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17,644. Spilotro was given a lucrative book-making territory on the north-west side of Chicago. Bookmaking was a major source of income for Tony. (Gangs US: Chicago & Murder Cases: Spilotro & Bookmaker & Chicago) Mobster: Tony Spilotro
18,531. Off-track betting was still illegal. It was a high-stakes racket. Bookmakers would pay as much as twelve-hundred dollars a week for access. (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Bookmaker & Murder Cases: Cohen & Horseracing & Betting & Gambling) Mobsters: Mickey Cohen
18,398. At least seven betting shops have been bombed in the last six to nine months. A pattern which looks horribly like the Chicago days of the 1930s where the mobs moved in on gambling. (Gangs UK: London & London & Bookmaker) BBC News
18,417. But Spot had his eyes on another gambling racket: protecting bookmakers at England’s richest race-courses. (Gangs UK: London & London & Bookmaker) Gangster Kings of the Underworld: Jack Spot
18,544. The race-wire broadcast the results to bookmaking runs throughout Los Angeles. So that people could lay bets up to the last moment. It was split-second timing. And Mickey [Cohen] was the king. (Gangs US: Los Angeles & Los Angeles & Mafia: US & Murder Cases: Cohen & Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling & Horseracing) James Ellroy, author L A Confidential
82,746. One business is booming. Online we have become the biggest punters in Europe. From the lottery to the racecourse having a flutter has never been more popular. And it’s the bookies who are making a killing … They’re selling us the thrill of a win. But for some, losing can be devastating. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) Britain at the Bookies I, BBC 2015
111,696. Quite a few of Tony’s customers have been coming here for years. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
111,697. ‘The price for Manchester United to be relegated?’ … 750/1. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid. London trading floor
111,698. Punters spend more than £7 billion a year betting on sporting events. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
111,699. Britain bets more online than any other country in Europe. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
111,700. Novelty [betting] man Gary only has eyes for one thing: Strictly Come Dancing. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
111,701. Betting shops usually make a profit of over £5,000 a week … These machines are known as fixed odds betting terminals and have only been around since 2002. Now they make up 50% of betting shop profits. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
111,702. There are at least 300,000 problem gamblers in the UK. And it’s becoming an issue for the whole industry. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
111,703. Roulette accounts for 70% of profits made from Tony’s machines. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
82,747. Now he’s married and has a mortgage, Steve’s got more to lose. So he’s opened a second bank account to try and keep his betting under control. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) Britain at the Bookies II
82,748. ‘It’s the most absorbing thing you can do, you know. I’ve always found it really compelling, you know.’ (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid. Steve
82,749. Making our gambling revolution an issue that divides the country. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) Britain at the Bookies III
82,750. There used to be nineteen dog tracks across London. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling & Dog) ibid.
119,112. The Shelby family has its first legal racetrack pitch. (Gangster UK: Birmingham & Bookmaker) Peaky Blinders s1e4, Tommy
129,973. Gambling is now a huge business. Nearly half of all adults in the UK gamble losing more than £14 billion a year to the betting companies and some people think we’ve got a real problem: are the Bookies playing fair? Can you win in the long term? (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) Can You Beat the Bookies? Lloyd Griffith reporting, BBC 2019
129,974. Bet365: They made over £2,000,000 in 2018 and their CEO Denise Coates paid herself £265,000,000. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
129,975. ‘Did that feel like £200 of entertainment to you?’ (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
129,976. The world of the new breed of data gamblers. (Bookmaker & Betting & Gambling) ibid.
130,087. The betting business is booming in Britain. But is it problem gamblers who are paying the price? We meet the punters who’ve lost everything. The gamblers who don’t know when to quit. And we ask, Are betting companies doing enough to protect problem gamblers? (Gambling & Betting & Bookmaker & Addiction) Panorama: Addicted to Gambling, BBC 2019
130,088. Around 0.7% of the population is thought to be addicted. That’s approximately 430,000 people, but there could be many more. (Gambling & Betting & Bookmaker & Addiction) ibid.
130,089. Britain is gambling more than ever before. (Gambling & Betting & Bookmaker & Addiction) ibid.
139,619. Trojan turk accountants: This is Nafarius’s gaff. A man of many interests. Not just a bookie, not just a king of kebabs, he’s got a podgy finger in every pie. And anything you wanna buy, if it’s for sale of not, he’s get hold of it for you. (Gangs UK: London & Bookmaker) Two Smoking Barrels I: … And Four Stolen Hooves, Channel 4 2001