Maths expert Patrick Veitch has been dubbed enemy number one by bookmakers after winning millions of pounds, his life leading to an encounter with a dangerous criminal
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A professional gambler who has been dubbed ‘enemy number one’ by racecourse bookies after stealing more than £10million from them has revealed why he has given up the Playboy lifestyle.
Patrick Veitch became notorious on the racetrack as his success funded a Flash life as he dabbled in Flash cars.
His career began at Cambridge where he devoted more time to horses than to his studies, setting up a tipping line staffed by his buddies and paying £5 an hour, earning him £10,000 a month by the time he was three years old.
Eventually his lifestyle led to an encounter with a criminal who tried to extort him for tens of thousands of pounds and threatened to cut off both his legs.
The crook was later jailed for nearly killing a cop, and a math genius Veitch then went to the police and told them everything.
Then he went into hiding, becoming a recluse fearing for his life and leaving behind the life that had made him famous in gambling circles.
He revealed it all in a series of interviews with Star Sports as he reflected on his life choices.
He said star sport : “It was a forced change. For many years I had to make sure not to be photographed.
“For a long time I was told that the best place to hide was in London.
“But even then, if I saw someone like, ‘Oh, I just stopped by London for the day,’ I had to make sure I had my explanations ready.
“Even knowing that I’m in a place of seven million people was more information than I wanted to divulge.
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“That changed my life.
“I’m not that shady these days, but it’s certainly changed my outlook on life.”
He also shared a number of tips for people who want to follow in his footsteps, such as: For example, observing races closely to check suppositions, reassuring about things like race conditions and how horses perform on longer runs.
He said “play when the market is wrong” and bet on horses that you think have a chance but will not be tipped.
And for Patrick, finding winners was an all-consuming pursuit.
He added: “I really tried as you must.
“It’s not just about facts, data and opinions, it’s about how to apply them.
“Think outside the box, you really have to try.”
In 2009, the infamous tipster revealed in his book Enemy Number One: The Secrets of the UK’s Most Feared Professional Punter how he had stolen more than £10m from bookmakers over eight years.
Such was his wealth that Veitch often traveled to racecourses in his private helicopter and built an impressive collection of cars and houses.
His biggest payday was on one of his own horses, Exponential, which won at Nottingham and went 100-1 at one point.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uks-most-feared-punter-who-26816621 Britain's most feared player who has won £10m breaks silence as he abandons Playboy lifestyle