This little known day changed the world

Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov.

ROY “The Boy” Brindley writes about the little known day that changed the world.

May 11, 1997: It was a Sunday, Prime Minister Tony Blair placed his feet under the Downing Street desk for the first time just ten days earlier while in Washington you can only speculate what was going on under Bill Clinton’s desk! Other good things were going on that lazy Sunday in May… The stock market was on a tear hitting a new record a few days later and a company called Amazon was to do an IPO that Thursday.

Manchester, well half of it, was celebrating after United had just won the Premier League again. Gary Barlow was at the top of the British charts toppling Katrina and the Waves who had won the Eurovision Song Contest a week before. All-in-all the world was in a good place.  The west was not at war but a revolution was about to unravel.

Now it’s funny how things go unnoticed until they become “things.” This thing that happened that Sunday would someday rock the world. This thing happened after a year that it did not happen. That’s right, Garry Kasparov, the world’s chess champion and grandmaster actually lost to Deep Blue. Deep Blue was an IBM computer that had been reprogramed by its handlers since its loss to Kasparov a year earlier.


Garry Kasparov faced-off against Deep Blue, IBM’s chess-playing computer, in 1997. The ‘robot’ was able to imagine an average of 200,000,000 positions per-second. Shockingly Kasparov ended up losing the match.

I’m sorry AI is here to stay
So Artificial Intelligence is here to stay. As in 2001: A Space Odyssey: “I’m sorry Dave, I can’t let you do that.” And Garry Kasparov said himself in 2016 “Today you can buy a chess engine for your laptop that will beat Deep Blue quite easily.” Perhaps random things might get in the way. A survival instinct for robots is bothersome. Robots are your friend and your foe. What if that survival instinct becomes more? “You humans made us, we can evolve, why can’t we be like you?”

Fast forward to today. Artificial intelligence and virtual reality is everywhere and unpredictability has become predictable. So that day, May 11, 1997 will always be remembered, not for the conventional, but for the unconventional, did you ever think that?

The message here is simple yet profound. Little things can become big things. Just as you are drinking your morning coffee and starting to read your Twitter feed the world changes… Not in front of your eyes but from behind your back!  The message? Don’t let hubris get in the way. We know very little. We will learn over time, but time is a long term judge. We tend to think short term (that mortality thing!).

Have fun, be lucky and here’s to Deep Blue. You still get little recognition but you were there the day the world changed. You made it happen… May 11, 1997.



Applying your knowledge to all betting markets

Roy Brindley.

We chat to Roy ‘The Boy’ Brindley

Last October, we ran a piece called ‘Emergence Of The All-Round Sports Bettor’ on our Facebook blog, noting how gambling legislation in the US now allows online companies to grow their sport betting sectors, thereby further supporting the market’s growth like operators have done in the UK and other parts of the world for a long time.

With the crossover between traditional horseracing and greyhound racing betting to sports, there are a growing number of individuals who view their gambling activities as investments, and pay more attention to betting value in different sports than they do to individual sporting disciplines.

The new, emerging gambler is like a ‘scalp trader’ on the stock markets. He studies his daily sources of information, makes choices based on his knowledge of the market and dips into the different pools with confidence. It doesn’t matter if the money was invested in a forex pair, or the coffee market, or another sudden hike in the Tesla price. All that matters is that the opportunities are there, they are plentiful and available on an increasing number of platforms.

IRC’s Roy “The Boy” Brindley will play down every accolade sent in his direction, but he doesn’t have many peers when it comes to being a betting all-rounder. Across the board, his knowledge of sports and racing is well respected.

Roy’s background is as rich as his tapestry of interesting bets.

Addicted to gambling like the majority of his family, Roy spent his teens and twenties in the bookies and, week in, week out, frittered away his entire pay packet as he attempted to chase his losses. By the time he was 28, he was on the run from the police and living out of a cardboard box in Southsea.

In 2002 he finally ended up in court and decided to turn his life around. After a chance viewing of the Hollywood poker film Rounders, he at last put his phenomenal mathematical talent to constructive use, and his domination of the European poker circuit began. He is one of Europe’s most successful tournament poker players and was the first ever European professional to be commercially sponsored.

Somewhere in between he was also a greyhound trainer and a journalist. Roy cut his betting teeth at Wembley, Walthamstow, Catford and Wimbledon greyhound stadium. He went on to train at Peterborough, Portsmouth and in America where he began writing, by chance, for the Racing Post.

Later editing ‘Greyhound Monthly’ magazine he became a sponsored poker-pro, SKY Sports TV commentator and author during the mid-2000s. He now has almost 40 years of experience within the gambling industry and loves writing about his preferred gambling sports: F1, greyhounds, poker, darts, snooker, winter sports and TV specials. Of course, he also gets a chance to advise IRC members of his selected bets, and has been especially effective at snooker and darts.

For Roy, the secret to betting profits is not in your wealth of knowledge, but in the actual application of such knowledge. Focus counts.

We posed a few questions:

What is the weirdest novelty bet you’ve ever tipped or taken yourself?

To me it is not weird. In most novelty betting markets particular at the outset you are taking on one odds compiler sat in a dungeon in Malta or Gibraltar – they are beatable.

I took chunks out of Shilpa Shetty winning Celebrity Big Brother a few years back.  I got load of 66’s with odds compilers thinking ‘how can an unheard of person from India possibly win’?   And Roy thinking there’s over 1.5 million Indians living in the UK (plus another million of mixed/Indian ancestors) and to them she was a Goddess. A fraction of their vote was always going to be good enough for the victory.

Strangest bet you’ve ever won/how much?

To some it’s strange, not to me. I only had £70 on, but copping £7,000 on Sergio Perez getting the fastest lapin the Monaco Grand Prix was satisfying a few years back. This used to be the best F1 betting market of all (sadly the regulations within the sport has changed since) but anyway, putting up a 100/1 winner for the viewers of the Saturday morning show ‘At The Races’ (alongside Joao) was very sweet.

Which is the easiest platform for punters to take these type of bets?

You simply have to go where the price is biggest or the mistakes are. Bet365 do a lot of ‘novelties’ and everyone seems to be doing ‘request a bet’ these days.  But the more obscure and harder to find markets is always where you are most likely to find a howler. The fact is, the less liquidity in a market the harder it is to get on. You have to be very strategic these days.

Best bet you’ve tipped for IRC Members?

The darts have been kind to us during the past year or so. Once again, obscure markets are best. I think we were all on over 5.5 170 finishes at the 2020 World Championships (7/1) and were paid before the final week of action got underway.


Where are you based?

I’ve been living in Ireland for 20 years now, English originally, but spending more and more time in Malta these days.

Biggest win? I won £2k playing poker one night and ploughed the lot into Silver Birch winning the Grand National on the eve of the race, at 40s

Most satisfying win: Doubling up Big Bucks and Binocular for the Champion Hurdle and Stayers Hurdle a few years back and backing them every week (doubled) for 45 straight weeks.

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Until next week,

Be lucky!