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“I’m losing my mind”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, north London…

What with our ’12 Days of Christmas’ promotion and a subsequent January hangover, it’s been some time since I’ve written to you like this, but fear not (or perhaps just fear) as, starting today, you will once again be receiving my thoughts direct to your inbox on a regular basis.

As it’s been a while, I thought that today I’d provide you with a condensed summary of said thoughts over the last month or so.

It’s very easy to lose your mind during lockdown

If you’re anything like me, you can very quickly get stuck in a rut when you don’t have people around you and lots going on to keep you busy.

With Bet Chat Bec in Australia for the last month for visa reasons (thus 10 hours in front) and the most exciting outing on the agenda being a trip to the supermarket, it’s fair to say that my motivation of late has been sub optimal…

After all, even when it comes to things like earning more money, it’s hard to see the point when there’s absolutely nothing beyond necessities to spend that money on!

My first takeaway from today then is a two-parter:

  1. Try your best to come up with a challenge or two during this period of lockdown and work towards achieving it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s as significant as changing careers or as relatively trivial as mastering the art of curry making. Brains need stimulation or else they turn to mush.
  2. At the same time, don’t put too much undue pressure on yourself at the moment. We’re all feeling a bit cr@p and, more so now than ever, it’s okay to not be okay.

Talking of brains turning to mush…

I’ve somehow become a regular viewer of the Australian version of Married at First Sight, a social experiment/reality TV show where singletons get married to complete strangers (chosen by ‘experts’) and then try in vain to make the relationship work.

My general rule of thumb when it comes to this sort of thing is that they can be quite interesting if the participants are fairly ‘normal’ but that they should be given a wide berth when the men all have larger biceps than brains and the women more plastic than personality.

To this show’s credit, it’s more in the interesting camp than the inane and there are worse ways to while away the never ending January evenings. You’ll find it here on All 4 if you’re so inclined.


3. A good understanding of human psychology is a potent betting weapon. Use that as your excuse when your partner walks in on you shouting at the TV as Matthew yet again fails to read the mood.

Aussie Aussie Aussie

To continue today’s antipodean theme, eyebrows have been raised at Novak Djokovic’s demand that tennis players should be able to spend shortened quarantine periods in private houses ahead of the Australian Open…

Actual Australian, Bet Chat Bec, is inclined to disagree after spending Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve AND New Year’s Day alone and locked in a hotel room to comply with the country’s strict-but-undoubtedly-more-effective-than-the-UK’s covid protocols. 


4. Don’t be an arse.

Ciao for now

I hope you enjoyed that little holus-bolus brain dump and took a few things from it. 

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more time filling lockdown tips for you.

“We should have made an advent calendar”

Reporting from McBet Chat HQ, west coast of Scotland…

There’s been an awful lot of talk lately about Christmas being cancelled. Well, here at Bet Chat we say “balls to that!”

While we’re all facing restrictions that ensure it’ll be anything but normal, that absolutely doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice time…

In fact, the undoubted crapness of this year is even more reason to take some time to enjoy yourself over the next few days.

Our small contribution

While we can’t help you see your family, or go to the pub, what we can do this festive period is email you a bunch of goodies!

Now, we’re obviously too late for an advent calendar, so instead we’ve decided to supply you with our own version of ‘the 12 days of Christmas’…

Starting Christmas Day, we’ll send a daily treat to your inbox including free tips, free guides, competitions, exclusive ‘once a year only’ offers, plus a wild card or two.

It’s our own little way of saying thank you for reading our emails this year – your interest and support is very much appreciated.

Keep an eye out for that and have a wonderful holiday season.

Christmas Bet Chat (this was 2019 – don’t call the police!)

“This game has triggered me”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, north London…

For me back in the day it was Football Manager. For Bet Chat Bec it’s a game called Animal Crossing on her new Nintendo Switch. We all have ideas, challenges, passions etc that we become semi-obsessed by.

Today I’m in your inbox to say this… embrace it!

Now, the dream is obviously to do a job that you love – to do something that you are semi-obsessed by – but sadly, that isn’t always possible.

However, what you can do is harness your love of sport and/or betting and/or investing…

Because here’s a stone cold fact for you: the more work you put into sports betting (or indeed any other investment), the more profit you will make.

Figure out the work that doesn’t feel like work

The great thing about sports betting is that there are plenty of different angles into long-term profitability, so the first thing to do is to figure out what you especially enjoy and what you are mentally well suited to.

Do you enjoy figuring the puzzle out for yourself or would you rather find a portfolio of good tipsters?

Do you prefer fewer winners at big odds or more winners at small odds?

Do you like ‘systems’ with set rules or do you prefer form study?

By figuring out what really floats your boat and purely focusing on strategies that align themselves to that, you’ll find that your enjoyment of betting will increase as – almost certainly – will your profits.

Better than Football Manager and Animal Crossing combined

That’s where I’ll leave it for today as we’re off out for a pre-Tier 3 meal this evening and the in-house pre drinks are calling.

Bar and food critic… Now that’s a line of work I could get FULLY-obsessed by!

“Name five footballers for a million pounds”

Reporting from a hipster coffee shop, central London…

“Harry Kane…

“Cristiano Ronaldo…

“Lionel Messi…

“ummmmmmm Jonathan Kimmich?

“And that guy I thought was a rugby player” (she means Wayne Rooney)

A sterling effort by Bet Chat Bec there but not enough for today’s jackpot. Better luck next time.

November’s fantasy football winners

I realise I’m a little late with this, but I can now confirm November’s Bet Chat Fantasy Football League winners, so here goes…

In 1st place for the month is Jack Palmer’s Rum Ham United…

In joint 2nd (you can both have a prize) are Marco Allen’s Kloppy’s Blinders and Jon Wilson’s CHANGE NAME.

Jack, Marco, Jon, congratulations! Drop me a line at and I’ll sort out your prizes.

“I just don’t feel like working today”

Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, north London…

It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s a Monday…

Sometimes you just don’t feel like doing anything productive, and today I’m here to tell you… that’s okay.

You may be slightly taken aback by that. After all, it seems to be all the rage for high flying businessman, media types and ‘influencers’ to broadcast their ‘secrets of success’ which inevitably include ‘a day in the life’ piece…

You know, the ones where the individual has run a half marathon, showered and meditated for two hours, all in time for their 7am breakfast business meeting?

Well, to that I say one word… Bullsh*t.

Because you see, even if they actually do those things more than once a year (and I imagine most don’t) it’s all, well, bullsh*t.

Unless you’re a professional runner, you don’t ever need to run a half marathon. Realistically, you don’t ever need to run more than a few hundred metres to the bus/train/toilet. And you certainly don’t need to practise for that eventuality before 7am.

Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy running that’s great, and exercise is certainly important, but exercise before 7am is wholly unnecessary and not something to aspire towards.

Like running, lengthy meditation is also pretty good for you, but you know what’s even better for you… a proper amount of sleep.

And as for 7am business meetings (breakfast included or otherwise) well, here’s the thing… 

EVERYONE you invite to that meeting will HATE you for it. So, not only does it reduce the chances of you getting a proper amount of sleep, it also reduces the amount that your peers like and respect you.

Sometimes, it’s okay to do naff all

If this season’s Premier League football has taught us anything so far, it’s that trying to do too much leads to burnout (injury numbers have been significantly higher than in past seasons when the fixture schedule was much lighter).

As much as some people like to make out that they’re constantly productive and never tired, that’s just not possible, and the more excessive your regime, the more likely you are to break.

So you know what, next time you need a rest, as soon as is possible, have a rest, be it a 30 minute nap or a whole week off work… 

Your body and mind will thank you for it, and I can guarantee that you’ll be a hell of a lot more productive afterwards.