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!


We are Getting Behind the Gamblers Consumer Forum

There is a real battle going on for the future of gambling in the UK and, for the first time, it feels like we have a unified body to represent bettors interests in the form of the Gamblers Consumer Forum (GCF).

Previous debates about betting have seen anti-gambling activists pitted against the corporate bookmakers, with every day punters (who make up the majority of bettors!) left without a voice.

This time though it’s much more serious with the deeply flawed measures being proposed by the inept Gambling Commission, a fundamental threat to bettors everywhere.

The GCF, who launched at the recent SmartBash, are different. Led by two experts in Andrew Woodman and Abbie MacGregor with political, scientific and media backgrounds, they have a clear plan to fight back against the proposals set out in the White Paper, namely:

  1. Calling for a change in culture at the Gambling Commission
  2. Campaigning for evidence-based treatment for gambling addicts
  3. Vehemently opposing Affordability Checks
  4. Getting everyday gamblers’ voices heard by decision makers
  5. Communicating a positive gambling message to key stakeholders

Find Out More, Donate & Get Involved

You can find out more about the Gamblers Consumer Forum, who they are and what they are doing by visiting their website or by following them on social media @GamblersCForum.

As an independent organisation, the GCF also relies on support from the wider betting community. Sharing their work on social media and donating money for funding are two of the ways to help them represent us and you can find out more about how to do so by visiting this page.

The White Paper and media narrative surrounding gambling make the future of our pastime uncertain, let’s get behind this organisation to fight back!

For those of you interested in learning more, check out the recent SBC Podcast with Andrew Woodman and Abbie McGregor here!).