As a member of the fourth generation of Waterhouses to turn over the tote, Thomas Waterhouse is proving an apt pupil indeed for dad Robbie and grandpa “Big Bill” as well.
He began his career at the tender age of 21. Not entirely content, however, to merely follow in his predecessors’ footsteps, he embraced modern technology to expand his business with an online sports betting site for any and all sports, tomwaterhouse.com.
The online presence serves to enhance his status as Australia’s leading oncourse bookmaker.
Considering his genetics, it’s obvious that young Tom has horse racing in his blood. Mother Gai, of course, is the daughter of trainer T. J. Smith.
He has definitely inherited his grandfather and father’s fearlessness when it comes to dueling with the biggest punters on the track. On one occasion, he nonchalantly laughed after losing almost $2 million in under a quarter hour’s time.
Tom Waterhouse seems to thrive on the attention racing crazed Australians demonstrate toward him. He has sought and achieved celebrity status off the rail as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” and is also recognized for his work as an expert commentator on TVN.
A visit to Waterhouse’s website greets visitors with the challenge, “Any sport, any bet type, anytime.” A short scroll down reveals options for thoroughbred, harness and greyhound wagering. He is a sanctioned betting partner of the AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia, tennis and rugby. Punters can also punt on baseball, golf, ice hockey, election results, entertainment and even on far-off future events such as whether or not a particular athlete will secure a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
The website also offers a wealth of betting education topics for the beginner.
On the home turf, Tom is no stranger to controversy. Tom vehemently opposed, to the point of challenging Racing NSW in court, over that agency’s decision to levy a tax on bookmakers fielding on NSW racecourses.
Even though he has embraced modern technology to expand the Waterhouse brand, he continues to enjoy going toe-to-toe on the rails with the high rollers, traveling back and forth between Sydney and Melbourne to further that pursuit. He apparently showed enough potential to lure grandpa Bill away from the comforts of retirement to mentor him in the fine art of wagering on the Sport of Kings.
Off the track, Tom is set to be married in June 2011 to longtime girlfriend Hoda Vakili.
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