How do you go about becoming a profitable punter? What’s the best way to beat the bookie at the end of each year? Is it possible to be a better bettor, and a happier one?
Questions I have often been asked since I began offering my advice and expertise to others. To would be punters who simply want to make an extra annual income from betting on sport. The answers remain the same. I will show YOU how to achieve those outcomes.
Although my first bet on a horse race was as long ago as 1967, I was only a child and it was a fun bet on the Grand National. My horse finished second in that infamous race at Aintree. The race won by 100/1 outsider Foinavon.
My Grand National results have improved since then. In the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 I tipped the winner of the English Grand National at Aintree, including Rule the World (above) when priced 50/1 (the 2020 race was lost to the pandemic).
As an adult, I first began betting with pretend money. Why pretend money? That way I learned how, where and when I did best. Which horses, jockeys, racecourses did best for me. More often than not they would be each way bets at good odds. I would take time to research the races and the respective form of horses and trainers. More and more I wished I had played with real money. Horses won for me, often at double figure prices.
So it was I began betting with 50p or £1 each way. Not betting for the sake of it (that is a sin). Not betting because I was addicted to doing so. I never have been. As the former Timeform and Channel 4 racing expert Jim McGrath once said to me: “What makes you different is that you can take it or leave it. You are picky. If you win on the first race, you don’t then bet on other horses in later races when you didn’t plan to in the first place. You protect your profit. If only more punters were as disciplined as you, Vernon.”
True. Bookies would be poorer if punters were more selective. If they didn’t bet randomly, or chase their losses (another sin). There are several lessons to learn when starting out as a punter and I have compiled some of those for you on my YouTube channel.
My mission remains the same today as it was back in 1998. To show others how YOU too can end each year in profit, ahead of the bookie. By cautious, clever and targeted betting.
Whether you like to bet on horse racing, football or both, I am here to help you. Those who are as experienced as I, or more so, probably do not need me. I’m here for those who are either fairly new to betting or have found it difficult to make profit. Punters who want to improve their returns.
In a new series of articles I will be writing about the road to profitable punting. How to bet in a manner that will see you win more often than you lose across the year.
I will write about my own VAT – Value. Analysis. Tips.
Here I offer my opinion on why punters should take notice of a variety of proven punters. Both those who, like me, offer an all encompassing service for a small fee and also those who offer their own tips for free. There is no out and out right or wrong way to offer betting tips. Punters should pic n’ mix. The important thing is to follow the right people regardless of whether they offer their expertise for free or make a small charge. There certainly are dodgy people out there who should be avoided. But once you know who the good guys and gals are, you’ll want to stick with them. More of that in my next feature.
There is too way much negative press about betting on sport. When undertaken properly, betting on football or horse racing is a skill. Research, homework, knowledge and judgement are involved. Too often the government and broadcasters lump betting on sport in with those ghastly casinos bookies run on their websites. It is those that attract gullible gamblers and it is there that people lose the most money (and bookies make the most). Bookies don’t make a fortune on sports betting these days. To compensate, they try all sorts of tricks to entice people to play games more readily associated with a Las Vegas casino. My advice is clear and concise. Do NOT go there!
Other subjects I will offer YOU advice on in the coming days will be the state of mind required to be a winner. What habits to change if you’ve found yourself losing. How to start out as a punter. The lessons to learn. What to do and, importantly, what not to do. When to bet and when not to.
All topics I will write about as we lead up to the wonder that is the 4 day Cheltenham Festival. Anyone joining VG Tips now will be covered for that feast of quality racing and receive all my analysis and betting tips for that meeting, my ante-post previews, tips for other race meetings and football matches in the next month.
VG Tips is a service I offer to members old and new. Some have been with me for decades. Others for years or months. They are as much a part of VG Tips as I am. All positive people are welcome at VG Tips.
Our mission is as it has always been. Together we take on the bookies. Success is not based on one day or one week. But one year. All for one and a win for all.
I look forward to welcoming YOU to VG Tips in the coming days.