Betting

Profit from tennis players’ troubles

The Australian Open will be upon us on 13 January and this affords me a great opportunity to re-unite you with ‘DRT for tennis’. The time difference means that it is perhaps impractical on this occasion to use this strategy, unless you are a night owl or an early bird – but it’s something you can take with you for 2014 and use in all of the major tournaments. It’s an easy-as-pie strategy and turns a low odds bet into extreme value. Go to www.betfair.com. Click on ‘In-Play tennis’. Select your tournament of interest. I always choose the major tournaments, as the big guns are up and firing for it. Here I select the Australian Open Men’s Tournament. The odds are very illiquid – some 3 days before the tournament. Our focus, though, will be on the seeded players. They are easy to locate. These are the players with a number bracketed next to their name. Your job, quite simply, is to note the matches featuring these seeded players and wait for a potential ‘shock’. Let’s say that Duckworth, for example, has won the first two sets against sixth seed Roger Federer. Highly unlikely, but Federer has had slip ups in previous first and second rounds. It is in cases like this that you can create value. Here are your options: Back Roger Federer. Lay Duckworth two sets up. Or back 3-2 sets to Federer. The great point about Grand Slam tournaments is that men’s matches are a best of five sets, meaning if a player is two sets down, he still has a chance. I’ll actually be monitoring how many players win the third set after being two sets down in men’s matches. This strategy is even more effective in women’s tennis. Why? Well their matches are the first to two sets. So, if a seeded player has lost the first set in the first or second round of a tournament, she must win the second set. If she does not win, she is out! I’ll be doing some late-night trading myself from the 13th onwards, and those of you who are available, why not join me on Twitter @whatreallywins where I’ll be pointing you in the right direction with regards to potential value bet opportunities. Each-way-tastic! Well not quite this week, for those following my free-for-WRWM-readers each way probability selections. It’s been a ‘Gillette’ week for the each way selections: a close shave. January 7th saw a three-quarter-length second at mouth-watering odds of 24.71 to win. As if to emphasise why each way betting is so appealing, I still got paid odds of 5.8 for this horse placing. Yesterday, we had a 7.94 odds horse finish a nose second. I’m happy to report that a number of horses are finishing in the top three. This ensures the betting bank is not eroded as we await another big-priced horse. Try it out for yourself using the instructions from the last eletter I sent out. I’ll be elaborating on this ‘probability’ betting in January’s What Really Wins Money newsletter, which is under construction as I write (as long as my 5-year-old nephew avoids my gaze and I don’t end up playing in the garden!). The Patriarch reveals another free website resource this month, which provides some great horse racing betting angles. The Statman has sniffed out a great handicap horse racing statistic which has been jaw-droppingly profitable over the last 10 years. Selections are easy to find, and there are about 100 per year. This does, though, seem to be a case of quality over quantity. I’ll be wrapping up 2013’s best performing Home-Grown Betting Systems, and there are some real gems therein who profited for the whole of 2013, and also met another of my criteria – no form analysis required whatsoever! If you can read a horse’s name, you can use these Home-Grown Betting Systems. The Systems and Tipsters Update will point you in the direction of the best tipsters out there, and the ones who couldn’t tip the winner of a one-horse race. Join me at What Really Wins Money this year if you can! We always find the profitable betting angles year after year. Talking of profitable betting angles, I’m off now to lock myself in my room and do my DRT football research until I’m pounced upon by the ‘little people’ – my nephews and nieces. Have a great weekend.

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How I profited from the Australian Open

New balls, please! No, my girlfriend hasn’t kicked me in the particulars after discovering my tasteful, signed Kelly Brook photo; I am of course referring to the Australian Open, which I alluded to in last week’s eletter. There have been a smattering of good trades during the tournament; the most recent of which was 1.14-shot Li Na losing the first set this morning, and being backable at over evens (and higher as her opponent did have match point at one stage). Inevitably this top 4 side ended up winning the match… Yesterday, Maria Sharapova, the number 3 seed, got into all sorts of bother against K Knapp. Here’s a look at their match: 1.06-shot Maria was struggling in the second and third sets, and was available to back at over evens. Extremely good value in these eyes! She went on to win. Both of these players fitted the profile I talked about last week. Both were seeded players, and made a right Horlicks of apparently easy assignments early in the tournament. One other thing to note… Consider laying players who win the first set 6-0. I mention this as Caroline Wozniaki, the better looking of the Wozniaki/McIlroy partnership, won her first set 6-0 against McHale of the USA: A throwaway comment from the commentator got me interested in this match. They mentioned that the last few meetings between these two players had gone to three sets. This was a great opportunity to lay a player at very short odds in the hope this match became a three-setter. So off I trundled to Betfair and layed Caroline at odds of 1.07: So, for a £7 liability, my potential profit was £95.20, should McHale win the match. As you saw from the screenshot earlier, McHale won the second set… I traded out at odds of 1.63 for a nice guaranteed £32 profit: I acknowledge that the Australian Open times are not workable for UK punters, unless you are night owls or early risers. I do want to emphasise though that there are patterns in major tennis tournaments (think US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros), which can be exploited time and again for a profit. I do tweet the odd good trade (@whatreallywins) if you are up and about. Have a plan ready for the other 2014 major tournaments! Bonus-tastic! Here’s a great offer from Ladbrokes, which you should consider… New Ladbrokes customers simply need to register, enter Promo Code F50, deposit and bet at least GBP/EUR 5 to get this bonus. The bonus is worth upwards of £50. Here is the link. And as a bonus for you bonus seekers, email me if you are unfamiliar with the concept of freeing up these bonuses and making the money truly risk free by using Betfair in conjunction with the bookmaker bonuses. January WRWM finished... Here’s a tip for you financial investors: buy a shed-load of shares in coffee makers during the last week of each month. Why? Well yours truly drinks a bucket load of the stuff as I carefully craft another edition of What Really Wins Money. I have just finished another cuppa and January’s newsletter and it has strategies galore. I handpick two very exciting strategies which are making a couple of tipsters profit, and can be easily used with your own selections. Lucy Collins introduces the concept of Price Boundary Trading. Methinks she is related to Einstein somewhere down the line as it’s an excellent concept. The Statman shows you how to profit from handicap horses who finished second or third and are running again within seven days. The Patriarch introduces readers to another free Internet resource which is making punters money. I have rounded up the four best Home-Grown strategies from 2013, as well as gone step-by-step into how to turn each way betting odds in your favour. All this and accompanying videos and tips at www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk. It’s a great start to 2014. I’m off to try and get some rest, although with all the coffee I’ve drank, I’ll probably end up hoovering the house twice, painting and repainting the house exterior, washing the car, mowing the lawn and doing the ironing, all in the next 45 minutes. Have a great weekend, and keep an eye on Twitter for those profitable tennis trades .

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Attack of the killer sheep

I stand here before you (well, sit actually) an injured soul… There was I, trundling off to the shops on my scooter to get the 12 crates of iced coffee which would see me through my marathon DRT football research for this weekend, when all of a sudden, a sheep and a couple of his cronies decided to rush out in front of me. Being a fully signed up member of PETA, I dutifully risked all to avoid the sheep and ended up with a motorbike on top of me. I have a badly bruised knee and ligament damage, so have had to de-select myself from the Arsenal side to face Coventry in the FA Cup this week. As well as falling foul of killer sheep this week, I’ve also been tackling an Internet which is about as effective as a new manager at Manchester United. Hopefully we’ll be back in the swing of things for this weekend, so I have been assured, and it’ll be great to be back online doing live chats for DRT members. I did my first live chats last weekend, and must say that things went very well indeed on the Sunday. Do get along to www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk if you want to see my research in retrospective. I am working through past days research which I review at the website. I hope it can serve as a learning tool for your football research, as well as a showcase to how often my method of footballing research is spot-on (and DRT members, of course, get said research daily). The Australian Open ends this week, and as I write, Nadal and Federer are battling it out. I must admit, it will be nice to watch a woman’s final without the two When Harry Met Sally fake orgasm screamers Sharapova and Azarenka. Last time those two met, they shattered my chandelier. The timing of this tournament is not particularly UK friendly, but I do hope you gained some insight into how to trade, from the last two eletters. The French Open, and of course Wimbledon (strawberries and cream, only £99.95!), will be the perfect major tournaments to showcase tennis trading. I have plenty of great angles to share with you. Testing, testing 1-2-3 I’m doing another shout out for testers for systems and tipsters. We have lots of systems and tipsters to test. I would be grateful for any candidates for systems in particular, as I cannot trial all these personally. They include software, and ebooks. So do email me at whatreallywins@yahoo.co.uk with ‘testers’ in the subject box if you are interested. Jargon-buster I was working on a jargon-buster in recent months: an A-Z of betting strategies and betting terminology. I will be sharing entries with you here in the eletter in the next few months, as well as posting a series at www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk. What I’d like to do is to build this up into a nice collection you can refer to time and time again. It will all begin with ‘A’ of course, and the first entry: ‘AVOIDING SHEEP’. Before I go, I hope you What Really Wins Money readers have been following the each way selections at the website. You’ll recall my ‘each way probability’ theory. Well, it bagged a winner at odds of 19 yesterday. Happy days indeed! I’m off now, a-hobbling, with a new found respect for ninja sheep. Have a great weekend, and DRT’ers, I’ll see you all this weekend for another profitable football trading session.

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The secret to profiting from probability betting…

  I wrote last weekend about a way to place each way bets in certain horse races. Selections are profiting this week to at my blog at www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk. I make selections free to subscribers of What Really Wins Money, but below is a framework you can try out, paper trade, and have fun with. ‘Probability betting’ can offer you a great chance of profiting from this very unique each way betting method. To recap from last week’s eletter, we want to put the probabilities in our favour. How do we do that? 1) – Focus only on 8/9-runner races. This is the shortest-sized field which will pay out for three places (each way betting is effectively two bets: on a horse to win, and on a horse to place in the first three in 8/9-runner races). 2) – Ideally look for races with ‘perceived outsiders’. Finding a race where there are three big-priced horses increases our probabilities further. Why? Well in an 8-runner race, ignoring the three outsiders can reduce the competitive field to five runners, three of whom will place. And that is my primary goal: for a selection to place at least, with a win an obvious very welcome bonus. This is an ideal – not a set-in-stone – rule. 3) – I also increase the probability of hitting a winner and placed selection by making what I call a ‘usual’ selection and a ‘speculative’ selection. Making two selections in an 8-runner race should increase the probability of winning and placing. The ‘usual’ selection will be the more obvious horse to place, probably near the head of the betting market; and the ‘speculative’ selection will normally be at a higher price in the betting forecast, normally nearer the outsiders than the favourites. I choose a ‘speculative’ selection because of the unpredictability of horse racing. And it seems to be working rather well, as What Really Wins Money newsletter subscribers can attest. Yesterday I made only four selections… In the 1.20 Exeter, the betting forecast looked like this: 1.20 Exeter BETTING FORECAST: 15/8 Mixologist, 5/1 Headly´s Bridge, 5/1 Shammick Boy, 13/2 Decoy, 8/1 Cool George, 8/1 Just When, 10/1 Citizenship, 12/1 Look For Love. My ‘usual’ selection was Decoy. Why? Well, in this race I wanted to avoid the obvious two horses in second and third place. My usual selection was unplaced. My speculative selection was Citizenship. I figured out here that when an outsider is priced at just 12/1 in the betting forecast, the race must be quite open. He won at odds of 15.16. And on 18 December, the fun didn’t stop! Here’s how I approach the day… My first step is to note down the 8/9-runner races that day, and take a note of their betting forecast from the Racing Post. Here are the four 8/9-runner races from 18 December: 12.50 Judlow BETTING FORECAST: 3/1 Bobcatbilly, 4/1 Drumlang, 5/1 Cloudy Joker, 6/1 Be All Man, 7/1 Benbens, 8/1 Copper Birch, 8/1 Lord Grantham, 16/1 Kingcora. 2.25 Judlow BETTING FORECAST: 2/1 King Massini, 4/1 Cootehill, 4/1 Rydalis, 7/1 Big News, 8/1 Hatters River, 12/1 Doctor Foxtrot, 16/1Owen Glendower, 16/1 Raduis Bleu. 3.40 Lingfield BETTING FORECAST: 3/1 Keene, 3/1 Mick Duggan, 5/1 Echo Brava, 7/1 Mcbirney, 7/1 Royal Marskell, 10/1 Cabuchon, 12/1Celtic Charlie, 12/1 Special Mix. 3.50 Kempton BETTING FORECAST: 9/4 Pushkin Museum, 3/1 Green Music, 5/1 Debt Settler, 8/1 Kodafine, 10/1 Royal Brave, 10/1 Wiki Tiki, 12/1 Back On Baileys, 16/1 Douneedahand. 12.50 Ludlow – In the 12.50 Ludlow betting forecast shown above, Cloudy Joker became my usual selection. Note there are no hard and fast rules here. Although there is no form research, sometimes I go to a horse I am drawn to – in this case, the third favourite. On other occasions, my usual selection might be the fourth or fifth favourite. My speculative selection was the second-biggest-priced horse Lord Grantham. I thought that if the second-biggest-priced outsider was only 8/1, this must be another ‘open race’. I was in for a big surprise, as my speculative selection was unplaced at Betfair SP odds of 17, but Cloudy joker, the 5/1 betting forecast horse, won at odds of 17 to win and 3.29 to place. 2.25 Ludlow – In this race I noticed the short-priced favourite (as you can see above). As I mentioned last week, a short-priced favourite normally inflates the odds of the other horses. My usual selection was Rydalis, the third favourite in the betting forecast. My speculative selection was Doctor Foxtrot, the first horse at double-figure odds. Rydalis placed, which is perfect, and at a place only price of 1.92 (nearly evens), our stakes are pretty much returned. Doctor Foxtrot was pulled up, alas. 3.40 Lingfield – In the 3.40 Lingfield, I selected the third favourite again as my usual selection (you’ll find that the usual selections – i.e. the more obvious horses to place – are normally third, fourth or fifth in the betting forecast). That horse was Echo Brava. My speculative selection was Cabuchon, the sixth favourite, and again the first horse at double-figure odds. Echo Brava won at odds of 9.8 to win and 2.63 to place. Cabuchon was unplaced. 3.50 Kempton – In the final race, I chose Debt Settler as my usual selection, again the third favourite, and Wiki Tiki as my speculative selection, priced at 10/1 in the betting forecast and only two horses away from the outsider. Neither horse placed. If you are a member of What Really Wins Money, then please do take a look at these each way blog posts from 18 and 19 December – do make sure you read all of the blog posts, as there are some great strategies which I share for free with newsletter subscribers, such as this each way idea. For those not subscribed, write to Santa and ask him. Also, why don’t you start going through the race card, make a note of 8 and 9-runner races each day, and look for a ‘usual’ selection (that is, a horse you expect will have a good chance of coming into the first three in the race). Look then for a ‘speculative’ selection; normally the first horse at double-figure odds, or a horse near...

Profit from the new golf season

The new golf season is upon us as the stars head out to the Middle East. Golf is a sport I am keen to tackle, both as a hobby and as a betting medium. FORE! I’ve been tracking a couple of golf tipsters and think personally that we if aim for low risk consistent pay-outs, rather than trying to pick a winner in a field of 150+ golfers, we’ll have a greater chance of success. I admit, I play golf a lot like Woods – Victoria Woods – and know that accuracy is all. A few centimetres out can be catastrophic. It is this attention to detail which makes selecting a winner (at the tempting huge odds) so difficult. This week, I’ll start recording some ideas, such as participating in three-ball betting and top-10 finish betting. I think the key to success could be in this three-ball betting market. Here’s how a three-ball betting market looks at www.betfair.com: If we lay Rory McIlroy, for instance, at 2.18, we have Stephen Gallacher and up-and-coming young rookie Tiger Woods playing for us. Eighteen holes is a long way, with many shots and putts required. An errant drive from young Rory can open up the match for last year’s tournament winner Gallacher, or Tiger Woods. I am always attracted to laying in three-outcome markets (as you’ll see later with Bayern Munich), because you always have two other outcomes running for you. I’ll be keeping track of the performance of the shortest priced three-ball player and see if we have a good laying angle into the game of golf. Stay tuned… Oh, and ‘FORE!’ – I’m just about to hit an iron shot! Laying the 0-0 score line – a new approach I’ve been a busy DRT’er this week (DRT stands for Delay, React, Trade which is my philosophy for in-play football trading). We had a particularly successful live chat football trading mid-week, as I added another 1.06 lay success to my growing collection, and another player to my Christmas list. The match in question featured Stuttgart v Bayern Munich. Stuttgart scored first. Time to lay them, as we expect Bayern Munich to get back into the match. And indeed they do. The score is 1-1. And the score remained 1-1. This is most unlike Bayern Munich, who are so dependable. 80 minutes. It’s still 1-1… 90 minutes It’s still 1-1… Now my interest piques. I delay, and delay, and then pounce. I lay the draw at odds of 1.06 (meaning that for every £6 risked, the potential profit is £100). And I tell my live chatters to do the same! And lo and behold, this is what happens… Yes, my new close friend Alcantara scored a 93rd-minute winner to provide me, and DRT live chatters, with a very nice, erm, Chinese New Year present! Thanks Mr. Alcantara! And there’s more! How to back a 1.12 shot at 5.3 (4/1) It was a good week for DRT. Those of you who followed the FA Cup couldn’t help but notice Watford beating Man City by two goals to nil until the 59th minute (much to the delight, no doubt, of Elton John and husband David Furniture-Polisher). Cue the comeback of all comebacks: Manchester City, at home, 2-0 down? No way! So back them! They were available to back, in-play, at odds as high as 5.3 (just over 4/1), which, given there was over 30 minutes of football to play, was another Chinese New Year present! Oh, and Manchester City won 4-2. It is matches like these where you make the big money. And it’s matches like these which I highlight in my DRT live chats. Do take a trial run, if you’d like. I do hours and hours of research for you, and provide live commentary most weekends as we dig out the big winners. As an aside… As a spin-off of DRT, I have taken a new look at 0-0 laying. This looks to be a great market to focus on. After all, which team plays for a 0-0? (Apart from Crystal Palace that is, although they play for 0-0, but win 1-0 under Tony Pulis.) The problem with laying 0-0s is the size of the odds. So why not look at the 0-0 Halftime Score market? The odds tend to start at about 4.1 or just over (and will be a little bigger for your Barcelonas and Real Madrids). And there’s some stats to help you out. Go to my trusty companion www.soccerstats.com: there is an actual column devoted to halftime score lines… Here it is: As a 0-0 halftime layer, you want to see goals before halftime. What can you see with Arsenal? I can see five 0-0s in their last seven matches at halftime. So perhaps Arsenal are not an ideal team to focus on for halftime 0-0 lays? At the bottom of www.soccerstats.com there is a table devoted to halftime score lines for home and away sides… As you can see, Arsenal at home have had four 0-0s at halftime, and away they have had four 0-0s at halftime. These stats don’t make me confident. I’ve started to list matches and their odds when I think there will be a goal before halftime. So far, so good. This could be a good niche you could work. The Halftime Score market is found at www.betfair.com, within in-play football coupon matches. Here’s another trick to reduce your risk. Wait. Delay. Wait for 15 minutes and if the match is still 0-0, lay 0-0 halftime score at much lower odds than pre-match. Give it a try. I’ll be reporting back on my performance soon and may start posting the selections at www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk. And for you horsey folk I shared an idea with you recently regarding the All Weather venues (look at today’s racing card and you’ll see four different All Weather venues). A simple idea was to lay the favourite in the worse performing races for favourites at All Weather venues. It’s easy to find a qualifying race: Click on ‘FAVOURITES’, and in the box which pops up, look for the race type with the smallest percentage of winners. At Lingfield, therefore, two-year-old handicaps (known as ‘nurseries’) and four-year-old handicaps would...

Mozan’s Racing Numerology Tipping Service Review

The Steve Davidson publishing house is well regarded by us and by bettors the world over. Steve’s products are almost always worth a look and his approach to horse racing is often slightly different and novel – and therefore always merits our interest. Steve is a no-nonsense type, always totally hype-free. But this recent product from him has left us a bit worried that he’s had a knock on the head, because it’s unlike anything he’s ever sold before. Mozan’s Numerology is a self-selection method for horse racing that’s been around for decades. Mozan was not the divisor of the method, but the name of a horse that won the Calcutta Cup in the 1920s with odds of 100/1. The actual method is somewhat mystical, utilising numerology: the science of numbers. Numbers are associated to letters, and the numbers are then applied to the horses’ names, the race name, date and amount or runners. Steve has obviously been aware of this method for a while, but has only recently seen a way of making money from it. He couldn’t have sold the system itself, because it’s freely available on the Internet and has been no secret since its creation in 1925. However, the techniques within the system are a bit difficult to get your head around AND once you do, the selection process is quite lengthy time-wise. One race, for example, will take you about 20 minutes to get a selection out of. In this age of information, we don’t always have time to dedicate to such methods, so Steve is giving the actual workings of the system away for free, but is offering a tipping service which you can subscribe to for £19.97 a month (no money-back guarantee), with the claim of 149 points in 6 days and free software that alerts you to upcoming races in which the Mozan’s Numerology method can be used. The main reason why I wonder if Steve has had a knock on the head is because the system manual that he offers is so terribly written. It’s in dire need of a page-one rewrite and a comprehensive edit after that. Many passages make absolutely no sense at all, and further research into the Mozan’s Numerology method will be absolutely necessary. Only then will you begin to get an inkling of the idea behind it. Steve’s manuals are usually so concise and well written that I wonder if he’s even had a read through of this one. It’s 80 pages long and – no offence to the Indian origins of this method – it’s obviously been written in Pidgin English. Steve admits on the sales page for Mozan’s Racing Numerology that ‘Opinions range from intense scepticism to lyrical waxing of profitable results obtained,’ before stating that he has ‘found results overall to be profitable’. I’m not averse to a bit of Eastern philosophy and a bit of the metaphysics umbrella that numerology falls under (even if its adherents will argue it’s a science), so I was interested in the Mozan’s methodology – all three of them! Steve’s email tips focus on method one as the preferred method, and there were indeed some big winners in September 2013: £32.85 won on Hoodna, £42 won on Silver Rime and 34 won on Taghrooda. Method One of Mozan’s Numerology is focused on primarily because Methods Two and Three result in too many selections. Some claim that Mozan’s Numerology can find 80% of the winners of a days races – although we must state that such a figure is NOT quoted on Steve Davidson’s sales page. Our first few selections actually were correct, which was a very spooky time in our trial. Then a loser was picked and the results banded around for the rest of the trial. After 120 selections, 41 became winning bets, giving a 34% strike-rate and providing only a few points profit. This figure is around the one-in-three figure that is universally believed to be the chance of picking the winner if always betting on the favourite. Perhaps this is coincidence – further monitoring might be desired by some. If Mozan’s Numerology was really scientific – it would be without room for error – or at least not have enough room for error that could explain away picking losing selections 66% of the time. So, to conclude, the method is interesting, and we dearly would love for it to work 100% of the time (obviously), but as a tipping service you’re really placing your faith in a strange and mystical methodology, when perhaps stats-based form is what you really should be looking at, so we cannot advise you to sign up to Steve Davidson’s email tipping service. What would be better than a tipping service would be a piece of software that makes all the calculations for you AND is back-testable to see how the method fared over a great many historical races. Now THAT really would interest me.

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Each-way-tastic!

Well, what a fine three days it’s been for my ‘each way probability’ selections – which I share with What Really Wins Money subscribers at their section of the www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk website. Tuesday’s 11.5 odds winner was followed up by Wednesday’s 16.5 and 4.32 winners – as well as some good placed horses (remember we are betting each way, so you do get a return when horses finish in the top three) – and Thursday’s 11.5 winner (just over 10/1 in old money). On 5 February saw a third-placed horse at odds of 11.88, paying out 2.81 for the place (basically meaning you get your whole stake back and a little profit too, and your horse didn’t even win). Other highlights included a horse at 16.06, which came third, returning nice odds of 4.01 for just placing (3/1 in old money). Two other horses placed at odds of 2.2 and 1.66, and we had a cracking winner at 15.5 in the shape of Club House in the 305 Lingfield. On 5 of February, out of 5 selections, we had a third place and a winner: Abi Scarlet at odds of 11.5 to win and 2.53 to place. And only yesterday, I bagged another 11.5 winner in a horse called Munaawib. So What Really Wins Money subscribers, check out the each way selections at www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk. They’re free, they’re done daily, and they’re there for you! It seems, then, that this each way probability idea of mine has legs… This is not the first time it’s produced a big priced winner. To remind you of this idea: 1) Look for 8/9 runner races. Ideally these races will have a short-priced favourite and at least three obviously priced outsiders (see the example below). 500 Kempton BETTING FORECAST: 7/4 Daneglow, 4/1 Balatina, 11/2 Fantasy Invader, 6/1 Vhujon, 7/1 Ishetoo, 12/1 Brandywell Boy, 20/1Kaylee, 25/1 Jemimaville, 25/1 Lady Rain. 2) Using the Racing Post betting forecast, select two horses. The first, your ‘usual’ selection, will be a horse who looks like he will place in the first three at least (normally second to fourth in the betting). Your second, your ‘speculative’ selection, will not be an outsider but will be a bigger-priced horse. We hope in this case that the unpredictability of horse racing plays into our hands. Back these two selections each way. By backing two horses, we increase our chances of at least one of the horses finishing in the first three in the betting, thus reducing losses should the horse place and not win. This is but one idea of many I am juggling with presently. I have, for instance, also been following with interest the performance of penalised horses on the All Weather. Here’s an example of a penalised horse: A penalised horse is any horse with a ‘6x’ or a ‘12x’ after its name, in handicap races. Laying these horses has produced a very impressive profit. One swallow doesn’t make a spring, and I acknowledge I have only a few months’ worth of data to hand (I would prefer at least a year’s worth of data). I share with you though, as invariably these penalised runners are short-priced because they were ‘last time out winners’, and to simple level stakes, they’ve produced this sort of a profit graph… This is the profit graph, laying to £10 stakes, since November 2013: Are penalised horses really stopped in their tracks by that additional 6 or 12 pounds they are ‘penalised’ for winning last time? It looks like it. I need to check the odds of all selections, and monitor for a while longer. It looks positive, don’t you think, as a possible lay strategy? As with the bulk of my ‘Home-Grown’ ideas, no form reading is required: just an ability to look for a ‘6x’ or a ‘12x’ after a horse’s name. If you’ve got any ideas you want checking out, then get in touch with me. This idea, incidentally, came from an article written in What Really Wins Money by our Statman, Sean Trivass. His articles are well worth a read. Indeed, this February’s What Really Wins Money will be a Guinness-stained Cheltenham special. We have the Patriarch opening his betting vaults on tried and tested Cheltenham profit makers. The Statman will be looking at Cheltenham from a statistical perspective. Andrew David will be providing his Cheltenham selections nice and early to enable you to get the bigger prices (and Andrew has a very respectable Cheltenham record). And I’ll be taking you through some key trends and stats I find, not only in the newsletter, but here in the eletter as well. Once more unto the breach… I had to, rather reluctantly, attend a wedding last weekend, which meant I missed out on a nice long DRT live chat session, where we eagerly sniff out some big-odds back bets and short-odds lay bets. (I regaled you with my 1.06 lay of Bayern Munich last week: a £6 liability which made me £95!) The live chat will be back this Saturday, and I might even wedge in a session tonight if the matches are of sufficient qualify. Do take a look at the DRT review posts which appear from time to time at www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk. They give you a good idea of the accuracy of the research I do and the success of any trades placed on in-play football matches in reaction to that research. I’m off now to watch the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. I hear the Village People and Bronski Beat are headlining: two of Putin’s favourite bands. Have a great weekend.

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Today’s Winning Selections Review

Firstly, let me state uncategorically that Today’s Winning Selections – a horse race betting system from Jonathan Wood – is basically a recycled All Weather racing system. The major clue for this (besides the system’s apparent familiarity) is that the PDF manual that details the Today’s Winning Selections method mentions Great Leighs as a suitable race track at which to use this system. And perhaps it would have been – for a nine-month period at least. Great Leighs opened in April 2008 and went into administration in January 2009. It has remained close ever since. This immediately leads me to suppose that Jonathan Wood has recycled and re-written a system in order to make a quick buck off it. The price reflects this: just £8.95 – cheap enough to make a lot of sales, and low-price enough for a vast majority of people to decide NOT to bother trying to claim the 60-day unconditional money-back guarantee (via Clickbank). There’s a scarcity tactic at use too, urging that only 30 copies would be available (despite the fact we all received many emails advertising this product). Only having 30 copies available means that Jonathan would have gone to the trouble of creating and marketing a sales page for the grand total potential earnings of around £270 if he sells all 30 copies. Then Jonathan – out of the kindness of his heart – offers £100 out of his own pocket to anyone who doesn’t make money from the system in the first two months. If we take all this at face value, then he’s seriously going to risk being out of pocket! Then there’s the prerequisite screengrabs that he uses – not just of his bank account with tens of thousands of pounds in, but this: The words that precede this picture are as follows: ‘I earn a lot more than a full time income. Put it this way, I was pulling in a six figure salary every year in my job.’ So, this is proof of him earning six figures?! Can you see the obvious doctoring of the pay-slip? It’s expertly done and very subtle… I know what you’re thinking: it’s akin to the special effects of films such as Gravity. I’ll give you a clue: it’s none of the numbers that have been (expertly) blurred out – none of the blurry numbers that you can still read beneath the blur. Oh, and there’s a red ring around it. I know you reaaaaaaaaally need to look carefully, but that ‘5’ looks to me as if it’s been added to make ‘622’ into ‘5622’. See what I mean? No? Must just be my eyes then ;) So who is Jonathan Wood? He says: ‘I have been developing software and systems in betting for 6 years now.... successfully I might add […] I genuinely have been developing systems and softwares in betting that have generated a full time income. In fact, when I say a full time income... I am being modest.’ Anyway, using Today’s Winning Selections, this ‘veteran punter’ supposedly went from having ‘£12.56 in his betting account to £2,843.01 in just 5 days using this ultimate new system’… and there’s a reported strike-rate of a whopping 93.5%. The PDF details a system for handicap racing at All Weather tracks. The manual is clear but the system is nothing revolutionary and there is much in there that is out of date. You check the Sporting Life racecards and try and check bookies’ odds at 9.00 a.m., which is usually too early for any odds to be posted. The advice is for 1-point stakes from an assumed 100-point bank, but the bank size is never defined. It’s a simple and quick form-based, jockey-based selection process. Day one resulted in the loss of 3.7 points, but we received an email celebrating the first day’s winnings. This is clearly a template email programmed to go out to new subscribers after their first day, and makes the bold assumption that everyone’s first day is a wining one. After 6 weeks, we recorded 147 runners with 67 of them providing some sort of monetary return to the bank. This 45.6% strike-rate is less than half of the 93% strike-rate blurted out on the sales page. There was a small profit of 7 points, but it’s a lot of effort for little reward, and we’re not inclined to recommend this product at all. The marketing is verging on insulting and there’s nothing new about the system. Though it might have some merit, it feels rehashed and recycled. Avoid.

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They’re all at it… Cracking Cheltenham that is!

I’ve just put the finishing touches to February’s edition of What Really Wins Money, which is traditionally the Cheltenham edition – and there are loads of angles for readers to investigate in good time for March’s extravaganza. Andrew David (he of the Little Acorns and Legacy and Saver systems) takes us through all of the major races, and with a specific each way focus. And for those of you still unconvinced that each way betting is a real potential money-maker, well I bagged another 18.74-odds winner this week to add to last week’s superb run for my own each way selections (free to readers of What Really Wins Money at www.whatreallywinsmoney.co.uk). Andrew rightly argues that Cheltenham is a great festival for each way betting because of its big field handicap races, the knowledge that each horse will be there on merit and not just making up the numbers, and the icing on the cake: some bookmakers will be paying out for five places in some races (if you read last week’s eletter you’ll know each way terms are typically for three places). The Statman concludes that it’s the Irish we should side with in March’s festival, but you’ll have to get a copy of February’s WRWM to find out which races and at what specific distances the Irish-trained horses excel. The Patriarch puts his years of experience to good use and offers some sagely advice for how to tackle the festival, and the key piece of advice: choose your battles. I go in depth in February’s newsletter into the phenomenon I spoke about last week: that of penalised horses being potentially good laying bets. Lucy Collins continues her Seven Pillars to Betting Success (she’s on Pillar Five this February) with a specific look at what she calls ‘psychology trading’ of the markets at www.betfair.com. She takes us through potentially profitable swing trading and trend trading examples. It’s all very unique and interesting stuff. So there’s plenty to get your teeth into in February’s Guinness-soaked Cheltenham Special (it comes with a free empty can of Guinness for every reader). Fulham are my new favourite football team! What an interesting set of matches mid-week. Myself, and my Delay React Trade (DRT) live chatters embarked upon a profitable DRT session, the highlight being Fulham’s exploits against Liverpool. This really is a great example of DRT in action… Liverpool were 1.4 shots to win this match. But Fulham score first. We lay Fulham… Liverpool make it 1-1 and we trade out for a nice profit. Hang on a sec: Fulham score again. We lay Fulham (again)… Liverpool equalise (again) and we trade out for a nice profit (again). The icing on the cake was the stat that we uncovered: Fulham had only had two draws all season. So what do you do when it’s 2-2 coming up to the 90th minute? You lay the 2-2, of course! My new best mate Steven ‘Stevie G’ Gerrard pops up with a 90th-minute winner to make it 2-3 to Liverpool and another match to remember for DRT trading. Try it out for yourself this weekend (or better yet, come on board the DRT train, where I’ll do all of the footy research for you, and guide you to the best in-play stats during my live chats). I’m off now to place my Cheltenham Bets early on (thanks Andrew, Statman and Patriarch). Slainte! Have a great weekend.

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