The one question I’ve been asked more than any other over the years is, I reckon, the one about whether or not I advise continuing to bet when away on holiday. Going back to my early days of running a portfolio of tipsters, I would place – or at least try to place – every single bet that came through during my weeks off. You see, I couldn’t bear to think about potentially missing out on a massive pay day from a tipster, the likes of which might only come along once or twice a year if at all. As it happens, not once did I come back from holiday thinking the effort and aggravation had been worth it. And it is effort and aggravation, waiting for emails to come through before heading off down to the beach or out for lunch, never really switching off and certainly not benefiting from the mental break from normal day to day life that a holiday should bring.
So after a couple of years I resolved to just forget about betting when I was away with the family. Switch off the laptop or resolve to leave it at home, or better still find somewhere with no WiFi to avoid temptation. Since doing that, holidays are much better, relaxed and beneficial. The wife and kids, although never saying anything, probably appreciate it too.
Last week however, I came perilously close to missing out big time, but after totting up the weekend’s results and returns I have to admit I had to laugh. You see, my holiday cottage for the week was a Friday changeover, which meant I was back home Friday evening and back betting on the Saturday. It was an interesting day.
As I checked the MVS results, I was ruing my luck and wishing I’d gone away Saturday to Saturday – 9 bets, 9 losers. Yes, that’s right – N.I.N.E. Typical, I thought. And then I checked the results for Northern Monkey…
Over 33 points profit.
That’s an ROC of 41.25% – in one day! A day I could so very easily have missed. It was a case of wishing I’d travelled back from holibobs on the Saturday to thanking my lucky stars I hadn’t.
There is a small twist in the tale. Golf Insider also had a 14/1 winner over the weekend. Trouble is of course, with the bets being issued during the week, I wasn’t on it. The week really had been a case of you win some, you lose some.
Portfolio performance for August to date:
‘Main’ portfolio: ROI 27.28%, ROC 7.54%.
‘Broxchange’ portfolio (Football Lay Profits, Football Service 1, Golf Insider): ROI 1.1%, ROC 0.17%
Individual Service Performance
Bet Alchemist: Staked 18pts, +14.325pts.
Racing Service 1: Staked 30pts, +51.4pts.
Football Lay Profits: Staked 69.25pts, +8.85pts.
Football Service 1: n/a
Golf Insider: Staked 16pts, -16pts.
MVS: Staked 37pts, -4.75pts.
Northern Monkey: Staked 29.25pts, +28.777pts.
Football Service 2: Staked 12.75pts, +2.21pts.
Racing Service 2: n/a
Racing Service 3: Staked 39pts, -20.95pts.