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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Aesculus Press Limited; 7th Reprinted edition edition (16 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871093120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871093124
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From an author who devises and tests his own systems, this book describes how, during the winter of 1991/2, he applied his ideas at the racetrack and took over #1000 per month from bookmakers. It details the exact methods he used and explains the precise reasons behind every bet made.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Punter on 1 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
'Betting for a Living' is a must read for anybody who wishes to make a profit at horseracing. After reading this I realised many major mistakes I make in studying form and betting on horses. This book does not give you any quick solutions or systems, it actually encourages much more hard work on your part. However from the information in this book you can be sure that you will be concerntrating on the right aspects of form and eliminating many elimentary mistakes that I used to make. 'Betting for a Living' has made my betting more profitable and I would reccomend it to anybody who regularly backs horses. Also I would reccomend 'Betting on flat handicaps' by John Gibby, a book which builds on many of the concepts in 'Betting for a Living'.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ian Millard on 14 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like many people at or near the top of their chosen field, Nick Mordin is plainly obsessed. Thank God he is! For this obsession has led Mordin to write books which lay it on the line about racing and betting thereon.
One of the points he makes which made me laugh is how very very poor the TV "experts" are. I recall a year or so ago Julian whatsisname --Wilson--, one of the rather Establishment TV commentators of yesteryear, solemnly plugging the horse he owned, odds-on or very short odds anyway for a major race...NOWHERE! And it still happens daily. Look at the main racing channel on satellite. Of the three usual commentators, none usually gets a hit, but, Oh! how knowledgeable they are BEFORE the race (and indeed, all-wise, AFTER it, shameless people)!
For me, the statistics-led approach he favours is not easy to adopt; neither is the observant approach of seeing which horse is, e.g. frightened, angry etc in the paddock (and Mordin does insist you SEE the horses before backing). But this is a very useful book indeed for the backer who attends the course to bet.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By john@ukhorseracing.net on 20 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Back in the early 90's, Nick Morden, a well known and respected racing journalist set out to discover whether making a living from betting was possible. This is not a "How to" type of book, but a day to day account of his experiment over six months. Above all, he gives the reader a clear picture of the reality of gambling for a living, documenting the ups and downs, and the traps that one can fall into. Another lesser known aspect of the professional gambler is shown, that is the loneliness of this chosen profession where very often your only friend ,and your worst enemy is your own judgement.
Making money from backing horses is no easy ride, but Nick emerges triumphant. This is a delightful book, written well enough for the reader to feel as though he is standing alongside Nick to share the hope, the pain, and the glory. A fascinating insight into the emotive issues of becoming a professional player.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lsur on 15 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mordin has emerged as one of the more intelligent racing pundits in recent years so this book is worth getting. He discusses various aspects of assessing a race, such as class, going, speed and weight. It's good stuff and thought provoking.

However, I suspected that he was not a real professional backer when I read, in the diary section, that he ran off in all directions at once when his 11/4 shot went astray. This is hardly the behaviour of a professional for whom it is just one bet in a sequence and rather relegates him to the level of your average betting shop wally, with his 'come on my son!' hysteria.

In his follow-up book 'Winning without Thinking' Mordin confirmed my suspicions with the admission that he mostly made money writing about racing and racing systems as against betting and he tells of his day job in the advertising trade (where that book's silly chapter titles clearly stem from.) In short, he is a good salesman and publicist but a 6 month break from the day job doesn't count as 'betting for a living'.

He also has a nasty attitude towards his fellow human beings - the Preface to his book on speed is an especially vicious piece of writing and 'Winning Without Thinking' shows a similarly dismissive mentality.

Still, some interesting thoughts in both books. You would also do well to check out the American authors that Mordin has based his ideas on.

(And despite talk of how to bet, there is no discussion of calculating an odds line - surely a basic skill?)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
Mordin is the master of systems and speed ratings this side of the pond. Here he enlightens us with some of the techniques he has learnt in the States and South Africa.
Whilst this book is a few years old now some of the systems have resulted from 'negative feedback', i.e. the systems are victims of their own success - some of the qualifiers are unbackable to make a profit.
The book is a good all rounder touching briefly on speed ratings, horse profiles and body language.
Others have tried to write a book on "how to make a living" but they couldn't do it. Mordin did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bex0505 on 14 Dec. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have been betting for 30 yrs and still this book taught me a few things, I now have put a new system together that is working well. I would recommend to anyone.
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