years but there's only so much time to devote to betting (normally) and my main enjoyment is trying to crack the footy and rugger betting etc.

Went online in the early noughties and stumbled across the Bookiebusters forum where I "met" Col, Nick, Matt and others and been on here since.

Yada yada yada, that concludes my trek down memory lane!

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Re: Betting Reminiscences

Post by Col » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:25 pm

I was a latecomer to betting really, used to go to the bookies with my mate on a saturday before the pub so he could get his lines on. But it never really interested me.
It wasn't until the Internet appeared that I started having the odd punt on the football. One day I was browsing and I came across a betting forum called Bookiebusters, the lads on there all seemed a great bunch, so I stuck around. :)

Never did make my fortune from the steady drip though.

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Re: Betting Reminiscences

Post by The Fenman » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:57 pm

Nah carry on h only just found this . . . . . . :thumbs

Just a quicky i wanted hala bec to win this for 12 k place for 3k . . . . . . .yellow colours on the outside. . . .

Keep doing right things, right things happen. . . Simple innit

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