Robert Moore


Robert Moore was a native of New Zealand who had moved to Hong Kong and become one of its most wealthy and successful professional gamblers of the 1980s to 1990s period. He had built one of the most efficient computerized systems of his time to help him successfully keep track records and profiles of all the top performing horses who presented their bettors with the best chances of success. This ensured that his picks were always among winners thus causing his reputation to sky rocket.


Robert Moore’s love for horses and horse racing caused him to look for a house just nearby the Happy Valley racetrack in Hong Kong. He found an exclusive apartment here and moved in with his wife. At the time of his death in 1997, he was aged 44 years old and was married to Joane Chua aged 33. However, a year before his death the two had been separated although they still kept on seeing and visiting each other. Robert Moore continued living in his apartment overlooking this racetrack.


Robert Moore was one of Hong Kong’s most flamboyant professional gamblers at that time. He lived large and loved to enjoy some of the pleasures that life had brought him through his activities and winnings as a horse racing professional gambler. At one point his betting account was frozen. The Hong Kong Jockey Club has a limit of HK$21 million. Once Robert Moore’s account reached this limit, the law had to take its course and this led to his account getting frozen.


In the horse racing season of 1996, Robert Moore won close to HK$40 million from a horse race. The Hong Kong horse race circuit is world famous and billions of dollars are bet on horses each year. However, not every person who gets into horse racing gambling ends up being a winner. As a result, to see one person being able to come up with a system which allows him to enjoy picking out winners on a consistent basis is quite impressive. As would be expected not many were happy with his track record.


Just before his death in 1997, Robert Moore was reported to have won more races through his horse racing professional gambling ventures. However, he did not live to enjoy some of these lucrative wins as the Hong Kong Jockey Club barred him from any further betting activities in horse racing. This was the beginning of a very acrimonious relationship between the two. Robert Moore even threatened to sue this Jockey Club claiming that they had in essence infringed on his rights as a professional gambler.


When he succumbed to his death in 1997, it was concluded that this was suicide. He was found dead by his estranged wife when she came visiting> it would appear that prior to his death he had wanted to quit professional gambling and had been publicly reported to have desired to sell his computer software which had enabled him pick winners for many years. The figure he had quoted for any potential buyers was HK$5 million. At the time of his death, there were no known offers in this regard.

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