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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Best Regards

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Football betting guru shares his secrets in exclusive SBC interview (& save 20% on membership)

The latest How I Make Money Betting‘ SBC interview has just been released and features an in-depth discussion with expert football tipster, Ian Broadrick.

Best known by his nickname ‘Brodders’, Ian has been making a profit football betting for several years and in this exclusive interview, he discusses the secrets behind his success and how you can look to replicate it.

Ian is a true, bonafide football punting expert who for several years has worked alongside punting giants like Neil Channing and Joe Beevers at the Betting Emporium.

You can read this interview now with a Platinum ‘Pro Punter’ SBC membership.

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More Expert Interviews With Your SBC Membership

Alongside this latest interview with Ian Broadrick, you can also pick up several other ‘How I Make Money Betting’ interviews with a Platinum Pro-Punter SBC membership.

All designed with the central goal of providing inspiration and guidance to you from the experts who are making their betting pay.

Including our interview with Andrew, AKA ‘The Value Bettor’ – one of the very finest horse racing brains out there (as judged by the phenomenal returns he has made tipping over the years),

In our interview with Andrew, we delve into his setup to provide valuable insight into one of the most respected and profitable racing experts – including how he identifies value betting opportunities, the resources he uses, race-reading, the psychology of a winner and much more besides.

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You can also enjoy a special ‘Legacy’ How We Make Money Betting issue, featuring SBC’sinterviews with 6 other gambling experts.

Featuring discussions with a wide-range of betting experts and punters who are successful across a variety of sports, it provides fascinating insight into the world of pro-punting including:

  • The UK’s top racing tipster on just how he has beaten the bookies since 2003;
  • The bookie insider on his journey to success betting on horse racing;
  • The award winning racing expert on his love of the sport and how he picks out value bets
  • The long-term professional on his love of bookie loopholes and niche angles’

How To Read These Interviews Right Away

The How I Make Money Betting Series of interviews are available for immediate download with a Platinum ‘Pro Punter’ SBC membership.

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Learn from the experts – The ‘How I Make Money Betting’ interviews

Today I am pleased to unveil the first in a series of SBC interviews with winning punters, cunningly titled the ‘How I Make Money Betting series.

Kick-started today with the publication of our interview with Andrew, AKA ‘The Value Bettor’ – one of the very finest horse racing brains out there (as judged by the phenomenal returns he has made tipping over the years), the goal with these interviews is to provide inspiration and guidance to you from the experts who are making their betting pay.

After all, profitable betting can be a tough and sometimes lonely profession, so the more insight we get, the better our chances of making it pay.

In this special interview, we delved into Andrew’s background and setup to provide valuable insight into one of the most respected and profitable racing experts – including how he identifies value betting opportunities, the resources he uses, race-reading, the psychology of a winner and much more besides.

Perfectly timed if you are looking for some inspiration to find a winner at Aintree this week or even just on racing in general as much of his insight applies across the board betting-wise.

The How We Make Money Betting Legacy Report

Alongside Andrew’s interview, I have also put together a special ‘Legacy’ How We Make Money Betting issue, featuring my interviews with 6 other gambling experts as previously published by us at SBC.

Featuring discussions with a wide-range of betting experts and punters who are successful across a variety of sports, it provides fascinating insight into the world of pro-punting including:

  • The UK’s top racing tipster on just how he has beaten the bookies since 2003;
  • The bookie insider on his journey to success betting on horse racing;
  • The award winning racing expert on his love of the sport and how he picks out value bets
  • The long-term professional on his love of bookie loopholes and niche angles’

How To Read These Interviews Right Away

The How I Make Money Betting Series of interviews (both Andrew’s and the Legacy report) are available for immediate download with a Platinum ‘Pro Punter’ SBC membership.

More ‘How I Make Money Betting’ interviews with other professional punting experts are also planned for release throughout the year and as long as you have a Platinum membership, you will be able to access all of this content.

As well as gaining access to the full Best Tipster Guide, a Platinum Smart Betting Club membership also grants you full access to our complete ‘Professional Punter’ package including:

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  • Complete access to the Best Tipster Guide (2016, 2017 & 2018 versions)
  • 1 Year of Bet Diary Pro Access;
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  • Access To The SBC Tipping Forum;
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Looking For Good Free Tips? Try These 8 Free Tipsters For Size!

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As part of an extra special investigation into free tipsters, today we have released a unique report focusing on 8 profitable betting tipsters who currently share their tips online for free.

This one-off report features our interviews with each of the 8 tipsters, who they are, what they do, how you can follow them and just how much profit they have made over the years.

Sign-up now to gain instant access to this latest report (and our entire back catalogue of tipster reviews, systems & betting guides) or read on for more details…

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Inside This Special Report You Can Enjoy…

Interviews With 8 Free Tipsters Including:

• The 1-lay-a-day football expert with a profitable record dating back to 2012.

• The Irish racing guru up 25% ROI last flat season and with a very profitable Ante-Post portfolio to boot.

• The rugby expert up to the tune of 31.98 points so far in 2016.

Plus 5 other free tipsters with profitable records betting on Football, Golf, Racing, Cricket, Tennis, Politics, Reality TV & many more markets.

Revealing The Very Best Tipsters For You

This special report has been put together as part of our ongoing quest to find the very best betting tipsters – both those that charge and those that offer their advice for free.

Perhaps best of all – each of the 8 expert tipsters featured within this report are as yet not widely known by the vast majority of punters so it’s a great opportunity to get in ahead of the crowd and start to benefit from their advice. They are part of a new breed of professional, practical and most of all profitable tipsters that punters are following these days.

So if you are interested in finding out more about these 8 free tipsters, make sure you check out this special report available now to all SBC members. Sign-up now for instant Smart Betting Club access.

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Exclusive interview with Gold Award winning racing tipster

SBC’s ‘Top Rated Racing Tipster for 2015’ reveals all.

If your sink needs unblocking, you send for a plumber.  Need legal advice?  Find a lawyer.  Want to know how to make money on the horses?  Then find an expert who does just that, and who better to ask than the winner of the SBC’s ‘Top Racing Tipster of 2015’ award?!? (as voted for by SBC members).

That’s exactly what we did in the latest SBC Betting Magazine – Issue 93, as it features an exclusive interview with the man behind SBC members top-rated racing tipster service on the secrets behind his success.

We asked him how he goes about finding his selections, how he keeps track of horses that have caught his eye as winners-in-waiting, how he deals with bookmaker restrictions, and much, much more besides…including how he juggles running a tipster service with a full-time role working as a racing journalist.

Here are just a few of the valuable insights our expert gave us in this fascinating interview, which you can read in full in SBC93

Our expert on…how he develops a shortlist of value bets:

“There is so much racing over the summer that you have to quickly find ways of chopping down the number of races you study and also the number of horses you consider to be betting propositions in each race.

I usually look for races that are classified as class 4 and upwards (races can vary from 1 to 7 – best to worst – in the UK) and bet mainly in handicap races, in which the favourites have less chance of winning.

In theory, in a handicap race all runners are weighted to have an identical chance of winning, but, based on my knowledge of past races I have watched, I try and find horses that might have run better than their bare form last time out.

This happens when horses have raced under unfavourable conditions last time – for example, did a mud-loving horse run on unsuitably fast ground last time? Did a horse finished well beaten but actually run well from a poor draw at a track with a notorious bias.

The horses handicap mark (which determines the weight they will carry) might have been dropped, even though they’ve actually run well against unfavourable circumstances.

When looking at a race I now split the field into three groups:

1) Those that might not want to win (other race targets in mind, big drifters on the exchanges)
2) Those that have the ability to win but have some form doubts over them (the ground or trainer form etc)
3) Those that look like they have conditions to suit and should be making every effort to win

I am only interesting in backing horses that fall into category three, so I make a value assessment on who is most overpriced of the shortlisted runners in this group, or I back several in a race, sometimes both are effectively main bets, other times, one will be a main bet and the other one will be a saver selection that I have backed merely as insurance to cover the stake on a main bet.”

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Our expert on…why a betting notebook is vital (and how he tracks horses to follow):

“Firstly, I make sure I buy a hard-backed notebook at the start of every season. It gets a good battering over the course of the year and I’ll get through a couple per season. I write down the list of runners and the race conditions for the race I am betting in. This is what takes a lot of the time – more so than watching replays (because I’ve watched most of the races live previously).

I note down race variables such as distance, class and going, and then other non-obvious things such as trainer form. Being able to check back when certain runners have run well when the yard is out of form, is useful at a later point and something the majority of punters won’t bother to check (for example I think Limato can be forgiven his latest defeat as the Henry Candy yard was badly out of form at the time. He runs at Royal Ascot next week).

I also note whether the ground looked to be riding as it was officially described. Course clerks have a habit of giving inaccurate descriptions to ensure as many runners as possible turn up to race, but if there is mud flying about then it is worth recording that the ground was soft, as the going may officially go on record as something less extreme – and the majority of punters will refer to that official description in future.

After each race I go back to the notes and make a brief line on the race and circle any runners I want to remember for future reference.

However, as I cannot bring my notebook everywhere with me, I need an online method of keeping tabs on runners so, so I also use the horse tracker facility on Irish Racing’s website. There are countless others out there, though I like that one as it allows brief notes to be saved online. You get an e-mail whenever your horses have declared to run.

Most of the time, though, I have seen the declarations for races at work, and providing the horse is running in the UK, I will be aware of it even before any tracker e-mails arrive. Given declarations are made 48 hours before a flat race, and my Press Association work begins as soon as the declarations come in, I’ve generally had two days to see the declarations for any notebooked runners.

The potential problem is when trainers go abroad – I almost missed Muthmir (my sprinter to follow this season) at Chantilly the other day, for example, and it was only when I saw a rival of his being well backed on Oddschecker that I realised there was 1) A Group race taking place in France that Sunday and 2) Muthmir was running in it.”

Our expert on…why being realistic with what you can win is key:

“These days I don’t request big liabilities. I have got used to knowing my restrictions with each firm and just play within the set limits. I spread the stakes about plenty but don’t try and take the mickey.

Gambling isn’t my primary income – my full-time job is – so I don’t need to stake to the levels a professional gambler would need to in order to turn over an amount sufficient to live off.

Last year the service generated about 75 pts profit from 750 pts staked, so if I stake, say, close to £100 per point, a good year like 2014 still creates a nice little side pot (tax free) to top up my main earnings.

Several years ago I held aspirations of becoming a professional punter at some point, but then I started a family and my whole outlook on gambling has changed with new responsibilities, even before the account closures and restrictions started and placed a time burden on top of things in terms of getting bets on.

I am comfortable just using betting as a means of trying to boost my savings now, working within the constraints, rather than trying to progress things back up a notch and overcome the barriers like sourcing fresh accounts and spending more time getting bigger stakes on.”

Read More In SBC 93

I’m sure you agree there are some incredibly valuable pieces of information in these few sample paragraphs, but elsewhere in the interview there is a whole host of great insights into the punting world, including:

  • The essential tools of the trade our expert uses to source the best value bets.
  • How to cope with the pressure of losing runs and how he always turns things around.
  • What are the most common mistakes aspiring punters should be aware of.
  • How to stay under the radar and keep those valuable bookie accounts open.
  • How to think like a bookmaker, and play them at their own game.


Wage war on the bookmakers – The Bookie Apocalypse!

In addition to this interview, the latest SBC Magazine also contains independent reviews of two more horse racing services to go to war with.

Our first tipster review examines the service with 484% bank growth in 15 months whilst the second review looks at the proven flat expert with 23.3% ROI from over 1000 bets. The latter also comes with a special offer for SBC members of 6 months free if you sign-up with him for 12!

Sign up for your SBC membership now and gain instant access to SBC 93 plus a whole lot more!

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SBC Latest Mag – Interview With Racing FM

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Earlier this month we released the latest Smart Betting Club Magazine, Issue 90 and SBC Editor, Peter, spoke with Dean from RacingFM to detail exactly what was inside.

If you missed this broadcast, you can listen again using the audio player below.

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Beating The Bookies Since 2006: One Winning Tipster Reveals All

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Longevity is not usually a word readily associated with tipsters and with good reason, as many have a reputation for packing it in as soon as a bad run of form hits.

Therefore, one of the key qualities we look for in any tipster is their ability to stick around and be consistently good. To treat losing and winning runs as level-headed as possible and to offer a well run but most of all profitable service (Its one reason why the average age for a service we place in our Hall of Fame is well over 4 years!)

One notable long-running tipster service goes by the name of Winning Racing Tips and has been run by Paul Ruffy since July 2006. We have been tracking it ourselves since 2007 and updating SBC members on its ongoing profitable performance ever since then.

In recognition of this longevity, we recently sat down with Paul as part of our ‘How I Make Money Betting‘ series – to try and tap into just how he has been so successful for so long.

Below are a few excerpts from the interview…

Hi Paul, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed by us. Can you start off by telling us how you got involved in the betting world? Continue reading

A Bookie Insider Reveals All In Our Latest Betting Magazine

When it comes to making money betting, the battle-lines are very clearly drawn. It’s a do or die battle between punter and bookmaker.

If we lose money, the bookie makes it and vice versa – we only triumph when they fail.

These battle lines can sometimes get blurred, what with the myriad of bookie PR reps sharing ‘helpful tips’ or TV adverts offering you free bets – it can seem they are looking to help you out.

Not so, they simply do this in the belief that the majority who go onto bet with the bookmaker they represent will lose money…and often they are right…but not always.

Vive La Betting Resistance!

Here at the Smart Betting Club we are part of the ‘resistance’ – fighting back to help those punters trying to win long-term as unlike many in the betting game – we don’t have our snout in the bookies pockets.

One way we fight back is by attempting to find out as much about our enemy as possible, which is why we secured a real coup this month by landing an exclusive interview with a former bookie trader.

Freshly published in our very latest SBC Magazine (SBC #81 released today), he was willing to spill the beans on all aspects of bookmaking, including everything we don’t see from our side of the fence. Continue reading

Betting Secrets From A Real-Life Profitable Punter

One of the first websites we turn to each day is the ‘Portfolio Investor’, which details the ongoing progress of one man’s real-life quest to make money betting through tipsters.

Run by SBC member, Rowan, his entertaining blog openly shares on the tipsters he follows, the profits being made and just how he juggles his betting around the demands of modern life.

Curious to find out more, we recently interviewed Rowan to find out just what makes him tick. Below are a few excerpts from our recently published interview:

SBC: Why did you choose betting over other forms of investment such as the stock market?

Rowan: Well I did try the stock market for a while with an ISA or two, and quite frankly over eight years, the returns were pitiful.  In fact one of them was showing a loss. I couldn’t help but think that betting, although higher risk of course, had a lot more potential because of the ability to turn over your bank much more frequently.  I actually used the money from the ISAs to provide the funds for my betting bank. Inspired or foolish? Not too sure, but I have no regrets so far!

SBC: Describe your approach to betting, how do you decide upon the make-up of your portfolio and the services you join?

Rowan: I’ve learnt over time that I don’t do losing spells well. I have the sort of personality which dictates that I would rather make a long term 8% ROI with relatively few massive downs than a 15% that comes at the cost of having to ride a rollercoaster of huge highs and depressing lows.  Thus over time, I’ve learnt to go primarily with services that demonstrate higher strike rates and shorter losing runs.  I’ve learnt that the shrewd use of Asian Handicaps can make the path we tread smoother too, so perhaps I pay more attention to services that use this angle in their betting.

I simply look for services which display characteristics that the SBC have taught me to look for. Transparency of results, long term record, customer service, and of course value for money are all boxes I look to see ticked now before subscribing to a service. Of course the reports in the SBC mags have all this info to hand – I still think that even as the SBC has grown over the years, its core strength remains it’s tipster reports.

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How Experts Like Ed Hawkins Win When Betting

According to renowned author Malcolm Gladwell, to become truly good at something takes at least 10,000 hours of honest endeavour and continued practice.

Be it the Beatles playing every night for 8 hours in Hamburg before they made it big, or in our cases, an expert who spends his life poring over betting markets, there is much to be learnt from those who have put in the hard yards.

Its one reason why  each month at the Smart Betting Club, we conduct an interview with an expert from the betting industry, to try and tap into their knowledge base for the benefit of our members.

In doing so we can get answers to questions such as:

  • How exactly do they make money betting?
  • And most importantly…how can you do the same?

All of this is why we were so delighted when the Times and Betfair betting columnist Ed Hawkins agreed to answer some of our questions in our latest magazine. Continue reading