Interesting facts about bookmakers

Posted on Oct 17, 2021      72

The prototypes of modern bookmakers appeared in ancient Rome. Gambling Romans made bets on all kinds of events: gladiatorial fights, chariot races and so on. But all this happened spontaneously, and these bookmaker offices appeared much later. For example, in the 18th century, an Englishman, Richard Tattersall, owner of the prestigious auction of thoroughbred horses, accepted bets on horse races. And in the 19th century, a local shopkeeper Pierre Oehler opened a bookmaker’s office in France.

The largest bookmakers’ offices are registered in Britain. And this for a reason - the British are avid bettors. They will bet on everything: soccer, rugby, dog racing and even on when snow falls in equatorial countries and living creatures are discovered on Mars.

Most gamblers prefer to bet shortly before the event starts. But the British in this matter are more conservative. They have popular long-term bets, in which the outcome will be known only years later. For example, in 1999, the wedding of English soccer star David Beckham and the lead singer of “Spice Girls” Victoria Adams took place. Bookmakers immediately offered to make a bet on the following outcome: the future son of the star couple in the future will become a footballer and will play for the England team. The odds were enticing - 1 to 1,000.

An enterprising Welsh resident offered bookmakers to bet that his grandson Harry Wilson would later become a national team player. The grandson was only two years old, so bookmakers accepted such a bet with huge odds of 1 to 2,500. It was 14 years later and Harry Wilson, who was only 17 years old, came on as a substitute in the match Wales - Belgium. And the young footballer’s grandfather, who bet £50 on his grandson, received £125,000.

But, the customers of bookmakers’ offices are not always so patient. For example, a fan of English club Leicester in 2016 bet 20 pounds that this humble club would become the champion of England. At odds of 5,001. Soon the soccer fan became worried and refunded the bet, getting £29 in his hands. It would seem that there is no more reason to worry, but Leicester unexpectedly won the English championship, and the fan lost the chance to multiply the amount of his bet.

In 1934, Birmingham resident William Hill opened a bookmaker’s office, which he “modestly” named after himself. The law of the country forbade the acceptance of cash for bets, but Hill found a way out: the necessary sums were sent by mail or bets were accepted on credit, which did not contradict the law. William Hill himself died in 1971, but the bookmaker’s office bearing his name is still in operation.

In order to beat a bookie, you need to have an excellent understanding of sports. But this is not the only way to get rich from betting. For example, a Liverpool fan, Adrian Hayward, on the eve of the meeting of his favorite team with Luton, saw in a dream as Xabi Alonso sent the ball into the net gate opponent from the center of the field. In the morning, the fan made a bet in a bookmaker's office exactly at this event. Which, incidentally, came true safely. The amount of the bet was 200 pounds, and the winnings were 200,000.

Can a bookmaker be beaten? According to statistics, only a small proportion of customers of betting shops can count on the fact that the bets will bring them a steady income. These are true professionals who approach their business responsibly, considering the smallest details that may affect the outcome. The rest of the players rely more on gambling. They can sometimes get a good win, but more often they go “into deficit”.