Interview: DEAN VALENTINE Dean Valentine started in ‘The Game’ after a chance meeting on holiday when still a teenager. He started out giving change for a bookmaker at the dogs then swiftly rose through the ranks. He did this by keeping the best company, not only the bookmakers he was employed by but by listening to and befriending the really shrewd punters too. He eventually deserted working for the bookies in favour of taking them on full time. This he has done very successfully, once a familiar figure on course but now deep undercover off course. This series of three interviews is a fascinating insight in the life and workings of a real professional punter and his operation. Meeting Dean Valentine.
DEAN VALENTINE (part 1 of 3)
Dean Valentine has been in ‘The Game’ since he was 17 years old, working for on-course bookmakers before turning pro-punter. In part one he talks about his early days working for layers. He has fond and not so fond memories of bookmakers back in the day, he also explains how the advent of the betting exchanges made him change his strategy, learning the hard way.
DEAN VALENTINE (part 2 of 3)
In part two Dean talks about the cold calculated business of getting a few quid from bookmakers. He talks about the information he receives and the struggle to get his and other people’s money on. He also talks about getting knocked for the price of a nice house. He also talks the stresses of the job and how it sits with supporting a family, the importance of spotting value and acting on it. Plus some helpful advice to bookmakers pricing up races.
DEAN VALENTINE (part 3 of 3)
In the final part of our interview with professional punter Dean Valentine, he talks about his punting morning. ‘There’s more than one way to skin a cat (* no cats were harmed in this video) he also talks about the attributes needed to become a successful professional punter and stay one. He also talks emotionally with very strong views on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals FOBT’s. Would he have changed anything?
Simon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring