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Postby Erica  » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:58 am

Hey everyone,

I'm a student journalist researching live-betting for an article i'm writing. I'm focussing on William Hill's (or Tom Waterhouses) new feature that allows punters to place a bet up to 20 seconds after the race has started.

I know it's a long shot but I'm after someone who has been affected by sports-betting apps such as William Hill or Crownbet and feels that the simplicity of using these methods is dangerous. If anyone is interesting on commenting on the matter i'll email you through a short list of questions or organise a quick phone interview. The article will be published but you have the option of remaining anonymous.

I'm under the pump from my editor as my deadline is Thursday morning however I thought it was worth a shot!

Kind regards,

erica.jolly1@gmail.com

If interested you can view some of my published work here: http://www.upstart.net.au/?s=erica+jolly
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Angelina. » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:42 pm

Dear Al,

Yep, couldn't have said it better myself How are you anyway? And let this be a formal welcome to our online community as well. So, I am curious to know how you became so knowledgeable or opinionated on this topic ?


They are all parasites as far as I am concerned!!!


Stay strong!


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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Al3 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:26 am

I know this is probably me being captain obvious, but I think by being louder and as overexposed as he was (until he sold his company, anyway) he was being a bigger problem than the other online bookies - more exposure in his case means more people being exposed to the myth that gambling can be "fun" and people can actually win money by doing it
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Stephen M » Thu May 09, 2013 4:28 pm

Linda2 (20/04/2013)Hey at least he is easy on the eyes! And he is a busniess man, from my point of view I gamble at a Casino but know one forces me to go thier, that is my decision to go and play the pokies or the other games. So as far as betting on the horses is it not the same, no ones forces you to put a bet on and on. It goes back to not exceeding what you can afford to lose and for some and myself that is the most difficult part of all. It stopping after begining. And what's more strange it that I have never bet more than $5 each way on a horse. But I can blow $3,000 in a night on a poker machine. Go figure!

Cheers - Linda2


Check out this article, Linda2 (and everybody else).

http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/05/06/gambling-industry-insider-youre-lowering-all-our-odds-tom/

It's interesting you make the point that everybody's criticising Tom Waterhouse for promoting sports betting, but nobody's talking about the problems pokies causes.

That's part of the point the article makes. Tony Abbott has said he'll intervene (if the Libs get in) unless TV networks get rid of live gambling but he doesn't say anything about the type of gambling that's causing the most harm.

Question for everybody: Do you reckon Tom's any worse than anybody else in the industry, or just louder and more overexposed?

I'd be interested to hear.
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Linda2 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:49 pm

Hi Bri

Sorry my rant missed the point completely!

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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Linda2 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:28 pm

Hey at least he is easy on the eyes! And he is a busniess man, from my point of view I gamble at a Casino but know one forces me to go thier, that is my decision to go and play the pokies or the other games. So as far as betting on the horses is it not the same, no ones forces you to put a bet on and on. It goes back to not exceeding what you can afford to lose and for some and myself that is the most difficult part of all. It stopping after begining. And what's more strange it that I have never bet more than $5 each way on a horse. But I can blow $3,000 in a night on a poker machine. Go figure!

Cheers - Linda2
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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Stephen M » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:30 pm

I saw this on Media Watch last week. It's dealing with similar stuff to that article that Bri posted from the Age: Tom Waterhouse giving the betting odds for his bookie business on Channel 9 sport. Like betting is just part of sport :/

http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/video/default.htm?src=/broadbandmediawatch/xml/20130408_2120.xml

They show the changes since Nine supposedly implemented its new code of conduct but there's not really much to make you think that he's not just part of the sports news, rather than a bookie advertising his business.

He's being asked to front a parliamentary hearing to decide if he's sidestepping the code, but I don't know if anything will come out of that. When it comes to 'gaming' Packer and others have shown they can get the rules changed if they fork out the moolah.

I don't know how important Nine think it is to be seen to care about responsible gambling. Do you reckon the enquiry will make any difference to what Tom Waterhouse is allowed to do during sport?

Really interested to hear what you think about this because this is really about changing the playing field (so to speak, didn't realise what I'd typed till afterwards :P).

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Postby BriM » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:20 pm

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RE: Thoughts? Tom Waterhouse - blurring the line between sports commentary and betting....

Postby Bull » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:27 am

I cannot believe this idea was even contemplated by the media.

As if they're not making enough through online and sports betting at the moment?

I have a friend of mine who loves the footy and always goes with his young son. He just bought the foxtel footy package because he isn't going to the games any more. Reason? He hates that gambling adverts on either side of the scoreboard and doesn't want to send his son the wrong message.

So true.
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