MOT View: Tony Bloom set to take high-stakes gamble with Ben White, we wouldn't bet against him
Brighton owner Tony Bloom is used to making high-stakes gambles.
And it seems that he’s prepared to put a lot on the line as Brighton look to inflate Ben White’s value to £55m before selling him.
That was the shock news from Times journalist Duncan Castles on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast.
He claims Brighton will play him for a year and hope his performances and an England call-up will make him worth the staggering fee – despite the fact that he hasn’t played a single minute in the Premier League or for Brighton.
It’s a gamble but Brighton owner Tony Bloom has played poker at the very highest level and won millions, and conquered the sports betting world.
His biggest single win was $965k at the Aussie Millions in 2011 and he’s won over $3.5m in total in poker tournaments alone.
Putting a lot on the line to make more is par for the course for a man who made his fortune in the Asian sports betting market.
This seems like a gamble that’s tailor-made for him.
If it wasn’t so annoying as Leeds fans, we’d admire the determination to make the absolute most from a young player despite Bloom being able to cash in his chips now for a guaranteed £25m from Leeds.
Bloom didn’t get to where he is now by playing it safe and loves a gamble where the odds are in his favour.
His sports betting company Starlizard has made millions by getting on the right side of the odds – even if the edge is slim.
This won’t be a decision that’s been made without deep thought and analysis of all the available data.
Bloom obviously believes White will go on to deliver on his potential. And we would never bet against Bloom at anything.
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