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The authors obviously likes himself very much. To read his book is a waste of time and frustrating. I kept hoping it would get better but it did not. Too much drag to specify.

A small-scale gambler himself, he neither condemns nor condones but, instead, explores the history of Britain's relationship with gambling, from 17th-century earls placing lunatic bets to decadent games of chemin de fer in John Aspinall's private clubs in the Sixties and the more clinical internet betting of today. He is adept at capturing the adrenaline rush that accompanies the thrill of winning, yet this is no paean to the beauty of betting.

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Atherton notes that Britain has as many as , gambling addicts and is equally concerned about the psychology, the possible effects of proposed supercasino legislation and the links with match-fixing. Topics Sport and leisure books The Observer.

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Gambling is a fascinating account of gambling through history, from Greek mythology and the ancient role of lots, dice and cards, to the high profile cricket and football match throwing and 'super casinos' of today. Mike Atherton explores this controversial and captivating phenomenon and the way that many present day sports provide the most popular focus for gambling, why so many of today's sportsmen become fervent gamblers and how in some cases this has led to corruption, addiction and ruined reputations. With recent high profile incidents involving the likes of Mohammad Amir and Joey Barton, gambling in sport is a topic that remains at the top of the sporting agenda.