Matt has asked me to start up some betting service and product reviews now that our sister site is not commissioning them anymore, so who am I you may well ask?
My name is Peter Philipson and for the last six years I have been the main sports product reviewer over on More Money Review and in that time have looked at some 1200 products officially plus a few more in my spare time!
There have also been some investigations into some of the less savoury characters around and we have also tried to look at some general issues that can affect punters at all levels.
I am delighted that Matt wants to keep the review genre alive and initially we will be looking at around five systems/services each month…
We will be concentrating on the well known publishers but if you have concerns about a service or want to know if it is genuine please contact us in the usual way (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will try to help.
In addition to the reviews I shall pen a fortnightly column covering a wide range of topics related to sports betting and there might even be the occasional rant!
There has been some flak generated by the last Grand Prix of the season where Lewis Hamilton has been criticised for trying to win the World Championship with “dirty tricks” used in the rhetoric…
There was even a tweet from Nigel Mansell (remind me how he managed to win SPOTY again!) saying he would never have done such things as a sportsman…
The jury remains out on that but surely Lewis is allowed to do whatever he can within the rules to try and win?
Moving on, I would like to talk about a topic that potentially affects everyone that uses a bookmaker – the unfair terms and conditions that they try to impose on their clients.
There has been a groundswell of opinion on the matter with a petition started trying to make it obligatory for bookies to lay bets up to a certain figure with no restriction, as is the case in Australia.
There is also an organisation called Justice for Punters set up to try and help punters who have been wronged which is run on an entirely voluntary basis by Brian Chappell and has been campaigning hard to bring the bookmakers to account.
The Gambling Commission is supposed to be your champion for these matters but is about as much use as the proverbial chocolate teapot, however Brian has persisted and there is now a formal investigation under way by the Competition and Markets Authority – great news potentially for us all.
I urge you to look at the JFP website which will open some eyes as to what the bookmakers try to do to us and then lend whatever support you can to the campaign…
Indifference is the greatest enemy that any movement can suffer and so please ask yourself if you can help here.
In another email I shall look in more detail at the tricks bookmakers play in the background but let’s start here…
Vote with your feet and also make representations to the enquiry – the JFP site will point you in the right direction.
Finally I hate to crow Matt, but if you think a rugby league team is going to lose to the Baggies think again (Ed note: one of our Football Investor tips at the weekend, alas)!
It is Hull City or The Tigers – if the other fan is reading this (well, you never know) do get in touch!
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