Racing’s money-go-round

For punters, it is a pilgrimage. The Galway Races is seven days of racing, alcohol and bets. For the first time in 40 years, veteran bookmaker Francis Hyland was not this year part of the Galway bonanza. Earlier this summer, he sold his pitch at the…... [READ MORE]

Let’s ban addictive betting machines

ver since the gaming acts of Charles II and Queen Anne, restrictions on gambling have exhibited an unappealing combination of paternalism, class prejudice and moral exhortation. Yet there’s a compelling case to legislatively crack down on one such activity now: fixed-odds betting terminals (FO... [READ MORE]

A poker primer

Texas hold ‘em is a variation of stud poker, believed to have originated in Robston, Texas, in the early 1900s.... [READ MORE]