Editorial Echoes 6/11/2007 – The silly Melbourne Cup holiday That’s Blackmail!

Samuel’s Melbourne Cup Tip

November 6th, 2007 at 06:42am

As I’ve said half a dozen times in various places already in the last twelve hours, I’m usually quite hopeless at picking Melbourne Cup winners, so I was going to let the computers at ACTTAB pick three random horses instead, but then I had a nap and woke up with three numbers stuck in my head for no apparent reason, and therefore my tips are:

1 – Tawqeet
3 – Blutigeroo
15 – Scenic Shot

I will be putting these three numbers in as one of ACTTAB’s $15 cup packs which will provide me with a $1 win and place bet on each horse, and a boxed quinella and trifecta with all the horses. The bottom line with this is that I will get some of my outlay back if one of the horses comes first, second or third, and I will get more for combinations of first, second and third.

If you decide to have a punt, do so with care, only bet what you can afford to lose, and all the best with it.

The race takes place at 3pm Melbourne time (GMT +11) and will be broadcast live on the Seven Network and affilliates, Sky Channel, most radio stations (in Canberra 2CC and 2CA have access to the official radio feed of the Melbourne Cup from the official radio partner Southern Cross/Macquarie/Fairfax Broadcasting (depending on who owns that bit of the company right now)), and will also be live on the various webstreams such as ACTTAB Radio, 2KY Racing Radio and Sport 927. All the webstreams will sound the same but I expect some of them to hit capacity, which is why I provided multiple options.

The race results will also be published here, just like they are every year.

If you have a gambling problem call Lifeline in the ACT on 13 11 14, or the relevant gambling helpline in your jurisdiction.


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  • 1. act  |  November 6th, 2007 at 12:41 pm


    You mixed up little fellow… one minute you are advocating that people should gamble, the next your telling them that they have a gambling problem and the should ring lifeline for help.

    Make your mind up.

  • 2. Samuel  |  November 6th, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    I do hope that you are trying to be humorous.

    In case you haven’t noticed, I am doing exactly what ACTTAB do, and I think that is a very responsible thing to do.

    I am not telling people that they have a gambling problem, that is for them to decide. What I am doing is providing what I believe to be a responsible disclaimer, and useful information.

    I did it last year, and I will continue to do it this year.

  • 3. act  |  November 6th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    You would be the first in line to ban pokies in the clubs too?

  • 4. Samuel  |  November 6th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    What on earth made you think that?

    No, I don’t want to ban pokies, maybe reduce their numbers a bit, but certainly not ban them. As sad as it may be, governments are quite dependent on revenue generated by pokies.

    It’s a bit like cigarettes I suppose. They’re bad for you, but it’s your choice to smoke.

  • 5. Pen 15  |  November 6th, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Act sort of has a point, Sam. Not so long ago you said there was some merit in putting (rigged) poker machines in schools. Obviously this means some kids would get hooked on gambling at an early age – something you don’t seem to have a problem with.

  • 6. act  |  November 7th, 2007 at 4:18 pm


    Notice how young Sammy always goes quiet when he knows he has contradicted himself?

    How much do you want to bet he will simply ignore this or try and change the subject.

  • 7. Samuel  |  November 7th, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    No I have not contradicted myself, and if you want to stay on this site stop referring to me as Sammy. It’s Sam or Samuel, but Sammy highly irritates me.

    The point of having rigged poker machines in primary schools was not to have them available at all times of the day, but to make them a part of a gambling education subject, much like we have cigarette/alcohol/drug education.

    The rigged poker machines would be used as part of a unit teaching students about the dangers and potential impact gambling can have on you. Whether you would allow the use of real money (to be given back to the student at a later time) in these rigged machines is debatable, but the idea has some merit.

    From my memory of my schooling, all sorts of other things were discussed which can have a negative impact on one’s life, but not gambling. Surely in a society where a reasonable percentage of people are problem gamblers, such a course of study would be a good idea.

  • 8. Samuel  |  November 7th, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Act, sorry, I berated you a bit heavily for calling me Sammy earlier. There is no way you could have known and I apologise if I upset you.

    I have now published a policy about calling me Sammy for the benefit of all contributors.

  • 9. Pen 15  |  November 7th, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Yes, there are cigarette / alcohol / drug education programmes, but I bet any drug education program in any primary school doesnt involve passing around a bong, showing the kids how to use it, and then telling them NEVER DO WHAT WE JUST DID BECAUSE ITS BAD, M’KAY?

    If people become familiar with things, the less they are afraid of it. Would you want your 8-year-old child to be familiar with the way a poker machine works? I sure wouldnt.

    And if they money is just given back to them, doesnt that give the message that you will get all your money back no matter how much you put into a pokie machine? Especially if youre dealing with primary school kids who don’t have quite understand the concept of currency as you or I do.

  • 10. Clayton Northcutt  |  November 9th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Having rigged poker machines isn’t a good idea Samuel. Some people make quite a decent amount of money from gambling, and to trick children into believing that everyone will lose is dishonest and wrong. Effectively, you’re advocating lying to children.


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