BEN’S BLOG: ‘Mark Blandford: Competing at the very highest level’

“Bookmakers rarely retire gracefully”. This is a phrase I have heard again and again. Of course, Bookies rarely have any intention of retiring. The Game has intoxicated them and they can’t see another way of life. But the reason their enforced retirement comes about, is because they don’t keep pace with the ever changing market. They don’t stay fresh. And like Mother Nature, a new wave of clever Punters & Bookies, washes over them.

Mark Blandford is of an advanced age, but he is always running forward. There will be successes and failures, but all are victories really, as they continue the learning process. Simon Nott really goes through the gears, in his interview with Mark, and in Part 4 particularly, we see the experienced entrepreneur open up, and show us his drive and wise ambition. The Game is unrelenting. We all know that. But the question is: ARE YOU RELENTLESS ENOUGH TO RUN WITH IT?

MARK BLANDFORD (part 1 of 4)

Meeting Mark Blandford, internet betting pioneer and founder of sportingbet.com. In part 1 he talks of his background in business, running a small chain of backstreet betting shops, poacher turned gamekeeper professional punting, setting up Sportingbet and utilising analytics in the art of bookmaking.


MARK BLANDFORD (part 2 of 4)

In part two Mark talks about taking on professional punters and the trails of actually being one. Using ratings, the dot.com boom, becoming a global brand, restriction policies and not getting on!


MARK BLANDFORD (part 3 of 4)

In part three Mark talks about his love of poker, playing with Neil Channing, acquiring Paradise Poker, the UIGEA ruling and subsequent catastrophic affect on his business.


MARK BLANDFORD (part 4 of 4)

In this fourth and final part of our interview Mark talks of how he dusted himself down and kicked on again after the UIGEA disaster. He also discusses his close ties with the Scudamore family, owning a winner at the Cheltenham Festival and finding winners in business. He also talks about the current bookmaking industry and looking forward to the future.


In other news:

Ben’s Food Vlog 58: Phoenix Palace, 5 Glentworth St, Marylebone, NW1 5PG. WEB SITE. I’ve heard rave reviews about this place. Clearly popular; as there were lots of big groups in attendance. Well, I thought it was quuiiite good. Competent across the board, without ever reaching any exciting levels. I would return, but not recommend. 6.5

Over and out, B x