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Sporting Chancer: One Man's Journey to Take On the World (Know the Score) Paperback – 1 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190805106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908051066
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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**Shortlisted for the Best New Writer at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards**

"Ed Hawkins, the raffish gambling "expert", if there is such a thing, and sometime contributor to this newspaper, has a book out. Shock news: it's not at all bad." --Evening Standard

"A hilarious solo journey of a dry-humoured Englishman trying to come to terms with the Australian psyche, out-of-control English cricket fans and the unique characteristics of the different places he visits whilst doing his best to reach his pre-trip target of betting winnings. This is a superb book and as ever with Ed, I'm anything but surprised." --Betfair

About the Author

A sportswriter for more than 15 years, Ed Hawkins is best known for his work as a gambling journalist. He won the SJA Sports Betting Writer of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and has written for The Times, Guardian and Racing Post. Ed previously collaborated on the autobiography of West Indies cricket legend Michael Holding, who he now pesters for racing tips.


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I found this to be a really interesting book on sports betting. The author is not only funny in recounting his travel tales but also informative about the specifics of betting. He goes into detail about spread betting in cricket which I also found interesting. Despite being a cricket fan from a young age I was unaware of this type of bet and thought naively that all you could bet on was whether a team won, lost or drew and who would be top run scorer/wicket taker.

I also enjoyed the book as it is about something I knew about namely the disasterous 2006-2007 Ashes series where Australia whitewashed England 5-0. However there are also bits about poker playing in Las Vegas, Cock Fighting in New Orleans and a visit to a Glaswegian Bingo Hall.

Another good thing about the book is that the author despite being a betting man differentiates between the hopeless souls you find in the bookmakers who have to have a bet on anything and everything and those who research the sport, trying to gain whatever edge they can over the bookmaker. He also talks about the perils of gambling and shows that behind every success story there are those people whose lives have been destroyed by it.

A good read for anyone interested in sports betting.
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When I first started reading this I was enjoying it and liked seeing the profit/loss at the end of the chapters. As the book went on, I found the author more and more arrogant and pompous sounding. His attitude towards women was terrible especially when talking to a top female poker player. After insulting her he then went on to mistake his QJ hand for KK. What an idiot, wasting $10,000.

Wouldn't recommend this book, I'm sure there are better betting biographies around where its more about the actual betting and not some posh boy making out he's much better than everyone else.
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Anyone who has spent years trying to make a living out of betting will love reading this. The author tells a very amusing
tale of his travels in pursuit of the elusive big win, describing in detail some of his friends and acquaintances on the way.
One of the best value-for-money books I have purchased recently.
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This is really a cross between predominantly life as a cricket enthusiast and a punter. It ticked along alright without completely bliowing me away. Worth the £6.50 or whatever I paid for it though if you're into sports betting.
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spot on descriptions in this book. especially when he meets some bogan aussie guy. wow that guy sounds really racist, a drunk and quite possible mildly retarded. oh i bet he is fat too. spoooooner!
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As the title says I simply found the way this was written irritating in the extreme. Trying to be funny every second sentence I found the book became tiresome and I just wanted it to end. No, we don't all accept that Mike Gatting scoffs everything he's had his hands on and that people watching county cricket pass away in their deckchairs on a regular basis (how often has that one been trotted out?). It's just not a funny line to write that an overweight person is the size of a small country or that pensioners smell of wee. If that's how you like your humour then this book is for you, it wasn't for me.
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Loved this book, right from the start when he places the first bet on a greyhound at the Stow, to Singapore (try reading the "its more exciting with horses" article without cracking up with laughter!) to Australia where you meet Wayne and the stolen phone through to USA -via perving at a flight attendant while talking to a deaf brummie - where you go cock fighting and meet a homeless guy who he makes a bet with "I'm off it pete!" right back to Scotland doing bingo with free chips and gravy and a psycho taxi driver.

Very funny book with a lot of intelligent and funny comments in between.Buy it you'll love it
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Hats off to Ed Hawkins and Know The Score for writing and publishing this very off-beat book.

The story in brief: Ed Hawkins loses his job as a racing tipster. He attempts to finance his way through a trip to the entire 2006-07 Ashes series by high-risk betting on the games. He goes to Vegas and plays in a poker tournament. He seeks out and bets on cock fighting. He gets a nasty illness and goes to play bingo in Glasgow.

The outcome of this odd meld is that what starts out as a lighthearted road trip descends very much into a journey to gambling's darkest side.

If you are at all a betting person you should read this book as surely you will see your own reflection somewhere along the line. But what stands out is Hawkins' sharp eye and pen when it comes to other people; if his betting doesn't always hit the bull's eye (and that's another part of the book's appeal), his observations of human oddities certainly does.

That Hawkins manages to also contemplate the wonderment of county cricket souvenir shops is just another of the many highlights.
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