A UK Gambling Review Special Podcast With Pro Punter, Neil Channing

The latest episode of the Smart Betting Club podcast is out now and its a UK Gambling Review special with pro punter, Neil Channing.

Neil is one of the foremost minds on this topic and as he explains in the podcast, there has been a lot on the coming law changes from the perspective of those anti-gambling and the big bookmaking companies who have caused this mess, but very little on its impact on the vast majority of us who enjoy betting sensibly and with the aspiration of turning a profit.

This podcast is an attempt to tackle it on behalf of those of us who enjoy betting and to inform you on the situation as it stands and how to raise awareness and take action.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)


Past experiences have shown that by grouping together on an important topic we can have an impact and once again its time to take action.

For example – the number of bettors who took part in the Gambling Commission’s consultation on what needs to change back in early 2021 seemed to surprise them and was something of a ‘win’ for punters.

Now its the turn of those in power to listen to us and this is why both Neil and SBC recommend those of you who live in the UK write to your MP to highlight these issues.

Neil has penned a few excellent articles on this topic including a template letter/email to send to your MP, which you can find at this link:

For more background and information on this topic, you can explore more in this additional podcast and article from November 2021.

As ever your feedback on this and other episodes is always welcome and if you enjoy the Smart Betting Club podcast – be sure to leave a positive review!


The ongoing debate on the law changes matter as if stringent deposit limits are brought in – this will only serve to send punters into the black market to bet.

Equally if the same bookmakers who created this mess are allowed to dictate how they monitor customers further, then the problems of an unfair, unbalanced betting market are not going to go away.

SBC care about this topic and ensuring punters get a better deal as we are one of the very few, truly bookmaker-independent voices in the betting space.

We rely on the funding of our members in the form of subscription fees and therefore take nothing in advertising revenue from bookmakers, unlike so many betting media outlets and journalists, who are directly or indirectly on their payroll.

We also believe that the gambling review should explore other important topics including bookmakers delaying or refusing withdrawals and abuse of the ID/security checks situation when dealing with customers they don’t like (i.e. winners). Expect to hear more from us on these points very soon!

Ben Coley – the free to follow golf betting tipster

Good tipsters are hard to come by. Even harder to come by are free to follow tipsters that are also good. This is why the service that golf betting tipster Ben Coley provides for Sporting Life is so impressive; not only is Ben a great golf tipster with a profitable long term record when betting on golf, but he is also absolutely free to follow and you’ll never have to pay a penny to see his tips.

You will of course have to risk your own bankroll, but as we’ll explain in this blog post that is certainly a risk worth taking.

Ben Coley is the chief golf betting tipster and Deputy Head of Editorial for Sporting Life. His tips are freely available to follow on the Sporting Life website as the site operates a policy which relies on getting traffic to the site and readers betting through their affiliated bookmakers.

Additionally, Sporting Life is part of a company called Hestview that is also owned by Sky Bet, who in turn are owned by Flutter Entertainment who also own the bookmakers, Betfair and Paddy Power. Complicated or what! This all means means they implement a few tactics to try and get you betting with these firms – especially Sky Bet.

Firstly you can sign up for a free Sporting Life account that grants you special access to various betting content; but to do this you’ll need a Sky Bet account as you login to Sporting Life using that account. Also as mentioned above the site will be pushing odds that are available at Sky Bet and may well be biased in this way when providing tips. So just make sure you’re aware of these things when placing bets using this golf tipster service.

This is how they are able to give their tips away for free as they rely on getting numbers through the door and over to their bookmaking sites rather than subscription costs. As ever when a website offers something for free, there is a always a catch or reason!

But taking that all into account, it does not impact on the quality of Ben’s service and he can definitely attract the punters to Sporting Life with his fantastic golf betting record and expert betting reviews he provides on a weekly basis. 

You might not be able to get on with the bookmakers he advises or his parent company also oversee if long-term profitable, yet as this article explains there are other ways to get your bets on via the exchanges and/or other bookmakers.

+692 points profit in 2021 alone!

His betting record for 2021 alone was one of his best performances to date. According to the Sporting Life website and the SBC betting record which we track independently he returned an extraordinary +692.51 betting points in the year based on the advised stakes for every selection tipped.

Ben’s yearly record is available to view by anyone on the Sporting Life website here.

And as you’ll see there have been many other profitable years secured by Ben’s tipping service. There was a blip in 2019 but this was purely down to variance which is something that all profitable bettors are aware of and have to be comfortable with. But apart from that every other year has been a profitable one meaning 5 out of 6 profitable betting years.

So with the fact that Ben is clearly a profitable tipster, what is the best way to use the service? 

After all, it may not be completely clear on how to use Ben’s points betting system (especially for beginners) and at SBC we have been successfully using the service for years. 

So let us impart some gambling wisdom that will steer you on the right track when using this fantastic golf betting service.

Bankroll management

As with almost all golf betting services, long periods without winners are commonplace. This is due to the nature of golf betting markets with relatively large fields fighting for just one winning spot. Ben clearly has an edge in the golf betting markets, yet you do need to be patient for this to manifest itself at times.

With that in mind it is important to assign an amount of money you are willing to risk when following Ben’s tips and then assign a staking strategy based on that amount of money and the points tipping system he uses. 

Back in 2020 we took a deep dive into Ben’s service and did some in depth analysis on Ben’s results which involved independently reviewing a 12 month period of tips and calculating points return and ROI.

That period returned a healthy 116.29% profit at 11.13% ROI yet along the way there were all kinds of ups and downs to be contended with. 

It did allow us to see the biggest drawdown (losing period) which means we can calculate an appropriate bankroll and the number of points which is designed to deal with the biggest expected losing run based on historical results.

With the worst run seeing a drawdown of 344 points we would therefore advocate a betting bank in the region of between 500 to 600 points if following Ben in. The former figure is for those of you who take a riskier approach and the latter for those of you who wish to play it reasonably safe.

So if you allocate a £2000 bank to this strategy for example, that would be around a £3 or £4 point. You can see an example of Ben’s tipping below and how he tips in betting points each meaning a £2000 betting bank would be £8 each-way if using a 500 point bank.

As with all betting, only risk what you can afford to lose and make sure you stick to your bank roll strategy in order to de-risk going bust.

Odds movement and exchange strategy

With popular, free to follow tipsters, sometimes there is an issue of being unable to get on the advised odds due to bookies shifting odds after tips or due to the market moving the odds due to the weight of money behind popular bets.

Ben’s service does also suffer from this to an extent but as this is golf betting odds are either much slower to move or they move less. 

During our review of Ben as mentioned above, we found that often after odds moved the market shifted back in our favour and we were able to get similar prices to what was advised.

Better still we were able to get bigger odds at Betfair Exchange meaning we could eke out that extra bit of value whilst not risking the wrath of the bookmakers with account limitations and closures.

To give a live example of the odds movement in action – below are the tips as put up by Ben for the Portugal Masters. I have listed the original odds put up by him at 5.23pm on the Monday 7th September alongside those available 24 hours later.

Note – Coetzee won with Laurie Canter 2nd to make it a very profitable tournament!

3pts e.w. George Coetzee at 18/1 (1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
Best odds 24 hours later: 15/1 (bookmaker) and 18.5 (Betfair)

1.5pts e.w. Jason Scrivener at 30/1 (1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
Best odds 24 hours later: 30/1 (bookmaker) and 44 (Betfair)

1.5pts e.w. Wilco Nienaber at 33/1 (1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6)
Best odds 24 hours later: 25/1 (bookmaker) and 29 (Betfair)

1pt e.w. Laurie Canter at 70/1 (1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
Best odds 24 hours later: 66/1 (bookmaker) and 75 (Betfair)

1pt e.w. Jake McLeod at 125/1 (1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
Best odds 24 hours later: 100/1 (bookmaker) and 130 (Betfair)

Bookmaker accounts you’ll need

Ben will mainly tip at 3 bookmakers: Sky Bet, Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook – The firms owned by Flutter Entertainment who also own the Sporting Life website.

That being said, many of his tips can be matched at other bookies that are offering the same odds and place terms. 

Always check Oddschecker to see if the odds and place terms are either the same or better.

Below is a list of valuable to have bookie accounts for when betting on golf in general:

  • Sky Bet
  • Paddy Power
  • Betfair Sportsbook (Note – Paddy Power & Betfair Sportsbook offer the exact same terms and odds)
  • William Hill 
  • Bet365 
  • Boylesports
  • Betfred (Note – you can match Betfred’s golf terms online in shops)

And don’t forget you can follow the bets at the exchange as mentioned above.


So therein lies the reality of following Ben – a great tipster no doubt, but one where you might have to work and be shrewd to get the value odds. If able to do that and also willing to ride out the cruel nature of golf betting at times, then the rewards are clearly there. 

We continue to track and report back on the performance of Ben’s tips in our Tipster Profit Reports so you can keep a full update on proceedings and exactly how he is faring. Ben was also featured in our 2022 Golf Betting Guide.

If you would like to find out more about golf betting in general then our SBC Golf section is another fantastic resource to learn more. 

Special new podcast on the fantastic racing tool reviewed in SBC 127

To explain more about the potency of the profitable racing service reviewed in the latest Smart Betting Club magazine (Issue 127), I have published a special new podcast today to reveal all!

As well as sharing the name of the service in question, I also outline the value strategy behind it all, some of the filters to generate even more profit and just why the SBC team use it every day.

In part two of this special podcast, I also touch on the major Golf Betting Report also published recently and the significant profits being made on this sport.

Just yesterday, one of the top tipsters we recommend backed both the winners on both tours – Ryan Fox at 55/1 and Scottie Scheffler at 25/1.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify Google and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

Watch out for the return of the SBC Podcast Interview Series next week with a very special guest lined up!

Bookmaker Profits +2165 Points

The racing tool reviewed within SBC Issue 127 is something those of us who work at the Smart Betting Club use every day, hence why we so strongly recommend it.

This recommendation is based on the real-life profit it has made for us over the past 18 months and the knowledge that if followed as we outline, it can be profitable for anyone.

Here are the headline figures from the sample of 19975 bets taken across 6 bookmakers since August 2020 as featured in the review:

As you can imagine, a profit of 2165 points @ 10.84% ROI is not too shabby at all from this – based on 0.5 point each way level stakes on every bet.

Boosting The ROI To Nearly 30%!

As good as the 10.84% ROI undoubtedly was, we found that by applying some sensible filters we were able to hone in on the very best performing bets.

For example – the table below showcases the best filters all applied together, which over the course of 4943 bets boosted the ROI to 29.58%.

Its worth making clear that these filters (as explained in the review) are all logical and based on things like the odds and level of value assigned to a bet.

Betfair SP Profits +313 Points

For those of you looking for an easier solution, the review (and podcast) also outlines how it fares at Betfair SP after 2% commission was deducted.

Although the baseline profits from all 19975 bets only made a small edge at Betfair SP, we found that by applying some logical filters, based on odds and value, then we could really build a much bigger profit.

Below you can see how by focusing on just 4508 bets, we were able to make a 6.94% ROI over the course of the same 18 month period.


Available in PDF format, you can download SBC 127 right away with a Paid Smart Betting Club membership.

Best of all, we have negotiated a £66.75 discount on the cost of joining the service reviewed in SBC 127 if you are a Smart Betting Club member

When you consider you can join SBC for as little as £37.99 per quarter, you can effectively SAVE money if joining both services for a 3 month period!

And don’t forget about our money back guarantee which guarantees you your money back up to 90 days (dependent on subscription) if you are not satisfied.

Click here to get started right away!

Racing Profit Alert: The racing service with an edge with bookmakers, Betfair SP & on the exchanges

Today has seen the release of the very latest SBC Magazine, Issue 127, featuring a major review of the Racing Tool that has generated a significant profit in our real-life tracking and usage of it over the past 18 months.

This unique product is not so much a tipster service, but a simple to use tool that highlights where value can be found each minute of the racing day.

In our investigations and judged over 20,000 bets, we discovered a profit with bookmakers, Betfair SP and if betting in the exchange live markets.

All told, there is an angle for everyone to enjoy and profit from!

You can read our extensive 30 page review in SBC 127, which is available to download now as a Smart Betting Club member.


Our massive review of this service leaves no stone unturned in how to best profit from its usage and includes details such as:

  • The 10.84% ROI and 2164 points profit made with bookmakers by backing the value bets it highlights.
  • Simple filters that can boost this to 29% ROI by focusing on the best performing bets.
  • The edge at Betfair SP showcasing a 6.94% ROI after 2% commission
  • How to use it to make a profit betting into the live Betfair or other Exchange markets away from Betfair SP
  • The amazing Algorithm introduced in 2021 which has only served to further boost profits.
  • Why we use it day-in, day-out as a crucial weapon in our betting armoury.


Best of all, we have negotiated a £66.75 discount on the cost of joining the service reviewed in SBC 127 if you are a Smart Betting Club member

When you consider you can join SBC for as little as £37.99 per quarter, you can effectively SAVE money if joining both services for a 3 month period!

Membership will also provide with all the other great aspects of joining the Smart Betting Club including…

  • SBC Magazines & Independent Tipster Reviews
  • Tipster Profit Reports
  • Bet Diary Pro – Real life tipster portfolio reports
  • Free Tipster Access
  • Pro Betting Fundamentals Guides & Insight Articles
  • Back Catalogue Access
  • Unique Tipster Savings & Trials
  • Bookmaker Restrictions Help
  • How I Make Money Betting Interviews

And don’t forget about our money back guarantee which guarantees you your money back up to 90 days (dependent on subscription) if you are not satisfied.

So why not join today and see what a difference an SBC membership can make to your betting.

Click here to get started right away!

He’s only gone and done it again! The Rainmaker strikes at 55/1

Free SBC Golf Tipster, The Rainmaker followed up last week’s 80/1 winner on Luke List, with another BIG win in Saudi Arabia, where he tipped up Harold Varner to win at 55/1.

A full 2 points each way were invested in Varner who hit an astonishing shot to Eagle the very last hole and take the spoils. Having led for most of the tournament, nerves seemed to have got the better of him before he came up trumps right when it mattered.

This has taken The Rainmaker’s profit tally to +213 points from 342 bets @ 23.80% ROI since he began back at the end of March.

Best of all, he is still totally free to follow catch-free. No payment, membership or credit card is required.

Simply sign-up to follow him free of charge via his SBC Free Tipster page.

Why He Is Free!

We have made The Rainmaker free to follow as a way to sample the quality of the free tipsters we now offer as a part of SBC membership.

Giving you the chance to sample how these free tipsters can help you make money.

The Rainmaker’s tips are currently available to everyone totally free of charge with each tip supplied via direct email.

So if interested in following him in, make sure you sign-up to his free mailing list today. We can’t guarantee winners like this every week but that won’t be stopping him aiming for the hat-trick!

Sign-up for The Rainmaker

More golf winners – this time the free-to-all tipster who hit a 80/1 winner!

He has been knocking on the door of a big win in recent months and finally on Saturday Evening it all came together for FREE SBC Tipster ‘The Rainmaker’ when his headline tip, Luke List won at 80/1.

Advised alongside 5 other tips for the Farmers Insurance golf tournament (he also put up the 6th placed Justin Rose at 80/1), it’s taken his free record since March 2021 to a 10.3% ROI and 90.48 points profit.

Its fair to say this profit tally could easily be more after a string of 2nds and 3rds including TWO last week! Both Rafa Cabrero Bello (110/1) and Tom Hoge (140/1) lost by just 1 shot the week prior, so it was just reward to see the Rainmaker get one over the line on Saturday.

He has had a LOT of 2nds and 3rd at big odds that have just missed out by the odd shot here and there since he began.

Follow The Rainmaker for FREE (no SBC membership required)

The Rainmaker’s tips are currently available to everyone totally free of charge with each tip supplied via direct email.

Making it a great time to sign-up to his mailing list and get insight from a top notch golf bettor.

We have made The Rainmaker free to follow as a way to sample the quality of the free tipsters we now offer as a part of SBC membership.

You can sign-up to follow him free of charge (catch free) via his SBC Free Tipster page.