Betting for a Living Hardcover – 16 Nov 1992
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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Interesting stuff, but completely turned me off the idea of betting for a living.Published 6 months ago by Nick
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