Here ensues the fourth and final instalment of this not necessarily that thrilling adventure into the land of dutch horse racing (?).
I am writing this on the train; an infrequent mode of transport for me, but a preferable one when it comes to working in London. Trying to maintain a decent internet connection whilst meandering through the beautiful, yet electronically impenetrable, countryside has now been made somewhat easier courtesy of AmtrakConnect. So my final day of trialling can take place undisturbed.
I would say, right at the outset, that All By The Book 2 does receive a pass. This is purely because the potential to make money is definitely present – though to what extent and at what cost to one’s time are points worthy of consideration. Profits can be in the hands of the user to a certain extent inasmuch as the variations introduce different levels of risk/benefit.
The fact that the system is reliant upon so many bets being placed at the same time makes it, to my mind, very risky, even with the supposedly risk free variant. It is all too easy to miss the odds and end up having to quickly readjust stakes and, almost invariably, make a loss on that particular event. However, for those more used to multiple contemporaneous bet placement this might not be a problem. There is an argument for saying that one would become more adept over time. My concern is that people will possibly tire of the effort involved before actually acquiring the necessary skill.
Those receiving a free ‘upgrade’ from the original ABTB might find themselves somewhat disappointed. The addition is headed up as ‘Variation 4 Unleashed’. If you have not worked this one out for yourself from using the others then I would be exceedingly surprised. I had worked it out before I had finished reading through the first three. But as the upgrade is free then ‘gift horse’, ‘looking’ and ‘mouth’ spring to mind.
Performing a quick calculation after the final race tells me I have made a total net gain of £32.54 over the trial period. It is not actually helpful to translate that amount into points as the stakes per bet vary with the odds and the stakes per event vary with the field. The best I can do is work up an algorithm using average stake over the whole trial. This provides a figure of, oh dear, infinitesimal proportions. So let’s leave it at total net gain.
Unfortunately, that possibly equates to minimal sums gained per hour of time invested, thus making it a case of deciding how much one’s time is worth. Perhaps if I had spent more time using it then it is possible the gain would have increased exponentially rather than in a linear fashion. But this is not necessarily the case, and I can only report what actually happened. Looking at it from a practical viewpoint, time is generally a scarce resource that comes at a premium for most people.
Another resource aspect to bear in mind is that of funds. If you are looking at betting on more than one race in the same day you either have to have a fairly decent initial bank or you need to wait until some of the bets are settled before assessing the next race. Best odds for each race are not going to always be with the same bookies. I have not found a way of moving money between bookie accounts in the same day, even with Skrill. So you might find yourself restricted to using ones who are not necessarily giving the best odds merely by virtue of your current liquidity not being in the right place at the right time. So do note this practical limitation if you are not one of those people who have vast wads of cash strewn around betting sites – and, if you are, could you please let me have your phone number?
Anyway, enough of my fickle heart; back to the plot. Insufficient profit to bother investing perhaps, so I make the decision to indulge in some retail therapy. The train is approaching Exeter St David’s and there is a great shop which sells climbing gear only a few minutes’ walk away. No time like the present. With my money spent and my new pair of sticky shoes in hand I know I have All By The Book 2 to thank (albeit in small part) for those at least.
And it is at this point I realise that it is probably best to get off the train in the evening at the same station as you left your car that morning.