After studying at University, Oliver worked for over four years at a top London betting exchange and is now using his knowledge of the industry to pursue a career in recruitment. His passion for sports along with his experience of the betting and gaming industry has established him as a fantastic member of the Betting Appointments team. He thrives on the competitive nature of sports and excitement that betting brings to any game.
What interests you about the betting industry?
It’s amazing how much the betting industry has grown in recent times. Gone are the days when you needed to spend a Saturday afternoon in the bookies placing your wagers - it is phenomenal the amount of bookmakers vying for your trade and the different markets that are available to you by simply turning on your computer. Punters have never had it so good!
Is there one wager that is memorable for you?
It has to be one of my first (and possibly smallest!) bets whilst watching my hometown club Colchester United. As a 15 years old I stood on the terraces with a £1.50 bet for the first goal of the match to be an own goal at odds of 30/1. By pure luck the bet came in! I was so chuffed I made my way to the other side of the terrace to share the good news with my Dad – only to be greeted with moans and groans from all of Dad’s mates who told me they had lost money on ‘sensible’ first goal scorer bets!
What is the betting and gaming industry like from a career perspective?
I firmly believe that the betting industry is only going to continue to evolve. With both the vast media exposure coupled with the continual growth of technology, online gaming still has massive potential both in the UK and Worldwide. It is a very exciting time for an industry that is thriving.
What’s your favourite book or film?
I couldn’t name one but I love to read sport autobiographies - Ronnie O’Sullivan, Paul Merson, Andre Agassi and George Best to name a few. I find it interesting to read how such sporting geniuses go about fighting their demons off the field. I think the sport I most enjoy reading about is that of possibly my biggest love - cricket.