The tipping industry has never been shy about making bold claims for its services, often lavishly decorated with photographs of Ferraris and blondes – not that I have anything against either. It’s jus’ that, in reality of course, many such services have often proven to be a complete letdown. And indeed, if I were of a jaundiced disposition, this might be a good point to insert pictures of a push bike and a blow-up doll.
But enough of cynicism! Isn’t a little bit of everyone of us pulled in towards those intoxicating claims… the thought that ‘this time it might be different…??’.
Or is it jus’ me!?
It is in fact on account of such claims as these, that I find myself drawn to the sales page of The Betting Club. Because, although they can’t resist describing their service as “a betting revolution”, thereafter things settle down and a sort of seductive pragmatism kicks in….
For instance, they state, “This is NOT a tipping service with “Inside Information”, “Dark Horses”,”Job Horses” or anything of the kind”. Glory be! They carry on, “It can be said that this is not exciting…” oh yes!…. “BUT members of the betting club all share one goal and one goal only; to make money!” Well Amen to that brother!
They then add, “Our approach is to do so Consistently Carefully and Patiently!” And I find myself nodding sagely at such wisdom, and thinking hey, it must be true, they even use capital letters. They finish with the profound statement that they “see this as INVESTING not GAMBLING”. So, capital letters and bold text. It all sounds dreamy.
So anyway, I’ve signed up for the free trial, and I am going to record my results here. Oddly, the trial is of unspecified length, but I am too excited to worry about such things. OK I admit to having had more than a slight wobble when I read their staking plan – a bank of £3000, with each point being £500!!! – but then, with the excitement coursing through my veins, I found myself thinking, “Why not!? We will all be a long time dead!”
It all starts on Saturday morning. But I’ll probably be backing at £2 a point.
Final Update, Sunday 11th December, 2011
Well, what an anti-climax that all was!
After only ten tips, the Betting Club simply stopped sending out emails. No explanation, and no reply to enquiries about what had gone wrong. Only silence – followed by messages advertising a different service called IBetting!
I am baffled by what has gone on. Up until the moment that the service stopped, I had been quietly impressed by the fact these people appeared to have a plan. OK, they were slightly in arrears, but that happens with betting, and one of the most important ingredients for success is a willingness to stick to your principles during the bad times and carry on until things turn around.
Sadly, the Betting Club do not appear to have this staying power, and therefore I am left with no option but to put their service into my Failed Systems category.
Deep down, I must admit to having had serious reservations at their extremely bold staking plan, but had been prepared to overlook it owing to their pragmatic approach, and apparent determination to deliver high strike rates at low odds.
I only paper-traded the tips, and gee, am I glad. But even assuming we had been able to secure the required odds at Betfair for our very large stakes, we would still have lost quite a bit of money.
– At the “tipped” prices, we finished at -£356.15.
– At BSP, we plummeted to -£763.23.
In conclusion, I believe that any tipping service priced at this premium level needs to be able to be shown to work at Betfair SP. We have not been allowed the opportunity to do this with The Betting Club, so it has to go into the ‘FAILED’ folder.