A top week, and spending time with the boss means changes.

There are going to be some changes around here.  Hopefully, you’ll agree that they’ll be for the better.

For a start, I’m going to simplify my reporting of my performance figures, making it much easier for you to see which service or strategy is bringing home the bacon in real terms.  I’ve had one or two emails from people who have been confused by the points value assigned to each service, which has prompted this particular alteration.

Moving forward then, I’m equalizing the point/£ value.  So for the sake of the Bet Diary, if I strike a bet of £100 with Service A it will show as 100 points staked, as it will if I strike a £100 bet with Service B (my own £/pt values do vary from service to service, as do the number of points assigned to their respective banks).  Naturally this will highlight which are the high turnover services and which are the low.  For example, you’ll see a lot more points being staked each week on golf, than you will on Touchdown Profit.  I’m striking many more golf bets than I am TP NFL bets.  Simple.

In another attempt to simplify matters and make results easier to interpret, I’m dropping the drawdown figures and simply posting ROI and ROC figures for each service.  Don’t worry, I’ll let you know if something is on a horrendous run and I’m about to blow the bank!  Hopefully, that doesn’t happen, eh?

Something else you might notice are more posts going up.  I can’t commit to writing every day, and weekends are sacred, but through the week I’ll be looking to increase the output here somewhat, and I’ll include results updates within each.

I’ve also had to streamline my portfolio a little.  Last week I was able to spend some time with my wife.  She’s a teacher, it was half term, we had nothing booked so instead of going away we trained it up to Manchester a few times, rediscovered the city I grew up in but visit once a year at Christmas (despite it only being about ten miles away), ate good food, drank delicious wine, and talked.  You know, do the sort of things partners are supposed to do, but like many others I’m sure, don’t do as much as we should due to our respective workloads and commitments.

What came out of it all was the realisation that perhaps things had perhaps become too intense, and that since the kids got all grown up and buggered off to Uni, we’ve probably spent less time in one another’s company than we’d ever had, which isn’t right.  I quite like my wife.  She’s a good sort, and she makes me laugh.  Sooo, we both needed to just trim a few things (not all betting related) which means that despite both having what at times can be pretty hectic lives, we could make more time to spend with each other. In my case, amongst other things this means I just need to shave off some time, even if only a little, spent betting and perhaps more relevantly, the admin connected to it.

And finally, I’m going to make 2023/24 a very short year.  One that is only nine months long, to be precise.

Up to now, my betting year has always run from April to the end of March, simply because that is when I started betting seriously many years ago.  But again, it confuses people, and I’ve had numerous messages over the weeks and years asking why I do it this way.  So 2023/24 will be notably lacking in much by way of 24, and will come to a ceremonious end at midnight on December 31st, 2023.  The new betting year, and subsequent reset of the figures on the Bet Diary, will then run from January 1st.  Don’t say I don’t listen to my readers!

As for what has happened over the last week or so down the bookies and on the Exchanges, the betting Gods have smiled upon me.  Or at least, if not smiled, have looked benignly on, clearly bored by me and seemingly unconcerned that I’ve made a decent profit through golf, Lucky 15s, Value Bets and the DD/HH strategy.  Erling Haaland, I salute you.  But now, with my Gooner specs on, you can do one.  Preferably to Madrid.

I’ll look to post tomorrow with some more detail on this general profiteering, and some observations on Halloween and when enough is enough with Trick or Treaters.

Until then, here are the latest figures.

Betting 2023-24

AI Football: Staked 395pts, +85.05pts, ROI: 21.53%, ROC: 8.5%

Bookie Bashing Football Coupons: Staked 2,992.50pts, +310.58pts, ROI: 10.37%, ROC 20.7%

Bookie Bashing Golf Tracker/Weekly Golf Value: Staked 5,984pts, +836.4pts, ROI: 13.97%, ROC: 27.88%

Bookie Bashing Racing Tracker (Lucky 15s): Staked 6,150pts, +810.62pts, ROI: 13.18%, ROC: 54.04%.

Bookie Bashing Value Bets Tracker: Staked 2,731pts, +399.21pts, ROI: 14.61%, ROC: 19.96%

DD/HH: Staked 1,201.5pts, +324.50pts, ROI: 27%, ROC: 32.4%..

NFL strategy: Staked 647pts, +34.06pts, ROI: 5.26%, ROC: 3.4%

Sys Analyst: Staked 5,002.2pts, -113.99pts, ROI:-2.27%, ROC: -5.69%

Touchdown Profit: Staked 480pts, +173.25pts, ROI: 36.09%, ROC: 17.32%

TOTAL ROI: 11.17%

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