The Bet Diary Tipsters

Rowan currently reports back on the performance of several tipsters as part of his Bet Diary blog, details on each you can find below. This includes the portfolio the service is within, how he follows them and the size of the points betting bank he utilises for each.

Please note – full details on the identify of all the tipsters is available with a Smart Betting Club membership.

RACING TIPSTERS

Racing Service 1: 100 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio – followed using online bookmakers.  Originally an independent service that made into the SBC’s ‘Hall of Fame’, RS1 is now an SBC Premium service, with a special discounted deal for SBC members.  The methodology hasn’t changed at all, targeting as it has done since inception, the larger race meetings.  This means that I’m placing the sort of bets that don’t attract quite so much attention from the bookmaker’s trading teams, ie. betting in strong and popular markets.  Odds hold up well too, for the same reason, and even betting the night before racing is possible – doing so in a Heritage Handicap at Ascot isn’t quite the same as if jumping on the best overnight price available in a tiny novice hurdle at Plumpton.

Racing Service 2: 200 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio – online bookmakers.  Much of what I’ve just said about RS1 can be repeated for RS2.  The types of races targeted and the ease with which I can get on without odds collapsing first is why I added it to the portfolio following the review in the latest SBC Betting Magazine.  Real ‘Hall of Fame’ potential, comprehensive write-ups and race analysis that are enjoyable to read, and a strong historical record made the decision to introduce RS2 as a service to follow a pretty straightforward one.

MVS (Lite): 100 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio – online bookmakers.  A derivative of the long-running Morning Value Service this concentrates exclusively on horses identified as holding value despite being at or towards the head of the market.  Backing selections at prices up to 3/1 only, this is again a ‘bookmaker friendly’ service (are you spotting the trend yet?).  The bets are released at a time when markets have had time to mature some, and sticking your money on a favourite mid-morning or mid-late afternoon when the bets are released really shouldn’t attract too much scrutiny.

Northern Monkey: 80 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio – online bookmakers.  The longest-serving service in terms of my own portfolio, I’ve been following NMP for more years than I care to remember.  The official odds are easily beatable, the track record is long and strong, and this service is the equivalent of a really comfy pair of slippers.  There have been flat and barren times, but as soon as you get to the point of wondering if perhaps the edge is eroding, a few winners are knocked in and on we go.

Racing Service 3: 60 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio – online bookmakers.  A service as much for the jump racing enthusiast as the serious investor, RS3 sadly operates only between the months of November and April, each season ending with the Grand National meeting at Aintree.  This is such a shame as the write-ups are informative and educational and I’d love it to run all year round.  Still, if by taking a break things remain fresh (not least the tipster himself) then so be it.  As soon as the nights start to draw in at the end of summer, I know it’s not too long for the start of the next RS3 season, and all is well with the world.

Racing Service 4: 140 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio – online bookmakers.  A tremendously talented tipster from over the Irish Sea, RS4 is another who lets you know exactly why you’re putting your money down on each selection.  Often accruing profit in spurts, when hot, this guy is hot!  A long-term ‘Hall of Famer’, a real keystone of the portfolio.

SPORTS TIPSTERS

Football Lay Profits200 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio and the ‘Broxchange’ portfolio – followed using the Exchanges (Smarkets whenever possible due to the lower commission rate).  An SBC ‘Premium’ service FLP provide lays across all the major European leagues plus some of the minor leagues too, such as the Portuguese Primeira division.  Laying requires a different mindset to backing, with a need to accept that the ROI figures are likely to be relatively low.  It’s all about high strike rate and bank turnover to generate enough profit to make the workload worthwhile.  Providing you don’t wait around unnecessarily, I find prices are successfully matched the vast majority of the time.

Football Service 1: 50 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio and the ‘Broxchange’ portfolio – followed using both online bookmakers and the exchanges.  A recent addition following an interesting review in the SBC Betting Magazine, FS1 scours the globe searching for value on home teams within a wide range of football leagues.  The bets are at decent prices for football matches, ie. all are over Evens, and so far I’ve not found securing those prices too tricky.  This is something I’ll be keeping an eye on however, as the service is seemingly growing in popularity.

Golf Insider400 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio and the ‘Broxchange’ portfolio – followed using the exchanges and online bookmakers.  No better viewing than the PGA on a Sunday night with your guy in contention and backed pre-tournament at a big price.  Bottle of wine, no thoughts of work in the morning, and absorbed by the action, the rewards can be exhilarating too.  With a track record of knocking winners in at huge odds, we have to accept that there may well be (and often are) long waits between triumphs, but that the winners are very much worth waiting for.

Football Service 2: 40 point bank – part of the ‘Main’ portfolio – followed using online bookmakers.  A true stalwart of the SBC’s Hall of Fame, FS2 has been churning out regular profit for more than a decade.  Re-reviewed in a Best Tipster Guide it is clear that there is a clear methodology that goes into identifying bets, the basis of which is a detailed knowledge of the beautiful game.

Rowan’s 2 Different Portfolios

As well as discussing individual tipster performance, Rowan also also groups them into 2 different portfolios.

A ‘portfolio’ is simply our term for a group of tipsters and they have been chosen by Rowan as 1) they are profitable and 2) they fit into the mould of the tipsters he likes and can follow.

Here therefore are the 2 different portfolios listed:

MAIN Tipster Portfolio: This is the bread and butter offering and features all of the tipsters Rowan has followed since 2016

BROXCHANGE Tipster Portfolio: So called as its a mixture of tipsters you can follow using Bet Brokers & Betting Exchanges – the Broxchange! If you are restricted or unable to use mainstream bookmakers then this portfolio will show how to make a profit with Bet Brokers or Betting Exchanges who welcome winning customers.