One message I am constantly trying to get through to my kids as they grow older, is that instead of moaning and grumbling about situation they don’t like, they should get up off their backsides and do something about it. I’ve little time for folk who moan and whinge but who are too lethargic and/or lazy to at least attempt change. I guess it’s a life lesson, and one I hope they learn.
What’s this got to do with us and our betting? Well, let me ask you this…for how long have we all been complaining about unfair bookmaking practices? For how long have we complained, mainly amongst ourselves, of being restricted to pennies on a bet we want to place, of opening an account only to have it closed again just days later, and of bookmakers accepting our deposits without question but making it more difficult to withdraw our funds than it is to nick the Crown Jewels?
So when we hear that the UK Gambling Commission wants to hear from and consult with punters as part of their analysis of their member’s (ie. the bookmakers) ‘Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice)’ then we really do need to respond. We need to let the UKGC know of our frustrations about our lack of ability to place a bet. If we truly want to see the introduction of a new condition for holding a bookmaking license here in the UK that the bookmaker must stand a bet to a certain liability, as is the case in some parts of Australia, then NOW is the time to let the UKGC know!
All points must be made to the Gambling Commission in a respectful, considerate and logical way. We need to calmly explain our issues and concerns. A rant will not do. Think of a defence lawyer building a case in court on behalf of his or her client – a jury will be more impressed and influenced by a rational closing speech that highlights in a logical way, the evidence that demands his client must be judged as not guilty.
The review and consultation being initiated by the UKGC is not limited solely to unfair account closures and restrictions. They’re also looking at dispute resolution procedures.
To register your opinions and comments, simply email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a real opportunity to make a difference and to do something about out punting plight – so let’s not be mute. Who knows when we might have another chance to have our voices heard?
Betting from Monday 19th February – Sunday 25th February
A slow week, but you know what? I’ll take that after the previous two weeks which as you read last week, were nothing short of extremely hard work!
The figures show a marginal ROI and ROC, but at least there were no massive ups and downs. Hopefully this will be the start of a good run.
It was a good week for… the Morning Value (Lite) service who reversed what had been a terrible first half to the month to actually put itself into profit! Wednesday and Thursday saw four winners from four bets and by dint of a couple of the selections drifting in price the returns were strong. Of course this meant that the MVS Multiples benefited and from going what seemed like weeks without a successful double, we had two in two days!
Figures for February to date:
AH Edge: Staked 54pts, +5.856pts, ROI 10.84%, ROC 9.76%.
Racing Service C: Staked 25pts, -10.9pts, ROI -43.6%, ROC -10.9%.
Football Service 1: Staked 26pts, -2.792pts, ROI -10.73%, ROC -5.58%.
Jason James: Staked 97pts, -32.162pts, ROI -33.15%, ROC -16.08%.
MVS: Staked 45pts, +1.5pts, ROI 3.33%, ROC 1.66%.
MVS (Multiples): Staked 94pts, -15.5pts, ROI -16.48%, ROC -3.87%.
Northern Monkey: Staked 50.625pts, -29.412pts, ROI -58.09%, ROC -36.76%.
Pilelist Racing: Staked 26.833pts, -12.975pts, ROI 48.35%, ROC -17.3%.
Racing Service A: Staked 25pts, +44pts, ROI 176%, ROC 73.33%.
Racing Service B: Staked 53.5pts, +10.994pts, ROI 20.54%, ROC 5.49%.
Week’s Total: ROI 1.26%, ROC 0.11%.
Month’s Total: ROI 0.08%, ROC 0.03%.