Ladbrokes are the latest to close my account. No real surprise, I suppose. Pain in the arse, though. Six months ago, I'd say my "go to" accounts were Bet 365, Ladbrokes, and Hills. Of that trio, only Hills is left standing.
This blog has already travelled down the road of wailing and gnashing of teeth. I have no wish to revisit all of that now. But, it is an apt time to draw attention to someone who instead of moaning and whinging, is actually going to try to bring the pathetic stance made by so many of the UK/European bookmakers to the attention of a wider audience.
Step forward Kodagira.
You may remember Kodagira's excellent blog. Since wrapping that up he's been proofing his football trades to the SBC and is setting/has set up a very promising service on the back of it. If that wasn't enough to fill his waking hours, he's now stepping forward to challenge the complacency, misrepresentative advertising and general git-like behaviour so prevalent amongst the high street and online (non)-bookmaking fraternity. I believe a website is in the offing, and in the bits and pieces I've picked up from the relevant thread in the Secret Betting Club's forum, Kodagira has some fresh ideas as to how to wage this particular war.
I sincerely wish Kodagira the very best of British in this fight. Can't help thinking he's much more the 'Punter's Friend' than the likes of Victor Chandler, Paddy Power or Fred Done will ever be.
For any non-SBC members who read the blog, I'll keep you posted.
For the second day running Winning Racing Tips produced a tiny profit by getting their one selection to place (Opinion Poll - Royal Ascot - 11/2 and 5/1).
A decent winner for On The Nose (Fast Or Free - Royal Ascot - 8/1) but a small profit after five other horses were unsuccessful.
Northern Monkey had just the one today (Piri Wango - Royal Ascot - 20/1) which finished fifth. Now Wayne suggested backing this with one of the bookies paying out on five places but my days of being able to choose my bookmakers to use to place a bet are long gone. So as it happened I came out dead even as two thirds of my stake were placed with a bookie paying only four places, and a third that did pay the fifth.
Finally, a very nice winner for The Market Examiner (Venetian Lad - Fontwell - 6.8/1) to produce a profit after three other losers.
Summer Of Football got one right and one wrong in the MLS overnight to essentially break even. Form Lab Lite had a loser in the same league, but later had winners in Sweden and in the Portugal/Czech Republic match this evening - Portugal to win and Ronaldo to score anytime. Quite a sweet moment when The Posing One thumped his header home!
Northern Monkey: Staked 0.5pts, level.
Winning Racing Tips: Staked 0.7pts, +0.091pts.
On The Nose: Staked 4pts, +0.5pts.
The Market Examiner: Staked 4pts, +3.8pts.
Summer Of Football: Staked 2pts, -0.05pts.
Form Lab Lite: Staked 3pts, +0.819pts.
Will be just a quick one tomorrow. Got to drop my lad off for Cub Scout camp he's off on for the weekend. It's pissing it down right now. The forecast is for it to continue through until Monday. Rather him than me.