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Whether it be one pound on the National Lottery or a million pounds on the turn of a card, the instinct to bet is the same. Over the centuries there have been many strange gamblers - and even more strange gambles - and in this unique collection of punts and punters, Graham Sharpe reveals fearless, flamboyant and fantastic flutters. Some of the most extraordinary bets include the male gambler who had a boob job to win a big bet; the gambler who set off to walk round the world wearing an iron mask to land a wager; the man who could genuinely dream winners. Sharpe is also haunted by a couple of ghostly gambles, and looks at the betting propensities of US Presidents - including one who gambled away the White House's finest china. Celebrities who indulge in strange betting practices are unmasked, too - the Marx Brothers, Ben Affleck, James Bond, Kerry Packer, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde, Professor Stephen Hawking, to name a few. This painstakingly researched, original and unusual offering is an overdue addition to the ever-popular 'Strangest' series - and you can bet on that!
About the Author
Graham Sharpe has dealt personally with many of the strangest gamblers of the last thirty years whilst he has worked for one of the world's leading bookmakers, William Hill, for whom he is currently Media Relations Director. He is a gambling expert whose previous Robson titles include 'Fourteen Million To One', 'Odds, Sods And Racing Certs' and who combined his knowledge of betting and football to write 'Free The Manchester United One' (1861056338), the story of British football's first fixed match.