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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for beginner and expert
As a former Parliamentary candidate now running the website Political Betting, Mike Smithson knows a thing or too about betting on politics. This informative guide covers a wide remit, from the history of betting on politics in the early days, some famous incidents bet upon, what markets are available and how the various ways of betting operate. Drawing on his own...
Published on 21 April 2007 by SAMUEL BEST-SHAW

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not much substance for seasoned punters.
The Good:

* Entertaining and informative anecdotes about betting market developments in previous elections and leadership contests.
* Analysis of the various pollsters, highlighting their stengths, weaknesses and accuracy.

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* The book is quite short, and given this limited space, too much is devoted to explaining the various...
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by Reginald Perrin


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for beginner and expert, 21 April 2007
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SAMUEL BEST-SHAW "SBS" (Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Political Punter: How to Make Money Betting on Politics (Paperback)
As a former Parliamentary candidate now running the website Political Betting, Mike Smithson knows a thing or too about betting on politics. This informative guide covers a wide remit, from the history of betting on politics in the early days, some famous incidents bet upon, what markets are available and how the various ways of betting operate. Drawing on his own experience of betting, Smithson is able to highlight some tips for success in this unique area of gambling. The book is up to the minute too, with sections on the US Presidential election, and the next UK General Election.

If you are interested in politics, it's a great and incisive read, and if you are a punter, either novice or experienced, it's a wonderful, and utterly unique textbook.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not much substance for seasoned punters., 22 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Political Punter: How to Make Money Betting on Politics (Paperback)
The Good:

* Entertaining and informative anecdotes about betting market developments in previous elections and leadership contests.
* Analysis of the various pollsters, highlighting their stengths, weaknesses and accuracy.

The Bad:

* The book is quite short, and given this limited space, too much is devoted to explaining the various means of placing a bet. This is basic factual information to which nothing is added, it would have been better just to refer readers to the Betfair help guide for example.
* Despite showing a good deal of knowledge on critically evaluating the various information sources, when it comes to advice for leadership elections for a given party for example, it is far too simplistic - along the lines of "bet on the favourite, they always seem to win the race for this party".

The author seems very much to be someone who is interested in politics that has moved into betting, rather than the other way round. If you wish to do the same then this book is probably a good buy. However if you are already familiar with betting exhanges, spread betting and bookmakers you may feel there's not enough new information for you.
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