Interview: BARRY ‘PINNO’ PINNINGTON: Barry ‘Pinno’ Pinnington is a true professional on-course bookmaker. He bets from Exeter to Perth as well as the perilous waters of trotting and point to points. He bought enough pitches to keep him in travelling the turf 7 days a week and regularly does so. He learned the art of bookmaking at an early age from his father taking the plunge going into business himself after an unexpected windfall when in a share with his father. This interview in three parts chronicle the life of a stalwart from the dying breed of full time professional on-course bookmakers.
BARRY ‘PINNO’ PINNINGTON (part 1 of 3)
In the part 1 of 3 racecourse bookmaker Barry ‘Pinno’ Pinnington tells of his early days learning his trade with his father in the horseracing and greyhound betting rings of the North West, how and unexpected win helped him on his way starting his own business working pitches from Perth to Exeter in some way thanks to John Batten – the bogus bookmaker that legged it during Benny The Dip’s Derby.
BARRY ‘PINNO’ PINNINGTON (part 2 of 3)
In part two bookmaker Barry talks of his love of harness racing, trotting and point to points – he explains how he tackles pricing up events, the value punters get on course, the All Of Ireland Road Race and a lucky tale of getting a short one beaten.
BARRY ‘PINNO’ PINNINGTON (part 3 of 3)
In the final part of our Interview with Barry, he continues his stories from the betting ring including being on the receiving end of an Irish trotting coup in the Musselburgh ‘Free For All’. The best parts of being a professional bookmaker and the serious health as well as wealth risk of a career as a bookmaker.
Simon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting Ring