Football PoolsCategory: Sport
Gambling and Betting. A Printed Form with a List of the Week’s Matches. Filling the Form with the Forecasts of the Results of the Matches. The Form is Posted to the Pools Firms. Waiting for the Results of the Matches
The English have never been against a gamble though most of them know where to draw the line and wisely refrain from betting too often. Since the war the most popular form of gambling is no doubt that of staking a small sum on the football pools. (The word “pool” is connected with the picture of streams of money pouring into a common fund, or “pool” from which the winners are paid after the firm has taken its expenses and profit.) Those who do so receive every week from one of the pools firms a printed form; on this are listed the week’s matches. Against each match, or against a number of them, the optimist puts down a l, a 2 or an x to show that he thinks the result of the match will be a home win, an away win or a draw. The form is then posted to the pools firm, with a postal order or cheque for the sum staked (or, as the firms say, “invested”). At the end of the week the results of the matches are announced on television and published in the newspapers and the “investor” can take out his copy of his coupon and check his forecast.