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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining read; superb overview of sports betting, 2 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Derek McGovern on Sports Betting and How to Make it Pay (Hardcover)
Brough Scott writes the foreword to this book and sets its tone in describing McGovern as something of a cheeky chappie. McGovern writes in a humorous style whilst sharing many interesting betting tales with his readers, including the infamous Hole in One Gang, and canny "aftertimers". Almost every sport is dealt with in sufficient depth, with US sports the only noticeable absentees. The chapters on Ladbrokes' disgraceful treatment of punters and betting shop crime are fascinating, as is the introductory chapter which outlines the birth of sports betting. A few lines in this book really are "laugh-out-loud" funny, and the tips McGovern gives are particularly useful for those just getting into sports betting. Since reading the book I have become a daily bettor, but the wit of McGovern means that even experienced punters will enjoy it thoroughly. My only quibble is that it's not longer, but that's only because I enjoyed it so much, and in any case I'm being unfair - 317 pages is plenty. Maybe mcGovern could write another book on sports betting, this time aiming it at more experience bettors and consequently going into greater detail and providing us with more amusing anecdotes. Top class stuff.
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