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Posted by: Billposter on Aug 12, 2011 at 09:37:17 PM
Gone are the days when you had to fight your way into the bookies to place your bets. The place was filled with smoke and the only form of communication with the racecourse was from a loudspeaker on the wall and even this sometimes crackled, splattered and died. At that point you relied on the bookmaker behind the counter to quickly pickup the phone and relay the odds to his man chalking up the odds on the board. He knew that he didn’t have much time to get reconnected before the punters started to give him aggro. There were times when he had to relay the commentary of the race over the phone to the punters in his shop. I do recall on one of these smoke filled days I had a heated discussion with an Irish friend who was going to win money. He had backed Arkle and spent most of his time...