In tennis you just had to walk into a bookies and say 'Pete
Sampras' and two weeks later the friendly bookie would happily give you a wheelbarrow full of cash.
The World darts championships regularly provided punters with holiday money, in the 80's it was the Crafty Cockney, in the 90's The Power brought home the bacon. Football was easier too wasn't it? Liverpool used to win every week and the bookies always made them even money shots at home to Norwich.
There is however, one slight problem with all of the above.
It is total and utter rubbish.
Let's start with life in general 'back in the day'. There WAS a shed load of crime, the world WAS just as evil as it is now, and people WEREN'T any happier during the blitz.
There was war, depression, poverty and starvation, yet we are convinced we missed out on a bygone 'golden age', purely because a few Londoners sung songs in tubes stations and warded off
Regarding golden age theory leaving us pining for the lost love of our youth, the one ship that passed in the night, the love of your life that you let slip through your fingers?
Again, total and utter bollocks.
Most relationships end because we want them to end. In times of loneliness, or when you're feeling a bit down, you think back to an old girlfriend with rose tinted glasses. You remember great sex, good times, holidays, yet you conveniently 'forget' the cellulite, the time she farted in front of your mates, not to mention the constant nagging about her being "worried about your gambling".
Thus, it leads me to conclude that we must dismiss the allegations of a bygone golden age of gambling, when we all won hundreds every time we went to the track, or every Saturday on our coupons, with much the same cynicism as I dismissed life and love. Shocks DID happen, and just as frequently as they do now.
For every Steve Davis there was a Joe Johnston, For every Eric Bristow there was a Keith
Deller, For every Liverpool F.C nailed on certainty there was always a Wimbledon waiting just around the corner. Indeed, for every single 'banker' we must always, ALWAYS be aware of the banana skin, that WAS, IS and ALWAYS will be just around the corner.
Indeed, there is an argument that we now are living in the 'golden age' of gambling. Show me another time this century when the punter had the statistics, knowledge, and know how available at the touch of a button. Show me a time when there was more choice of bet, a bigger variety of bookmakers, satellites beaming sports live 24hours from around the globe.
Show me a better time to be involved in this great game we call gambling. You can't. It's impossible. We are living it right here, right now.
So next time a David Nalbandian or a Senegal breaks your heart, don't harp on about how it used to be different. Just embrace the fact that it's the nature of the beast.
Harold McMillan once summed up the 1950's with a sentence of pure golden age theory. A sentence that could have been written for the modern sports gambler.
"You've never had it so good".
The former Prime Minister of the UK was indeed a clever man, but not even he could have predicted the incredible growth of online sportsbooks and casinos,
or indeed the enormous fun and excitement they can provide us with.
Responsible reporting requires that we offer a cautionary note about responsible gambling and gaming, but the facts are simply that the vast majority of people
who have a bet with an online bookmaker or enjoy a whirl at the casino tables and slots, do so safely with no ill effects, and on the contrary experience a thrill and excitement rarely
The old saying that "the mind is like a parachute - it works better when it is open", is illustrated handsomely when we take at look at online sportsbook and casino OlyBet.
Everything is out in the open and couldn't be easier to navigate and we have to admit one pareticular offering stood out a mile for us.
Short Deck Poker ! This is not for the faint hearted and although the house keep a tight rein of control on proceedings the very nature of this particular game can lead to explosive hands.
The theory is simple. With fewer cards in the deck a seasoned player should in probability have a better chance of predicting the cards of other players, but in reality
this can sometimes lead to some mega bluffing and stake loading as players try to bludgeon their way to victory. It is great fun and definitely worth checking out.