Tony 10 was the online betting username of Tony O’Reilly, the postman who became front-page news in 2011 after he stole €1.75 million from An Post while he was a branch manager in Gorey, Co. Wexford. He used the money to fund a gambling addiction that began with a bet of €1 and eventually rose to €10 million, leading to the loss of his job, his family, his home – and winning him a prison sentence. This is his story.
‘Remarkable.’ The Sunday World
‘Incredible.’ The Guardian
‘Read it in a day … it pulls you in and traps you in a mix of high tension, disbelief, and sadness.’ Michael Foley
‘Tony 10 is probably the most compelling read of the year … a chilling, jaw-dropping bruiser of a book.’ The Irish Times
‘Picked it up one Sunday morning and could not put it down – absolutely blew my doors off.’ Paul Kimmage
‘Gripping and insightful. Easily one of the best non-fiction books of the year.’ Hot Press
‘I cannot think of a more important book ever written on any aspect of Irish sport.’ The Irish Examiner
‘There is more drama in Chapter 10 of this book alone than you’d find in an entire year’s subscription to Netflix.’ Brian Boyd
‘A spine-tingling tale, beautifully told.’ The Irish Independent
‘A brilliant, nerve-shredding account of one man’s gambling addiction – and every word of it true. I highly recommend it.’ Paul Howard
‘A startling illustration of the silent devastation that gambling can inflict.’ The Racing Post
‘A stupendous piece of work.’ The Sunday Independent
Declan Lynch is an author and columnist with the Sunday Independent. A prominent commentator on matters relating to sport and politics, he is also the author of ten books, including Days of Heaven (Gill & Macmillan, 2010), John Giles: A Football Man (Hachette Books, 2010) and, most recently, The Ponzi Man (Hachette Books, 2016).
After losing everything – his job, marriage, freedom and reputation – to gambling addiction, Tony O’Reilly resolved to put his experiences to good use, helping other young men avoid the impulses and pressures that proved to be his undoing. Today, he’s a fully qualified counsellor and social activist dedicated to raising awareness of gambling addiction.