‘Tim’ is a 33-year-old Melbourne-based greyhound punter who came to this endeavour partly by chance. In his mid-20s, he came to a stark realisation which has confronted many a young man. That is, his sporting prowess – for all his natural talent – wasn’t going to translate into a professional, income-generating career. So a day job or study beckoned until he bumped into ‘Bob’ who was on the verge of retiring after many years as a successful punter.
“He had an old computer program focused on betting on the dogs. He said he’d be happy to show me. He also said he’d shown it to others before but they hadn’t been able to make it work but it really pricked my interest.
“I’d spent a lot of time working in pubs and having the occasional bet and found that I was generally able to win on the dogs but not on the horses, so obviously his approach struck a bit of a chord with me,’ Tim said.