Clive’s Betting Diary: The Adjustment Bureau

This series is all about the ups and downs of a tipster portfolio approach to sports betting. It’s not here to directly promote any of the services and it’s certainly not here to criticise them either (after all, I’d be quite the fool to stake my own money on a service I don’t have faith in!)

Ultimately, the sole goal is to show that, despite the natural peaks and troughs, it is possible to make a good side income from sports betting if you follow the right services. All it takes is a little bit of organisation, and plenty of patience!

Please Note: I’ve written an introduction to this betting diary feature which you will need to read first to make sense of the below. You can find it on the Bet Chat website by clicking this link.


I’m still trying to adjust to my new tipsters… Racing Tipster 1 used to be in my inbox for my arrival in work at 7:00am. Northern Monkey consistently 8:30–9:00am and Racecracker done by 9:00am. Then Racing Tipster 2 at 10:00am and I was effectively done, only Wadster being irregular. This fitted in with my work as most interaction with others is after 9:00.

Now, Northern Monkey is on holiday and posting 10:00pm when I’m in bed! UCL can be anytime, Flat Flyers at 10:00am and Value Tips at 10:30–11am. Wadster has changed to 9:00am but he is having trouble sticking to this. I seem to be running around like the proverbial fly until 11:00am which is very unfair on my boss.

This is quite important because FF and VT especially are subject to fairly rapid price movement, and I won’t take a reduced price as I assume this is effectively part of the tip unless stated otherwise.

Fridays and festivals are even worse. Love comes at irregular times from noon onwards and Inside Man may or may not come with the weekend’s football. Perversely, Saturday has become the second calmest day of the week. FF and VT don’t give tips on Sundays.

The inevitable consequence is that I’m missing tips either through my own unavailability or through price changes but I’m fairly comfortable with that as I work out my own adjustments to the new circumstances. Most of my interactive work is under my control. I’ve just got to think about it more.


What I’m not comfortable with is the need for at least one of my tipsters (they take it in turns!) to screw up the entire week on their own. This week it was the turn of Racecracker. In a week of £211 total losses, Racecracker took care of £170.50 of it, posting its worst day of the year to date on Thursday. Of course, I know it’s my fault when it’s Racecracker but I really do share your pain when it’s on a downturn.

Some mixed results from my newbies – UCL +£26, FF -£68, VB +£29 – and from my oldies – Northern Monkey -£90, Love +£81. All in all, just a Racecracker driven loss.


Inside Man is also taking the Mickey. Six weekend selections led to two five timer multis as there were two bets on the same game which couldn’t be combined. The remaining four won leaving Blackpool to beat relegated Derby and by more than one goal for me to hit my first multi since god knows when but, of course, they managed to lose (having missed a penalty with the score at 0-0 to boot).

It seemed rather typical of this year so far. I’m now expecting a Son hat trick on the last day of the season to snatch a winning bet on Salah to be top goalscorer that has looked certain for months.


Now abandoned due to the impracticalities of following.


A profit of +£65 from two places across the pond. This seems to be a trend of better results from America than Europe.


It’s disappointing to still be losing. Now total losses are almost £3000 for the year and may be difficult to recover in 2021 but there is still strong confidence in my ability to turn this around if I can stop being the unluckiest man in Wales. One decent multi would put me back on the path to recovery/sanity.

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