How and Why I Conned the Bookies is the true story of a gambler out of control. Author Jason Haddigan spent much of his life on the road, scamming bookmakers to fuel a gambling addiction that simply meant him returning virtually every penny in lost bets. It is a roller-coaster story that begins on England’s south coast as a child feeding fruit machines with pocket money and only ends following his extradition from the USA after playing and losing in the casinos of Las Vegas. In-between are his daunting accounts of a chaotic early life in the shadow of his father, also an inveterate gambler one step ahead of his creditors, always needing to sell up, move on, and finally to go on the run. It tells of how the parallel world of gambling can destroy everything: marriages, relationships, home life and all normal values. A compelling, true account of problem gambling. Opens-up a twilight world of betting, casinos and scams. Highlights temptation and manipulation of gamblers. Highly topical due to Parliamentary and media debates.
Extract: ‘A few days later, I got myself a job in Debenhams. I was working in their sports store and found myself selling sports equipment to literally anyone that came in… I only lasted a week though. Poker and the evil roulette tables were more important than selling rowing machines.’
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Like Father Like Son; On-the-Run; The Sting; Up and Down; Bang on Top; Her Majesty’s Pleasure; The Palace: Twelve Years Earlier; Playing Tap with Guns; Going Straight for Twelve Months; Social Clubs and Poker Dens: The 1970s to 1980s; Back in the Crown Court: On-the-Run Once More; Florida and Vegas; Five Numbers and the Bonus Ball; The Busty Blonde; Don’t Get Married in Vegas!; The Lure of Vegas Yet Again … And a £500 Treble; ‘Racing is Strictly for The Birds’; That Damned Security Chap Mike; Playing Pool with Bob; My $52,645 Win!!; Crazy Dreams; Flying to Vegas on a False Passport!; An Appointment with the Mexican Mafia!; Epilogue.