What Type Of Tipster Service Is Best?

| June 4, 2019 | Reply

Have you had a look at the update for Quentin Franks Racing in the Review Section yet? You should. I have also just posted the initial review of Jakblak Racing which is equally as impressive. There are still two more new reviews to come in May – The Honest Tipster and Primed Winners.

June’s reviews are already lined up and I can promise you some interesting reads, as well as a couple of services which are a bit different to the standard fare. So be sure to visit the reviews section regularly.

Remember also to visit our partner site Tipstars for daily updates, monthly rankings, historic results, tipster bios and the latest news on over 175 tipster services across a range of sports. While you’re there have a look at Quentin Franks Racing and Jakblak’s past performance which just underpins our current reviews.

Jack of All Trades

You’ve heard the saying “Jack of all trades” right? But do you know where it originates from?

The term’s origin goes back to when Jack was used as a generic name for any general representative of the common people, what we would now colloquially refer to as Joe Public…

Usage of the phrase actually dates back to the 14th century and an example is found in John Gower’s 33,000-line, Middle English poem Confessio Amantis (The Lovers Confession). It implies that by trying to learn many things, you give up mastery of any of them.

Right, history lesson over.

But what has this supposedly derogatory term got to do with betting?

Over the years I have researched, tried, tested, reviewed and proofed hundreds of different tipster services and strategies. If I were to put those various services into two groups – specialised and generalised – which would be the most productive/profitable?

My default answer had always been that specialised services must be more profitable. Surely if you try and spread yourself too thinly, by studying lots and lots of different areas, you’ll never attain mastery in any one of them. Let’s just put a caveat in here, I’m talking about services run by one person, not services which have different experts in different areas.

For that reason, I’ve always shied away from, or made assumptions about, tipping services which are very generalised. By that I mean multi-sports tipsters, those that tip everything from golf to snooker to tennis to darts to ping-pong, or so it seems…

I’d also include US sports tipsters who try and cover NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. Add in football tipsters who include tips from the English Premier league alongside the Slovenian Prva Liga, the Norwegian Eliteserien and the Asian AFC Champions League, and even horse racing tipsters who cover all codes in all locations and my definition of generalised is quite wide reaching.

My definition of a specialised service is therefore easy enough to deduce. For example:

  • A horse racing tipster who focuses on Irish racing only, or all-weather racing, or particular grades of racing
  • A football tipster who focuses on the English Premier League or the top five European Leagues
  • A greyhound tipster who only tips in Open Grade races
  • An NHL (National Hockey League) service
  • A women’s tennis service

I rationalised my answer based on two key factors:

  • If you’re trying to learn a lot of things, you have to remember that there are a lot of things out there to learn. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of facts, figures and data that you need to absorb and analyse. If you take a football tipster who focuses on the English Premier League and say they have 1,000 pieces of information a week to analyse, how can one person be equally as well prepared for 50 worldwide leagues that they potentially cover?
  • Burnout is also a real issue for a jack of all trades. There are 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week and that’s it. You can’t create time, and you have to sleep and you have to eat and ideally you have to have time away to recharge. When one person is trying to assimilate information on a multitude of different sports/leagues/grades they are opening themselves up to burning out.

The result of these two factors in my eyes was that a jack of all trades has to trade depth of knowledge for breadth of knowledge.

But over recent years my opinion has changed somewhat. I would still personally favour a specialist service, but recently there have been a few, what I would term general services, that have caught my attention.

So, I got to thinking what advantages could a jack of all trades have over a master of one?

One of the interesting facts I came across while researching this question was the widely held belief that learning isn’t a zero-sum game. If you study one thing, that doesn’t then mean you’re less able to study another. In fact, it has almost the opposite effect. Sometimes, by studying a variety of different things, you actually improve your ability to master them. Some things complement each other!

This doesn’t apply to everything though; it depends on the relativity. For example, a tipster who devises a strategy/plan/process/algorithm for over/under 2.5 goals in the English Premier League could adapt that to fit other leagues, but a tipster who has similar success in golf would find it difficult to take that learning and apply it to horse racing.

Another commonly held principle is that you cannot be a jack of all trades without being a master of at least one. This mastery of one trade can be converted into a catalyst for developing in other fields. You have something to pull from, complex ideas you can pattern match, and metaphoric analogies that can complete a picture. In terms of a tipster this can be applied to the basic data collection and manipulation processes and how those results are converted into meaningful selection criteria.

The same relativity limitation as above applies once more though.

The other consideration here is about not having all your eggs in one basket, to quote another common phrase…

If you think about investment in stocks and shares, the common advice is it’s better to diversify. Serious punters are “investing”, and my philosophy has always been to have a portfolio of services at any one time. This spreads the risk and helps smooth the bank growth.

In reality, isn’t a general tipster doing this within one service? If one market is proving particularly difficult to read the form or throwing up lots of “freak” results, having other markets to balance the performance must be a positive.

While I haven’t completely changed my view on general services, I have certainly mellowed in my opinion and view them in a different light now.


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