Continue reading...My BackgroundI was born into a gambling family. My dad and grandfather were Bookmakers back in the 60s & 70s and they were also very successful professional gamblers (mainly horse racing). I used to sit in their back office as a toddler using a toy phone so I could pretend to take/make bets like all the other people sitting around me. Then, when I was a little older, I was on the phones for real to make some extra pocket money.
By thirteen, dad set me up with one of his accounts to bet my own money on the horses and my education went to the next level. It sounds crazy and irresponsible, but they always monitored me closely and I was going to do it anyway….. they wouldn’t have been able to stop me!
By the late 70s I was seventeen and a veteran, but really needed to focus on my ‘A’ levels and finding a proper job, as my mother had laid down the law about me not going into the bookmaking business.
I eventually joined Shell International in London and became an Accountant...
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