Big Punters Of The Turf
Being successful as a professional punter combines the characteristics of the other major actors of the racing scene.
The tenacity of the jockey who labors ceaselessly to get the most from his mount, the horse sense of the trainer who can judge talent and form from the briefest glance, and the nerves to go head-to-head with bookmakers who earn their living by being just a little better than the competition.
The men who have made a career out of wagering on thoroughbreds are also noteworthy for living flamboyant lifestyles for the most part.
Reveling in the attention and admiration of the average punter who can only fantasize about what it is like to wager hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time on races where there are so many elements that are completely beyond the control of even the keenest observer of horses, jockeys, trainers, track conditions and the other variables that make the difference between a healthy payday and financial disaster.
Modern technology is having some impact on the person as that have captured the attention of racing fans throughout the years, but Australians will always have a place in their hearts for the punters who have brought a commanding presence and a larger-than-life approach to wagering on the sport of racing.
Eddie Birchley: Eddie "The Fireman" Birchley
Sometimes an investor will take a large gamble that supplies a return so spectacular that the investor can fall into a trap of thinking that he can work the same magic with any speculative endeavor. This mental shortcoming would appear to have seriously inflicted the thinking of one Edward Albert Granville Birchley, aka. Eddie “the fireman” Birchley.
Eric Connolly: Punter and Trainer
An astute punter, Eric Connolly was a horse owner-trainer as well, who lived by the motto "money lost - nothing lost, courage lost - everything lost". His sharp eye for horses added to his gambling prowess, making as much as £700 off an £8 sale of his pony at the age of 15.
Fast Eddie Hayson: Punter - Businessman
'Fast' Eddie Hayson, by virtue of his fearless approach to wagering, along with his huge bank, will continue to drive the market. Where it all will come to an end is the area of speculation that makes Hayson such a fascinating subject. Hugh punter, smart businessman is Eddie Hayson
Felipe Ysmael: 'The Babe' Hugh Punter
Felipe Ysmael: Often described as the biggest gambler of them all, Filipino industrialist, horse owner, and punter, made bookies either drool or gave them a run for the money. Known for his giant punts and famous duels with bookie Bill Waterhouse, Felipe was always looking for ways to stay ahead of the pack
Fred Angles: Punter
While the stories of legendary gamblers certainly offer many examples to prove this belief, one semi-famous punter, Fred Angles, who made big plunges during the 1920s, 30s 40s and 50s. He violated the stereotype of flashy suits, expensive cars, fast women and lavish lifestyles.
Hollywood George Edser
One of Australia's most flamboyant punters of all times is undoubtedly none other than 'Hollywood' George Edser. A successful and fearless punter in the 1950s, Edser would put everything he owned on a horse he fancied.
Joe Taylor: Owner and Punter
Joe Taylor will remain one of the most famous horse owners and punters to give Australian bookies a run for their money during the 1950s and 1960s. A generous man, Taylor gave away thousands to his fellow punters on several occasions, and ended up losing the rest on bets.
Kerry Packer Big Punter
Media tycoon and one of the most influential men in Australia, Kerry Packer, was well known for his lavish gambling habits. A shrewd businessman, Packer's net worth was around AUD 6.5 billion at the time of his death in December 2005.
Mick Bartley: Racing Personality
One of the most colorful racing personalities in the history of Australian racehorse punting is undoubtedly 'Melbourne Mick' Bartley. From selling beer bottles to setting up one of the largest betting networks, Bartley set examples for other punters who were always keen to follow his ways while giving bookmakers a run for their money.
Perce Galea: Prince Of Punters
The Prince of Punters in Australian horse racing during the 1950s and 1960s was undoubtedly Perce Galea, who is known to have obliged fellow Aussie punters with a flood of banknotes when his own colt, Eskimo Prince won the Golden Slipper Stakes in 1964, almost causing a riot.
Sean Bartholomew Big Punter
Not many die hard punters would believe that running through a computer based program would help punter turned bookmaker, Sean Bartholomew make money. However, as the former owner of racingodds.com.au, Bartholomew continued to turn out winners on a regular basis.
Zeljko Ranogajec: Pro Punter
Zeljko Ranogajec. It is said that he bets on every thoroughbred race in Australia. Pro Punter who places massive bets on all sports.