Betting

How do you solve a problem like FOBTs?

17 May 2018 12:51

This is an extract from Robin Oakley’s racing column of 3 March, 2018.  You can tell by the tone of…

In praise of fixed-odds betting terminals

17 May 2018 12:48

Racing is an expensive sport to stage. Courses and grandstands have to be maintained, health and safety regulations have to…

How can racing balance its funding structure with the issue of problem gambling?

5 March 2018 17:14

This is an extract from Robin Oakley’s racing column in this week’s Spectator. You can tell by the tone of…

Jeremy Corbyn is now bookies’ favourite to be next UK Prime Minister

13 June 2017 15:26

Well, this is going well. As the Tories pretend that all will be well under a reprogrammed Maybot, the expectations…

The perks and pitfalls of Twitter for political gamblers

2 August 2016 11:14

On Sunday morning Channel 4’s Michael Crick put out the following Tweet about Steven Woolfe, the Manchester-born barrister and MP…

It’s about time a man won the Booker again

15 October 2014 11:55

I bet fifty quid on Howard Jacobson winning the Man Booker. My original bet was actually on a ‘Yes’ vote below 40…

Labour’s sports betting levy will hit poor punters

24 July 2014 12:43

Harriet Harman has set the hare running this morning by proposing a levy on sports betting. The shadow sports minister…

Uxbridge set to be destination Boris?

11 July 2014 14:28

Mr S likes a flutter. His eyes were drawn to the latest speculation about Boris’s return to the Commons. Ladbrokes…

Who would benefit from a ban on FOBTs?

22 February 2014 12:16

I wrote a piece about the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals uproar in the magazine this week, and it has prompted some angry…

Betting on the future of Scotland — Parris vs. Massie

12 February 2014 9:55

How would you bet on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum? With Ladbrokes offering odds of 1/5 on a…

Bookies following Philip Hensher’s Booker shortlist

4 September 2013 12:22

The Guardian notes that Ladbrokes and William Hill share Philip Hensher’s hunch for the Booker shortlist, which is to be…

Treachery in UKIP?

25 July 2013 12:34

Steerpike is back in this week’s edition of the Specator. Here is a preview: ‘Is there treachery at the top…

Cricket is more than a game

26 April 2013 11:38

Does this advert ring a bell? It showed a handsome young man hitting a cricket ball far into the distance.…

Boris has won already, says bookie

2 May 2012 11:39

We may still be 19 hours away from the polls opening — and more than 48 away from hearing the…

Cricket’s dilemma

2 September 2010 15:41

That the three Pakistani cricketers involved in the spot-fixing allegations havewithdrawn from the rest of the tour means that the…