From Big Brother to boxing and blackjack to bowls, bookie Stan James will take your bet. Founder Stephen Fisher says he brought in-running betting to Britain, and a good portion of the company’s £283.5m sales in 2005 came from wagers on sports events placed after kick-off. With 22 betting shops, Oxfordshire’s Stan James also offers online and telephone gambling. Sponsorship of events such as the 2000 Guineas horse race and World Matchplay darts tournament has swelled the number of customers to more than 50,000.
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