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Better Betting With A Decent Feller - Discounted
Better Betting With A Decent Feller - Discounted Today, branches of bookmaking chains such as William Hill and Ladbrokes are familiar sights in our High Streets accross Britain, and betting takes place on all sorts of events - from horse-racing to general elections, from football matches to the likelihood of snow falling on Christmas Day. Yet until 1961 street bookmakers were illigal, and old practices are slow to fade away. A stigma attaches itself still to bookmaking, and for many people book-makers remain a faintly disreputable and slightly shady lot. This book sets out to examine why this is so.
Bookmaking as a formal occupation was born in the early years of the nineteenth century, growing out of the practice of racecourse adventurers 'hedging' bets - offering odds both for and against a horse winning a race. Professional bettors were damned by association with the sharpsters who hoodwinked punters at racecourses with games such as thimble-rigging and prick-the-garter, and shared their reputation for deceitfulness.
by the 1880s. and despite the efforts of the law, off-course betting at illegal bookies had become widespread, thanks to new technology, better transport and a desire for betting among many of the working class. A flutter on the horses offered a bit of fun and a tantalising if temporary escape from poverty. middle-class moralists decried bookmakers as isle parasites who neither toiled nor spun. but this condemnation was rejected by many working-class folk, who regarded bookies as mostly honest and upright and sometimes as benefactors to the community. in the words of one punter: 'If you were going to bet, it was better betting with a decent feller.'
Now a professor of community history, broadcaster and writer, carl Chinn was himself a bookmaker, and his father and grandfather were illegal street bookies. through an exciting mixture of oral history, letters, newspapers and traditional documents he brings his own unique perspective to this colourful and compelling account of the profession's history - from its origins to the recent rapid growth of the leisure empires such as Coral and William Hill, and the explosion both in betting on 'vitual' horse races and in internet betting on events taking place all over the world.

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