Book descriptionHow and Why I Conned the Bookies
is the true story of a gambler out of control. Author Jason Haddigan spent much of his life on the road, scamming bookmakers to fuel a gambling addiction that simply meant him returning virtually every penny in lost bets. It is a roller-coaster story that begins on Englands south coast as a child feeding fruit machines with pocket money and only ends following his extradition from the USA after playing and losing in the casinos of Las Vegas. In-between are his daunting accounts of a chaotic early life in the shadow of his father, also an inveterate gambler one step ahead of his creditors, always needing to sell up, move on, and finally to go on the run. It tells of how the parallel world of gambling can destroy everything: marriages, relationships, home life and all normal values. A compelling, true account of problem gambling. Opens-up a twilight world of betting, casinos and scams. Highlights temptation and manipulation of gamblers. Highly topical due to Parliamentary and media debates.
'Well written and gripping... Jason Haddigan may have been a compulsive gambler once
now his book is compulsive reading'-- Stewart Bint
As featured in The Times
, Inside Time
, The New York Times
and The News
A few days later, I got myself a job in Debenhams. I was working in their sports store and found myself selling sports equipment to literally anyone that came in
I only lasted a week though. Poker and the evil roulette tables were more important than selling rowing machines.
For many years Jason Haddigan lived off the proceeds of gambling of various kinds, including betting on horses, dogs and his own snooker/pool skills. On the road for years, he took to scamming bookmakers across England and Scotland. He also regularly gambled in Las Vegas and for a time Mexico. A winner and loser of sometimes breath-taking amounts, he eventually lost everything and ended up in prison, banned from most betting shops nationwide. He now advises politicians, professionals and reformers as well as encouraging youngsters to steer clear of temptation. He is currently involved in the campaign to restrict the scope of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).