BETTING ODDITIES blog: Any Deal Will Do

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly Monday blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.

DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist. His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.


POOLS PANEL: “FAV WON 3.15 AT SANDOWN”

Dallas, Howard’s Way, Ski Sunday theme tune and ‘you can’t beat a bit of Bully’ – all part of weekends when you grew up in 80’s.

Also hearing oddities like ‘telephone claims are required for 23 points or more’ and ‘pools panel say HOME WIN’.

The Pools Panel gave verdicts on matches that were abandoned so that the Football Pools could still operate. A panel of five people met, in secret, at the London Hilton, to adjudicate the ‘results’ of phantom matches. A kangaroo court if you were being less than charitable.

It got me thinking whether the same jurisdiction could exist for horse racing now that we are entering the phase of abandoned meetings?

Experts deciding race results and bookies paying out on their proclamations. I mean, what POSSIBLY could go wrong with this?


ANY DEAL WILL DO

I fully appreciate that BREXIT and VAR, even as a double, pays odds-on in the “subjects we are fed up to the back teeth of talking about” market, or SWAFUTTBTOTA for short 😉

So I will confine observations on both to a sentence and a video.

VAR

If this is to continue to be used then, for Christ’s sake, at least get the damn decisions right.

BREXIT

Boris And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Brilliant.


AN ALL BLACK DAY

It’s only a game …..

Try telling that to New Zealand.

Yesterday’s Herald On Sunday’s bleak front page ….

Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.