No one will deny that people have always loved to argue and prove their case. It is laid at the gene level. But one country has succeeded in this love much more than everyone else. It is, as many have already, probably, managed to guess about Great Britain and about its bets on horse races.
This tradition has been rooted in the minds of the British for many centuries. The story leads us to the year 1766 when the former groom of one of Herzegovina named Richard Tattersall decided to organize a whole auction at which thoroughbred horses were presented.
The most amazing thing is that this auction was able to survive to the present day, now it is also very popular, and in fact, more than 240 years have passed. The first premises of the auction were located at the intersection of two streets: Piccadilly and Park Lane, then it was the outskirts of the city, now it is practically the very heart of London.
Four years earlier, the Jockey Club was created, which still exists today. In the club were the owners of the best horses, in parallel, they organized the races.
Real gentlemen of that time met, exchanged opinions, watched the races and made small bets on competitions between stallions between times. It was here that the first bookmaker disputes originated, as a whole trend in sports, it was from these walls that this sphere spread throughout the world and reached such a large audience.
Thanks to this, the name of Richard Tattesola is immortalized in England, and whole hippodromes are named after him.
The term “bookmaker”, which you and I use so often, can be translated from English as “bookkeeping”. Here the thing is that the people who took the bets kept all the bets in a special notebook — a book that they never let go of.
In those years, the first bookmakers took bets on the handicap, because in the competitions of that time they could take on different rivals, so their chances were somewhat equalized. Most often, the weakest were given a head start, which could find its expression in the form of extra time or decrease the distance of the run.
Then the disorder reigned both at the Hippodrome itself and in all the few bookmaker offices in the capital. Such confusion reigned, however, not very long.
Everything changed dramatically when a tradition was introduced in England called “Fair bookmaking”. This tradition implied that the reputation of the bookmaker itself should already be some kind of tool for achieving success in this far from easy business.
This famous tradition owes its introduction to life to two famous figures of this business. The story even preserved their names, they were Leviathan Davis and Fred Swindell.
Around 1850, Davis began to print a set of probabilities of the outcome of the races, which could be found on all the streets of glorious London. Such sheets can be called the forefathers of modern coefficients because now every player could already make his prediction with an assessment of the chances of winning, and this could be done outside the racetrack.
Fifteen years later, the bookmaker was able to cross the ocean and get to Philadelphia. It was here that opened the first bookmaker office in the United States. A little later, already with the advent of the new century, such offices began to emerge in many countries of the world. But until today, it is the United Kingdom that keeps the palm in terms of the quantity and quality of bookmakers.
The excitement of the British in the blood, no one except them can be gambling to such an extent. In England, you can easily take bets on both ordinary sports and dog races, recently bets on events have become very popular, and so on.