For Sydney punter Richard Irvine, it came down to one simple question: “If you can’t win, why do we have gambling?
“That was the question that I wanted to get answered three years ago,“ Irvine said.
Irvine was one of a growing number who’d been banned from punting by a number of bookmakers.
It had become a familiar refrain in punting circles: They’ll take your money when you’re losing, but not when you’re winning.
Except Irvine decided to do something about it.
He started Fair Wagering Australia, a website that makes noise about dubious practices within the bookmaking industry – primarily the banning of punters who have a win, and therefore don’t prove profitable enough.
The increased visibility of corporate bookmakers and the subsequent backlash against all-pervasive gambling advertising a few years back proved a defining time.
“It started around that time,” says Irvine. “I just tho...