There Is No Such Thing As The Gambling
I often become bewildered when I hear of people bragging, because they
have high strike rates and/or high profit-on-turnover figures (POT). You
know the 'my strike rate on the Soccer is 73%' or 'my POT on the gallops
Yes, OK, congratulations. Give yourself a pat on the back; you are
making money. Well, actually, if your strike rate on the Soccer was 73%,
this certainly does not guarantee that you are showing a profit. After
all, the goal is to back plenty of winners, isn't it? Well, yes and
Is the goal to simply make money, or is it to make as much money as we
can, given our current resources (time, starting bank, knowledge, etc.)? I
realize that it sounds like I am being a little greedy, but come on, admit
it, we all want great, big, fat, consistent profits from our betting,
I truly believe, that many punters think, that this punting game is a
competition, where plaques, certificates and smiley faces are awarded to
those with the best win strike rates and profit on turnover figures.
Yes, before you wipe your writing pad out to type me a letter of
disgust at my arrogance, I admit that I am being a little hard-lined on
I mean, really, WHO CARES if you have a POT of 30%, 60% or even
WHO CARES how many winning teams you backed, or how many horses you
backed, which were first past the post?
It seems to me, that many punters seem to turn a blind eye to one and
only real measure of how well you performed . . .
How Much Money Did You Make?
Maybe I am the odd one out, but every time I hear somebody spruiking,
that they make an excessive POT of say 20% or more, the first thought that
pops into my head is certainly not, 'Gee, that bloke really must know what
he is doing, what a legend!', but more along the lines of;
How Much Money COULD He Have Made?
If you achieve high POT figures, you are telling me three things:
1. You have had, maybe, a couple of dozen bets at most,
2. You are way too selective with your selections, but most
3. You are not making as much money as you could be.
Whenever I try to explain this to a punter down at the pub, they think
I am totally insane.
"What Do You Bloody Mean That I Could Be Doing Better? You Tell Me How
Many Other Punters Can Achieve 90% POT?"
Generally, that is what I hear, when I open my mouth about this
subject. Look, missing a good bet is as bad as making a bad bet. There is
little excuse for either. We all do both, but hopefully we don't make that
same mistakes twice.
For those who disagree, I ask the following:
Tell me why I should turn my back on a positive expectation bet,
regardless of the return? Maybe I should not make the bet, because I may
damage my strike rate, or may lower my POT, and as a result, won't sound
as good when I brag to my mates. RUBBISH! There is no such thing as the
gambling Olympics; you are not going to get an award for having the best
POT figures or strike rates. I shall repeat this once more.
The Aim Of The Game Is To MAKE MONEY.
If you are achieving an average return on each bet of more than 20% or
30%, I believe you need to rework your approach, and do a little work to
get that POT back down a little by making the smaller positive expectation
bets. Yes, bring your POT down! How many good bets do you think you are
missing, if you wait all year, and make only 12 bets, but you have 80%
POT? You are making money on those 12 bets only. OK, fair enough, you may
make those bets quite large in relation to your bankroll, but bear in
mind, you may be able to make two, three, ten or even more times the
amount you are making now by taking those smaller edges.
The article . . .'The difference between your edge and your
expectation'at www.puntingace.com follows on from this concept. Reading
this one article may make $1,000's of dollars of difference to your bottom
line over the course of a year.
Remember, it is not how many winners you back, but how much money you
make. Leave the bragging and high turnover figures to the 'heroes'.
Australians Matt Elliott and Jess Kirley of http://www.puntingace.com/ , have been investing together
professionally on sports for over 3 years now. They take a very
mathematical approach to their betting, and liken it more trading a
commosity like stocks than actual gambling. They continue to lead the
industry with innovative approaches to sports betting and their reputation
among their peers is a testinmony to that. Visit http://www.puntingace.com/ to discover how you too can
turn your hobby of betting into a profitable endeavour.