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Where does our name originate? How and why are we called Punters?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punters
Punter
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The word punter may refer to:

Australian colloquial term for festival patron
A speculator in the stock market
A gambler, particularly an amateur betting on horse racing or a player in the game of Baccarat
A beginner skier or snowboarder, especially one with particularly bad style
Someone who uses a punt (boat)
Punter (football), a position in American or Canadian football
The Punters, a Newfoundland traditional music group
Punter (protocol), a file-transfer protocol
Ricky Ponting, nicknamed Punter, a former Australian cricketer
A British, Australian and Hiberno (Irish) English colloquial term for a paying guest or customer, especially
a patron of a public house
a patron of a brothel
a customer of a prostitute
more recently, a paying atendee of a festival or other event
Punter (ship), a Dutch flatbottom ship type
Australian colloquial term for voting citizens
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punt
Punt
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   Look up punt in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Punt or punting may refer to:

Sports and recreation[edit]
Punt (gridiron football), a way of kicking a ball in the American or Canadian varieties of football
Punt (Australian football), a way of kicking a ball in the Australian variety of football
Punt (boat), a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow developed on the River Thames
Norfolk Punt, a type of racing dinghy developed in Norfolk
Cable ferry, known as a punt in Australian English
El Punt, a Catalan newspaper
Other uses[edit]
Land of Punt, a trading partner of Ancient Egypt, whose location is now unknown
Puntland, a region in north-eastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province.
Punt (surname), a surname
The Punt or Punt Éireannach, also known as the Irish pound, which was the currency of Ireland prior to its changeover to the Euro
A tool used in glassmaking
A punt mark or pontil mark, left by the glassmaking tool
The indented bottom of a wine bottle
Punt, a colloquial term in British English for bet or wager in gambling.

Dictionary in my Mac computer:

punter |ˈpʌntə|
noun
1 informal, chiefly Brit.a person who gambles, places a bet, or makes a risky investment.
• a customer or client, especially a member of an audience.
• a prostitute's client.
2 American Football & Rugby a player who punts.
3 a person who propels or travels in a punt.

punter
nounBrit. informal
1 each punter has a 1:39 chance of a win: gambler, backer, staker, speculator; N. Amer. bettor; informal plunger; N. Amer. informal high roller; Austral./NZ informal spieler.
2 you have to get the punters to pack in: customer, client, patron; buyer, purchaser, shopper, consumer, user, visitor, guest; member of the audience/crowd; (punters) clientele, patronage, audience, following, trade, business, market; Brit. informal bums on seats.
3 imagine her pimp sending her a punter at this time of day: customer, client, kerb-crawler; informal john, trick, score.

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Speculator or gambler are to my mind the most likely.  "To take a punt" "to take a gamble" are very much in line with what we do when making a booking.

Thanks for all of this HP

I also have access to Wikipedia and a Dictionary. I had hoped it would be a long story detailing perhaps the word stemmed from clients in Holland who would jump across the canal boats (or punts) to reach his lady.

I thought we would get a tale from the Norfolk Broads of a younger HP skipping across the canal boats. Too meet a rather round gal by the bushes at one of the locks

Thanks for all of this HP

I also have access to Wikipedia and a Dictionary. I had hoped it would be a long story detailing perhaps the word stemmed from clients in Holland who would jump across the canal boats (or punts) to reach his lady.

I thought we would get a tale from the Norfolk Broads of a younger HP skipping across the canal boats. Too meet a rather round gal by the bushes at one of the locks

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