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HELLO, good evening and welcome to my latest blog. I hope it reaches you well. You'll all be delighted to hear that the first published 'system' bet finished Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 2 Anji Makhachkala and won us all a bit of cash, to the tune of a scrumptious 15 per cent profit.

Stay tuned for more system bet recommendations over the next few days, from both new systems outlined in my previous blog this morning.

Good luck and happy punting!

Remember: knowledge and inside information is power
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HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I hope it reaches you well. I’ve been banging on about paper trading a system over the last few weeks and the other night I disclosed that I’ll be sharing two systems with you very soon.

Well, my loyal followers, here they are. One of which I’ve never seen before while the other is more of a bit of fun than anything else. What I can guarantee is that I’ll keep a live record of both for you all to enjoy.

The first system is based on football – the overs/unders and correct score markets to be precise. As with every system, it isn’t failsafe nor is it applicable to every single game. First and foremost, the match has to have both an unders/overs market and a correct score market. My recommendation is that you pick a game that you believe will be a low-scoring one between two reasonably-matched sides. Base this purely on your own judgement, rather than checking the odds first. What you need to do is as follows – back under 3.5 goals in the overs/unders market, which must be around 1.3 or better, then back ‘any unquoted’ in the correct score market, placing approximately a sixth of your overs/unders stake on it, depending on how much of a ‘safety net’ you want to create. The odds for unquoted should be at least 9.0.

What this all means is that you’re covering the following scores 0-0, 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-0, 0-1, 0-2, 1-2, 0-3 as well as anything involving 4 goals or more for either team. The only scores you won’t have covered are 2-2, 3-1, 1-3, 3-2 and 2-3. The ‘any unquoted’ gives you an escape route if somehow one of the sides find their shooting boots or if perhaps one of the teams has a man or two sent off and is weakened as a result. While the dutching side of this type of system can be tweaked slightly to favour either the ‘unders’ or ‘any unquoted’ outcome, the fact of the matter is that it’s a consistent winner, paying out anything from four per cent to sixty per cent.

The secret to the success of this system is in picking the right game. I wouldn’t recommend using it for every match – only on fixtures where you believe cageyness, a lack of attacking flair and power-puff finishing will set the tone.

The first qualifier that I’m sharing is today’s Russian Premier Division fixture between Lokomotiv and Anzhi Makhachkala. Neither of these dour outfits could score at Playboy Mansions and I’ll be sticking 88.98 per cent of the stake on under 3.5 @ 1.3, with the other 11.02 per cent on ‘unquoted’ @ 10.5 for a sweat-free 15.68 per cent return.

The other system is simply for a bit of fun – I’m going to have a little walk around some of the bookies near me and lay one of their ‘best bets’ as featured in their shop window. I’ll be doing this simply to prove that bookies’ offers are never quite what they seem. In other words, they’re a money maker for the men in sheepskin so I might as well turn that on its head and win some cash for us normal people.

As and when I put on a system bet, be it the ‘Under/over/unquoted combo’ system or the ‘Lay the bookie window’ system, I shall post it here for you all to enjoy.   

Good luck & happy punting! 
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HELLO, good evening and welcome to my latest blog. Having trialled a system for quite some time now it's almost ready to be shared. In fact, for a bit more excitement I shall post all my 'system' bets on here from now on and keep a running bank total. As an added bonus for everyone I will attempt to run two systems concurrently. They're both pretty straightforward and simple to follow but each involves an element of risk. For tonight, however, it's some more general common sense advice about how to make plenty of money through punting with the latest instalment of my A-Z OF BETTER PUNTING.

J is for Joy – the joy of Betfair to be precise     
No blog on betting could ever be complete without at least an honourable mention to Betfair. Betfair, as most of you should know by now, is a betting exchange which means that all single bets are placed against other punters, rather than a bookie. If you want to place a multiple bet on Betfair, however, you’re betting against Betfair itself. In a nutshell, not only can you bet against other punters on Betfair, but you can become the bookie yourself, and without necessarily racking up huge liabilities. For example, in a horse race you could simply choose to lay one horse as you have sufficient knowledge about that horse’s ability, form, weight, handicap, jockey etc as opposed to the other horses. In a football match you could, for example, lay the away team which means you’re effectively backing both the home team and the draw. In many cases, you can actually back and lay in-running, guaranteeing a return on your investment regardless of the outcome. You will find more on this elsewhere in the blog.

Betfair, in the main, is great, offering absolutely thousands of backing and laying opportunities seven days a week. Always bear in mind, however, that Betfair takes five per cent of your winnings, so before you place a bet or attempt to lay an event, make sure that the odds compare favourably to other websites. You’ll find that in the main they will, but it’s always worth checking. There’s no sense in diddling yourself out of money just because you couldn’t be bothered visiting a site such as www.oddschecker.com, which gives you a handy run-down of the current odds offered by the main bookmakers.

Good luck & happy punting. Both new systems to follow very soon.
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HELLO, good afternoon and welcome to my latest blog. I just thought I'd take this opportunity to commiserate with West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham and remind you all of one of my earlier, Nostradamus-like pieces of punting advice.

This is from my 'Success buys more champagne 18 Feb 11 09:44' post...

BACK Blackpool to be relegated from the Premier League 2010/11
While I never take any pleasure in people’s misfortune, watching Blackpool FC is like rubber-necking at a motorway pile-up. With a squad thinner than my bespoke cigarette papers, they’re a car crash that’s already happened and are nailed-on relegation certainties, despite not being in the bottom three as I write this. You’ll have to wait until May for your cash, but those strawberries will taste so much nicer with a decent glass of champers.
 

Hope you all got involved.

Good luck and happy punting!
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HELLO, good evening and welcome to the latest instalment of the cut-out-and-keep A-Z of Better Punting. I hope it reaches you well, I very much hope you heed some of the advice below and I sincerely hope your betting bank grows as a result.

I is for Income
This blog is written on the presumption that any money you might lose, and you will lose at some stage (look at the number of successful high street bookies), you can afford to lose it. If you can’t afford to lose it, don’t have a bet. Maybe do a bit of overtime first. There isn’t a professional punter in the world that hasn’t lost a bit of cash from time to time, in the same way as Pele missed the odd goal scoring chance, Tiger Woods blew a few six foot putts and Red Rum didn’t win every single race he ever ran.

The salary you earn from your chosen career is hard-earned, I would imagine, and well deserved, as a result of putting in a lot of time and effort. The chances are that you’ve progressed in your career through actually being fairly good at what you do, using the skills and knowledge accrued during your time with your employer to their best advantage. Why then should you possibly expect to make a load of money by betting on a whim on stuff you know little about?

Question: What do rich people moan about?
Answer: The amount of tax they have to pay on their earnings.

Fact: All money made from betting is tax free.

I is also for Inspiration
All sports betting is inspirational, or at least should be. Your wins or losses are ultimately dictated by the inspiration, or lack of it, coming from the person, dog or team you’ve backed. So don’t get too down in the dumps if someone on the opposition weaves through your team’s defence before slamming in the winner. There are some things you just can’t account for. Having said that, if you’d identified that player as a potential match winner and backed him to score the last goal then congratulations – you were the inspired one. Or was it just you did your research better than normal?

I is also for inside information
Inside information can come in very handy and give you that vital competitive edge. Just make sure that your source or sources are people you can trust. Everyone reckons they have a ‘man in the know’, but quite often these men in the know either know nothing or are simply a figment of someone’s imagination. Only use inside information if you know the informant personally and can trust his judgement, otherwise you’re just gambling on someone else’s knowledge – which can prove devastating for your betting bank.

Good luck and happy punting!
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HELLO, good afternoon and welcome to my blog. I hope it reaches you well. The traffic’s already building up in and around north London as darts fans from all over the world descend upon Wembley Arena for tonight’s Premier League Darts 2011 play-offs.

The semis are a best of 15 affair, which is only slightly different to the league format inasmuch as there is no scope for a draw, but the players must look to get eight legs on the board to win. It won’t surprise any of you to hear that I’ll be piling into Taylor to take the championship, but as that isn’t the value shout I’m also looking at other, better value, money-making opportunities.

I’ll be casting an eye over Gary Anderson this evening as I believe he’ll hold the key to the way the Play-Offs pan out. Get on him to score more than 4.5 180s and because I have faith in his maximum potential, pile into the NAP SELECTION of over 7.5 180s (1.83 or better) total for the whole match as you can be sure Barney will notch at least a hat-trick of maximums to complement Anderson's five or more. 

It’s about time Anderson showed up on the big stage and while I can’t see past another trophy for The Power, I believe the Scot has enough in his top drawer to give Taylor the match of his life in the final – if he gets there! As we all know, it’s trebles for show, doubles for dough and let’s face it, there can’t be many worse things in the world than having Barney breathe down your neck. To this end, over 12.5 legs in this match looks like free money to me, although the stingy odds of around 1.4 at the time of writing totally reflect this assertion.

For a semblance of value, look at Dutching a couple of Taylor’s scores in the semi then roll it over onto the final. I’d recommend nothing above 8-5 for the semi and nothing above 10-6 for the final (it’s best of nineteen in the deciding match), regardless of who he faces, although I’d be looking at 10-2, 10-3, 10-4 The Power if he faces Barney, but 10-5, 10-6, 10-7 if he comes up against Anderson.

Good luck & happy punting! 
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HELLO, good evening and welcome to the latest instalment in the A-Z of Better Punting. I hope it reaches you well. Heed the advice below, couple it with some of the hints and tips I've offered earlier and watch that wallet expand.

H is for Honesty
Be honest with yourself – and those around you - about your betting. Your betting career is primarily your concern, but if you’re consistently losing money this will affect your life and the life of those around you. If you feel like your betting is getting out of control, pack it in for a while and look at what went wrong. This, however, cannot possibly happen if you keep an accurate, up to date spreadsheet of all your bets, regardless of their outcome. You’ll soon sort yourself out. If you’re lacking the willpower to wait for the right betting opportunity then give it up altogether and take up something else. Seriously. Losing money time and again making daft, ill-informed bets using money you can’t afford is just plain stupid. Don’t be a mug punter.

H is also for Horse racing
If you were looking for a blog on how to be a successful better on horse racing, I would politely suggest that you look elsewhere. This blog is primarily about football betting, tennis, golf, darts, snooker and greyhounds. The reason why this blog isn’t about betting on horse racing is simply because I don't bet on horse racing. Anyway, to come up with a formula or a system in order to win consistently on the horses is far too complicated, and difficult, to cover here.

It’s tough enough being an expert in one field, let alone several. In a nutshell, there are far too many factors to take into consideration when betting on a horse race – form, conditions, jockeys, stables, trainers, distance, weather, weights, handicaps, the horses themselves and so on and so on. For a start, many horse races have 20 or more horses competing! It’s no surprise that the bookies make millions of pounds taking cash placed on horse races by mug punter.

I have less than a handful of sporting specialities, but despite being a confident punter who wins more money than most people I know, I have picked up plenty of grains of knowledge from half a dozen other pros who know their stuff about sports betting (other than horse racing, that is) and will, in the right circumstances, place the odd bet on sports other than my specialist areas, in the knowledge that the odds are stacked in my favour.

This elite group of betting superheroes all compete against each other to make the biggest profits. This keeps them all on their toes – all six of them are constantly looking to gain more knowledge about their chosen fields in order to improve their systems, techniques and – most importantly - profits. They all agree on one thing, however, there’s only one type of person who consistently makes money from horse racing betting – the bookie.

H is also for Hunch betting
As Notre Dame cathedral’s local bookmaker once said: “Never bet on a hunch.” Next time you have a hunch that a certain event is going to happen and you fancy a little flutter on it, paper trade it. The time after that, paper trade it again, then again. If all three would have won, then the next time you have a hunch put your money on it. You can guarantee that for every hunch bet you win, you’ll lose at least two. Hunch betting is strictly for mug punters only. In the same way as “sequence” bets never come in, hunch bets are best avoided. Keep your money for when you’ve studied the form properly.

Good luck & happy punting - remember, if you've got a hunch, see a doctor.
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Watch out for Whitlock

12 May 11 14:12
HELLO, good afternoon and welcome to my blog. I hope it reaches you well. I’ve had to download some new beads for my iAbacus today as the league table has thrown up some fascinating permutations ahead of this evening’s arrows in Newcastle.

Lewis or Whitlock could still feasibly qualify for the semi-finals and with Lewis' game before Whitlock's it'll be interesting to see how the Taylor/Whitlock game will pan out. If Lewis was to lose to Anderson, Whitlock would still have a chance of qualification on leg difference. Keep this in mind when betting on the Taylor/Whitlock match as if Lewis loses to Anderson Whitlock will be much more fired up than if Lewis gets a draw or a win against the Scot to confirm his place in the last four. While Wade is level on points with the Wizard, his abysmal leg difference means that even if he beats Jenkins eight nil it won’t be enough to elevate him into the last four regardless of results elsewhere.

The Anderson/Lewis match sees enigma #1 pitted against enigma #2. Both are capable of phenomenally high scoring, but both are equally culpable of some ridiculous errors at the most unexpected moments. A swerve here is the recommendation, although even I’d be tempted at shoving a few English pounds of her majesty’s glorious realm in the direction of over 7.5 180s.

Neither Jenkins nor Wade have anything to play for, bar prize money and pride. If Wade wins he could overtake Whitlock, but Jenkins will end up an ignominious second from last regardless. While the two should now play some confident, relaxed and high-scoring darts, their match is nothing but a curtain-raiser for the bigger/more important fixtures of the night. Nevertheless if both play to the best of their ability it should be Wade taking the honours by at least two legs. Wade stands to win another £2,500 if he somehow overtakes Whitlock on leg difference as fifth pays £32,500, with sixth taking an altogether not-too-shabby £30k.

Webster/Barney should culminate in a routine win for the Dutchman. While Webster showed some admirable battling qualities in drawing with Wade last week, he’s proved to be a fish out of water on the big stage (with only pools of sweat from his opponents allowing him to survive this long). A calm Barney should close this out with plenty to spare.

Finally, Taylor/Whitlock is always an enjoyable clash, played in the right spirit, although the tone of the contest will be dictated by the outcome of the Lewis/Anderson clash. If Lewis loses, expect Whitlock to give Taylor a much sterner work-out than if Lewis gets a point or better against the Scot. The recommendation is therefore to back the draw with a view to trading out, providing that Lewis loses to Anderson earlier. Otherwise, take a look at the ‘most 180s’ market and back Whitlock. It’s about time Taylor was out-maxed and the law of averages is on Whitlock’s side, especially considering Whitlock is currently leading the Power 53-52 on the overall 180 count.

NAP SELECTION: Back a Wade/Barney double   
NB: Take Whitlock on the most 180s market v Taylor
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HELLO, good morning and welcome to my latest blog. Last night's darts was about the worst I've ever done, with only a 50 per cent strike rate, but as The Power has never let me down before, his victory over Wade was made all the more sweet as I didn't pile in until he'd gone 1-0 behind. To get on Taylor at 1.46 in a first to eight match is manna from heaven. I digress. Here's the latest instalment in my best-selling A-Z of Better Punting. I hope you enjoy it. My new system that I'm currently paper trading is looking like a corker, so keep your eyes peeled for further details later.

G is for Gambling
Yup, there are no certain things in life, apart from the fact that if you don’t research your bets thoroughly before you place them then you’re bound to lose. And the bookie gets a slightly better house/car/yacht. If the thought of putting your money where your mouth is fills you with dread then you’re not a winner and this blog isn’t for you. If you like the excitement of a punt, however, and love getting your hunch/theory/assertion right then read on.

Successful betters aren’t by definition gamblers. They are experts in their chosen field who win more than they lose. Gamblers are people who take a punt on things that are either completely out of their control, such as roulette, card games, fruit machines, the next Reality TV evictee and so on. These are otherwise known as mug punters, whose money burns a hole in their pocket quicker than you can say: “Pass the fire extinguisher.”

A better punter doesn’t gamble - he simply experiences more winning bets than losing ones, thus making a big, fat profit along the way. It’s hardly a gamble if you’ve used your knowledge, skill and inside information to make a profit.

G is also for Gear
Wear the right gear – aka your betting clothes. I’m not talking about ‘lucky underpants’ or anything like that, but would a top class professional footballer be any use if he walked onto the pitch wearing a deep sea diving suit and a pair of flippers? Successful sportspeople and business people all have a uniform of sorts and wearing their uniform not only makes them recognised for what they are but puts them at ease and prepares them to do their job well. A fireman wouldn’t tackle a blaze without his full uniform, hat and hose, now would he?

Suggested betting clothes would be something comfortable and cool, fairly loose-fitting, with short sleeves. Long sleeves can potentially lead to the wrong key being pressed or the masking of vital information on your computer screen. Betting while naked is undesirable as you’ll attract unwanted attention. Even if you’re at home alone, something could go horrendously wrong if part of your body gets tangled in your mouse cable.

Good luck & happy punting!
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HELLO, good afternoon & welcome to my blog. I hope it reaches you well. I have some more darts advice for you today ahead of this evening’s excitement in the surfer’s capital of Bournemouth. There’s a lot of money to be made tonight on the arrows and here’s how to do it.

Whitlock/Webster
Back Whitlock to beat Webster. For extra cash, dutch 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3 to the Wizard. He’s still got plenty to play for, while Webster is haunted by dartitis demons at present and just can’t seem to get it together at all. In fact, he might just as well chuck a wooden spoon at the board as this is all he’ll be coming away with at the end of the league stage next week.

Anderson/Van Barneveld
Take Anderson to get his revenge on Barney tonight after an 8-5 reversal last time out. While the Dutchman is playing well enough to secure a semi-final place, Anderson is one of those players who’s on the up and wants to grasp the limelight from the more established players on the circuit. He beat Taylor 6-2 in the seventh qualifier of the Speedy Hire UK Open just a few days ago and should be sufficiently buoyed by this to beat Van Barneveld. For the above reasons Anderson is my NAP selection for tonight at an unmissable 1.95.

Jenkins/Lewis
Jenkins and Lewis somehow contrived to draw 7-7 the last time they met a couple of months ago, but Lewis has enough in his top drawer to make it a comfortable win in Bournemouth. He’ll need to win if he is to stand any chance of reaching the semis and this won’t be lost on him.

Taylor/Wade
The Power rarely goes on a losing streak and he’ll want to put his defeat to Anderson in the UK Open qualifiers at Wigan behind him tonight. While Wade has been unbeaten in the Premier League for a month, The Power is the embodiment of the ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ cliché as far as the big TV events are concerned. Take Taylor to beat Wade.

Good luck & happy punting!
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