BETTING ODDITIES: Posting gambling profits

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 staggered to see this sign in Esher’s post office. OVER A £1 MILLION raised for ‘good causes’ from one (small) shop in one (small) town.

Interesting that the National Lottery (AKA Government) think this is a positive message to promote.

In this age of forensic regulation, accountability and do-gooding should similar signs be posted in betting shops?

“This shop has directly raised £X towards the national economy and NHS through responsible gambling.”

Or would the ‘X’ figure be an unpalatable amount for either punters, bookmakers or the government to want see publicised?

Perhaps the government prefer to carry on getting their share quietly and only sugar-coat gambling when they see fit?


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I just LOVE the ampersand !!

When you carefully hand chisel a tweet but are still 2 characters over – changing ‘and’ to a ‘&’ is the perfect crime. It’s the little things in life.


Due to a minor impending change of UK law, I regret to inform you that future Oddities will only be accessible to UK based readers with, er, a blue passport. That may or may not be true but I don’t know what to believe any more.

All I can say is Bon Voyage UK and perhaps a song to send us out of Europe. Those were the days …..


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.

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