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Not Alan Partridge tells us: "I was once offered the chance to co-present a programme on national radio. Audience of millions, but blew up spectacularly, my entire contribution being the rustling of paper in the background. I was that bad, I have since burned my copy of the pilot show." Tell us about your big break, and how you messed it up.

(, Thu 3 Apr 2014, 14:22)
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New gambling career
In a previous life as a bookmaker, I was employed by a company and loving it. Being paid to watch sport, getting tips, free tickets to most sporting events on days off.

But as most people do, you read the industry paper for better, bigger jobs.

I applied for two. One was for a small betting firm of 10 people who wanted to revolutionise gambling by removing the bookie. The other was for a stats company of about 4 people. Having done statistics at uni, I thought this could be great. Both gave me interviews, one at 10 am, the other at 5pm on the same day.

I needed to stay in London, so a mate offered to put me up. And of course we went for a pint. Which turned into 2, then into about 6 and off clubbing in London.

Didn't make it to the first one, still asleep. They eventually wore me up about lunchtime and asked if I'd like to come in that afternoon. I said no thanks and went back to sleep.

Went to the second and had to rush to the loo to throw up. They wanted me to stay, I did and must have impressed as they still offered me the job as assistant Statistician, but I felt that bad I apologised and turned it down, then left.

Well, the first firm became Betfair, and are the biggest betting exchange company in the world. The second became OPTA stats, and I eventually got to know the bloke who got the job I went for and he's now rich.

TL:DR, getting hammered once cost me 2 great jobs.
(, Thu 3 Apr 2014, 21:23, 4 replies)
I think I speak for everyone here when I say,
"You're an idiot".
(, Thu 3 Apr 2014, 21:34, closed)
Sounds more to me like Betfair and Opta Stats dodged bullets here.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 3:18, closed)
It's possible that our perspectives are compatible, of course.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 9:08, closed)
So what you're saying is,
You had more than one opportunity to sabotage companies of dubious ethics, who make their non-gambling owners rich by maintaining the addictive misery of thousands of sad fuckers, and you fucked them up because you're a terrible alcoholic?

Go and sit in Ladbrokes where you belong.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 10:49, closed)

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