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


“I was leading and then I was not….” Donald Trump

Basically something every punter on the planet goes through …

“I was leading and then I was not….” Punter whose horse leads a furlong out
“I was leading and then I was not….” Punter caught out by a 90th minute equaliser
“I was leading and then I was not….” Punter sunk by a one foot missed putt

We’ve ALL been there.

It’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false with all the allegations flying around.

Rudi Giuliani said “Joe Biden could have voted 50 times, as far as we know, or 5000 times.”

5,000 times. Gulp.

For all Trump’s outrageous tweets it is still CONCEIVABLE that with such an archaic system there COULD be irregularities.

The time has surely come for electronic voting?

We’re in an era of secure online betting, banking and shopping that it surely has to be the way forward now?

It can’t be beyond the IT giants to devise a system that all parties can be happy with on both security and legitimacy? No more doubt, no more fraud and no more recounts.

You can order a Big Mac on your phone but to cast a vote you have to go to a church hall to place your ‘X’.

Kids of the future will say: “Did people REALLY used to place votes like that?”


The gigantic markets on the US Election reminded me of just how far things have come in non-sports markets – I’m not sure we can even call them ‘novelty’ markets anymore given the levels of liquidity involved.

It was great watching Graham Sharpe’s #BettingPeople interview ( with Simon Nott when he recalled how ground breaking the William Hill ‘Who Shot JR?’ market on Dallas was back in 1980.

It was the first market of its type and the odds were even broadcast on the BBC News. Mega scenes.

The market took over ยฃ250,000. That’s 1980 money, so the signs were there very early on that people wanted to bet on ANYTHING.

By the way, there were around 40 runners in that market. Imagine being THAT unpopular that there are 40 runners in the frame for shooting you? GULP.


The dream of anyone working in social media is to have messages that go viral.

Often it’s the simplest, most topical ones that work the best.

So hats off to Southampton FC for one of the tweets of the year.

PS: Good job they sent it when they did. Good tweets are of fleeting duration, just like Southampton’s spell at the top of the table.


DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist.ย 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.

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

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