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Bookmakers passing on the knowledge - theage.com.au - 14 February 2003
In 1958, Graeme Sampieri played in Hawthorn's winning reserves grand final side. A forward-wingman, Sampieri's dreams lay not at Glenferrie Oval on a Saturday afternoon but across town at Flemington. After working as an apprentice pharmacist, Sampieri followed his instincts and abandoned that profession for bookmaking in the mid-1960s.
"The good days are well and truly gone. Big crowds at race meetings are just old black and white movies now. Get them out and have a look at how things used to be. If I give any advice to my son, it's don't be cavalier. "Be firm and astute. The days of being extravagant and flamboyant are over," he said.
Mark Sampieri attended Xavier College and on leaving one of the state's biggest Catholic schools, studied and then trained as a physiotherapist and today has a thriving business in North Melbourne. Despite being in constant demand from clients, Sampieri has also been smitten by bookmaking.
"Dad told me the first year will be hard but it will get better and it's not easy but I feel it will get easier. I've been lucky, I've had no better role model than Dad to show me the way," Sampieri said.
'Perfect' ride lands plunge - The Age - 10 February 2002
Cup week a bookmakers bread and butter - 7.30 Report - 2/11/1999
Death of the Bookie - Sports Factor - 29/10/99