Yep, you read that right. Just a week after I prescribed, if not caution, an awareness that golf betting often means enduring lean spells, and contrasted the travails of PGA Profit to the 250/1 winning tipster Golf Insider, we only go and see PGA Profit knock in their own triple digit winner on Sunday evening.
I couldn’t quite believe it when I checked the results on Monday morning. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything that compares to a 250/1 shot land one week and a 100/1 the next. I remember doubling my stake in error on a 40/1 shot on Betfair and seeing the nag storm home in front some years ago, and I remember doing something similar when trying to get a couple of non-league footie bets on with my mobile whilst sitting in a restaurant one Saturday lunchtime, which meant a nice bonus. But this? This is something else.
The thing is, I’m still using bookmaker accounts for the majority of my golf bets, and there’s no hint of not being able to get on. That might be about to change of course, but I’m not convinced it will. The prices have been easy to get for the most part too, and I do know that if using the exchanges, even after an initial drop in the available price when the bets come out, they often drift back out again as the market grows in liquidity. There’s a lot to like about golf betting, although I freely admit that’s easy to say after the fortnight I’ve just had.
Back to the horses and things are proving a bit trickier there, with both Precision Value and Racing Intelligence struggling. Having said that, the former knocked in four from four last Friday and netting 14 points of profit by doing so, perhaps signalling a return to form. Racing Intelligence accumulates points of profit for fun when doing well, and loses them for not so much fun when not. I find the pace of this service pretty frenetic – I don’t usually feel like it treads water much but instead sways from one extreme to the other. I’m sure that’s nonsense, but that’s how it feels. Bet Alchemist had a weekend to forget too, finding the card at Ascot on Champions’ Day more than a little tricky to negotiate.
Finally, I’ve decided upon my replacement for Racing Service 1 and will introduce it to the Bet Diary from the 1st November. I’m a bit OCD about that sort of thing – I don’t like starting something new mid-month. I have this stupid feeling that it skews the month’s results, which I know is nonsense, but still.
Portfolio performance for October (to the 18th)
Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 28pts, -1.288pts
Golf Insider (400): Staked 36.5pts, +123pts
PGA Profit (500): Staked 38pts, +101pts
Precision Value (200): Staked 47pts, -9.25pts
Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 219pts, -21.875pts
Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 18pts, -2.49pts
Racing Service 2 (50): n/a
Total for October: ROI 16.14%, ROC 4.38%