Interview: BARRY DENNIS: Meeting Barry Dennis. Barry’s bookmaking career almost ended before it started when he laid his school mates 33/1 the Derby winner! Setbacks aside Barry rose from the four shilling ring at Brighton to become the UK’s best known on-course bookmaker. In this series of interviews he tells his fascinating story in his own inimitable style.
BARRY DENNIS (part 1 of 3)
Meeting bookmaker Barry Dennis, in this first of 3 parts he talks of his beginnings as a schoolboy bookmaker, doing his cobblers on Never Say Die. His connection with George Brent, the Dagenham dog coup and his first racecourse pitches plus filling dead men’s shoes.
BARRY DENNIS (part 2 of 3)
In part two bookmaker Barry Dennis talks about his work with Channel 4 Racing, ‘Barry’s Bismarck’ not allowing women to bet with him at Royal Ascot and Frankie’s Magnificent Seven. He also talks the day he copped a cheque for £100k from one punter’s one day business.
BARRY DENNIS (part 3 of 3)
In this the third and final part Barry talks of his love of cricket, the problems facing on-course bookmakers, if he’d advise anyone to get into the game now and whether racecourse bookmakers have a future.
Simon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting Ring