#BettingPeople: ANDY SMITH
#BettingPeople: ANDY SMITH: Andy Smith’s education was partially conducted on racecourses, working with his bookmaker father, Chris. Andy worked for various bookmakers before going alone as Festival Racing and betting in some of the prime positions in the West country. He still retains some pitches but is now gamekeeper turned poacher earning his living from other bookies punting professionally. Meeting ANDY SMITH with Simon Nott.
ANDY SMITH (part 1 of 4)
Andy talks about how he earns his living betting now. He tells us about his background working for his father and how a skill in maths enabled him to accurately price races from an early age.
ANDY SMITH (part 2 of 4)
Andy talks about how in his early days it was imperative to bet well. He tells us in no uncertain terms what is wrong with bookmaker’s today, how it was to survive in the betting ring, buying and selling pitches, the best punters on course winning £60,000 on a Gold Cup bet and more.
ANDY SMITH (part 3 of 4)
Andy talks about losing runs and chasing losses in his early days, how Stephen Little gave him more rope than Victor Chandler, how Betfair changed everything and relates some hair raising stories about drunken tic-tic and borrowing various modes of transport.
ANDY SMITH (part 4 of 4)
In the concluding part Andy talks about owning shares in horses, a controversial social media run-in with a bookmaker who shall remain nameless for legal reasons which cost him dear, upsetting the BHA, how he gets his bets on and advice for punters.