Friday, 14 September 2012

Chicken Karahi, Beer, and Ancient Greece

Goodness. I got a mention in the SBC's 'Weekend Wager'. It contained a referral to yesterday's post about the difficulties I've experienced when going through the process of withdrawing some of my cash from the Asian bookies. The SBC are producing a comprehensive guide to the bookmakers to use for football betting, which is to be published in their next newsletter, and I've no doubt a significant part of that guide will examine the pros and cons of using the likes of Pinnacle, SBO and 188bet.

I had no idea this was coming mind you. I wrote what I did when I did simply because I've been having the problems I described just over the last couple of days or so. It will all perhaps tie in nicely though. Certainly what I will do is just go into a bit of detail next week, explaining the outcome of my correspondence with 188bet (with whom I thought I was getting somewhere yesterday, only for them to throw another obstructive email at me today) and 12bet, from whom I am yet to try to withdraw. For the record, SBO have done exactly what I wanted them to do - ie. set up my account in such a way that it will allow me to both make deposits and withdrawals via my Moneybookers/Skrill account - with relatively little resistance.

For now though, my attention is drawn toward the customary take-away and fridge-cold beer that awaits me. They are two sirens, beckoning and tempting me away from the blog. Like an ancient mariner in the grips of the charms of Scylla and Charybdis (or in my case Currylla and Beerybdis?), I am drawn to them like a moth to a light. I am a lost cause. Doomed. I am happy to surrender my will and my soul to those two Friday night delights.

Have a great (punting) weekend all. See you the other side.

Thursday's Betting

Another good day and the dip that was last weekend has now been recovered from. Let's hope we can kick on this weekend.

Not one bet on the horses yesterday.

Summer Of Football
Two bets in the same match in Brazil, and one bet in the MLS provided two winners and a small profit.
Staked 3pts, +0.635pts

Form Lab Lite
Just one bet overnight in Brazil, a home win producing the goods.
Staked 1pt, +0.98pts

Service X
More like the form I'm used to, with four winners selected from five bets across South America.
Staked 14pts, +5.318pts

So small but steady profits from each of the services to provide action, all adding up to produce a decent day.

Month to date figures...

Northern Monkey: Staked 18pts, -0.593pts, roi -3.29%
The Sportsman Racing: Staked 1.5pts, -0.583pts, roi -38.86%
Winning Racing Tips: Staked 3.5pts, +3.985pts, roi 113.87%
Total roi 27.65%

Football Elite: Staked 1pt, +/- (+/-£), roi 0%, ROC 0%
Summer Of Football: Staked 16pts, +4.737pts, roi 29.6%, ROC 18.94%
Skeeve (Asians): Staked 13pts, -5.445pts, roi -41.88%
Skeeve (Doubles): Staked 5pts, +8.785pts, roi 175.71%
Skeeve (Shortlist): Staked 6pts, -4.565pts, roi -76.08%
Skeeve Total: Staked 24pts, -1.224pts, roi -5.1%, ROC 1.53%
The Sportsman: Staked 0.5pts, +0.063pts, roi 12.6%, ROC 1.05%
Form Lab Lite: Staked 15pts, +1.492pts, roi 9.94%, ROC 2.98%
Sportyy: Staked 6.5pts, -2.232pts, roi -34.33%, ROC -2.79%
Service X: Staked 99pts, -6.079pts, roi -6.14%, ROC -6.07%
Total roi 8.49%

Grand Total roi 11.52%


  1. Hello. Can you let me know how to sign up to service x. I have searched for a lead and keep coming up blank.

    I read the sbc email. You are famous!

    It may be an over reaction but due to your piece I am only using skrill for the Asian bookies.

    Keep the blog coming.

    1. Hi SF,

      Good weekend?

      re. Service X...I could tell you, but then I would have to track you down and shoot you! lol!

      Sorry, Mate, but I'm sworn to secrecy. Tbh, I'm pretty sure they're full anyway. The only thing I can tell you is I found them via Blogabet. If you haven't had a look over there, I would recommend that you do - some very good tipsters. Just be careful if you decide to follow any in.

      If you look at Blogabet, and then my results, you'll probably be able to work out who it is anyway.



  2. Thank for the tip on blogabet Rowan!
    For sure it is a very interesting site….

    I checked some football tippers and now I have a few questions:
    How do you receive the tips? By email from blogabet or from your tipster or do you check the website regularly and check if there are any bets?
    I can see that the time posted of the match is sometimes very close to the match played… is the time posted on the site of the tipster the same as you receive the email?
    Is SMS alert possible (in general)?

    I think the biggest problem with all tipsters from blogabet will be to achieve the advised odds(so it is better to choose tipsters with a ROI much higher than 10 %).... and the practicality, tips are send very close to the off and at random times, you just never know when a bet is to be expected.
    You do not have to tell of course which system you are following by the way, that is private.

    1. It's certainly worth keeping an eye on Blogabet, but as you've rightly identified, it's not all straightforward with following a tipster on there.

      With Service X, he releases bets to members before he puts them up on the site and I get an email with selections, but not at any set time. The emails are always at least a few hours before kick off and often a day or two before. I've not known of SMS alerts being possible.

      I think if you're following one of the free tipsters, you can sign up to email alerts but I'm not 100% on that. I'll take a look.

      It's certainly tricky. I think you need a slightly different mindset to following other tipsters in that if you find a really good one, you accept the roi won't be as good as that stated on the site and that you have to put up with things that you wouldn't from your other tipsters. I wouldn't follow more than one at a time from Blogabet, put it that way.

      Hope that helps, but if there's anything else, fire away... :)


  3. Hi Rowan,

    Thanks for your reply, I understand!

    For sure there will be plenty of time to place the bets for most services but I am afraid the odds will drop quick after the email has been send with so many followers. You have to check your email maybe once a hour to still have reasonable prices.
    Like you rightly say, you need a different mindset!
    But for sure it is worth to keep an eye on the site the coming months, thanks for the tip!


    1. Hi,

      Yep - it really is about having a completely different outlook on the service. I couldn't have more than one tipster like it in the portfolio I don't think, but if you can get one to work for you, then I'm prepared to make allowances!

      It's an interesting subject though and I'll write a proper post on it. Might be the week after next though, with the way things are going!!!

      Cheers, Mate.