I’ve been a gambler, on and off, for over 25 years. In particular since 1998, when I quit my Cambridge PhD – on ‘Jacobean Accession Literature’, in case you were wondering – to become an odds compiler for a start-up internet bookmaker, I’ve been embedded in the gambling world.
Though financially gambling has been very good to me, in recent years, particularly since becoming a father in 2008, I’ve begun to find the theory more interesting than the practice. Two themes in particular have been the focus of my research – the psychology of gambling, in particular the lessons gamblers can learn from behavioural economics, and the relationship between gambling and the world of finance – and I’m currently writing books on each of these subjects.
From 2000 to 2002 I wrote a weekly gambling column for the Guardian website under the name Patrick Murray.
You can follow me on Twitter @TimAmos22.