Bettors Code is the latest offering from the 'fancy graphics', slick marketing betting system conveyor belt, and I grabbed a copy first thing so I could let you know my thoughts.
Funnily enough, I had actually quite enjoyed the freebie they put out earlier in the week, which showed how to play bookies' place odds off against Betfair. An old strategy but a good one.
So I had an open mind when I paid my Â£27 for Bettors Code this morning. Naturally enough (these days), I was presented with an 'upsell' opportunity: a chance to pay more money for a bonus add-on. In this case, I could receive the selections each day for a Â£17.
No thanks I said. So I received a second opportunity at Â£7.
No thanks I said. So I received a THIRD opportunity at Â£1 (presumably then going up in price in the future, hidden somewhere in the small print).
Having safely navigated the upsell-orama, I downloaded the Bettors Code manual, a 40 page pdf document.
Scanning the contents page immediately got my dander up, as I couldn't actually see the promised betting system.
After some usual fluff about 'how to bet', and 'how to use Betfair', the manual takes a nose dive.
There is then a magnificent (ahem) ten 'strategies' and 'systems', which collectively are a supreme triumph for quantity over quality.
Let me give you a couple of examples:
Another factor that will assure you of more returns is whether a horse is considered a top favourite this season. Many expert punters have proven that a top favourite horse has a high probability in coming first in a race. You can confirm this by checking the record of each horse. Betfair.com provides this to punters all over with a click of button.
What? Seriously? The favourite has more chance of winning the race? Whatever the hell a 'top favourite this season' is...
How about this one, from the 'Speed Selection Betting System'?
No first time starters here. None, that is, except for the two of the first five on the race card, conveniently highlighted by my arrows...
I mean, please, if releasing a betting system and promising massive payouts, at least try to make it look credible.
And so it goes on.
This looks for all the world like a collection of free elements located at various places on the internet, cobbled together by someone who a) doesn't have English as a first language (no harm in that of course, but in this case it makes the manual very hard to comprehend), and b) doesn't have the first clue about horse racing.
Moreover, it talks about things like 'trifecta wheels'. Now as an infrequent US race goer, I know what this means. But I'm guessing most of you don't. It's certainly not the idiom of the UK race track. [For info, a trifecta wheel is a permed tricast with a banker or two in its midst: for instance, you might ask the cashier for 1 and 6 over 1, 6, 7 and 10 over the field, which means either 1 or 6 to win, one of the four mentioned to be second, and any horse to finish third. Sorry you wondered?!]
I have to say that in my time I've had the 'pleasure' of reviewing so many systems, and I actually believe this could be the very worst one I've ever seen. Ever. It really defies belief that this could be offered as the method by which you're going to make 'Â£4,122.47 On Near Autopilot', as the sales copy states in the clipped tones of the latest hired down on his luck thespian.
AVOID AS THOUGH YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.
On a happier note, we now have just on fifteen signed up share holders for the Geegeez Racing Club 2010/11, which is encouraging. I'd really love to run the syndicate again this year, though only if we get the required numbers.
So if you previously indicated your interest, do head over to the Racing Club page, and sign up.
I have received a number of emails from people saying they'd love to get involved but the cost is prohibitive. So I'll review the situation over the weekend, and am considering a payment plan (four equal quarterly payments of Â£175). Please leave a comment to let me know if you'd beÂ interested on those terms.
Ultimately, it will be great - no, it will be fantastic - to run the Racing Club again this year, but if there's insufficient interest, then so be it.
Let me know your thoughts please 🙂
Finally, how about a bit of Thursday Fun? I watched a video this morning of a ladies' football game, and one player in particular - Elizabeth Lambert is her name, red 15 is her shirt colour and number - shows the sort of pluck and steel that I don't necessarily commend on the pitch, but that would have sorted our sorry bunch of insipid, self-obsessed prima donnas right out!
This girl is mean. Really, really mean. Ha!
That's all for today.
p.s. Do let me know whether you're interested in the part payment plan for Geegeez Racing Club 2010/11.