Bet­ting gods

If you want to be a suc­cess­ful gam­bler, then isn’t it time you started act­ing like one?

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Bet­ting Gods give ad­vice for happy punt­ing

I’ve been around gam­blers all my life in one ca­pac­ity or an­other and, in my ex­pe­ri­ences as a punter, work­ing for a book­maker, as a writer, and as a tipster – I’ve come to re­alise that all the suc­cess­ful pun­ters I’ve had the plea­sure of meet­ing have had 4 traits in com­mon.


You can usu­ally spot a suc­cess­ful punter a mile off by his pos­i­tive men­tal at­ti­tude. He’s the one that, mo­ments af­ter hear­ing the an­nounce­ment that his horse has just lost in a photo fin­ish, has al­ready put the re­sult out of his mind rather than be­moan­ing his luck. That’s be­cause he’s sure his bet­ting meth­ods are sound, and that he would have placed the same bet ev­ery day of the week re­gard­less of the re­sult. He’s the one that knows that losses are part and par­cel of the life of a suc­cess­ful gam­bler – and he ac­cepts tri­umph and dis­as­ter as the flip side of the coin called luck that some­times falls in your favour, and some­times doesn’t.

You’ll also never hear the suc­cess­ful punter moan about horserac­ing be­ing fixed, but you will hear him wax lyri­cal about how he thinks horses have been plot­ted-up for cer­tain races. That’s be­cause he ac­cepts that few horses can win ev­ery race they run in; there­fore train­ers have to plot horses at cer­tain races – and he en­joys the chal­lenge of spot­ting those plots.


Ask most men if they’d rather be the men’s 100 me­tre Olympic cham­pion or the men’s Marathon Olympic cham­pion, and most will say they’d rather be Usain Bolt than Stephen Kipro­tich. How­ever, you need to have the stamina and mind­set of a marathon run­ner rather than a sprinter if you’re go­ing to be a suc­cess­ful punter.

Sprint­ers aren’t thinkers, they just re­act to the start­ing gun and run as fast as they can for no time at all. Sure, if 8 peo­ple lumped their life sav­ings on a dif­fer­ent horse in an 8-run­ner race, some­one would be a win­ner – but there would also be 7 very mis­er­able peo­ple at the end of it.

Marathon run­ners un­der­stand the need to con­di­tion their bod­ies and minds to make sure they can keep go­ing even when the go­ing gets tough, and a long run of losers can be very much like hit­ting the wall in a marathon. How­ever, suc­cess­ful pun­ters, just like marathon run­ners, know they have the abil­ity to hit the wall and come out of the other side smil­ing.


Suc­cess­ful pun­ters don’t leave much to chance, and most of them are scan­ning dec­la­ra­tions as soon as they be­come avail­able, pour­ing over the form­book, mak­ing their se­lec­tions, and check­ing the mar­kets for value at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity. They’ll even check the weather to make sure that the ground should be in their favour – and still man­age to keep that pos­i­tive men­tal at­ti­tude when those over­paid weath­er­men get it wrong!


If you think the life of a suc­cess­ful punter re­volves around ly­ing in bed all morn­ing and then just watch­ing the rac­ing in the af­ter­noon – think again. Many pro­fes­sional pun­ters are late to bed and early to rise, nar­row­ing down their list of po­ten­tial bets to must-bets. Then, even if they’ve lost, they’re dis­ci­plined enough to walk away without hav­ing an­other bet that day. That’s be­cause they know their race is far from run – and there will be bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to win fur­ther down the road.

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