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What Are The Odds? The Bill Waterhouse Story
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The tell-all tale – on and off the track – of a legendary man and his extraordinary family. The Waterhouse name is synonymous with Australian horse racing and bookmaking. For the first time, the family s patriarch, Bill Waterhouse, tells the story of his remarkable life playing the odds . Bill Waterhouse is a true Australian character who has spent a lifetime mixing it with the biggest names in sport, business and politics. Whilst learning the bookmaking art from his father, Bill studied law and practised as a barrister. With his brothers, he built up a property empire, including Sydney s biggest hotel, yet bookmaking remained his passion. By the 1960s he was Australia s biggest bookie, and he remained at the top for over twenty years. Renowned for never refusing to take a gambler on, Big Bill always attracted the high-stake punters. His gambling duels are legendary- from Filipino Fireball Felipe Ysmael and the Hong Kong Tiger Frank Duval, to the up-and-coming Kerry Packer. In the 1980s, with son Robbie already a leading bookmaker, the Fine Cotton affair brought ignominy to the Waterhouse name. Although cleared of any wrongdoing, Bill was warned off racetrac
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