Brits love to bet on anything and everything, but especially the Open

Originally Published: July 14, 2008
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

SOUTHPORT, England -- Jimmy Finch looks the part. A tam-o'-shanter covers his head, an argyle sweater helps keep the biting wind at bay, his eyes suggest a man on a mission.

He has just emerged from William Hill's place of business, which is not a department store or a travel agency. It is a betting shop, and they are as prevalent in Southport as Starbucks is in Seattle.

Finch is about to head across the street to Betfred, a competing establishment. Then he'll walk two blocks ...

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