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Victor Chandler: In The Blood

by Jamie Reid

Sport The Real World

Victor Chandler: In The Blood Synopsis

Victor Chandler: In The Blood, the authorised biography by Jamie Reid

Victor Chandler, the most recognisable face in bookmaking, tells his story.

Gambling was in his blood from birth. Discover how his grandfather dealt with Darby Sabini’s Italian Mob, Alfie Solomons and the real Peaky Blinders. How his father, Victor senior, built up the firm only for illness to force ‘Young Victor’ into the fray at the age of 23 - the start of a high life and fast times. To begin with he found the going tough. He almost accepted an offer to sell up from Playboy Bookmakers. But fortunately he stuck with it just in time to enjoy his first profitable Royal Ascot and from then on there was no going back.

Victor was ahead of his time and always adaptable. In the face of the UK recession in the 1990s he went out to the Far East and began duelling audaciously with colossal Asian punters while dodging the attentions of the Triads in Hong Kong and Macau. Then at the end of the decade he sparked a revolution by moving his entire business offshore to Gibraltar; he is often credited with being the first to take gambling online.

Victor shares his often hilarious memories of 40 years of a high-octane racing and bookmaking life, populated by a huge cast of colourful characters including the artist Lucian Freud, who painted 'VC' as well as betting with him.

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ISBN: 9781839500299
Publication date: 01/09/2020
Publisher: Racing Post
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839500299
Publication date: 1st September 2020
Author: Jamie Reid
Publisher: Racing Post
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Sport, The Real World,
Categories: Biography: business & industry, Sport & leisure industries,

About Jamie Reid

JAMIE REID is a journalist and author and has written several books including the award-winning Doped, Blown and Monsieur X.

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