Betting Directory Authors

Meet the authors of all the articles in the Betting Directory. Our team has a wealth of experience of working in the betting industry plus knowledge in abundance when it comes to sports punting.

Steve Chambo

Intro: Steve is the Andrew Flintoff of the Betting Directory. A solid all-rounder, whose love for sport allows him to give insightful opinions across the board, and this was shown when he was once victorious in the sport round on TV show Eggheads.
Specialist Subjects: Horse Racing, Football, Rugby League, Greyhounds, Cricket
Biggest Winner: Mon Mome (100/1) causing a huge shock in the 2009 Grand National.
Favourite Sporting Moment: Being at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival to witness Long Run outbattle National Hunt stalwarts Denman and Kauto Star in a pulsating Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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Jake Itson

Intro: A sports loving, Saints adoring, tennis swinging, garrulous betting buffoon, who contributes stellar content and tasty tips to the Betting Directory faithful, or at least attempts to…
Specialist Subjects: Football, Tennis, Golf, Cycling, Paddy McGuinness, Tennis WAGS
Biggest (future) Winner: Saints to win the 2015/16 Europa League @ 33/1....
Favourite Sporting Moment: See above - Saints hoisting the Europa League trophy in Basel on 18 May 2016.
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Chris Knight

Intro: Chris loves a stat. He has written for a variety of national media publications and has gone on to become one of the Betting-Directory's longest serving and most respected writers.
Specialist Subjects: Cricket, golf, football (the Bundesliga specifically), tennis and statto.
Biggest Winner: Une Artiste (40/1) - winner of the 2012 Fred Winter
Favourite Sporting Moment: As an Aston Villa fan, beating Manchester United in the 1994 League Cup final is as good as it is ever likely to get in my lifetime!
Twitter: @Chris_Knight84
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Tom Lee

Intro: Tom Lee is a well known sports fanatic, specialising in football, horse racing and the betting industry. His CV boasts a range of heavyweight names from within the sports, betting, media and broadcasting worlds, including bet365, Betfred, Channel 4 & RTE. A member of the Betting Directory team since 2008, his witty and sometimes irreverent weekly sports and gambling previews have become a firm favourite amongst our readers.
Specialist Subjects: Manchester United FC, National Hunt racing, getting three up in a yankee, paella, beaches of South Devon, Gibson suits, road rage.
Biggest Winner: During the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival 2011. A treble paying more than 2,300/1 ensured a few days without having to visit the cash machine.
Favourite Sporting Moment:Impossible to split Moscow Flyer's second Tingle Creek, Sea The Stars' Arc, plus of course Solskjaer's winner in the Nou Camp.
Twitter: @TomsTips
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Russell Palmer

Intro: The elder statesman of the team (depressingly), an authority on golf and racing and years of experience in the bookmaking industry. Quiz master and beard wearer, there's not a thing he doesn't know about tennis WAGS.
Specialist Subjects: Golf, Racing, Cycling and a bit of footie
Biggest Winner: 28/1 Ruler Of The World in the 2013 Derby backed ante-post
Favourite Sporting Moment:The Miracle of Medinah!
Twitter: @rustyboy75
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Steve Raymond

Intro: An experienced long serving member of the team who is never short of an opinion or two when it comes to sport or betting! Loves the winter - football and proper jump racing.
Specialist Subjects: Jump Racing, Football (Calcio/Serie A Tipster), Rugby Union and a bit of Cycling for good measure.
Biggest Winner: Amberleigh House (16/1) - 2004 Grand National (Not my biggest priced winner but my biggest return!)
Favourite Sporting Moment: Istanbul 2005.
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Tony Smith

Intro: Since banging on the door of his local Ladbrokes shop at the age 18, Richard hasn't looked back when it comes to his enthusiasm for sport and betting over the past 14 years. Stints at Betfred, Coral and the British Horse Racing Board in various roles from odds compiler to marketing, ensure that there is no shortage of confidence when it comes to forging opinions and backing his judgement.
Specialist Subjects: Self-confessed American Football geek, with a particular passion for College Football and the NFL a short-head behind. A 15 year learning curve when it comes to horse racing has seen a specialist interest in group races between 1m and 1m4f on the flat and any graded contests over fences.
Biggest Winner: Richard has had plenty of good wins down the years but usually as a result of putting his money where his mouth is. David Villa to be top scorer at Euro 2008 (25/1); Green Bay Packers to win Super Bowl XLV (16/1); Comply or Die (33/1) and Don't Push It's (50/1) Grand National wins, as well as Zach Johnson to win The Open (130/1) all rank amongst the biggest. However, a £10 ante-post double on Zarkandar to win the Adonis and Triumph Hurdle in 2011, which returned £3,300, still remains hard to beat!
Favourite Sporting Moment: Being at the Olympiastadion in Munich when England smashed the Germans 5-1 will take some beating.
Twitter: @Rich94
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