ūüéßSBC Podcast #70: Betting Lawyer, Harry Stewart-Moore On Representing Big Punters & The Betting Industry

In the latest SBC Podcast I am joined by Harry Stewart-Moore, a gambling law specialist who works as Litigator Partner in the Gardner Leader Dispute Resolution team.

You may associate high powered lawyers with corporate bookmakers but Harry is different as he specialises in working for punters against these multi-million pound behemoths.

Jockeys, horse racing owners and high-rolling punters – Harry has a history of dealing with litigation in all of these fields, often representing David against Goliath.

Giving him unique insight into the workings of disputes between bookmakers and punters, with extensive experience of dealing with regulators and other industry bodies too.

You can listen to Episode 70 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club

An In-Depth Chat With An Experienced Industry litigator

In this episode, Harry and I discuss:

  • Harry’s father’s impact on his career choice (& love of gambling!)
  • Gambling and what Harry has learnt working with successful gamblers
  • Cases, clients and the life of a gambling lawyer
  • The increase in punter vs. bookmaker disputes and the possible reasons for this
  • The most common issues that Harry deals with
  • The lengths that bookmakers will go to to avoid paying liabilities
  • The anatomy of a gambling dispute case
  • AML & other regulatory checks and how bookmakers weaponise them
  • The Gambling Commission
  • The National Lottery & the Gambling Commission’s attitude towards it
  • The regulatory future in the UK & the growth of the black market
  • Criminal elements’ hold on certain gambling jurisdictions
  • The law and how it relates to black market betting
  • The White Paper and Harry’s take on ‘frictionless’ affordability checks
  • How issues with law and regulation keep reappearing
  • The competitive advantage that major firms have when dealing with onerous checks and regulation
  • IBAS, eCogra and how dispute resolution services just aren’t working
  • Bookmaker Terms and Conditions and how some are drafted to shaft punters
  • How treating ‘skilled’ and casino/fixed odds betting differently could well help with regulation and dealing with problem gambling
  • How to access Harry’s legal expertise!

I can’t think of a previous guest who was as unique as Harry and it was fascinating to learn about his work and some of the cases he has been involved in.

If you would like to interact with Harry, you can do so on Twitter/X by following him @HarryStewartMo1 or by using the contact details provided on this page.

For anyone looking for legal support in the gambling dispute arena he is no doubt the man to go to!

Enjoy!

ūüéßSBC Podcast #69: Exclusive Interview With Matchbook & Social Media Affiliate Danger Revealed

In the latest SBC Podcast I am joined by SBC’s Josh as the¬†Betting Clever¬†podcast returns to tackle a whole host of important topics in the betting world, including an in-depth chat with Matchbook on the rise of their betting exchange.

As a follow-up to¬†this article from Sunday on Matchbook’s growth, we were joined by Head of Exchange,¬†Ronan McDonagh¬†to talk about how and why their betting volume has grown and their plans to take it even further. We also get into topics such as affordability checks and the possibility of a¬†Matchbook SP¬†to compete with Betfair SP!

Its an action packed episode as we also explore a very important topic on the dangers posed by popular social media tipsters (some of whom you might follow!) and the questions posed by their affiliate relationship with several large bookmaking firms.

We also get into booming tipsters, an intriguing new free SBC service on extending the life of your bookmaker accounts, golf betting frustration and bet brokers!

You can listen to Episode 69 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

 

If you would like to learn more about Matchbook and access the 150 day introductory offer then click here for our analysis and the relevant sign-up links.

As ever, if you have any topics or areas of the gambling world that you would like us to discuss, please get in touch!

Enjoy!

ūüéßSBC Podcast #68: Pre-Event & In-Play Golf Edges ‚õ≥

In the latest SBC Podcast I was joined by some returning guests who I last hosted on SBC Podcast #25 over 2 years ago.

Duncan and Neil Campbell are the sibling duo whose expertise makes up ‚ÄčGolf Betting Club‚Äč, the fantastic tipping service that has been going strong since its inception in 2020.

2 years is a long time in the golf world so I had lots of new things to talk to the Campbells about! Tours, markets and media coverage are all quite different from our last chat in 2021 so we covered lots of new ground.

Tipping ‘etiquette’, exotic markets, finding value in play and odds availability were some of the other topics that we focussed on.

With ‘GBC’ and SBC sharing a philosophy when it comes to betting, we have ‘partnered up’ for 2024. We love the way that GBC do things, think their in-play angle is a really strong USP and are delighted to welcome them to our ‚ÄčPremium Tipster Stable‚Äč.

We talk a little about that in this chat, alongside everything touched on above and so much more.

You can listen to Episode 68 now via ‚ÄčApple‚Äč / ‚ÄčSpotify‚Äč / ‚ÄčGoogle‚Äč / ‚ÄčYouTube‚Äč and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

An In=Depth Chat With Hardened Golf Punters

In this episode, Duncan, Neil and I discuss:

  • Duncan & Neil’s dynamic, how they balance betting & tipping with other work and managing time with such an all-consuming business
  • Watching tournaments to find value and keep abreast of player performance
  • Getting on, exchanges and the challenges of backing value once you have found it
  • Place terms, the timing of bets and balancing value with attainability for members
  • Tipsters betting on Mondays and how GBC’s approach is different with ‘Best’, ‘Tracked’ and ‘Minimum’ prices all provided for their subscribers
  • Betting in-play and why the Campbells often prefer it over pre-tournament action
  • Exotic markets, 3-balls and the edges available outside of the core markets
  • How player profiling can help with in-play betting, especially for those players consistently disrespected by the markets
  • Reflecting on performance, planned improvements and changes in the golf betting markets
  • LIV, The PGA Tour, The DPWT and how the politics of golf may well offer up betting opportunities
  • Statistics, popular metrics and how the Campbells have their own approaches to assessing players, especially when they play on different tours
  • Pre-event vs. in play & using the first round to gauge whether a player makes the shortlist
  • Variance, losing runs and dealing with this (as both tipsters and punters)
  • Where to find GBC and how to access their content (much of which is free!)
  • Predictions for 2024 and beyond

It is great to speak to tipsters who take so much care in how and when they release tips, with attainability at the forefront of their mind with every message they send out.

This chimes with our ethos at the SBC and with so much else on offer, I can recommend following Golf Betting Club on social media (‚Äč@golfbettingclub‚Äč) or visiting ‚Äčtheir website‚Äč if you have an interest in the sport (and betting on it!).

You can also learn more about ‘GBC’ on ‚Äčtheir SBC page‚Äč, with sign up options for SBC members (and non-members) available at the bottom of the page.

Enjoy!

‚õ≥2024 Golf Betting: Watch Our 4 Golf Strategies Play Out LIVE In January‚õ≥

Golf has been our main focus over the festive and New Year period, with a detailed 28-page report release being accompanied by a special podcast, where Tom Brownlee from Bookie Bashing joined Rowan, Josh and I to discuss how we bet on golf using Weekly Golf Value and the Bookie Bashing Golf Tracker.

To follow up, we will each be posting all of our golf selections in the month of January (with a possible extension if this goes well!).

There will be no after timing here! Once tournaments have started on Thursday, we will reveal our selections on social media and in this blog post, with the odds we have taken for both win and each-way bets detailed for anyone who wants to see our strategies play out in real time.

It’s going to be less about bragging about winners (or sulking about losers!) and more about outlining how each of the 4 us take a slightly different approach to golf betting based on our preferences, time and of course bookmakers or exchanges available.

For all of this week’s bets, just scroll down!

 

Our Bets For The Dubai Desert Classic & The American Express

As discussed in our podcast, we all employ slightly different strategies using the tracker and the other facets of the Bookie Bashing service to arrive at our selections.
This week we have two tournaments with both the Farmers Insurance (PGA) and Ras Al Khaimah (DP World). Here is who we have each selected:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ūüéßSBC Podcast #67: How To Profit From Golf Betting in 2024!‚õ≥

In the latest SBC Podcast I was joined by Tom Brownlee from Bookie Bashing and SBC’s very own Rowan and Josh to discuss everything¬†golf betting for 2024

The great thing about assembling a ‘panel’ like this is that we all do things in our own way, we all have different levels of experience and we all have circumstances that dictate how we can bet.

This includes 2 strategies for betting each way (with bookmakers) and for the first time – betting to win (on exchanges mainly) and how each of us do this.

We covered the various options for different levels of bettor in our¬†latest Special Report¬†on Golf Betting and in this pod, we ‘add some meat to the bone’, with practical tips, insight and experiences that can help you.

You can listen to Episode 67 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

An In-Depth Chat With Hardened Golf Punters

In this episode, Tom, Rowan, Josh and I discuss:

  • ‘Cliff golfers’ – those who have cost us the most but who we dare not leave off our shortlists!
  • How we bet on golf, including shops, online soft bookmakers, exchanges and even Fantasy Golf
  • How the Bookie Bashing Golf Tracker works
  • Odds ranges, ‘sweet spots’ and which bands of odds can deliver massive profits from places
  • Timing, bookmaker profiling and when we bet to balance every consideration
  • Lesser known bookmakers and exploring firms not on the Oddschecker grid
  • Win only betting – why the tracker finds value (if it does!)
  • Quirks in the data between different tours
  • Drawdowns, tempering expectations and finding strategies that match individual risk appetites

You can learn more about the Bookie Bashing Golf Tracker by¬†clicking¬†‚Äčhere¬†and the service we run together, where we share weekly tips using the powerful algorithm is¬†profiled here.

As ever, if you have any questions, comments or feedback please get in touch via the normal channels!

‚õ≥2024 Golf Betting Report: Winning with Bookies And/Or Exchanges!‚õ≥

Maybe it was a birdie? Maybe it was an eagle? It may well have even been an albatross!

Some type of flying creature has just dropped off our latest special report and to round off 2023, golf betting is on the agenda.

Best of all, it covers all angles from each way betting with ‘soft’ bookmakers through to a unique win betting strategy you can use on the betting exchanges.

Report: Covering all angles – Bookies & Exchanges

This¬†28 page special¬†contains all of the usual data and analytics that we use to assess tipster services but our commentary here is a bit different as¬†self-selection¬†is an option here alongside ‘traditional’ tips.

Therefore, we investigate several different angles that can broadly be split into three categories, depending on how you want to bet:

1. Following a curated set of each-way golf selections for every PGA, DPWT & LIV tournament, with around 8 players per tournament accompanied by advised prices, place terms, bookmaker options and stakes

2. Choosing¬†your own list of players, the ways that you can ‘narrow down the field’ and some pointers for getting the very best value when building your each-way portfolio.

3. Win only betting¬†for those of you who want to utilise the exchanges to get the very best value without the need for bookmaker accounts.¬†IDEAL if closed or limited by ‘soft’ bookmakers

Our Personal Experiences

As numbers 2 & 3 above are a little harder to track, we have incorporated our very own experiences and betting records into this report to help build up a picture of how the team at SBC make our profits betting on golf.

Rowan (of¬†Bet Diary¬†fame) wrote the report, adding in his preferences for using this service throughout, Pete’s win only strategy is covered in depth and Josh also adds some notes as he has started to incorporate some of these strategies into his betting too.

Sign up to read: 2024 will be better than ever!

To read this report (and all of our other detailed publications) you will need a SBC Membership.

Moving into 2024, we have more on offer than ever, with¬†bespoke support,¬†video guides,¬†members only podcasts¬†and¬†automation¬†available to members, complementing the work we have done in 2023 on¬†The 5 Stages of Profitable Betting¬†and¬†Exchange & Sharp Bookmaker Tipsters.‚Äč

Our membership plans and pricing can be viewed here and if you are unsure about whether SBC is for you, please remember that we offer a cast-iron money back guarantee so you can try us out with no long-term commitment!

ūüéßSBC Podcast #66: Chris Poole On His Career in the Betting Industry, ‘After Timing’ and Tales from the Inside!

In the latest SBC Podcast I am joined by Chris Poole, the Head Of Trading for Bet Victor and an essential X (Twitter) follow as he has a quite unique account, calling out the worst betting related boasting!

Chris has a wealth of experience, working his way up the bookmaking industry career ladder via multiple firms before settling into his current role with Bet Victor in Gibraltar.

Despite initially specialising on horse racing trading, Chris now oversees all of Bet Victor’s sports business, with over people 60 working in his team.

Alongside this, Chris has recently started a weekly Twitter ‘Spaces’ chat with the professional punter (and former SBC Podcast guest!), Johnny Dineen.

It was brilliant to get Chris onto the show to provide different perspectives from many of our previous guests as his job relates to stopping winners rather than finding them! I really enjoyed this chat and I am sure that you will too!

You can listen to Episode 66 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

An In-Depth Chat with an Experienced Industry Insider!

In this episode, Chris and I discuss:

  • The birth of ‘After timing Ansell’ on Twitter, the issues that it caused and Chris’s current social media activity
  • 26 years working in the industry, being a ‘dinosaur’ and starting out cashiering for an independent bookmaker
  • Progressing through the ranks to work for Boylesports, Paddy Power and Bet Victor
  • Moving to Gibraltar and adapting into a trading role
  • Chris’s early wins and how his grandparents influenced his love for ‘the game’
  • Early bookmaking experiences laying bets (and trying to arb!) on ‘The Crazy Gang’, sports days and Frank Bruno!
  • How Chris never has a ‘typical’ day in his current role
  • Personal betting in trading rooms
  • Football, horse racing and which sports make up the majority of Bet Victor’s trading each day
  • Surprising growth markets
  • Affordability Checks, proposed legislation and Chris’s reflections on how we have moved from the ‘wild west’ to the current day
  • Sorting the ‘shrewd’ bets from guesses, Twitter tipsters or other ‘momentum’ gambles
  • A scary multiple bet with three double figure selections that nearly cost Chris’s firm dearly
  • Minimum Bet Liability, Bet Victor’s attempt to launch their version of it and why it didn’t work when the big syndicates started to pick off prices
  • Best Odds Guaranteed and the issues it causes for traders
  • Chris’s foray into broadcasting alongside Johnny Dineen in their weekly X (Twitter) spaces horse racing chat, ‘The Morning Line’
  • The lessons that gambling can teach you and how it can help you in all areas of your life

Chris was a funny, engaging and knowledgeable guest and it was great to pick the brains of somebody with such a different perspective on the industry.

If you would like to hear more from Chris then you can follow him on social media¬†@ChrisPoole___¬†and this is the perfect place to find ‘The Morning Line’ every Saturday morning.

Enjoy!

ūüé• Practical Demonstration of ‘Hall of Fame’ Pinnacle Odds Dropping Service ūüé•

Last week saw the release of the first review from SBC Magazine Issue #137 as we introduced Chasing Steamers to our members.

Using AI to scrape Pinnacle odds drops, this service provides thousands of monthly bets that can be backed at value prices with soft bookmakers.

We used it extensively as part of our review process and found it to be very good, especially for those of you at Stages 1, 2 or 3 of your profitable betting journey and looking to build a bank.

Video Resource

To accompany our 18 page review, Josh and I recorded a practical 1 hour video explainer last week, a clip of which you can watch by clicking play below:

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In the full 1 hour video, we talk about:

  • How the service works and who can make use of it
  • Our usage of it and the real life profits made.
  • Bookmakers and how to squeeze the most out of accounts by using less obvious ones!
  • Mistakes we made and tips to make the service more sustainable
  • How to get on selections (with live practical examples)
  • Recording results in an automatically updated personalised Google sheet
  • Conclusions about who it is for, how sustainable it is and things you need to consider before signing up

Sign Up For The Video & Detailed Report

Our detailed 18 page written report and one hour practical video explainer can be accessed immediately with paid SBC Membership.

Best of all, you can also enjoy a 15% discount on ALL Chasing Steamers subscriptions as an SBC member. Saving up to as much as £82.50 on a 12 month package with the service

Detailed reports, practical advice, member only content and considerable discounts are all examples of how we will help SBC Members assess this service but the benefits of membership don’t end there.

‚ÄčThis page¬†discusses everything that you can access with full SBC Membership – I would love for you to join us!

ūüéßSBC Podcast #65: Flawed Big Name Tipsters, BetMGM’s Value Boosts, Unbelievable ‘Inside Info’ & Using Chasing Steamers

In the latest SBC Podcast I am joined by SBC’s Josh as the¬†Betting Clever¬†podcast returns to tackle a whole host of important topics in the betting world.

We get into what’s going on with affordability checks, why we don’t think much to the petition about it and the reality of using the black market and its growth. We also touch on the Tony Calvin ‘furore’ and the real issues with free tip columns like his, how to take advantage of Bet MGM’s deep pockets and some of the ongoing work we are doing reporting on tipsters.

One tipster of note, which has already attracted a range of questions due to an¬†88% ROI headline & claims of using ‘inside information’¬†is something that we cover in depth. This gives listeners an insight to how we approach new services, what we look out for and how we are collectively quite cynical!

There is much more besides in the podcast linked up below and we have provided some timestamps underneath so that you can skip to different parts of interest.

You can listen to Episode 65 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

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Two Members Of The SBC Chew The Fat

In this episode, Josh and I discuss:

00:00 Intro РThe Return of the Betting Clever podcast

01:40 Hellos РJosh going too far after golf wins and our betting routines

04:05¬†Politics & Betting¬†– Affordability, The fairly hopeless ‘Petition’, The Gambling Commission and favourite dinosaurs

11:56 The Black Market РGrowth of unregulated operators and their issues

16:05¬†Rants¬†– industry big wigs, na√Įve regulations & useless bureaucrats

19:50 Bet MGM РWhat are they doing entering the UK market & how we can profit from their boosts

23:42 Early Tipping РTony Calvin, records, reactions and why these sites release information before markets have formed

29:00 Demetrio Giotti Рmaking money on European basketball with Pinnacle

33:20¬†Inside Information¬†– Pete & Josh’s cynicism & being pleasantly surprised

39:47¬†Chasing Steamers¬†– who it’s for, our use of it and caveats

48:45 Headstart Racing Рremarkable prices with this new free SBC tipster

This podcast series provides the perfect opportunity to discuss anything that you would like us to look at in the betting world so if you have any suggestions, please contact us through the usual channels and we will look to incorporate listener ideas into our future shows!

Enjoy!

ūüéßEscute Aqui: SBC Goes International! My Interview on the SharpCast Podcast

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Brazilian based SharpCast Podcast to discuss all things betting and luckily, my hosts welcomed me in English!

Lucas and Divino are experienced pro punters from Brazil and it was a great chance to talk about the work we do at the Smart Betting Club and the constant quest to beat the bookmaker or exchange!

‚ÄčYou can listen to the full chat here.

We talked about:

  • The SBC, what we do and how the service has evolved over time
  • What we look for in tipsters and how we sort the best from ‘the rest’
  • Advanced metrics, Monte Carlo Simulations and CLV
  • Sports markets and where the profit is in 2023
  • Getting to know your ‘rivals’ – understanding why bookmakers and exchanges are all different
  • Betting successfully and the viability of earning a living from gambling
  • Aggressive marketing, problem gambling and shocking bookmaker behaviour
  • Social media and its drawbacks
  • The regulatory environment in the UK, North America and Brazil; where they are at the moment, current discourse and likely upcoming changes
  • The black market, its growth and how it is a growing threat
  • Networking, making connections and how this can pay dividends
  • Plans for the future

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