“Write about big waves…”

Reporting from new Bet Chat HQ, north London…

“Write about big waves and relate it to betting” were the very helpful words of Bet Chat Bec this afternoon.

You see, she’s currently living it up in Lisbon where she’s been watching some of the biggest waves on the planet. Here’s a video:

Relating it to betting

When following any betting strategy, we’d all love to see a profit progression like this:

But the simple fact is that such a strategy does not exist, with winners and losers often coming in waves, more like this:

And you know what? That’s absolutely fine.

Sometimes everything you touch will turn to gold and sometimes it’ll be quite the opposite – embrace it.

The ONLY thing that matters is that there is a general upward trend in the LONG-TERM.

If there is one of those and you happen to be on a downward wave, while it can obviously be frustrating, it’s really important to stick at it because it’s highly likely a strong upward wave is just around the corner.

Here are some real life runs from one especially profitable strategy I currently follow (it needs a winning strike rate of around 60% to profit):

2 consecutive losers… 14 consecutive winners… 4 losers from 5 selections

2 consecutive losers… 11 consecutive winners… 2 consecutive losers

5 consecutive losers… 12 winners from 13 selections

11 losers from 13 selections… 25 winners from 26 selections

That last run was especially telling – the worst run the strategy had ever had was immediately followed by the best!

Right now, that same strategy is on a poor run with 9 losers from the last 14 selections…

Am I panicking and thinking about not following it anymore?

Hell no.

I’m getting into my wetsuit, grabbing my surfboard and looking forward to the next big profit wave!

Cowabunga dudes.

P.S. That particular strategy is player pass selections from The Inside Man . For the reasons stated above, I’d say that now is the perfect time to join the service – it’s even half price at the moment!

Click here to sign up in time for the next long winning run.

“Forgot to defrost the freezer”

Reporting from new Bet Chat HQ, north London…

These emails have been a little less frequent recently – and will continue to be so this week – as I am currently in the process of moving house.

I have successfully planted myself in the new place, but getting the old place into a state that results in the full return of my deposit is something of a pain in the rear, so you’ll have to excuse the somewhat sporadic sends. Normal service will resume shortly.

Don’t look for problems, look for opportunities

Having said that, I do find myself with some time spare this afternoon and I wanted to use it to tell you about an article I read on what is, generally speaking, a very good betting advisory website. 

It read as follows:

Why I’m not betting yet

Usually I would not bet on football for at least the first 2 months of the season because working out the early games is impossible. I cannot make head nor tale of what is happening in the Premier League right now and if anyone tells me they can I will call them out on it.

I was reading about a company that has creating an algorithm that has predicted who will win the league this year and my first thought was, “dopes!”. They have Liverpool winning the league by 2 points from Man City but was that before Liverpool lost Van Dyke or after?

If you try to predict the result of a game right now you have no chance and so far we’ve seen results that have me scratching my head wondering when its all going to settle down. Nobody is playing consistently well, Leeds winning at Villa last night was a result nobody could have predicted until after the game and loads of people are doing that. The bets put up by the Racing Post were Villa to win and BTTS.

I am no fan of VAR and I read Ron’s comments on social media were he said he’s not enjoying his football now because you cannot enjoy a goal the second it is scored and I have to agree. The ball to hand rule is crazy and you just get the feeling its being done for a reason and that is to stop 0-0 draws.

Fans being missing is also another factor in some of the crazy results we are seeing. Sheff Utd’s manager reckons it’s costing his team points because they relied on home support to help them and it will be the same everywhere. I doubt very much Spurs would have won 6-1 at Old Trafford if the home support had been there.

You explain to me Villa winning 7-2 against Liverpool, or how the goals per game ratio of 3.58 has happened! The record across a season is 2.82 and that is set to be smashed this season. The last time we saw a GPG ratio in excess of 3 came in 1960 when it was 3.73 and all this matters when trying to predict the outcome of a game.

The last 5 Premier League seasons have produced GPG averages of 2.72, 2.82, 2.68, 2.80 and 2.70 so that record will most likely go this time around, because of VAR and ball to hand.

Give me a couple of weeks to see if it settles down but don’t expect miracles from me or the other two lads doing football betting this season because it isn’t normal. Those laying football bets must be laughing at the moment.

Now, the first thing I should say is that if you aren’t comfortable betting on something, then not betting is absolutely a good thing to do…

HOWEVER, what I take huge issue with here is the assumption that because the author thinks it’s too hard to bet at the moment then that’s the end of it. It’s arrogant but, more importantly, it focuses entirely on problems, and not on the opportunities that can actually make this a very good time to bet. 

To help explain this, I’ll break it down piece by piece.

Why I AM betting

Usually I would not bet on football for at least the first 2 months of the season because working out the early games is impossible.

The use of the word impossible is ridiculous and instantly shuts down any possibility of finding an angle. Games early in the season are more unpredictable sure, but that doesn’t mean there’s no way in. 

Why not lay short price favourites if you’re of the opinion anyone can beat anyone?

Personally, I always focus heavily on ante-post at this time of year and if you bought my Premier Bets guide you’ll know that a number of those selections are already looking strong. Getting the value in those markets simply isn’t possible if you wait until we’re a month or two into the season.

I cannot make head nor tale of what is happening in the Premier League right now and if anyone tells me they can I will call them out on it.

If I can’t figure out an angle, nobody can. An unhelpful ego at play there.

If you try to predict the result of a game right now you have no chance.

See above. Also, plenty of the results have been easy to predict or, at least, not entirely uneasy given that lots of the teams are quite closely matched.

For example Liverpool, the champions, are joint top. Fulham and West Brom, two weak looking promoted sides, have 1 and 2 points respectively. The likes of Newcastle and Palace are grinding out draws and narrow wins, often against the odds. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are unable to defend. Man Utd under Solskjaer are bang average…

What’s so unpredictable about all that?

Nobody is playing consistently well, Leeds winning at Villa last night was a result nobody could have predicted until after the game

Adam Cheng, who runs The Inside Man (currently half price via this link) did actually, albeit with a bit of insurance using an Asian handicap:

Here’s the bet I placed on it:

And that’s an absolutely classic example of “if I can’t do it, nobody can’ from the writer… why exactly was it impossible to predict?

Aston Villa almost got relegated last season and Leeds had started the new season well. Seemed like a pretty even match to me and, at the odds, Leeds looked a great bet.

Always remember: it’s not about predicting the result so much as it’s about working out if the odds are VALUE.

I am no fan of VAR.

I actually completely agree with that whole paragraph in terms of hating VAR but, from a betting point of view, this is the second season of it. You should have already adapted your betting to take it into account.

You explain to me Villa winning 7-2 against Liverpool,

Explain soon to be relegated Watford winning 3-0 against soon to be runaway champions Liverpool last season. Freak results have, can, and always will happen. The important thing to remember is that they are exactly that – freak results – and one loss is only one loss, be it from a betting or a sporting perspective. 

Liverpool have lost 7-2 to Villa but they are joint top of the table. Don’t assign ridiculous values to one off outcomes (this also nicely takes us back to Villa going on to lose to Leeds).

or how the goals per game ratio of 3.58 has happened! The record across a season is 2.82 and that is set to be smashed this season.

At the point of this article we were 5 game rounds into the season. These runs happen and indeed, in the 7 games over the subsequent weekend, there was an average of 1.86 goals per game.

Rather than throw your hands up in the air and give up, a better approach would be to think ‘a correction is clearly coming and, on top of that, people are likely now over-betting lots of goals, so there should be some real value on offer betting on ‘under 2.5 goals’, ‘both teams to score: no’ etc.

Those laying football bets must be laughing at the moment.

The cherry on the cake… the article is concluded with a sentence that actually makes a mockery of his entire argument…

If those laying football bets are laughing at the moment then making money from football betting clearly isn’t impossible. You just need to be placing different bets, e.g. lay bets on short price favourites!!

I’d like to finish by stressing again that absolutely none of this is anything personal – it’s from a good website – but it just irritates me no end when people correctly identify an unusual occurrence but then use it to give up, rather than turn it into an opportunity.

Some of the best betting opportunities of all time are those found when the state of play is not normal and that’s because everybody has to adapt their way of thinking including, crucially, those who are setting the odds.

Sure, it’s no bad thing to stop betting if you aren’t comfortable, but stopping betting in situations like this guarantees that you also miss out on getting one step ahead and making some serious profits.

One last thing

Just before I go, I wanted to remind you that our half-price sale ends this Saturday.

There’s loads of good stuff available, all at ridiculously low prices. They include two football services…

The Inside Man (mentioned above) and Football Index Intelligence, which is a great example of what I’ve been saying, given we launched it while football was suspended due to coronavirus and yet all members are now sitting on a healthy profit!

“It’s time to open your present…”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, south-west London…

It’s my birthday today and, while I may not be overly enamoured by the ageing process, what that does mean is I have an excuse to launch the most special of special offers…

So, here it is…

From right now… until Saturday October 31st…

Every single Bet Chat product and service is half price to new members!!

The Fan Favourite

Andrew says: “This is my favourite service ever”.

Mike says: “I like that it doesn’t rely on the whims of bookies and accounts don’t get restricted.”

David says: “Absolutely a brilliant community to be involved in, great banter and comradery. Very knowledgeable and have my full trust in Adam and Josh.”

Pete says: “Adam’s knowledge of who he’s picking… some of these players I’ve never ever heard of. Next thing you know, they’re winning match day rankings. And you think wow, where did that come from?”

These are all current members of this service and, for the next 10 days, you can try it half price.

The Critics’ Choice

Adam Cheng is our professional fixed odds football bettor, and it’s fair to say he has the independent betting reviewers smitten.

To give his service a try for half the usual price, click here now.

The No Brainer

Tips from this service were given away for free in September and they delivered a profit of £105.95 to £25 stakes…

Right now, with the special birthday discount, you can get them for the rest of the season for a one off fee that works out at £1 a week!

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth – click this link and order now.

The Big One

With a whopping 15 profitable strategies, and winning bets already landed at 50/1 and 100/1 since launch, it’s no surprise this has proved popular.

But right now, good has become great, as my birthday promotion means that you can secure your copy at a HUGE £123.50 discount!

It only applies until the 31st however, so buy it now or lose it forever.

I know times are tough right now…

And that’s exactly why I wanted to do something a little special for you.

You may think that a betting service isn’t something you want to be spending money on during a pandemic, but each and every one of the above have delivered a significant profit since we launched the Bet Chat in February and, with the half price discount, you can now take advantage of that yourself at the lowest possible price.

Oh, and I should also mention that all previous money back guarantees remain in place, so you get the cheaper initial price PLUS added risk-free options.

This isn’t an offer I plan to run again, so do take advantage if you can.

“Do we want to promote tights and stockings?”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, south-west London…

I like to think that we’re pretty selective when it comes to choosing what we promote. After all, if we direct you towards something rubbish or not relevant to your interests, it reflects badly on us.

That said, you have to admire the optimism of the person who offered us the following this morning:

Tights Tights Tights, Program ID 306107, is launching today on the Tradedoubler Platform:

Founded nearly 20 years ago as a small shop in the Metrocentre they saw the need to establish an online presence in 2010. They are constantly expanding their extensive range of tights, stockings, hold ups and socks – as well as associated accessories. 

Having said that, if you do want to purchase some stockings give me a shout. Apparently there’s an 8% commission up for grabs.

Something Bet Chat readers actually do love

“I’ve tried all the usual systems, tipsters, matched betting, casino offers, etc. (some good, but mainly bad might I add). And now XXX can be added to my portfolio list of profitable services. This is my favourite service ever.”

“I like that it doesn’t rely on the whims of bookies and accounts don’t get restricted.”

“It is also very much a bet and forget type of service with very little maintenance required and would fit into most people’s hectic lifestyles.”

“Absolutely a brilliant community to be involved in, great banter and comradery. Very knowledgeable and have my full trust in XXX.”

The above is just a small selection of comments that we received when we interviewed current members about a betting service they are a part of. 

The members spoke at length about it and their experiences so far, and one of them even allowed the interview to be recorded and made available to Bet Chat readers.

To get the full story, just click this link.

“That was full on”

Reporting from the pub, south-west London…

One of my favourite things in life is going to the cinema, Monday-Friday, in the middle of the day when there’s hardly anybody else in there.

You get to fully immerse yourself in the film, escape from real life and, if you’re in a good cinema, indulge in a nice glass of red to make you feel sophisticated.

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last few hours and I would strongly recommend the film in question – Saint Maud.

As I said to a friend:

Just watched Saint Maud at the cinema, hell of a film. Scary but in a deep rooted, gets inside you, way rather than a jumpy way.

About a former nurse/current private care worker who’s extremely lonely and has become obsessed with god. And throughout you have no idea what’s real and what’s in her head.

Very creepy and the ending is oooooofft. Couldn’t stand up until about halfway through the credits. It’s also set in a crappy seaside town which reminded me of Weston.

(I’m from Weston-Super-Mare. No offence to fellow residents of crappy seaside towns).

My second recommendation

My second recommendation of the day is simply to download the free racing guide I sent out earlier…

If you missed it, then here’s the link.

It’s free, it’s from a respected source, it’s proven to be profitable, and it’s free!

Enjoy that, go to the cinema to see Saint Maud if you can, and I’ll be back with more news of Good Things tomorrow.

“I’m reading this book at the moment…”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, south-west London…

Over the last couple of weeks, on the recommendation of Bet Chat Bec, I’ve been reading a book called Black Box Thinking

Generally, it’s not the sort of thing I’d go in for. Whenever I see a book related to business or ‘self-help’ my mind tends to generate the following words and phrases:

Boring, unnecessary jargon, bad metaphors, pseudo-science, unpleasant or irritating egos.

However, this one grabbed me from the start and hasn’t let go…

And before I continue, I should point out that I’m not on commission to sell the book!

Commonsensical

The reason it’s so good is three-fold:

  1. The examples used to make the points are genuinely interesting (they include real life case studies such as plane crashes and medical errors leading to death).
  2. The points made make logical sense (something that’s not in great supply these days).
  3. They’re easily actioned and apply to pretty much all areas of life.

The power of failure 

One of the key ideas throughout the book is that – despite societies’ attitude towards it – failure is a good thing.

You see, it’s not that anybody wants to fail, but rather that failing is necessary in order to evolve and get better.

This extract from the book is a good example:

Rick had the idea of creating a web service that would allow people to post simple text articles online. He had this idea well before the blogging revolution. He could sense the potential and worked on it 15 hours a day.

Soon he had a working prototype. But instead of giving consumers the chance to use it, perceive its weaknesses, and then make changes, he decided the software would run more efficiently if he could design a more sophisticated programming language. He spent the next four years designing this new language. It proved disastrous.

Two psychologists, Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz, have written:

“Over the next four years, he got more and more mired in technical details and lost sight of his original idea. Meanwhile, other entrepreneurs began to build blogging platforms that were neither perfect nor technologically advanced.

“The difference was that they quickly put their flawed efforts out into the world for others to try. In doing so, they received crucial feedback, evolved their software, and made millions of dollars.”

Test, test and test again!

When it comes to devising your own betting strategies, nothing you can do will be more beneficial than testing out as many different options as possible…

After all, what do you think has more chance of success?

Spending weeks or even months coming up with an idea, weighing up the pros and cons, researching various potential parameters, writing down what you think is the optimal method and THEN testing it out or…

Coming up with a basic premise, testing it, seeing the results, then tweaking an element and testing again, then tweaking another element and testing again and so on and so forth.

In the first example, you will have spent weeks or months and there’s every chance the strategy will turn out to be unprofitable when it’s tested. In certain circumstances, you may even find that you’ve waited so long that the initial edge which caught your eye no longer exists as the bookies have cottoned on while you messed around!

In the second example, you’ll more than likely test multiple unprofitable strategies, but with each failure you’ll learn something new and get closer to something that works.

What are you scared of?

Much the same thing applies to trying out tipsters if you don’t have the time or inclination to come up with a winning betting strategy yourself.

Most people who won’t try a service (assuming there’s a money back guarantee and it’s from a trustworthy company) justify it to themselves in one of the following ways:

“It sounds too good to be true.”

“It won’t work anyway, so what’s the point?”

“I’ve signed up to a betting service before and it didn’t work”

But let me ask you this…

If the service comes with a money back guarantee, and you can paper trade the selections (I.E. not bet on them using real money), what are you afraid of?

The worst case scenario is you lose a few minutes spent monitoring the selections. The best is you find a seriously profitable additional income stream.

It pretty much comes down to this…

The reason why most people don’t try things out, evolve their thinking and, ultimately, become successful, is because they’re scared of failing.

That’s entirely the wrong way to think of it: all that any failure actually does is teach you something and bring you that little bit closer to success.