Well there it is i've said it. Betfair saved my life: or more accurately it didn't really. But it sent my life in directions which previously were closed to poor people.
But at what cost did i stop and think of the consequences of my actions, do any of us consider the consequences of what we do when we're in the eye of the storm? I don't mean the misery and suffering of other people losing their hard earned money to you, I can live with that. I mean, what other parts of your life suffer due to the ups and downs of gambling, the stress and the strain not forgetting the time consuming aspect working during otherwise social periods eg weekends and evenings. And what emotions are left at the end of such prolonged squeaky bumming.
1/ Pro gamblers are loud charismatic devious individuals correct?
Not at all, alot of gamblers are more likely an introvert, someone who's content tapping away on his little keyboard alone for hours and hours.
2/ Surely pro gamblers are flash spenders with an easy come easy go attitude if not to life then to money?
Again absolutely not i believe the opposite to be true, whilst i could gamble £200,000 in an hour I am the type of individual who'd struggle to shop at Waitrose as i'd know Sainsburys was a bit cheaper!
3/ 10 years betting Am i an emotionally drained?
Absolutely, but a couple of months of little betting + a caribbean holiday and i'm fighting fit again.
Beware the daily grind, when your head hits the pillow all you think about is your days betting p&l do that for 4000 days in a row and not be stressed and i'll be impressed.
4/ Worst aspect of betting?
For me stress stress stress, the unjust nature of betting, the almost comical way you lose when you're on a losing streak, the ability to lose in ways you never dreamt possible. But when relaxing you realise its just natures way of showing you you won too much at other times and in the end it'll all balances out.
Also when your edge dries up, but when one story ends another begins.(i hope)
5/ What other parts of your life have suffered?
Financially my life is better, but everything else apart from close family has been firmly ignored. Friends were pretty sparse anyway but think a few got p1ssed off with my new cars, house, whilst not going to work much, where as they worked all the time and were still in debt. So i've not gone out a whole lot i would pass an invitation in favour of betting and invariably i'd win a few hundred and think to myself its good to stay in and bet rather than go out.
Also my personality whilst being polite, kind, generous, helpful, considerate, funny, modest, i'm probably a bit quiet sometimes and happy to stay in with my dog... and wife + family.
6/ What was you inspiration to work so hard for so long?
When i started BF i had over 10 years working in betting shops as my background, this gave me no assistance in terms of betting skills by the way, so i'd had over 10 years of vile customers and bosses who treat you worse than a dog, incompetent colleagues who snooze at the counter selfish to the core, so when you spend so much of your life in this environment if you get a glimmer of a different life as i did when i joined BF then you have to give it 110% as a divvy footballer would say.
7/ Fascinating stuff, i'm sure your 4 readers will enjoy this update
Fk em, sorry no pics on this update i know we all like a little pic to keep the post interesting.
The £200k mentioned above is the t/o i'd bet in a period, at no time was i risking £200k to lose the lot, i would cross trade at all times across multiple markets as my initial title said 10yrs £1 million so risking £200k would be silly.
8/ Who interviewed you?
Myself, i'm not crazy you gotta believe me.