February is an exciting month for us here at SBC Towers as not only do we have a fantastic new magazine out next week (including a new review of a particularly profitable football tipster), but we will also be releasing our 2014 Betting & Tipsters Awards Report as voted for by SBC members.
I love these awards as not only do they reveal just who our members rate to run the best tipster services but also the best betting website, forum and experts…and of course the best and worst bookmakers!
And as I rate SBC members to be amongst some of the most clued-up punters out there, what they have to say is well worth listening to.
So today as a bit of a spoiler I want to discuss the perhaps least-sought after but most highly-competitive award of all – THE WORST BOOKMAKER!
Read on to find out just who took our ‘Wooden Spoon’ Bookie Award…. Continue reading
This week I did something I promised I would never do…… I got into a twitter ‘spat’.
Well it was probably more of a ‘strong debate’ than a spat, but it was on a subject that matters a lot to me: bookmakers and how they treat punters.
The bookie in question was Stan James and my ‘opponent’ their head of PR – Rory Jiwani. Now for all intents and purposes, Rory is a nice bloke and he deserves credit for being one of the few people to actually try and discuss issues that few other bookie reps actually will.
My challenge to Rory was how can he defend his bookmaker (Stan James) who are routinely one of the most complained about bookmakers amongst our members. This is backed up by stats whereby they were ranked 26th out of 27 major football bookies and 16th out of 19 major racing bookies, according to 2 large recent SBC members surveys.
Part of the reason for their lowly rating is their apparent clampdown on winning punters accounts as 52.29% of respondents in our recent horse racing survey had their Stan James account closed down. This was by far the worst stat for closures and I was keen to find out why Stan James had so little time for anyone making a semblance of profit! Why were they so different from many other bookies and not keen to lay a bet?
Ultimately, my quest for answers was not fruitful (no big surprise!), but it helps raise a very serious topic once again…that the bookie is not your friend.