What they do

Bookmakers attend races to provide a betting service. They work out the odds for each race dependent on the type of event, participants and conditions. They write up the odds on a board and may change them from time to time. They issue betting tickets and pay out on bets according to the results of the race or races. They need to keep a record of all transactions.

Working conditions

A bookmaker would normally work varied hours depending on when race meetings are on. They will probably work during the week-end. They may have to stand up for long periods and work outside in various conditions. They may also need to spend time keeping in contact with people within the industry.

Tools and technologies

Bookmakers need to be proficient with computers.

How do I become one?

Education and training

It is possible to work as a bookmaker without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a bookmaker you must be at least 18 years of age, hold either a Bookmaker’s Licence or a Bookmaker’s Employee Licence from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor Western Australia. You must also obtain a permit from the host racing clubs where race meetings are held. A current National Police Certificate is also required