[b]I WORK FOR A[/b] Top Secret government department. No-one knows about it except the Prime Minister, her closest confidantes (generally the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Foreign Secretary), the King and the department’s operatives, such as my good self. Everyone in it has a pseudonym. These change so often it’s hard to keep up. If a bad bastard knows me, or has even heard of me, it’ll be by an old pseudonym or simply by legend as the organisation for which I work is more secret than MI5, 6 and 7 put together. Even they don’t know much about it. MI1-4 know nothing about it at all.
I’ve been working for MI8 (not the department’s real name of course – disclosing that could put the country at risk) for quite some time now. It could be ten years, but it could equally...
[b]AS[/b] part of my military training many, many beards ago I was sent to a summer boot camp in the far reaches of Northumberland. This consisted largely of early doors reveille, plenty of porridge and lots of competitive sport (footy, podex and cross country running). We were also required to keep our bell tents spotlessly tidy. Anything less than perfection after the daily inspection and you were in trouble, with the punishment varying between being staked out in the middle of the night by rope and tent pegs or simply being lobbed naked into the nearby stream.
It didn’t do me any harm, however, and I embraced the thing to such an extent that they asked me back to run the whole shebang in years to come. One could say the poacher had become gamekeeper.
[b]YOU’LL[/b] all be delighted to hear that I’m a superb tennis player. I’ve won several events, home and abroad, and have been asked to turn pro on several occasions. Obviously, being in the employ of Her Majesty’s Secret Service precludes any long-term commitment to the most noble racquet sport of them all. Besides, as I’m such a dab hand at darts and cue sports too I’d be loath to knock any of the aforementioned on the head in favour of one or the other.
With Wimbledon just around the corner I’ll be dusting down the DB9 and heading down to a lady friend’s gaff just off High Street Kensington in order to be near enough to pick up the tube, call in and check out some of the action. Despite being a superb player myself, I have to admit that not all...
[b]HELLO[/b], good evening and welcome to my blog. I hope it reaches you all well.
The first bet as part of my own personal 1.1-2.0 challenge was on tennis player Gael Monfils in the Mercedes Cup. He hammered Victor Hanescu at a tidy, no hassle price of 1.16 and this represented the first rung of the 1.1-2.0 ladder of riches.
Bet number two, which was in the region of 1.2, came in comfortably during yesterday (Sunday)'s World Matchplay Darts where James Wade mullered Jamie Caven 10-0.
I'm currently scouring the sporting markets for bet number three, which will of course be circa 1.3. I'll duly post it in plenty of time for you all to get involved. Congrats to those of you who have so far benefitted from the first two selections.
Good luck & happy punting.
[b]HELLO[/b], good evening and welcome to my latest blog. I’m feeling helpful tonight.
One-oh-ones getting gubbed?
Lurching wildly from multiple to multiple?
Chasing your losses like a lunatic?
Relax. Click out of the ‘deposit’ menu for a moment, take stock of your gambling habit and learn a few new tricks from me, Betfair’s top tipster. This evening’s enlightenment takes you through the letter ‘M’. Get involved, enjoy the read and start clawing back that money. Treat yourself, you deserve it.
[b]M is for the Mind of the Better Punter[/b]
A better punter has a better, more focused mind than a mug punter. Only by staying focussed and putting your mind to the task ahead, i.e. making lots more money than you earn at present by skilful, educated punting, will you...
[b]HELLO[/b], good evening & welcome to my blog. Just a few wise words tonight before I stick a load of money on Michael Llodra (my 'L' tip for tomorrow) to beat Ricardo Mello in the second round of Wimbledon. He's short odds at 1.13, but compare the returns against your ISA & the Llodra shout wins comfortably. The experienced French left-hander has added a low-risk, high-percentage, flat first serve to his grass game of late to go with that sweet flourish of a backhand and will safely bring home the bacon for you.
I digress. Feel free to take in some of the handy advice below & keep your eyes peeled for some more system bets tomorrow.
[b]L is for Loaf, and use thereof[/b]
Use your loaf to make some bread. In other words, think before you drink before you bet, look before you leap...
[b]HELLO[/b], 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 ...
[b]HELLO[/b], 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.
[b]I is for Income[/b]
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...
[b]HELLO[/b], 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.
[b]H is for Honesty[/b]
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...
[b]HELLO[/b], 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.
[b]G is for Gambling[/b]
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...