How to get started betting with tipsters – simple 5 step guide

If you have an interest in the idea of using tipsters to make a profit from your betting, then in today’s blog post, I have penned an easy guide to help you get started doing exactly that.

Titled ‘My 5 Step Guide To Betting With Tipsters‘ – it gives you the lowdown on all you need to get going and some of the key concepts to understand along the way in your profitable betting journey.

Tackling everything from the cost of tipsters, betting banks, the kind of profits you can expect and yes – dealing with losing runs, it should hopefully give you a good idea on the reality of betting in this way.

So if you are intrigued by this concept – I hope you enjoy these 5 simple steps…

Step 1: Sign-Up To A Top Performing Tipster

The first thing to do is to find the right tipster or tipsters for you to follow.

This needn’t be an expensive service as many of the top performing tipsters you find within our Tipster Hall of Fame listings keep things relatively affordable – charging an average of around £30 per month for access to their expertise.

A cost that will ultimately be dwarfed by the profits usually made by each tipster over an average period.

Putting cost to one side, what often matters more is choosing the right tipster to suit your circumstances and things like:

  • What time of day you can bet;
  • What you can bet on – often determined by the bookmakers or exchanges you have access to
  • How many bets per day you wish to place;
  • How patient or disciplined you are prepared to be at times;

You can get answers to all these questions and more in our tipster reviews, which are there to help you find the right tipster for your specific preferences. After all, everyone is different and there is lots of choice given the number of excellent tipsters out there currently.

‘Enabled Me To Have A Long-Term Edge Over The Bookies’
“SBC has given me some crucial information on tipsters that have enabled me to have a long term edge over the bookies. Information such as long term consistency of tipsters as well as other key information such as odds and how taking odds at the wrong time can impact ROI. 
Read more from SBC member, Dave on how SBC has helped his betting

Step 2: Set Up Your Betting Bank

Once you have chosen your first tipster – the next step is to set up your points betting bank to follow them with.

This points betting bank is a figure relative to the tipsters staking plan, which ensures you will not go bust and keeps your own staking disciplined and consistent through both good and bad runs the same.

It’s probably best explained with a real life example from our Tipster Hall of Fame – lets call them Racing Tipster X.

For Racing Tipster X, we advise a points betting bank of 100, based on their staking plan which advises you back each of their tips with between 1 and 3 points. The amount in points depends on the tipsters confidence in each bet – 1 point is their smallest bet, and 3 points is a max bet.

If you were to follow Racing Tipster X, you would simply take the money you have set aside to follow them with and divide it by this figure of 100.This is then your stake per ‘point’ advised.

So, if you have £1000 set aside, your stake per point is then £10 (1000/100)

Should Racing Tipster X advise a 2 point win bet, you would then risk £20. 3 points would be £30 and so on.

If you only have £500 set aside for following Racing Tipster X, your stake per point would be £5 (500/100)

Over the past 12 months, Racing Tipster X has actually made a profit of 319.8 points profit so at £10 a point stakes, you would be up £3198.00 and at £5 stakes, you would be up £1,559.00.

Step 3: Educate Yourself on Losing Runs & Realistic Expectations

If all the above sounds easy – well that’s because it really is. You simply find the right tipsters, get going with the advised points betting bank and away you go.

Yet, betting in reality is never that simple and it is vitally important you spend a bit of time learning about the challenges of betting – especially how to handle bad runs and keeping your expectations in check.

With this in mind, I highly recommend all SBC members read the 100 page ‘Pro Gambler Blueprint’ and 54-page Betting Psychology Guide: ‘How to get the Betting X-Factor’ we provide access to via our Pro Betting Fundamentals section.

Both these guides give you both the practical and theoretical tools to cope with the ups and downs of betting and are a great resource to utilise and lean on during your betting journey.

Because whatever some ‘dubious’ tipsters may tell you – everyone loses at times and understanding how to put bad runs into context and keep your staking on the straight and narrow during them is vital.

Ultimately, each of the Hall of Fame tipsters we recommend do have winning long-term records dating back several years, yet all of them at times do endure bad runs.

No-one can ever hit a 100% strike-rate for success and by educating yourself with these easy to read guides, you will give yourself all the tools you need to cope.

 

Step 4: Keep A Record of Performance

It might sound obvious, but another vital part of betting for profit is keeping an actual record of your performance.

This can be anything from a detailed bet-by-bet rundown of each tip you place or even a daily/weekly summary of performance.

However detailed the record you keep – the key point is that you know what you are making and how the tipsters you follow are faring for you.

You can use free sites like Betting Metrics or bettin.gs who not only do this for you, but also provide analytical tools to help you scrutinise your performance in depth. As an SBC member you can also enjoy discounts on both the Betting Metrics & Bettin.gs ‘Pro’ options

During any bad runs of form, I also highly recommend falling back on your performance record to help give some context and insight into your long-term form.

Step 5: Don’t Run Before You Can Walk

As tempting and exciting the world of betting for profit using tipsters can be and is at times, there is no rush to jump in all guns blazing and start risking huge sums of money right away.

I always advocate a gradual walk-before-you-run policy that sees you start with a handful of tipsters at most – possibly even using a few of the top free tipsters we supply to members.

This type of sensible approach enables you to get to grips with the reality of following each tipster and how they work, without spending large sums on subscriptions.

Keeping staking relatively small to start off with is also recommended as it’s far better to learn at £5 or £10 stakes than £50 or £100 stakes.

If rushing in at big sums, you are placing yourself under unnecessary pressure and this also might mean you have unrealistic expectations on turning a quick profit.

Starting at smaller stakes doesn’t mean you won’t make a profit either because as we saw with Racing Tipster X in Step 1, even at £10 stakes, you would be up £3198.00 over the past 12 months to his staking plan.

There are several other affordable tipsters with similar strong records both within our Tipster Hall of Fame and amongst the free tipsters we provide access to who offer similar ‘starter’ options.

Ensuring you can build your betting and tipster portfolio up gradually with the right foundations for long-term success.

Join The Tipster Experts

I do hope you enjoyed this article and it has helped give you some insight into the world of betting for profit using tipsters.

Here at SBC we are the tipster experts, helping to identify the best tipsters for our members to follow to help generate a long-term, sustainable profit from betting. This is based on our 100% independent membership model that enables us to work on a punter-first basis.

First established in 2006, we have helped hundreds, if not thousands of punters make their betting a success. You can read some real-life examples here.

If you are interested in following in their footsteps, I invite you to consider a Smart Betting Club membership, which is currently available from as little as just £2.15 per week.

All of which comes with an iron-clad money back guarantee – enabling you to join with the full confidence you have everything to gain and nothing to lose!

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Best Regards,

Peter Ling
Smart Betting Club Editor

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If you have any questions on this article or a Smart Betting Club membership in general, you can contact me directly via pete@smartbettingclub.com. I respond to all emails as quickly as I can!

Interview With The Punter Making Five-Figure Profits With Tipsters
For even more inspiration and advice on how to make a profit using tipsters, then be sure to read this interview with SBC member on how he runs a successful tipster portfolio – one that now makes him a five figure profit each year. You can read all about Dave’s approach in this revealing interview now available on the Smart Betting Club Blog

Our Top 10 Tipsters From Last Year & Of All-Time!

Earlier this week saw the release of our latest Tipster Profit Report –  your ticket to finding out just who the best-rated tipster services actually are – those experts with a proven track record of success.

The Tipster Profit Report contains the exact profit and loss details of more than 55 different short-listed tipsters, so you can see how they their tipping performance stacks up and who you should follow.

It’s not just results that we evaluate either, but everything from odds availability, customer service, practicality, cost and betting bank growth. All with the central aim of informing you as to who the best tipsters actually are.

And so to showcase the power of this report, I wanted to share with you extracts from it, including the tables outlining the top 10 tipsters of all-time and from the past 12 months.

The Top 10 Performing All-Time Tipster Services

First of all, let me show you an example of our ‘top ten tipster services of all time‘ table.

We judge each tipster based on the annualised profit they have made if working to a £2000 betting bank. This annualised profit figure helps to put their results into context with some real world sums of money. Although it’s important to make clear you don’t need as much as £2000 to get started – it is just a sum for easy comparison.

As you can see, to these standardised figures, the returns stated by the top 10 are quite exceptional…

As the information above is protected for full SBC members only, I have removed the tipsters named and identified them as 1 through 10 for the purposes of this email. Full disclosure on each service can be found in the Tipster Profit Report itself

To explain how the table works, if you had started following Tipster 1 with a £2000 betting bank, in an average year you would expect to make a profit of £13,881

Even Service 10, would have more than doubled your starting bank in an average year with a profit of £2,754.

What’s more, we are uncovering more and more top tipsters all the time as can also be observed by the new entry at number 5 in the table. They are averaging £3,981 on an annual basis for their followers.

As you can imagine each Tipster Profit Report is a veritable goldmine of information, where you can also find several tables dedicated to revealing which tipsters…

  • Have made the largest profit of all-time.
  • Have enjoyed the best past 12 months.
  • Generate the highest return on Investment.
  • Make the largest betting bank return.
  • Offer the lowest workload to follow.
  • Are easy to get advised odds with.

And most importantly…have a genuine track record of past success!

The Top Ten Tipsters From The Past 12 Months

In each Tipster Profit Report, we also produce several other ‘tipster tables’ so you can quickly and easily find the best, in-form services.

These tipster tables are also designed to be completely realistic, so you can find out the total profits after all costs have been deducted, such as tipster subscription fees.

For example, check out the top tipsters from our Best Overall Service Of The Past 12 Months table below (again from this latest report), which lists the top performing tipsters from the last 12 months if working to a £2000 betting bank.

Once again, we have blanked out the names as this is for full members only, but as you can see, the top tipsters are making an excellent profit. This table also includes other key figures such as Return on Capital (12 month ROC) and Return on Investment (12 month ROI).

The highlight of this table is clearly Tipster 1 who made a £14,042.00 profit AFTER FEES in the past 12 months and all from just the £2,000 starting point.

Next up is Tipster 2 with a £4,624 profit and even Tipster 10 has made a £1,969 profit from a £2000 starting point after fees over the past 12 months.

Track The Best Tipsters In Each Profit Report

The Tipster Profit Report is incredibly unique as its the only place you can read about the best betting tipsters and just how they continually perform.

Reviewing tipsters is one thing, but understanding how and if they are able to maintain a profitable record, plus how they compare to other tipsters is absolutely vital.

All of which is why my crack team of SBC analysts verify and ‘proof’ hundreds of different tipsters every month and keep detailed records of their results to help compile each Tipster Profit Report.

After all, any tipster can pick a few winners by luck, but those tipsters that make profits year-in, year-out are the ones to follow and can be found in our Tipster Profit Report.

The goal as ever is to help you with your betting, whether joining as a total newcomer or experienced punter.

You can pick up a copy of the Tipster Profit Report the instant you join the Smart Betting Club.

Best of all, you can currently join and take advantage of our lowest ever membership prices.

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Best Regards,

Peter Ling
Smart Betting Club Editor

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…With This Must-Read ‘Tipster Profit Report’!

Featuring over 55 of the very best betting tipsters uncovered since 2006 and unique ratings, rankings and reviews, it is your ticket to discovering the experts you must follow.

Whatever the sport you are interested in or level of experience betting – inside this report you can discover the tipsters with fully verified, profitable records dating back several years.

Including those with the best profit, ROI and betting bank growth figures PLUS those awarded a prestigious SBC ‘Hall of Fame’ rating.

You can access this Tipster Profit Report the instant you join the Smart Betting Club.

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Find The Right Tipster(s) For You

Each Tipster Profit Report is designed to help you find the very best betting tipsters – those that have proven themselves to be successful over a long period of time.

Anyone can pick a few winners every now and then but it takes REAL SKILL to beat the bookmaker over the long-term – which is exactly what this report reveals.

To help illustrate just how good the best tipsters are and to help find the right one for you, inside this report we break them down into different categories so you can easily compare:

  • The best Horse Racing only tipsters;
  • The best Sports tipsters (covering Football, Golf, Tennis, Boxing, Darts, Rugby, Baseball, Basketball & Ice Hockey);
  • The most profitable overall tipsters across all sports;
  • The best tipsters from the last 12 months only;
  • The best low cost tipsters;
  • The best free tipsters;
  • The best betting bank growth tipsters;
  • The best ‘odds availability’ tipsters (those that quote realistic prices);
  • And much more besides…

We also know that it’s not just profits in theory that you want but in practice. Which is why you can also view:

  • The Best ‘Adjusted Profits’ Tipsters – Discover how each tipsters profits stand up if betting 15 to 30 minutes after a tip is supplied (ideal if you are worried about not getting the advised prices)
  • Unique ‘Suggested Profits’ Tables – Discover how much money you need to risk on each tipster to make a profit – and how much you can make if doing so. Fully tailored to each tipster to be entirely realistic.


Grab Your Copy Immediately

You can access your own copy of the Tipster Profit Report and our entire back catalogue of magazines the instant you join the Smart Betting Club.

This includes access to every single tipster review we have ever written (there are literally hundreds available) and all of the Hall of Fame Tipsters we recommend to make you money betting.

Check out some of our latest publications.

You can also enjoy significant discounts on the cost of joining many of these tipsters via our unique Tipster Discounts – exclusively available to SBC members only.

Lowest Ever Memberships Now Available

You can now join the Smart Betting Club and take advantage of our lowest EVER membership prices for 2019.

From as little as £27.99 + VAT per quarter, you can get started immediately and access the ENTIRE Smart Betting Club service including all our SBC Magazines, Tipster Profit Reports, Best Tipster Guides, Pro Betting Guides & more.

This includes access to our full 13 year back catalogue and no quibble money back guarantee if you join and don’t like what is on offer (unlikely!).

£27.99 per quarter works out at just £2.15 per week – way less than the cost of the Racing Post.

It’s our best ever SBC membership deal and with our amazing money back guarantee offer you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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Best Regards

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Smart Betting Club owner and Founder

SBC Takes The Bookies To The Cleaners At Cheltenham!

Once again, Cheltenham Festival was a rip-roaring success for the Smart Betting Club with a monster profit made by our expert Cheltenham Tipster, who supplied his tips to SBC members all week long.

All told at 1 point level stakes, a profit of 27.25 points @ 77.85% ROI was made from the 35 bets he advised over the course of the 4 days.

At even just £10 stakes that is a profit of £272.50 – almost 10 times the cost of joining the Smart Betting Club itself!

Those of you betting at higher stakes, for example – £50 a bet, would have made a whopping £1362.50 profit on the week.

This also repeated his success from last year, when during the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, our expert tipster advised 27 bets and made a 35.05 point profit at 64.90% ROI.

Al Boum Goes Boom!

The highlight of the festival was undoubtedly the winning tip on Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo who was tipped up at 16/1 at 10.30am this morning.

This big winner was then backed up by two more winners before the day was out with Hazel Hill (11/2) and Early Doors (9/2) rounding things off.

Earlier in the week, our Cheltenham expert had already tipped up Beware The Bear at 14/1 and Duc Des Genievres at 13/2 to get the week off to a flyer and he never looked back from there.

Access More Free Tipsters With SBC Membership

Although Cheltenham is over for another year, there are still several other tipsters who continue to provide tips free of charge to Smart Betting Club members.

Read more about SBC’s Free Tipsters

The goal through access to these free tipsters is to provide you with several, ready to follow experts that have a proven record of making profits as part of your SBC membership.

All told, it’s an ideal solution for those of you not sure where to start OR wary about spending money on large tipster subscriptions.

And whilst I can’t guarantee we will have huge winning weeks just as we have at Cheltenham this week, each of these tipsters does have a profitable long-term record and are well worth following in.

 

Winning Cheltenham Festival Tips

If you missed my post about the Winning Cheltenham Festival Tips available for FREE all next week (click here) then don’t worry, there is still time to add yourself to the free tips mailing list before it all starts this Tuesday.

…And if it is anything like last year (when we also supplied them to all SBC members) then we are all set for a monster Cheltenham!!

Over the course of the 4 days of Cheltenham 2018, this tipster advised 27 bets and made a 35.05 point profit at 64.90% ROI at 1 point level stakes.

Winners during the Festival included Le Prezien (12/1), Missed Approach (10/1), Coo Star Sivola (11/2), Shattered Love (6/1) and Delta Work (11/1). There were also several placed efforts at good prices that were profitable for each way backers including Melon (18/1 advised), Vintage Clouds (9/1) & Acey Milan (7/1)

Leading to emails like these from a couple of SBC members…

“I have made a absolute fortune from your bets this week

“I have very recently joined the SBC community as I am looking for an additional income stream. It was on your suggestion that I signed up for the free tips during Cheltenham and despite having a normal job (8-5pm) with the clear instructions placing the Cheltenham bets took less than a few mins everyday. Thank you for such a great week!

So if you are looking for a quality tipster for Cheltenham 2019 – make sure you join us at the Smart Betting Club right away.

Once signed-up, simply visit our exclusive members-only, Free Tips section, where you find instructions on how to get these expert tips all next week direct to your inbox.

My original post with more on this offer from a few days ago (with more key info) can be found here.

Best Regards,

Peter Ling

Smart Betting Club Owner & Founder

Free Cheltenham Festival Tips

Jockeys, pundits, bookies – you name it – everyone is an expert when it comes to picking out tips at Cheltenham, yet the only tipping voices you want to be listening to are those with proven records of making it pay at the famous festival.

Proven records like the expert tipster who will be providing his Cheltenham Festival Tips FREE of change all next week to Smart Betting Club members.

I know this tipster in good because I have been proofing his tips since 2012, during which time he has built up an outstanding record and especially so at Cheltenham.

Which is why I have locked him into this exclusive deal to supply his tips free of charge to Smart Betting Club members.

£22,100 Profit At £50 Each Way Stakes

Over the course of 206 bets advised at the Cheltenham Festival over the past 7 years, this tipster has made a 221 point profit at a 53.64% Return on Investment.

That is based on simply placing a 1 point stake each way at easily obtainable odds.

At £5 each way, that works out at a £2,210 profit, £10 each way is a £4,420 profit and at £50 each way it would have returned £22,100

Here is how it all breaks down..

And all next week – as a Smart Betting Club member you can get his entire set of Cheltenham tips for free sent each morning direct to your email account.

It’s that easy – no fuss, no hype, just some simple easy-to-follow betting tips, starting next Tuesday on the first day of Cheltenham Festival 2019.

And for those of you that prefer to bet win only (ideal for you exchange punters), profits can be made here too. If backing all of his tips 1 point to win, he has made a 128 point profit at 61.96% ROI since 2012.

So, whether you back these tips to win or each-way, by following this expert, you are giving yourself every chance of success this Cheltenham.

How To Gain Access To These Free Cheltenham Tips

Access to these expert Cheltenham Festival tips is exclusively available free of charge to Smart Betting Club members only.

So, to grab your free access to this tipster, simply join SBC today and once inside the exclusive SBC members area, visit the Free Tips section where you can find instructions on how to get these expert tips sent direct to your inbox each day at Cheltenham.

Not only will you gain access to these Cheltenham Tips, but you will be able to access the whole SBC package – all of our current and past Magazines, Tipster Profit Reports, the Best Tipster Guide & the other FREE tipsters we provide as a membership benefit.

You can also join for as little as £27.99 per quarter – which works out at just £2.15 per week – way less then the cost of a Racing Post.

All told, it’s our best ever SBC membership deal and with our amazing money back guarantee offer, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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Best Regards,

Peter Ling

Smart Betting Club Owner & Founder

Interview with the punter making 5 figure profits annually with tipsters

For a bit of a change, today I want to share with you my interview with one long-term SBC member, Dave, on how he runs a successful tipster portfolio – one that now makes him a five figure profit each year.

Having exchanged several emails with Dave over the years, I approached him earlier in 2019 to ask if he would be willing to reveal more on how he does it and to share some of the secrets behind his success. The idea being to provide some real-life inspiration and guidance as to how he is making money betting using tipsters.

Thankfully, Dave was only too happy to help answer my questions, including details on a few of the key tipsters he follows and how he juggles the practicalities of running a winning portfolio.

I have published Dave’s interview in full below for you to enjoy. Note – Dave is not his real name as I have changed this in order to protect his identity from prying bookmakers!

For those of you keen to emulate Dave, you can now take advantage of our lowest EVER Smart Betting Club membership prices for 2019 to see how we can help your betting.

INTERVIEW WITH A WINNING PUNTER

SBC: Hi ‘Dave’, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. I appreciate you wish to keep your exact identity a secret, yet first, I wondered if you could reveal a little bit about when you started betting and what first attracted you to it?

Dave: I have always loved sport and have a passion for numbers and statistics. I guess it started way back with the Littlewoods pools coupon and trying to put my knowledge to good use – It never did though!

With the internet age and betting explosion that followed, I was drawn into betting online and have never looked back since!

SBC: In terms of using tipsters, why did you start using them rather than placing bets off your own steam?

I had never really thought about using tipsters before, but when I investigated it further, it seemed logical to find out a bit more information about them to try to increase my profits.

That was back in 2014, when I first joined the Smart Betting Club (or Secret Betting Club as it was then) and since then I have developed a keen strategy for making profits using tipsters

SBC: Can you remember the name of the first tipping service you joined and your experience with them?

I had used the Timeform ratings for a number of years, but the first service I used was back in March 2014, just before the Cheltenham Festival. It was called Betting Emporium and run by a couple of guys I knew from the poker scene.

They tipped Lord Windermere to win the Gold cup at 40-1 and Tiger Roll to win on the same day, which won at 10-1. I guess from that moment on, it seemed like a good idea to investigate the idea of tipsters further!

SBC: That sounds a really nice way to start to your tipster journey and I imagine the guys you mention are Neil Channing and Joe Beevers, two punters who I’ve long looked up to myself. We proof the Betting Emporium here at SBC and have been impressed with the quality of service on offer. Before I ask you more about the tipsters you use, can you outline the sports you bet on and why?

The main sport I follow from a betting perspective is Horse Racing. With bookmaker restrictions I have tried to diversify my portfolio, but nothing has really stood the test of time for me.

So, my portfolio is around 90% Horse Racing, with Football/Golf and NFL making up the final 10%

SBC: Mostly horse racing – very interesting. How many tipsters do you follow, or have you followed in the past as part of your ‘portfolio’?

I totted up how many tipsters I have used in the last 5 years for this interview and was amazed to see it stood at 181 in total!

In terms of those I actively follow, I have a dozen now that I subscribe to, although a few of them I am just watching at the moment. The truth then is that I am placing bets with my own money from the bets advised by only 8 to 10 tipsters currently.

Interestingly 5 of these tipsters I have followed since 2014 with the others added more recently. All bar two in the portfolio are tipsters that the Smart Betting Club recommend.

SBC: Wow that’s a lot of tipsters! How many of the 181 have you watched but then decided to give a miss? Can you also outline how long you ‘watch’ a tipster for?

Most of those I have subscribed to as part of that group of 181, I will give a miss. This is because I prefer to simply watch a tipster for up to 6 months in order to see if they will deliver for me and how I like to bet.

Of those I have watched and walked away from – a lot of the time their results were not profitable in terms of how I would like to follow them. They might well be profitable for others – but they don’t fit into how and when I like to bet (or indeed can bet) so it’s a very important part of my analysis.

SBC: And what about the 5 tipsters you have followed since 2014 – any you care to reveal?

The longest serving tipster in my portfolio is Kieran Ward’s Morning Value Service – which I know you rate very highly at SBC.

SBC: Do you have any preference for the type of tipster you like to follow and what is it you look for when evaluating them?

The most important factor is that I like to know when the tips are coming out, so I can make myself available to bet. I also prefer tipsters that supply information later in the day, as it is much better for account longevity from a racing betting perspective.

I also keep my own record to monitor the odds a tipster quotes and those I can take. For example, I don’t place any racing bets before 10am, so any tipster issuing bets before this time might not work for me – especially if their tips see significant support before I can get on.

SBC: The 10am start point makes sense as betting before that time on racing is known to cause problems. Can I ask what you do when the odds move on an advised bet from a tipster in your active portfolio? Do you take the lower 10am price?

I don’t like betting too early in the day and never overnight. So, the answer is it depends. Some tipsters are so heavily backed initially that the value goes right away and you are more likely to be flagged by a bookmaker. Many of these will drift out later in the day. So, my criteria are different based on the tipster.

SBC: If you miss an early price, do you ever look to get a bet on closer to the race starting either just before the off or in-play?

If I have the chance, I will have a check up on those selections I didn’t get matched on during the day. You can often beat those early missed prices close to the off, but if you can’t, then you must be disciplined and let it go (not easy! – especially when they win!)

SBC: Indeed – and that goes to the heart of making sure you obtain a value price on any bet you strike. Digging into the profits you have made, which tipster(s) have made you the greatest Return on Investment?

In terms of ROI, then there are a few that stand out, all of whom I discovered through yourselves.

One racing tipster that I have been with for years is the Value Bettor, with whom I have a lifetime 20% ROI and who continues to impress. You can read the full SBC review of this service free via this link – Editor.

Another which I added just under a year ago is The Betting Man which is also at 20% ROI. This service was reviewed in SBC Issue 108, click here to read more – Editor

One longer-term service is previously mentioned The Morning Value Service, which was the star of my portfolio for 3-4 years, however that has gone off the boil slightly during the last 15 months.

SBC: How about Return on Capital (ROC) and bank growth? Have any tipsters hit lower ROI’s but made a greater turnover for you?

They are many services that operate on smaller ROI but with larger volume. These are all about value propositions and are great for increasing your ROC. However most of these are difficult to follow because the prices go quickly and are the sort of selections that can get your accounts restricted fast. The minimum bet guarantee by some bookmakers will become useful for following these services, however you need to accept that the ROI % will be very much reduced from historic records.

An example of this type of service is the racing service you recently reviewed in SBC 109. Based on my six month trial with them and my 10am starting point, my ROI would have been less than 1%. Someone else following them with full accounts and no restriction worries might do very well, but they do not suit when and how I bet.

SBC: How often do you review your tipster portfolio and add in new services?

I conduct a review every month where I look at 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 month performance to help put results into context. Since my early days, my portfolio has become a lot more stable and I have only added in 1 new tipster since 2018. The others I have added I am paper trading.

SBC: One of the questions many punters have is down to staking and when to increase. How has your staking changed over the years, if at all?

My total staking hasn’t changed too dramatically over the last four years but getting the right balance and staking of each tipster takes time to get right. Thankfully my profitability has increased each year so clearly that is working to some degree.

SBC: In terms of the practicality of following so many tipsters – how does that work for you on a day to day basis?

The reality is that most of the services I use are low volume, so it is not too bad from a time perspective. Saturdays and festivals are always a little bit busier but most normal weekdays are relatively easy from a time/work perspective.

SBC: That’s good to know it’s entirely manageable, but what do you do when you take a holiday or want a week off? Do you switch off entirely or continue to bet when ‘away’?

There is a 3-4 day break normally at Christmas!

Seriously it is important to take a break from anything you do, and this is no exception, so I do try to switch off entirely, although I can’t say that I always achieve this.

SBC: Another issue for many punters is losing runs and how to deal with bad runs of form when your tipsters can’t seem to find a winner. How do you handle them?

It’s definitely not easy!

The first time something bad happens, i.e. you have a big losing week or a losing month, it is pretty hard to take, and you have to rationalise to yourself what you are doing.

When losing, you go through a range of emotions, but ultimately, I trust in what I am doing and have the long term results to prove it, so I always reflect on that. That is where my records where I can see performance stringing back 24 months help.

SBC: Obviously as a winning punter, most people wonder how you get your bets on. Do you use bookmakers or exchanges or a mixture of both?

This is the most difficult part these days – getting the bets on.

I try to spread mine out as much as I can, and I have a detailed spreadsheet that includes every bookmaker I am aware of!

That would be my tip – open as many accounts as you can and spread your bets out amongst them.

SBC: Are there certain firms you use more than others to place your bets?

I will place a bet wherever I can, but most firms have shut me down. Thankfully many new ones pop up all the time and I am getting better at ensuring those I do open, remain so.

SBC: Do you have any tips that you care to share on how you keep them open?

Well, as per my last point, I don’t think there is a bookmaker I haven’t used, although keeping your accounts open is definitely an art form.

There is lots of advice on this via SBC, such as betting later in the day and spreading out bets as much as possible, which really do help. Read more on the restrictions help we provide members via this link – Editor

Ultimately, you don’t realise how important your accounts are until you can’t use them, so don’t ignore this problem until it impacts you.

SBC: Finally, what advice would you have for those keen to repeat your success and run a tipster portfolio?

Be disciplined, be truthful and use the information that is out there. The SBC has a plethora of information available so there is no better place to start!

I would also recommend reading Rowan’s Bet Diary Pro on the realities of following a tipster portfolio. We have different portfolios (albeit with some similarities) but the idea is the same and many of the things that impact us all such as handling losing runs are discussed on there.

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A huge thank-you goes to ‘Dave’ for giving his time and expertise so readily as part of this interview.

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