Thursday: A Mixed Bag, Including Betting Vault Warning…

A veritable pot pourri of stuff and nonsense today, dear reader. The stuff is made up of a warning, an update, and a curious end of stock sale; while the nonsense is predictably made up of Thursday Fun...

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First up is a warning - my second of the week to you. Following on from counselling caution regarding the use of Internet Explorer after a serious security loophole was identified with that almost ubiquitous product, it is now my obligation to advise you again.

This time my caution is aimed at a product called Betting Vault, for which you'll have doubtless received promotional emails telling you that £3 can be morphed into £1000's. By definition, you should be very wary of such suggestions.

Further scrutiny however has unveiled real issues with the Betting Vault. I downloaded the two years of results that 'prove' this system's worth, and I looked in detail at the info therein.

I'm not sure whether the vendors are trying to bamboozle people with numbers, because it's a vast unwieldy spreadsheet with the information, and runs to over 600 lines of data for each year of the two years of results.

To cut to the chase, the product is about backing horses to place. Unfortunately the results presented are shown in all cases as a quarter of the starting price odds. As you'll know, most races pay only a fifth the odds for a place, so immediately the results are shown to be around 20-25% over-engineered.

More importantly, though, it is rare that you can actually get these prices on Betfair, the place we're encouraged to strike our wagers.

This is a betting advisory service rather than a 'system', so you go in blind. And, despite that, you are asked to pay $77 (that's fully fifty quid!) PER MONTH from the 'get go'. Now £50 seems to me to be a little steep for a product pitched at newbies or lower stakes punters, and £600 a year sticks in the throat a bit.

£50 can be charged for a product, if it has a proven track record (i.e. properly proven, not frigged like this one), and if it offers some sort of free trial so you can see for yourself before you buy.

Indeed, there's a strong probability that my own Laying System will re-emerge on the market at this sort of price. I can do this, because I make myself fully available to my customers; because I have a track record of delivering profit on every product I've ever produced and sold; and because I offer a period of familiarisation up front and gratis, to make sure its for the individual person.

But someone for whom I could find no contact details (even when I performed a 'whois' search - which tells you the name and address of the person who registered the website) is not someone I want to give £50 a month to... especially when the results are contrived like this.

My advice: steer well clear. Next!

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Onto Project Betfair, and more steady profit can be reported after yesterday. Although Garrulous and So Now drifted like two members of the Drifters yesterday, and therefore did not qualify, Action Impact was a well supported - and well beaten - third at skinny odds of 7/4, making for another winning day for Project Betfair followers.

The score was nine out of ten beaten, and four points profit to end of play yesterday.

Today saw the following go to post:

Exeter
3.50 Burgess Hill (LOST 3/1)

Southwell
2.00 Prairie Hawk (LOST 11/10)

Great Leighs
8.50 Grande Caiman
9.20 Hold The Bucks

So two more points up, and two to run.

Incidentally, and importantly, I gather the advice for those who signed up to their tipping service in support of the manual has - bizarrely - given just one advice, and that a non-qualifier! (Doubtful Sound in the 8.20 Gr Leighs if you're interested!)

Project Betfair is now eleven from twelve, and six points up. I can only suggest you don't buy it if you need to rely on them providing the tipping service (because they can't), which is a shame because it seems to be a decent system based on sound logical premises...

If you can find the runners yourself (took me about fifteen minutes to go through todays' four cards, so it's reasonable enough), then I'd recommend taking a look: go here to check it out.

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Our own (Gavin and I) TrainerTrackStats has had what can only be described as a difficult November, losing £367 to £20 stakes in the month.

Whilst highly unsatisfactory, this is what can happen in the short term with such a product as TTS - it is beholden to the changes in the season, and in the form of the stables' whose horses we follow.

Of course, after bad comes good, and ere will it be so. So it's been very pleasant to see that Tuesday's 7/4 and 6/1 winners were followed up by yesterday's pair of 11/2 winners. These were in turn followed up today by further winners at 5/1, 14/1, and 2/5 (!) to put us cosily back in the black zone.

Any system can lose over the course of a month, which is why it is important to combine what might be good or bad short term results with something more intuitive - a feel for the fundamental principles of the system in question. Is it based on good logic? Does it make sense to filter out certain horses or races? Are the results fantastic or plausible?

Always bear in mind that professional punters work hard to maintain a return on their investment of just a few percentage points (albeit that they don't pay tax, and they turn over large chunks of cash). So something that promises massive returns is likely to be unsustainable.

Do bear this in mind when scouting around the internet for system opportunities.

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Now talking of opportunities, here is a slightly off topic curio that you may (or may not) be interested in.

As it's the end of the year, I'm reviewing my business activities for the year, and trying to clear the path for next year. I have some big plans for 2009, as I've already shared in part with you.

What some of you know, and many of you don't know, is that I am also an internet marketer of business opportunities. And the one I began with, way back in 2007 (i.e. last year!!!), was the one that got me started in business, and so I believed strongly in the guy's message.

Now it's true to say that the way of the internet has moved on a little bit in the short space of time since then, but the vast majority of the information in this product is still true, as are all the statement I made on my website (see www.low-hanging-fruit.co.uk for the sales pitch that went with it) - in fact, I've actually done a good bit better since I wrote that letter (yep, I write my own sales copy too - can you tell?!)

Anyway, the upshot of this review is that I have a small amount of stock left (about fifteen copies) of the two DVD set which outlines how I got started. I actually want to clear the space in my office, so for anyone who'd like to consider something different next year as a part time money spinner that could see them end up with a rival to Geegeez (though hopefully in a different market!), then here's what to do:

1. Check out my old sales page at the link above if you'd like.
2. Do NOT buy through the link there, or it'll cost you £70
3. Click this link, and pay me £4 to cover postage and packing

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4. Watch the DVD's and action or bin. Note, do not return them if it's not your cup of tea. You stand to risk £4 in this trade. Please don't ask for it back!
5. If you like what you see, I will try to help you get started. I can't spend ages on this, as you'll appreciate (especially for four quid, which doesn't even cover my costs!), but I do want you to give it a proper go and hopefully succeed in adding a hundred, two hundred, a thousand pounds to your monthly income.

GRAFT ALERT: Please note, this is not Get Rich Quick, and you are required to put some effort in to get some pennies out. If you're not comfortable with that, don't apply. If you are, then do please have a look at the sales page, and consider 'risking' four pounds.

It would give me a thrill to get a few more people started on the road to making a few extra quid each month (note, not millions tomorrow!).

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And finally, it is Thursday, so let's have a bit of fun.... This was sent to me by a French friend of mine, and made me laugh - I hope you consider inoffensive, and more an anthropological discourse on the subtleties of the male and female of the species, rather than anything more sinister. Anyway, I reckon it's pretty funny, and not too many steps wide of the mark...

Finally, the guys' side of the story.
(I must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear 'the rules'
From the female side.

Now here are the rules from the male side.

Please note.. These are all numbered '1'
ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon
Or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. 'Yes' and 'No' are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it.

That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are.
Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one .

1. You can either ask us to do something
Or tell us how you want it done.
Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color.

Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched.
We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say 'nothing,' we will act like nothing's wrong
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to,

Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere,

absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really .

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball
Or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;
But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

That's all for today...

Matt

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