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Gambling For Life: The Man Who Won Millions And Spent Every Penny

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The definitive autobiography from Kieren Fallon, one of the world’s greatest and most controversial horseracing jockeys. His main winning strategy has been to recognise sports superstars early - Federer, T Woods, Navratalova, etc, the keep betting them. However, there’s no dispute – it’s a unique insight into the inner circle of the betting world, and what drives it.

Findlay lets rip with an amusing rant against cash-outs and the current betting industry which is too libellous to be repeated here, but he does make a salient point that it is “wrong that, as every winning bet pays Betfair a commission, small players should have to pay 5% while big players only pay 2%. A water leak in the first-class galley knocked out the electricity to the plane's systems, which began to shut down one-by-one with around 25 km to go until their destination. Royal Ascot, World Cup Finals or Wimbledon, every other event had a fair percentage of people in the crowd who didn't know that much about what they were watching, but that number was almost nil at Cheltenham.The plane was forced to descend 10,000 ft running on reserve battery power, gliding to the airport with numerous fuel pumps along with the autopilot, radar, cabin pressure, and autothrottle systems dead. I stood there thinking: 'Win or lose, I won't get this feeling again, there won't be another Denman. Loved the bit about why Harry doesn't play Poker - he says he's so excitable if/when he got a perfect/great hand he wouldn't be able to keep it to himself! Fearless and formidable, bullish and bombastic, there is no one in the gambling game who can match Harry's style and seismic impact. The Irish lads who were the main owners kept him and he won a few around Curraheen Park Cork on the track but only low grade.

Bangor-on-Dee was an impossible place to get to on a sunny day and we had no chance with conventional transport at such late notice," Harry said. Ever since saying value wasn’t important, things were always going to go wrong for Harry sooner or later. I had a drink with [the All Blacks coach] Steve Hansen three days later and he said: ‘We were fucked.

Don’t know if he still owes or is still owed (or neither) but he appears to have drawn stumps gambling-wise, giving us a perhaps a salutary lesson in the nature of the game. I even said as much to him, announcing to Harry "you do know I can't train pigs to be dirty at the moment?

I’ve just finished reading this book and I can thoroughly recommend if you’re looking for some reading material currently.Steeplechasing has a good point, the really successful professional gamblers I know, tend to be more laid back characters, not overly exitable.

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