Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Wednesday's 2yo Horse Racing (10th August)

2:00 Salisbury - 

Magical Merlin is a high stat horse if 13/2 and less sp (41%) win and (73%) place. Not too much value at the odds at the moment but could be if an ew price. Celtic Champion has run well and looks a decent horse and must run a race. Another ew hope if prices allow. Once More For Luck is a fair horse too. It doesn't look like there is much value at the top of the market unless something drifts in the betting. 

2:10 Beverley - Turbo Tiger is a high stat horse if 13/2 and less sp. 2:20 Yarmouth - No value at the head of the market with two sport priced favourites: Seeking Gold & Modern Dancer. Lion Kingdom is unlikely to hit the mark but Fanshawe has fair stats at Yarmouth and may be backed. 

2:40 Beverley - No real opinion. 

5:30 Ffos Las - I think Tuddenham Mill will go well but no price. 

5:40 Kempton - Quantum Light is short priced but respected. Creative Style has high stats if 13/2 and less. Cell Sa Beela has a group entry and would have claims if 9/2 and less. Sir Michael Stoute does well at Kempton although can be hit and miss but respected. 

6:15 Kempton - Heavenly Breath has fair stats but no value. So Chic would be a high stat horse if 11/2 and less sp. Cochin has fair stats if 11/1 - 14/1. Need to look at the race in more detail.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Tuesday's 2yo Horse Racing (2nd August)

1:55 Ffos Las - 

Lord Bertie sets a decent standard but no price. Elraad has a group entry and Owen Burrows is a very good trainer. However, his debutantes are generally placed rather than winners at at relatively short odds something to consider. Acotango was a high stat horse last time out but put in his place the winner. Not without ability but can't help feeling the favourites will take the beating. Frequent Flyer hails from a stable who are in form and can go very well sto. If 9/1 and less has decent ew claims. 

Conclusion: With two short priced favourites there may be value elsewhere. Acotango ran pretty well last time out and should appreciate this greater test of stamina. May have ew claims but may well be up against Lord Bertie. 

2:10 Catterick - 

Kyeema ran well last time although slightly disappointed as an odds-on shot. Tired in the closing stages which may be a worry here. I can't say I would be rushing out to bet at short odds but each to their own. Tango Man cost a fortune and comes from a stable and owner that can do very well on debut. Could go well but at short odds may give little value. Think First would need to be priced 11/4 and less to have high hopes. Very few from this stable win at double-figure odds on debut. Mahalik was relatively fancied on debut when doing little. Always worth noting Burke's horses sto in case they are substantially backed. Would have a live chance if priced 13/2 and less. 

Conclusion: Interested in seeing how Tango Man goes.

5:40 Chelmsford - 

No great opinion. Be nice to see Julia Feilden get a win.

6:20 Kempton - 

Ferrari Queen is short priced to defy the penalty. Fariba has size and scope for a filly. Ran pretty well on debut and should improve. Not giving much away on the price. Interesting if Harry Dunlop's Bingley Crocker comes back to form after disappointing last time when the trainer's rep said the going was too fast. Difficult to know what to think. Ninetynineproblems has a class 2 entry which gives hope but the trainer doesn't seem to have much in the way of winners so best watched unless you fancy a speculative punt. 

Conclusion: Not giving anything away on the two favourite who should go well. Ninetynineproblems may have aglimmer of hope at giant odds but looks unlikely. Bingley Crocker may have a hope if showing debut form but may have been flattered that day. Can't help thinking the favourite will go well. 

6:50 Kempton - 

Two short priced favourites. The only hope from a stat point of view would be Ed Walker's Amichi if 13/2 and less sp. Looks unlikely to happen but not impossible. 

Conclusion: Can't see much hope of a bet here.

Friday, 15 July 2022

That Horse Looks Hopeless - I'm Sure it Can Win!

What is your type of bet? Perhaps you're a favourites man. You bet on the jolly like it's going out of fashion. In fact, you can't remember the last time you didn't back the horse which sits at the top of the market. 

There's nothing wrong with that. You do what you do. If it pays you are correct – if you lose you are wrong. We are talking long term. Even the best of successful gamblers appreciate they need to view their performance over a season. One well-established platform who say let's beat the bookies with OLBG via this handy link  and make the most of your wagers on a daily basis. 

It is interesting to consider how you bet. I know for the majority this doesn't even register. You go in the bookmakers, check out the Racing Post, last three runs, looks ok, and bet. I'm not being funny, but compare to someone who knows a lot about betting it is boarding on criminal. If you can make your betting pay with that minimalistic style you are one lucky guy. Sadly, it's not possible. 

Why? Because you are looking at the same information as everyone else. When gambling there really isn't strength in numbers. You need to remove yourself from the crowd. You need to have your own perspective. A quiet approach which taps into value bets. 

Basically, you need to understand your niche. We go from horse racing in its entirety to a segment of the pie. Sure, the whole apple pie tastes sweet but just a little part can taste sweeter. Perhaps it has been sprinkled with cinnamon! 

My speciality is two-year-old horse racing. Our other contributor, Eric Winner, follows sprinters.

It's impossible to follow all racing. Why would you want to run ten marathons when you can win one and bet five times the money? You can see the logic. You will be better than others when you put more work into your niche and understand that you don't need to be the best punter on earth. You have to be a little bit better than most! 

That's why I come to horses which look pretty damn hopeless.

I can imagine what you are thinking. Why the hell do you want to do that? Because I can pretty much guarantee most people have written off it's chance. That can be a very good thing for me. Because some layer somewhere is a little greedy and keeps pushing the price from big, bigger to biggest. 

Those huge odds can relate to value. 

When considering betting on two-year-old horses it's easy for even a decent juvenile to disappoint on its first two starts. I can tell you, very few layers fear a horse that has disappointed both starts.

''Let's lay this thing as it's as slow as a snail.'' Most of these horses are – but not all. I've seen a lot of these horses run big races on their third start and a number have won. One of them at 999/1 on Betfair. Whether you bet on the favourite or the outsider, find a novel way of betting. If you follow the crowd long term you will never beat the bookies.

Friday, 15 April 2022

Is Gambling Stupid Simple?

What image comes to mind when you think of a gambler? 

The chances are it will be negative. The stereotype of a gambler doesn't inspire positives. 

Who do you know that gambles? Perhaps they have lived up to the seemingly natural expectation of being a loser. However, it is worth stopping for a moment to consider how we view a gamble. 

Whether you have ever placed a bet or not, you have gambled throughout your life. Each and every decision whether large or small has to some extent been a gamble. Can we ever be sure of the outcome of the most simple act? Crossing the road doesn't seem like a gamble but for the poor soul struck by a vehicle, it may have been a decision which cost their life. For that reason, I think people who say they don't gamble are naive. I would rather consider life as a gamble than not. Why? Because I am more prepared for the outcome. That doesn't mean to say I will be correct but at least I will be less ignorant. Even if it is one gamble from a million that decision may be worthy of note. 

In truth, I would not advise anyone to gamble on sports for fun. To add a little bit of interest. There is no fun in losing money. You hear people say: ''Are you betting with your head with your heart?'' As a proud football supporter, could you bet on the opposing side? 

You have probably answered the question. 

Betting so often relates to fixed odds. The spin of a roulette wheel. Long term you cannot possibly win. But betting on a skill-based sport isn't about luck. 

In his prime, Linford Christie would have been priced 1/100 against 99 per cent of the male UK population racing over 100m. 

Playing chess is a skill. 

Would you like to take on a county player when you are a beginner? You would have no chance of winning. 

Not through luck. 


Betting on a sport is the same. If someone knows their sport to a high standard you are a fool to think you can beat them. Nine out of ten times they would make you look inferior. That's why you need to learn your niche and hone your skills. The fun aspect of gambling is not the gamble itself. That should be mechanical, exacting and precise. Knowing your sport and appreciating your skill is the fun part. It has probably taken years to understand. It has value. It could be of huge value. 

I often find people stupidly ignorant when it comes to gambling. In the sense that they clearly know nothing at all but feel they can appreciate that it simply isn't possible to beat the bookies. 

It is like me questioning my doctor about illness because I Googled it five minutes before I entered the room. The doctor would be irritated or bemused. Rightfully so. They know what they are talking about because they have honed their skills. Strangely, they didn't just wake up one morning and think I'm a doctor. 

But that is what people are saying so often to those who gamble and win. 

It is strange how a stockbroker is viewed so differently from a gambler. They are one and the same thing. Their success or failure isn't based on their job title it is based on their success. Their success is based on their skill. This skill – without question – took years to understand. 

I'm not being funny but my skill within two-year-old horse race betting is akin to me being Linford Christie and you are the fat kid who lives down the street. That is a general average. Some kids will be fatter. Some will be thinner. Some will be smart. Some will be fitter, faster and smarter. On average, they will never know as much as me because I have trained to be the exception to the rule. 

It's something you could be good at too. But you can't be bothered or it sounds too much like hard work. 

You will not wake up one day and know more. 

That almost comical perspective of gambling success or failure is in actual fact a true reflection of life. 

When people say they don't gamble I see a naive person. Sometimes I see a complete fool. 

Perhaps betting with money is different from betting with life chances. I wouldn't see a difference. I would be more careful when betting life chances because one wrong move can equate to a lifetime of money in a split second. Make the wrong choice and you could be paying for it until the last day of your life. 

Perhaps that gamble means this is the last minute of your life. The decision to take drugs, cross the road, or anything else you can imagine. I would rather appreciate a gamble living in the here and now. The circumstance of any gamble can be turned in your favour by skill. Before you bet, learn what you need to know to be a winner. Or at the very least, to have the odds in your favour.

Monday, 24 January 2022

Grand National List of Winners

It's the 6th of April 2019. 

Time: 5:15pm 

Place: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. 

I'm studying the form for this year's runners and riders, searching for the best betting odds because I'm looking for a speculative bet.

The Grand National is one race that stops people in their tracks. A household institution. ''Get ready for the Grand National 2019'', are the words I hear come that exciting Saturday. My uncle Alan comes round and asks me to place a few bets for him. ''Not a problem.'' 

In preparation for my speculative bet, I search on Google for the following keywords: List of Grand National winners. Click on the link to Wikipedia and ''BOOM'' the info is at hand. Why should I research past winners? Because I want to see the winning price for the contest over the last few years. There's no lack of data as the records go back to that elusive first win of Lottery who won the inaugural race at odds of 5/1f. It's quite astounding to think that the first race was dated 1839.

From that historic day, the Grand National story has been written like a rich tapestry with covers a million honest, hard, gritty and emotional words. 

Searching the list of Grand National winners, I realise that five horses have won at odds of 100/1. 

''Perhaps my speculative bet is alive and kicking''

Is there a fighting chance we can beat the favourite? 

The last favourite to win was back in 2010 when Don't Push It prevailed. The long-awaited win for Tony McCoy and legendary trainer Jonjo O'Neill. A popular victory, particularly memorable for connections of the 10/1f. 

Interesting to note that in the last 20-years just three favourites have won. A select list including Hedge Hunter 7/1f (2004), Comply Or Die 7/1f (2008) & Don't Push It 10/1f (2010).

So 17 jollies were beaten. 

The shortest price winners over that time being 10/1. Nine winners were priced over 20/1. So that's almost an even money chance of a 20/1+ winner over this period. In fact, the last ten years have seen a number of incredibly priced successors. 

Take a look at the list:

2009 - Mon Mone 100/1 
2012 - Neptunes Collonges 33/1 
2013 - Auroras Encore 66/1
2014 - Pinea Du Re 25/1
2015 - Many Clouds 25/1 
2016 - Rule The World 33/1 

So if you fancy a big price selection don't be put off by those jolly favourite-backers. If they spout on about this, that and the other them ask them how many favourites have won in the last twenty years?

I bet odds-on they have no idea. 

When the Grand National starts, I'll be cheering for a speculative to show the way. 

Good luck. 

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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

How to Prepare Your Horse for the Upcoming Race

Before joining a tournament, athletes of all kind have to be well-prepared and well-conditioned to ensure winning. This principle is not only right to people but also to animals that are put to a race or a match. Horses that are about to be lodged in a run, like any other athletes, are entitled to receive proper care and maintenance as well to guarantee that they are in good condition for the tournament and that they give a satisfying performance.

Horse racing, though sounds ancient, is still a prominent sport nowadays with some people claiming it as their favourite. There are some who spend money to invest for a good horse and support their maintenance. Also, some people gamble a substantial amount of money to a potential equine athlete as their wager during a tournament. In this say, horse racing is not a sport that one must undervalue. 

If you are one of those enthusiasts who find horse racing interesting and plan of getting a horse of your own to be put in a race someday, better keep your heads up and read the following tips to prepare your racehorse!

Physical Conditioning

Exercising and workout routines are not only for people, but it is also applied to equine athletes. Physical habits for horses ensure optimal muscular development as well as overall body tone enhancement. If these two are achieved after the training, speed, endurance and horses’ athletic potential can be expected. Thus, claiming for a competitive racehorse.

Some physical variations that can be observed from the horses when they undergo physical training are an active respiratory system, sturdy and quality ligaments and tendons, unique muscular anatomy, stable thermoregulation, solid bones, and well-conditioned cardiovascular system. If physical training to horses is conducted successfully, you can expect a higher strength and endurance, and superior skill in jumping and reigning from them.

Food Intake: Weight and Diet

Proper diet, moderate food intake, and adequate protein ingestion are means to maintain good health and good condition of your racehorses. Before the race, you have to make sure that your horse is not overweight and not underweight as well. Your horse must be filled with the right nutrients to sustain it with enough energy. Its nutrients must include adequate fat, starch, fiber, and protein. 

Moreover, thanks to science and technology, there are already feeds manufactured by commercial industries that are designed specifically for the equine athletes’ needs. These formulated provisions give alternative energy sources that meet the required nutrients of a racehorse. Through this, you no longer have to exhaust yourself and your resources in looking at and providing various foods to your horses. Besides, commercial feeds for racehorses are already filled with the right nutrients for them.

Tracking Progress Record

Keeping tab of your horse’s condition is a vital duty that you must regularly do. You should record even little changes from its body and write down some of its nominal progress to track its condition, whether it is ready for a race or not. 

A chart of its progress is a visual report of your horse’s improvement and health status. This chart does not need to be very comprehensive. You can write down a few things like your horse’s heartbeat after a long run, its temperature after a physical workout, its breathing rate after a few exercises, and other indications of a good or mediocre condition. You can check your horse with an interval of minutes or hours to days most especially if the race is nearly approaching. 

Anaerobic Conditioning

After establishing routinary exercises and minimal workouts, your racehorse can already upgrade to anaerobic exercise where intensified training programs are carefully introduced along with short workout duration. Anaerobic exercises are a bit heavier than the preliminary and routinary training because the muscles are forced to work harder and faster. However, this exercise solely aims in conditioning the horse for an actual race. 

Anaerobic conditioning is also called a high-powered workout because horses are already doing heavy physical activities like racing. By doing this, at first, you can accelerate the speed in a short distance but adds a little range from time to time. Another way of doing anaerobic exercise is maximizing and setting full distance and gradually accelerate its speed. Either way works as long as your racehorse is conditioned to heftier physical activities. 


After following the above guidelines on preparing your horse, assess and evaluate it if it’s ready for an actual race. If you think that your stallion can already give an excellent performance and can run for the trophy, then it’s time for you to register it to real tournaments like the pegasus world cup that’s held regularly. 

If you’ve trained and prepared your horse right, there’s nothing that should worry you. Instead, all you need to do is sit back in the bleacher, enjoy the loud festivity around, and wait for your trophy and cash- thanks to your well-conditioned equine athlete.

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Sunday, 14 November 2021

Eric Winner - The Best Horse Racing Tipster in the World

So you can't win at the races!

That's what people tell you, hey. I tell you who those people are, should I? They are people who have never won at betting at the races, betting on horses, or betting on anything, to be honest. 

The fact of the matter is that people do win at betting. And I can prove it to you. Take, for example, Eric Winner has been tipping racing tips January 2014. True, he has his good and bad months. That's what happens to tipsters. The price of gold has gone up and down over the decades. That's life! However, Eric Winner knows his sprint racing. For those who have no understanding of thoroughbred horse racing, that means racing over 5 & 6 furlongs. 

Anyway, I guess you want to know what has made me write this post and state this fact. May proved a brilliant month for Eric. He had 14 winners, 14/1, 18/1 & 25/1 winners, a total of 117 points in winners. True, you have to take off a few losers throughout the month but very few horse racing tipsters tip winners of those prices in a year let alone a month. Certain tipster would never tip such big-priced winners in their life. Far too many favourite-backers out there. 

If you want a fair bet then I would suggest you take a closer look at Eric Winner (Sprint King). 

Who else do you know has tipped a 100/1 winner? What about the day he gave a Trifecta worth £628.99

Eric Winner has done exactly that. 

Why Betting at Speculative Odds Gives Punters a Winning Edge

My uncle was a favourite backer. 

He loved his racing but it kind of saddened me to think he would never have a big priced winner. That 33/1 shot, which clambered home by a nose, would never be part of his conversation over a pint. The winners came thick and fast but he was never in profit. He was the reason for the post I wrote: He's Backed Every Favourite Since 1973

But who is to say betting on the favourite is wrong? If you enjoy going to Great Yarmouth racecourse you may well have a fighting chance of winning money as it is very much a favourites track. 

Each to their own. 

From betting on two-year-old horses for decades I have learnt a few things. The act of betting isn't something you should do for fun. True, the majority of punters bet for recreation. 

They want to win, but their actions don't mirror this.

I rarely bet at odds below 11/4. I would never say never because the true marker of a talented gambler is knowing when to bet. 

Over a short period of time, even the best gambler can lose. 

Very few punters can avoid losing runs although, to be fair, if you bet selectively you should keep a steady pace rather than the ups and downs of those dreaded peaks (the good part) and troughs (shock horror). A favourite can be a great bet. It is crazy to say I would never bet odds-on even though my general assessment would state this is (and probably should be) a rare bet. It is all about value. And, yes, even a horse priced 1/10f can be value. 

But what about speculative bets?  How do they figure in your betting? Have you ever had a 33/1 winner? 

If you never bet on a big price horse you will never have a big priced winner. It's stating the obvious but it is true. 

When looking through the racing results have you noticed that every favourite wins every race? 

No. Becuase they don't. Mingled between the favourites which may bookend a card, there are horses winning at all odds. 

The Grand National has seen five 100/1 winners over the years. 

have found the day my betting bank jumped up significantly it is when one of those ''no-hopers'' find their way to the winner's enclosure. 

£50 on a 20/1, and a lovely £1,000 bumps it up nicely. My brother has seen a few exceptional betting days where he won £4,000 for a bet of £20. Yes, the horse won on debut at odds of 200/1. This came from betting on the exchanges. I think the filly [Puggy] was priced 50/1 or 66/1 with the bookmakers. 

To win at gambling you have to know that little more than the rest. The good thing about betting on outsiders is that you are bucking the trend of the crowd. That in itself is a wise move when it comes to gambling. 

If you are a favourites man then you are far from wrong in your thinking if your betting pays. But take note that not every favourite wins and that big priced winner could have been yours if you had been looking in the right direction. 

Monday, 21 June 2021

Major Horse Racing Festival/Events Around the Globe

Every year the world’s finest racehorses gather at a select few meetings to battle it out for the ultimate prizes in the sport of kings. Punters around the world rejoice at the prospect of such a large number of elite contests clustered together into one enthralling extravaganza of top-class racing. The prizes are high, the races are ferociously competitive and it offers a great opportunity for speculative bettors to find great value on intriguing outsiders. Here are the top five global meetings to look out for each year: 

Royal Ascot

Nothing can compete with the pomp, majesty and grandeur on display at Royal Ascot, which sees Queen Elizabeth II arrive in a horse-drawn cart to cheer on her runners. More than 300,000 racegoers put on their finest garbs and head to Berkshire to watch the action unfold. Over the course of five days, they guzzle 56,000 bottles of Champagne, wolf down 240,000 teacakes and send 3,500 lobsters to meet their maker. But beneath all the glitz, glamour and ceremony lies a phenomenal collection of Group 1 races that are steeped in heritage. The Gold Cup, Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Commonwealth Cup, Coronation Stakes, Diamond Jubilee Stakes are all massive races that draw the world’s finest runners, jockeys and trainers to Britain to compete for glory. Royal Ascot features 19 Group races and it always provides a thrilling spectacle. 

Dubai World Cup Carnival

This is the single richest day of thoroughbred racing in the world, with a total prize purse of $35 million on offer in 2019. That level of investment ensures that many of the world’s finest sprinters and stayers head to the Meydan Racecourse to fight for fame and fortune. The centrepiece is the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race with a prize pool of $12 million. Godolphin star Thunder Snow secured a second consecutive victory in 2019, following in the footsteps of such titans as Arrogate and California Chrome. The day also includes the Dubai Turf and the Dubai Sheema Classic, which are both among the top 10 richest races in the world, with prize money of $6 million apiece. You can also take in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint and the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, while the Godolphin Miles, the Dubai Gold Cup and the UAE Derby carry Group 2 status. 

Spring Racing Carnival 

Every year the world’s leading lights descend upon Victoria to contest such stellar races as the Melbourne Gold Cup, the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup. The Spring Racing Carnival includes a number of big meetings spread over several weeks, but they are all inextricably woven together to form the greatest schedule of racing in the world. There are important races such as the Makybe Diva and AJ Moir Stakes to look out for, but it really begins in earnest with the renewal of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas in October, and the big races just keep on coming – the Caulfield Cup, Manikato Stakes, Cox Plate, Victoria Derby, Cantala Stakes, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Melbourne Cup, Emirates Stakes and VRC Spring Classic. The Melbourne Cup is the greatest of them all. It is dubbed the race that stops a nation, but it actually attracts hundreds of millions of viewers from around the world, and foreign raiders have dominated in recent years. If you browse the Spring Racing Carnival markets, you will note that the leading lights from Britain, Ireland, Japan and elsewhere are planning to head Down Under this year. 

Breeders’ Cup World Championships 

Every year the Breeders’ Cup World Championships captivates the world with 14 huge races spread across two days of exhilarating action. The prize money ranges from $1 million to $6 million for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with a total of $28 million handed out over the 14 races. Success here represents the pinnacle of many trainers’ careers, such is the prestige associated to these races. All but one of them carried Grade 1 status in 2018, which culminated in a superb victory for Accelerate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Recent winners include Arrogate, American Pharoah and Gun Runner, and the 2019 event promises to be another thrilling occasion when it heads back to Santa Anita Park. Cheltenham This is the world’s premier jumps meeting and it always delivers an unrivalled blend of drama, upsets and excitement. It is where reputations are made and broken, fortunes are won and lost and legends are born. The Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup is the main event, but the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle are all huge events too. It is one of the biggest betting events in the world, as it groups together an unrivalled 14 Grade 1 races over four days of action and it captures the imagination of serious punters and armchair fans alike. Luminaries such as Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson and Gordon Elliott loom large over proceedings and the Prestbury Cup battle between the British and the Irish adds another intriguing dimension to proceedings.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Saturday Evening at the Grosvenor Casino at Great Yarmouth

I don't know about you but these winter months drag like an old girl who smokes 40 a day!

There isn't much in the way of sun, warmth or fun to be had waiting for spring to raise her head. So it's time to bring a little bit of fun into the month of March with a visit to the Grosvenor Casino at Great Yarmouth. 

In ways, Yarmouth can seem a tacky, neglected hole on the Norfolk coast. However, I love the place. It has so many memories: family holidays and going to the races with my late father, Colin. Dad never got a chance to frequent the casino down Marine Parade, but I know for a fact he would have been in his element. 

To lighten up a boring winter period we are going to spend the night at Yarmouth on the 14th March and see if lady luck rubs shoulders with the Fen Boys. To be fair, I think she is a constant companion as I have won a decent sum of money playing roulette with my boring ''watch the paint dry'' system. 

Anyway, I'll talk about that in a few minutes. 

My cousin Danny suggested we go and by all accounts, it will be a bit of a family gathering with Me, Tony, Gareth, Paul, Sue, Martin, and Dan the Man. I'm not sure if there will be any newcomers but time will tell. 

The Great thing about Yarmouth is that you can get some amazing hotel prices throughout the winter. I had intended to go to the Nelson Hotel, but couldn't get there so opted for the Embassy located on Camperdown, which is one of the best streets in the town. I'm not sure if it is Victorian or Edwardian (pretty sure it is the former) but it's an attractive street. I've stayed at Andover House Hotel, just up the road, but that is a bit pricey for a night of gambling, although I would recommend it too. Anyway, the Embassy Hotel has got our custom. We have a family room including breakfast, which costs just £50. That's about £16.70 each. I really think they should up their prices because it is worth double that. David, the manager, is a lovely man and always so polite. So we are looking forward to getting back to our regular haunt.

Dan The Man, has a single room for £20-somthing quid, with breakfast, which is bordering on criminal. 

I'll be giving the staff a tip come win, lose or draw. 

Just around the corner is a gem of a restaurant called Pamela's. It's exceptional value and an equal measure of bling and fine dining. The staff is as professional as they come and the food a pure delight. 

And we haven't even got to the casino...

The Grosvenor Casino at Great Yarmouth is well worth a visit even if you don't intend to put a chip on the table and chance your luck. This listed building makes the modern casinos look like soulless dungeons. The restaurant is literally as cheap as chips but you could be rubbing shoulders with royalty such is the elegance of the building with high ceilings, chandeliers, and an atmosphere that oozes wall-to-wall class. 

I never bet much money at the casino as it is more fun than an attempt to lose my shirt. 

I will be betting on the roulette. I simply follow a chosen single number that's come up a few times and hope it comes out again. Surprisingly it does, often. There's no logic to it and pure luck. I'm winning several hundred pounds over the years and that's what I will be doing for a couple of hours until the boredom sets in or I get fed up with some Chinese bloke laying on my back to place bets like money is going out of fashion. 

If I could place a bet that a Chinese man, woman (not child) will be playing some game at Yarmouth, I'd be a millionaire. 

Dan, Paul, Sue, and perhaps Tony will be playing 3-card poker. I can't say I like the game too much. The rake is high on pair plus and I've had a really good night on that table and still been surprised how little money I won. 

On a personal note, I wonder if Graham is there?

However, I know someone (I won't mention names) won a couple of grand in September from starting with small change. Anyway, we will be having a session come the 14th March, and go back to the casino for Sunday lunch, then back home on the train. 

If you have never been to the Grosvenor Casino I would say take a look and see what you think. 

You don't even need to bet!

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