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What are the Odds?: The Bill Waterhouse…

What are the Odds?: The Bill Waterhouse Story

by Bill Waterhouse

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"Bill Waterhouse has worked the track for more than 70 years, his first day as a bookmaker in his own name was Epsom Day 1954. Bill was a practising barrister (albeit well-known at the track for his gambling) and bookmaking was a side business until his brother, Charlie died suddenly and he temporarily took the family bag to the track. At 85, he can still be found, with grandson Tom, trackside and still no one else can do the numbers as fast as Bill. Bill was renowned for his exciting betting duals with giant punters such as Sir Frank Duval (the Hong Kong Tiger), Felipe Ysmael (The Babe) and Ray Hopkins (Hoppy). He wasn't frightened to bet - taking the world's biggest bet to lose $1m in 1968. His life away from racing has been as large as that on the rails and this book includes the stories of how Premier Askin got re-elected, the prominent NSW characters who pencilled for Bill and his real estate empire, the family law suit that took ten years and $10 million to resolve, and the real story of the Fine Cotton affair that saw Bill and his son Robbie banned from any involvement in racing for many years."--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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