I recently had the good fortune of meeting Fitzdares’ founder, Balthazar Fabricius, and was struck by something he said: that one of the reasons for starting his business was that gamblers were more interesting than your average person. I agree. We might be impatient, dysfunctional and reckless but I like to think this manifests itself...
It was 100/1 at the time. The horse in question was Corbiere. I backed Jenny Pitman to become the first-ever female trainer of the National winner from odds of 100/1 down to 13/1; unlucky 13 for some, but not for me. My collection of 50p each-way bets culminated in a fortune for a student, and I was hooked for life on the racing game.
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Three years after I had gone to Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory to run the high-stakes Aspinall Room in the Diamond Beach Hotel Casino, I met ‘The Whale’, Akio Kashiwagi. In 1984, Aspinalls was invited by the NT government to come and operate its two casinos – Darwin and Alice Springs – which it had compulsorily...
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