Clive’s Betting Diary: Decisions Decisions

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.

Please Note (2): Two of the tipster services have been anonymised at their own request. Make of that what you will.


It’s been a helluva week.

First a bout of Covid knocked me for six, and this was followed by a rather long trip to Wembley for Palace’s forlorn pursuit of any bloody trophy at all rather than Liverpool’s lofty attempt at a quadruple…

Then, on Sunday, my wife and I awoke to find an intruder in our living room at 1:30am who had climbed in through the bay window apparently in fear of some non-existent pursuers. Mad lot, the Welsh, but they are quite scary!

Throughout this period, I’m supposed to be giving clear thought to my change of betting approach. Well, I’ve decided to take a two-pronged approach but I’m hindered by being over a week out of date with recording the results of my bets…

First, I’m going to revert to my longer-term tipsters over my newbies. They may have had a poor first quarter but they have a history with me. Secondly, and to much smaller stakes, I’m going to investigate some freebies that I have access to.

So, that means staying with Northern Monkey (£15k profit over 7 years) and Love (£1239 profit in 14 months) and ditching Racing Tipster 1 and Racing Tipster 2. Both are on extended losing runs and, as RT1 is NH only, he is likely to have very limited opportunities during the flat season.

I should point out that both tipsters are probably very good tipsters but just haven’t performed for me during 2022. I may be back with them in the fullness of time.

Wadster can go too, but for different reasons. With Wadster you pay in advance for x points profit at £10 a point. If bets lose, you are given further credit until you are x points in profit, then you buy more points. So, if you buy points at £10 each and then bet at £20 per point you are guaranteed to come out with a profit. Losses are covered by more tips until you have profit. Great! What can go wrong?

The answer is missing tips which are provided through Telegram.

The service will frequently bet 3-4 points per match and sometimes five matches a day. Being a full-time worker, sometimes you miss bets and sometimes they win. It makes the service not quite as infallible as it seems.

I’ll probably keep going as long as I don’t have to buy more points and make a final decision then. It is also near impossible to keep track of the points you are owed. A losing bet provokes a Telegram message to say you have been credited the points lost but not where you stand. It may be a service to re-join after I retire.

Racecracker obviously stays. As it is my own service and literally thousands of hours have gone into it, it is effectively a freebie.

First Class Racing stays. I am new to it and with infrequent tips it can’t get me into too much trouble!

Inside Man stays as Salah’s five goal lead in the Premier League top scorer ante-post market will virtually wipe out 2022 losses singlehandedly, but I will reduce stakes as he tends to control the success of my weekends on his own (balance is key here).

Weekly Golf Value stays. It is free courtesy of Secret Betting Club and well in profit.

I also have several other free services to review. I think I can get full results for each of these…

VIP Tips: Tips from their stable of tipsters come daily but are currently ignored

Kieran Ward: Daily selections between 13/2 and 8/1, currently ignored. He runs software that apparently predicts the correct odds of horses and thus points out value, but long losing runs can be expected at these odds. Free via Secret Betting Club.

Lucrative Racing: This one is a bit more embarrassing. I thought it was free but I have recently found £200 taken from my account for it. So, its effectively free until next April! It has been ignored to date but it provides daily “Flat Flyers”, usually two or three. They also send a daily free tip called “Lucrative’s Tip”.

I should be able to find full results for all these services and bet them to very small stakes until I see what they are like. Wish me luck and I promise to have all records up to date by next week.