BEN’S BLOG: ‘The Magic of Tic-Tac’

Published On October 9, 2017 | Ben Keith

ben_keith_team-150x150When I first went Greyhound Racing, at the age of 12, it was the buzz of the betting-ring that instantly hooked me in. Floormen frantically rushing around, trying to secure a ‘back-bet’ for their firm, and Bookies calling out prices as the hare was running.

However, on another level of skill, was to watch a Tic-Tac, on the racecourse. They could move money, in a matter of seconds, through several different rings, right across the course. Their quick thinking, mental-arithmetic and manual dexterity; a sight to behold. I would say, that in their time, they did the most skilled job in the betting-industry.

Simon Nott, Star Sports’ roving-reporter, continues his travels and has, this week, interviewed Rocky Roberto for us. Rocky is now a respected on-course Bookie, but was once, some say, the greatest Tic-Tac of them all.

Here’s a little taster as to what Simon has in store for us…

In other news:

Yasar’s Place, 8 Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow, E17 6HJ. Faultless from start to finish. Perfect salad, chicken doner and crunchy and crispy french-fries. Sensational value and always raising their game. It’s a long way out, but don’t miss a visit to Yasar’s. THE KING OF THE KEBABS. 9.5

Over and out, B x

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