#BettingPeople: ‘Spinning Mick’ has been in the on-course bookmaking game since 1987 when he was 14 years old. He’s now Chairman of ARB and a Director of the FRB heavily involved in bookmaking’s politics as well as earning his living from on-course bookmaking.
MICK PUNSHON (part 1 of 3)
Mick talks about an industry under pressure, with bookmakers being ‘attacked’ from a number of angles including public perception and banking as well as an increasingly cashless society. He talks about the difficulties in getting bookmakers to work together and speak as one voice.
MICK PUNSHON (part 2 of 3)
Mick talks about the problems faced by the betting ring, how it would be a good idea to return their own SP to illustrate the value to be found betting on course and what he’d like to see bookmakers do now that their backs are to the wall. He looks back to his beginnings in the game, working for Gaz Fruit, Racing Raymond, Gus O’Neil and Martyn of Leicester.
PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY
MICK PUNSHON (part 3 of 3)
Mick remembers cars being sent around for losing casino clients, how he became a winning punter, why he decided to buy his own pitches, betting in running, his angle making a book, why he’s not ashamed to admit he ‘greens up’, his opinion on off-course bookmakers, picking his battles and why there’s little sympathy for racecourse bookies.
PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY