Is it possible to make money on sports betting? Yes, says Simon Inglis, who has earned more than a best-buy savings account in a year – but no if you look at the victims of the industry, as we detail below
Gambling, goes the consensus, is a mug’s game. Certainly that was my view. Apart from an annual punt on the Grand National I steered well clear. Not least, having cleared the contents of my late uncle’s slum flat, strewn with betting slips, I associated it with failure.
Another obstacle is mental arithmetic. It’s not my strong point. If ever a gambler tried to talk me through the basics, I glazed over within seconds. But then this time last year my book, Played in London, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. My reward? A free £1,000 bet.
Maybe I am just lucky. Of the 50 bets I have made, I lost only 12
Gambling, said one former addict, is like cocaine. Some can handle it. Most cannnot