Interview: ROGER BROOKE Roger Brooke first went greyhound racing when he was 12 years old. The sport became a huge passion for him and also led him into a life as a punter and bookmaker. Affectionately known as ‘Fat Roger’, in this three part interview, he tells Julie Collier that he would pitch himself against anyone when it comes to betting on dogs, why he should have made more money than he has and he recounts some of his wonderful memories in the sport he loves.
ROGER BROOKE (part 1 of 3)
Roger was far too young to legally bet when he had his first winner at Hove greyhounds and got the bug! Here he tells us why gambling on greyhounds is harder now than ever, as the sport is flooded with dogs and racing. He also talks about some of the dogs he has owned and why he is reluctant to own many more.
ROGER BROOKE (part 2 of 3)
Here Roger talks about his life as a professional punter and what it is that he thinks gives him the edge in finding winners. He makes money, but explains his downfalls when it comes to gambling and addresses whether or not he in fact has a gambling addiction. Roger also talks about how he deals with losing runs and why he believes betting firms overreact to small bets.
ROGER BROOKE (part 3 of 3)
In part three, Roger addresses whether or not being a punter, helped him make a book at Hove and how he approached his job. We discuss Betfair and he airs his strong opinions on the 40% commission charge. Roger gives his opinions on the future of the sport he loves and who he thinks is the best dog he has ever seen.