What are the Odds? The Bill Waterhouse story


Title: What are the Odds?; the Bill Waterhouse story
Author: Bill Waterhouse
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 2009
Cover: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: Unknown
Comments: The tell-all tale – on and off the track – of a legendary man and his extraordinary family. The Waterhouse name is synonymous with Australian horse racing and bookmaking. For the first time, the family s patriarch, Bill Waterhouse, tells the story of his remarkable life playing the odds . Bill Waterhouse is a true Australian character who has spent a lifetime mixing it with the biggest names in sport, business and politics. Whilst learning the bookmaking art from his father, Bill studied law and practiced as a barrister. With his brothers, he built up a property empire, including Sydney s biggest hotel, yet bookmaking remained his passion. By the 1960s he was Australia s biggest bookie, and he remained at the top for over twenty years. Renowned for never refusing to take a gambler on, Big Bill always attracted the high-stake punters. His gambling duels are legendary- from Filipino Fireball Felipe Ysmael and the Hong Kong Tiger Frank Duval, to the up-and-coming Kerry Packer. In the 1980s, with son Robbie already a leading bookmaker, the Fine Cotton affair brought ignominy to the Waterhouse name. Although cleared of any wrongdoing, Bill was warned off racetrac
Country: Australia
Pages: 519

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