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Interesting look at betting
on 13 July 2012
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.