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Spilotro was given a lucrative book-making territory on the north-west side of Chicago.  Bookmaking was a major source of income for Tony.  Mobsters: Tony Spilotro, Biography 2008

 

 

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.  Mobsters: Mickey Cohen

 

 

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.  BBC News    

 

 

But Spot had his eyes on another gambling racket: protecting bookmakers at England’s richest race-courses.  Gangster Kings of the Underworld: Jack Spot, 2011  

 

 

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.  James Ellroy, author L A Confidential

 

 

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.  Britain at the Bookies I, BBC 2015      

 

Quite a few of Tony’s customers have been coming here for years.  ibid.

 

‘The price for Manchester United to be relegated?’ … 750/1.  ibid.  London trading floor

 

Punters spend more than £7 billion a year betting on sporting events.  ibid.

 

Britain bets more online than any other country in Europe.  ibid.

 

Novelty [betting] man Gary only has eyes for one thing: Strictly Come Dancing.  ibid.  

 

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.  ibid.

 

There are at least 300,000 problem gamblers in the UK.  And it’s becoming an issue for the whole industry.  ibid.

    

Roulette accounts for 70% of profits made from Tony’s machines.  ibid.

 

 

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.  Britain at the Bookies II

 

‘It’s the most absorbing thing you can do, you know.  I’ve always found it really compelling, you know.’  ibid.  Steve 

 

 

Making our gambling revolution an issue that divides the country.  Britain at the Bookies III

 

There used to be nineteen dog tracks across London.  ibid.

 

 

The Shelby family has its first legal racetrack pitch.  Peaky Blinders s1e4, Tommy, BBC 2013  

 

 

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?  Can You Beat the Bookies? Lloyd Griffith reporting, BBC 2019

 

Bet365: They made over £2,000,000 in 2018 and their CEO Denise Coates paid herself £265,000,000.   ibid.     

 

‘Did that feel like £200 of entertainment to you?’  ibid.

 

The world of the new breed of data gamblers.  ibid.  

 

 

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?  Panorama: Addicted to Gambling, BBC 2019

 

Around 0.7% of the population is thought to be addicted.  That’s approximately 430,000 people, but there could be many more.  ibid.  

 

Britain is gambling more than ever before.  ibid.

 

 

1921: Britain’s first ever gangland war between two gangs from different cities.  Throughout 1921 hundreds of gangsters fight brutal running battles for control over illegal racecourse rackets.  Thugs from Birmingham and south London on one side, Italian and Jewish mobs on the other.  And at the root of these racecourse wars is a man called Billy Kimber, Britain’s first nationwide gangland kingpin.  The Real Peaky Blinders II: The Racecourse Wars, BBC 2022

 

Just like prohibition of alcohol spurred the rise of organised crime and gangsterism in America, prohibition of gambling will have the same effect here.  ibid.    

 

The real money to be made in gambling in the 1910s is at the races themselves.  These are the only places where respectable punters can legally go to bet.  And where large amounts of cash is changing hands, gather the thieves and the rogues.  ibid.    

 

The Birmingham gang gets wind very quickly that Darby Sibini’s going to be coming in to support the Jewish bookmakers.  ibid.       

 

The so-called Battle of Epsom propounds the racecourse wars into the limelight.  ibid.