Interview MARK RHODEN: Mark’s father was a semi-professional punter, so that ensured he became very familiar with racecourses at an early age. As a teenager Mark started to work for on-course bookmakers. When the opportunity arose to relocate to work for an off-course bookmaker full time he jumped at it. He soon absorbed all there was to learn from this form savvy punting layer. After 17 year the bookmaking landscape changed, Mark found himself pro-punting by necessity rather than design. He’s now an established professional punter, racing analyst and tipster. Meeting Mark Rhoden.
MARK RHODEN (part 1 of 4)
Mark Rhoden professional punter and tipster talks about his background, his semi-professional punting father, working for on-course bookmakers and racing for six or seven days a week. Also, starting a 17 year career working for corporate bookmakers including one who saw the need to evolve to survive. We also find out how he got his foot in the door with the guys that studied the form and made the markets. He learnt from the best in form analysis and quickly found out how little he actually knew. Plus working for a bookmaking firm that also bet and taking on professional and winning backers.
MARK RHODEN (part 2 of 4)
In part 2 Mark talks about turning the knowledge he learned in 17 years of bookmaking back onto the bookies as he embarked on a career as a professional gambler. Keeping his own ratings database with time, class, weight and video analysis being key. He also discusses the single most important aspect of form.
MARK RHODEN (part 3 of 4)
Mark Rhoden talks about getting bad losing runs and coping with them. Not claiming to be the best loser in the industry but dealing and accepting that everyone makes mistakes and has bad luck. He talks about the secret of coping with it and that’s not dwelling on it. Plus looking wider in the market for value against the strike-rate advantage of backing favourites.
MARK RHODEN (part 4 of 4)
In the fourth and final part of his interview professional punter Mark Rhoden talks about the practicalities of professional punting. Does he bet each-way, place multiples, use bots and automation, getting together with other professional punters, using twitter as a resource to share information. Why he also ‘tips’ horses and sharing information. How UK and Irish bookmakers destroyed the honour and culture of Australian bookmaking. He concludes with his biggest lesson learned as a professional punter and the single most important thing a punter has to do to win in the long run.