In our latest SBC Member interview we spoke to Abel, an experienced bettor who has used various SBC services and advice to build a varied and profitable portfolio.
As with our other recent interviewees, Abel has plenty of practical pointers that can help others in their betting journey. Discipline, diversification, diligent record keeping and an understanding of variance have all been key to his successes and learning from his experiences can only help the rest of us in the SBC community!
Abel also shares his insight into some common issues that face our members, demonstrating why adapting as you move through the 5 Stages of Profitable Betting is so important!
How long have you been a SBC Member?
I’ve been a Smart Betting member for nearly 4 years.
What made you sign up?
I was into my betting for a while before I signed up. I used to make nice profits from Cheltenham but my betting was erratic and had no real structure to it which resulted in wasted profit. I knew it couldn’t continue so I started looking for tipsters online. I stumbled across yourselves on Twitter and I am very pleased I did! It taught me the important principles of being a disciplined, successful bettor.
Did you do any betting or following of tipsters before you joined up?
I only really bet on horses and football before I joined. I would listen to podcasts and follow the big ‘main stream’ tipsters like Andy Holding. I never recorded results. My best mate is very astute with jump racing and taught me some tricks of the trade.
What sports do you bet on?
The majority of my bets are on horse racing and golf. I also have tipsters for football, dogs & basketball.
How much of your betting is your own/how much is following tipsters?
I’d say 95% is tipsters and 5% is me. I treat my betting as a side business and would rather follow the professional than my less informed choice!
What services do you use (both SBC & non-SBC)
From SBC, I follow Learn Bet Win (Dec is God!), Weekly Golf Value, Betting Man, Magic Multiples & 80/20 Racing.
I also use a couple of tipsters that haven’t been proofed by SBC. I’d back a lot more if I wasn’t worried about losing accounts.
How did you choose those services?
When choosing services, I read the info you provide in detail, and try and do a bit of my own research. I am now solely on the lookout for tipsters that can offer a decent ROI on the exchanges.
Do you have any favourite service(s) or memorable win(s)?
Learn Bet Win was one of the first tipsters I followed when I joined your service. Declan is a magical man who has provided me with consistent profit over the 4 years I’ve been with him and I can’t recommend him enough. I know that over a year I will always make a lovely profit.
I am also very keen on Weekly Golf Value who have given me some lovely pay days.
Which level of betting do you feel that you fall into in our 5 Stages?
I still have a few soft bookmakers left but don’t think that will last too much longer. I’m moving more to the exchanges and thanks to you guys I’m finding a way to make it profitable. The restrictions are a massive headache – without them I’d give up my day job!
Do you have any tips for new bettors who are starting out on their journey?
My tips would be to try and not look at the short term but look at the long term. Negative variance happens, trust the process. Even the best tipsters have losing runs – spread your bank widely and don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans are too keep finding ways of profiting from the exchanges while keeping soft bookmakers on my side… some how… for as long as possible!!!
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