Saturday, 24 July 2021
Monday, 21 June 2021
Don't you love a chart?
They make a fun way to understand something: facts, figures any number of things.
I particularly like a pie chart as it reminds me of how many apple pies can be safely consumed in a year without the onset of diabetes.
This chart shows the popular times at the Grosvenor Casino Great Yarmouth on a Friday night.
Now, I don't know if you have ever frequented this place which sits on the coast of Norfolk but, if not, you're missing out. To be fair, many a gambler may not be too much bothered about the location or the building as long as it has plenty of slots, roulette tables, poker, blackjack and all the familiar games you would expect of any discerning casino.
You may be thinking: ''What's so interesting about the Grosvenor at Great Yarmouth?
It's a lovely listed building with a touch of glamour and glitz. Remember, all this sparkle doesn't cost you a penny more. It just adds to the occasion and makes a gamble, in my opinion, all the more interesting. There's something about a brick-and-mortar casino on the coast. Perhaps it's those high ceilings and bar that looks something out of a Ian Fleming book. If you aren't up to scratch on your authors, that's the man who wrote all the James Bond novels (yes, they were written as books before being made into films!). Who doesn't like a touch of the Casino Royales?
This was his first book about James Bond published in 1953.
You won't find baccarat played in Norfolk country. Well, not as far as I know at the casino in Great Yarmouth. Although if you are looking for the royal link, Edward VII, future king of England, stayed at Shadingfield Lodge in the 1870s when it was a private house in the ownership of James Cuddon, a barrister of Middle Temple. It was opened as a pub and hotel in 1953 and later the Grosvenor Casino.
I've been to the Grosvenor Casino at Great Yarmouth at least 15 times over the years. And it's always an enjoyable night out whether win, lose or draw. Thankfully I have never lost my shirt.
Looking at the chart for the most popular times on a Friday night, we can see that around 8 pm is the busiest. It's about the time myself and family turn up. I'm usually ready to go home about 12 although I have stayed until 1 am or so a few times.
Have you ever watched the episode of Only Fools And Horses when Del Boy leaves the casino (I think it is the One-Eleven Club). Pretty sure the episode was titled: Fatal Extraction. Del Boy is having marriage problems and makes a date with a dental assistant when struggling with a bad tooth and thinks the lady is an escapee from the psychiatric hospital. He'd got his wires crossed.
Anyway, one of the scenes showed Del Boy leaving the casino unaware that it was the next morning.
Surprised to see it was daylight.
This actually happened to my cousin when having a very long night at the Grosvenor Casino at Great Yarmouth.
He was basically told to go home at 6 am when it closed for a couple of hours. There was us having breakfast at the Embassy Hotel, just a stone's throw from the casino, at Camperdown. I was tucking into my full English breakfast when a worse-for-ware sight appeared opposite me and small breakfast was eaten by the said cousin as he felt a bit queasy after a barrel-load of drink.
I didn't ask if he had won or lost. However, I concluded the only reason someone would be gambling at 5 am was because they were winning and the next hour could be good or bad news. The alternative is that it was a terrible night from start to finish and they were chasing their losses.
I thought it was best not to ask.
As we can see by the graph, it looks like a handful of lost souls and staff are hanging about the casino at 4 am.
I would hate to know the story of those who were literally kicked out at 6 am.
If you want the place to yourself, to see what gambling looks like at the rock face, I suggest you turn up, sober, at 5:10 am, don't gamble, but sit at the bar and watch the scene before you.
You'll be a wiser gambler for the experience.
Most people associate breeding and owning a thoroughbred racehorse with the rich and famous. However, Jan Vokes, a Welsh cleaner and bartender had a dream to breed and rear a horse. This madness intertwined with a touch of magic helped persuade friends and neighbours of a Welsh village to contribute to the goal.
The horse was named Dream Alliance because they all had a dream and paying £10 a week the alliance hoped beyond hope they would have a horse that could win a race.
This story follows a journey of hope, dreams, toils, and tribulations.
Dream Alliance was a working-class horse from a similar background but he would show the grit and determination of a Welsh village who had fallen upon hard times and needed, more than ever, something to give them faith that anything is possible if you believe.
Dream Horse is released in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2020.
Directed by Euros Lyn from a screenplay by Neil McKay. Major stars include Toni Collette and Damian Lewis.
Readers may remember the story of Dream Alliance was originally made back in 2015 and called: Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance.
It was released on 23 January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and later for general release on 17th April 2015.
Directed by Louise Osmond it was very well received and holds an approval rate of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes: "Dark Horse offers a thoroughly crowd-pleasing look at an incredible — and inspirational — real-life story that will thrill equine enthusiasts and novices alike."
Saturday, 19 June 2021
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
This can be specific to you, me, or the bustling crowd at the Cheltenham Festival.
I'm far from a natural gambler. In fact, I don't really like gambling. I don't bet for fun, the buzz, or all those things many gamblers do from day to day.
Each to their own.
If it makes you happy, doesn't lead to the wolf knocking on your door, or affects your life, family, or lead you to suicide you are onto a winner.
That probably sounds a bit flippant - but you know what I mean. You have to be responsible for your actions and if you can't you need to find an answer.
Anyway, you meet all sorts of people under the umbrella of the gambler. To be fair, you see some very sad sights, especially fixed to the betting terminals in the local bookmakers.
For many gamblers, betting gives a live hope of making a killing. That's winning cash not holding up a bookmaker's shop with a gun.
The good side of finding a winning betting angle is that you can easily outweigh the cost of living. You simply bet more money and win a grand a day! Well, you can if you know something the majority of the population doesn't.
Namely, you win money long term.
The holy grail is finding a system that gives a regular income. If you attach this to a bot that places your bets automatically, you have a passive income.
You could be sitting on the beach in the Bahamas, living the life most can only dream.
If you get to that level you are well and truly a winner. Because let's face it, very few people make their gambling pay. They simply don't know enough to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Is there a system, simple or complex, which guarantees you will make a profit? Better still, is there a system which shows hundreds if not thousands of points profit every season?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
I'm saying no names because these things are private but I've heard something incredible.
There could be a Millionaire Betting System out there. What I mean by this, is a system that can take let's say £100 and in a year, two, three or four and turn that small sum of money into one million pounds profit.
Many of you reading this will be thinking it's pie in the sky. It can't be possible. How can it be possible?
In fact, by the end of this Flat turf season, I will be in a position to detail whether or not this is fact or fiction.
Unfortunately for me, and you, I don't understand how this system works. But I imagine it won't be sold for any amount of money. (Even two million pounds!)
It's interesting to consider what goes on behind the scene of the betting exchanges. You see a bet and you have no idea who is behind that transaction. It could be a little old lady down the road placing her first bet. It could be a trader looking to make an easy £5 here and there. It could be a professional gambler with his finger on the pulse. It may even be Harry Findlay recouping his losses lumping on the next odds-on shot. The stories behind each and every bet and gambler are unknown.
But consider for a moment the next bet you place could well be a plus or minus for this new gambler on the block as he puts the Millionaire Betting System through its paces.
This time next year, he'll be a millionaire.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
You're probably thinking what's he talking about.
More mumbo jumbo. I shared a post on Twitter the other day about how to win money betting on roulette at the Grosvenor Casino Great Yarmouth.
Sure, the title was one of those you love to hate. However, the rationale within the post was worthy of a read and actually true. I have found a way when betting £50 to put the odds in your favour. So you actually have more chance of winning than the house.
Now, what you've got to understand is that I'm one step ahead of you here. Because I know for a fact you are getting hot under the collar and saying it's impossible. You can't beat the house edge so why say such stuff.
If you really want to know how then feel free to contact me and I will detail the facts.
I'll say this: ''There are lots of ways to increase your odds of winning and they have nothing to do with even playing roulette.''
Even more mysterious.
It might seem that way but it's all very straightforward. It's more of a mind experiment. You know the score - you see two faces rather than a vase.
Anyway, someone commented on my post that April Fools Day was last month and that it was horse shit.
Some people are ridiculous. Firstly, they make themselves look absurd because they cannot even write a sentence without using vulgarity. Secondly, they haven't got a clue what they are talking about.
The ''person'' was blocked because I don't like wasting my time with many intelligent people let alone idiots.
I must admit I try to avoid people and have a very select list of individuals who register in my life.
I associate more people with more problems. That's a sad reflection on life because I know there are many good, decent, caring people on this planet.
I guess one or two in every thousand give the others a bad name.
Worse things happen at sea.
I know what I know and I don't need anyone to try and tell me different.
When it comes to two-year-old horse racing I know more than anyone I've ever met.
I wouldn't say that about roulette [although to be fair its not rocket science].
If you want to know how you can go to Great Yarmouth Grosvenor Casino and actually have the odds in your favour then I will tell you.
Photo: Copyright Jason Coote [All Rights Reserved]
Monday, 3 May 2021
Man puts head in a lion's mouth.
SAS man jumps through an open window.
However, the blog title: ''The most frightening experience of my life'' was retorted from a lady who lived at Great Yarmouth, painting a picture on a TV programme called Watercolour Challenge. The Channel 4 daytime television lifestyle show was broadcast from 5th June 1998 - 23rd November 2001.
Now you may be thinking, what does a watercolour painting of a scene from Norwich Cathedral have to do with gambling.
There seems little relationship.
However, you may say a tiger doesn't have much in common with a table - but they both have four legs.
What on earth could be so frightening about painting a picture?
It sounds quite a calm endeavour, peaceful if not therapeutic.
You must be thinking, there's got to be more to this specific painting than meets the eye.
The painter from Great Yarmouth struggled because it was a competition!
The competition saw artists face an unknown location, two competitors and four hours to do the business (so to speak) and paint like Rubens to win the dough.
Those tranquil brushstrokes transformed into someone grappling with a wasps nest. As it happened, the winning prize: a new set of paints, brushes and a chance to go through to the weekly final and then there's an opportunity to compete in the grand final. Scary stuff if you aren't van Gogh. Perhaps even Vincent may have felt a twang of nerves, frustration or fright.
The competitive nature of the challenge made the situation, even for a talented individual, very different from the norm.
In many ways, gambling, in theory to practice, is very similar.
Without question, we live in a competitive world. Are we naive to forget this point? Can we separate ourself from the shark tank? You may deny the fact that there's someone from the pool of talent who knows more or you may relish the challenge because you are a bigger fish in the pond.
That's the intriguing aspect of gambling.
Even if you bet for fun, you are still in the competition whether you like it or not. Perhaps you are betting small stakes so you consider it doesn't really matter.
You may be correct.
However, if you are a gambler, do you really think about the layer? It may not register - if you win you win, you lose you lose.
Do you have a hatred of the competition or a friendly revelry?
Do I consider who is taking my bet? Yes. It intrigues me what they know.
When I lose I am fearful of the opposition and my own lacking.
The win details I know more. A loss details I know less. The latter is a problem I need to find an answer.
Appreciating the competition is worthy of thought. It may help me work harder or have the discipline or process to contend with the competition or improve my game.
In that sense, the most frightening experience of your life is very much about the context which may vary from pleasure to pain.
Photo: Jean Haines
Monday, 19 April 2021
Strangely, the first time I heard about the infamous Pornstar Martini wasn't standing erect at the bar with Ron Jeremy (if you know who he is). I think there's something sadly wrong with anyone who stars in a porno.
It was a horse race. The said horse, Pornstar Martini, trained by Henry Candy, proceeded to cruise past the opposition over five-furlongs at Chepstow on a heady, summer afternoon.
Anyway, you may be thinking 'What's this post all about?'
I often think the same.
I've been in a few dens of iniquity. Most didn't feature immoral or grossly unfair behaviour.
For example, when out with friends, at the casino, not one of the crew has asked for a snowball or a black stallion?
But does the drink a punter (gambler not corner street) chooses reflect the how much or little they bet.
There's clearly no logic to this thought, unless you know different. I very much doubt a social psychologist has hypothesized that the lower the cost of your drink the more a gambler bets or conversely the more a gambler bets the more expensive their drink.
I can't help thinking the latter is true. Simply that if a punter pays £500 for a bottle of champagne they are more likely to bet a monkey (£500) on the 6/4 jolly.
I've never met anyone who have asked or drank a pornstar martini.
Would that be a man or a woman?
Both give varied thoughts.
The pornstar martini was created in 1999 by Douglas Ankrah. And to be fair, it was a superb promotional tool. He owns the LAB London bar, London.
I guess it got its name because the vanilla-flavoured vodka-based drink has one part passion fruit juice. Garnished with passion fruit.
In fact, the pornstar martini is said to be the most popular cocktail in the United Kingdom.
I must be going to the wrong places.
The creation of the pornstar martini has proved to be controversial with many saying it's name is deliberately provocative.
Ankrah has stated he is not a fan of pornography or any porn star. However, some have criticised the drink as normalising pornography and Marks & Spencers renamed the drink Passion Star Martini.
I can safely say I will never go to Great Yarmouth races and be seen in the owners and trainers marquee sipping a pornstar martini with or without Ron Jeremy. He's got enough problems with his impending court case, which I won't go into.
If it's your favourite drink.
Monday, 5 April 2021
One of the most popular horse races.
The Grand National over a distance of 4m and 3 1/2f. Thirty fences to test the expertise of horse and jockey. On the 10th April, Aintree, Liverpool, we could see a historic race. And to be fair, there have been hundreds of stories dating back to the inaugural running in 1839 when a horse named Lottery chanced his luck.
So why could this year's race be so different from all those before?
Just consider for a moment if a female jockey rode the winner of the Grand National. What would than mean to you, me, race fans across the world?
Betway racing ambassador Katie Walsh has a few words on that subject.
It would be one of the greatest stories and it would be something that could literally change the world.
The world is changing fast. It is an opportunity to see re-write the rules. Through competition we can achieve the greatest successes.
Only 17 female jockeys have been given the chance to compete in the greatest steeplechase of them all.
Did you know that Katie Walsh finished third place in the 2012 grand National when she partnered Seabass?
Watch this fascinating video detailing the history of the Grand National from a female perspective.
Saturday, 20 March 2021
The sky is grey, the grass is wet and the approach to the Grand National's first fence is thrilling - even on foot pic.twitter.com/Uiv3nN7ijT— Lee Mottershead (@leemottershead) April 6, 2017
On the face of it, there is little logical reason to recommend betting on the Grand National, yet two-thirds of British adults place a wager on it. Many of those are taking a punt for the only time in the calendar year in the world’s most famous steeplechase. Even if you stuck a pin in the extra-large racecard, you probably wouldn’t have picked out Rule The World, a maiden over fences, who won at 33/1 in 2016. Auroras Encore three years earlier and Mon Mome in 2009 both defied even bigger odds in the Aintree showpiece. Only four favourites have obliged since 1998, so it certainly doesn’t pay to blithely follow the market leader as so many do. Tiger Roll became the shortest-priced winner for a century in 2019, but horses of his ilk are once in a generation and that’s not a cliché. Bookmakers knew it, which is why he was returned at 4/1.