There is a chance that the regular sports betting readers of this site will never had heard of Jeff ‘Pigeon’ Collerson’s book “Getting Paid to Drink and Gamble” . Which is a shame. Reading as a book of anecdotes, but reads well as a education piece for sports investment and sports betting students.
I recall being sent a link to this book way back in 2006. A buddy of mine discovered it somewhere online in his travels and said it would probably be right up my alley.
He was bang on right.
Collerson, The Daily Telegraph’s greyhound – and then later wine – writer, shares a plethora of tales of punting wins and losses, unforgettable racetrack characters and their antics, and the plunges and rorts of yesteryear, all delivered by an entertaining journalist who can spin a good yarn. It’s a fantastic read. Whether a punter, gambler, or sports investment advisor, you will struggle to put this one down at all – save for putting on a bet!
With stories that include winning $20 from Frank Packer betting on an event that had already happened, doped greyhounds and corrupt officials, and the punters and their varying levels of success at the game – you’ll find yourself flying through this.
With the book outlining the sometimes scandalous nature of Australian racing in years passed – it may play as a bit of nostalgia for some, but more importantly will help us appreciate the improvements in betting options and ethical standards that we now enjoy in our racing wagering.
Informative, humorous, and surprisingly touching at times, “Getting Paid to Drink and Gamble” is a worthwhile addition to your gambling bookshelf.