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Cheltenham Festival 2019 News

With only about a month and a half to go, the Cheltenham Festival is not giving the internet a break. For those whose interest in the race revolves around wagering, it is very important that you keep yourself posted on the events as they unfold if at all you are to make the best decision.

For all the others, well, waiting for the competition to kick off may be enough but it will do you no harm to be on top of the news. In fact, there is no better way to enjoy the race than developing your own expectations and having the race prove you right or wrong. It doesn’t matter if you will be betting your money to that effect or not.

To begin with, the entries for the novice races at the festival have already been released. For the two and a half mile JLT Chase, of the 52 entries, the most significant names to be featured include LostinTranslation who is the Ante-post favorite. His performance last term, especially in Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at the Aintree Festival where he emerged second, is one of the reasons why the horse’s victory is anticipated by most fans.

Coupling this with the fact that the seven-year-old beat Defi Du Seuiland in the BetBright Dipper Novices Race that took place on the first day of 2019, his stars are shining way too much for anyone not to expect good performance from him. In addition to Defi Du Seuiland, other horses owned be J.P. MacManus expected to be featured in the race include Le Richebourg and Winter Escape.

Of the three, Defi du Seuil is the most promising especially given the fact that he is seeking to prove himself after his campaign last year turned out to be disappointing. Other horses of interest in this race include La Bague Au Roi, Dynamite Dollars, Vinndication, and Kalashnikov.

If you have been considering trying your hand at gambling, cheltenham betting will most certainly be a perfect place to start from. Many betting sites are offering mouth-watering bonuses especially to punters signing up for the first time.

For instance, with bet365, for every new account, there is a deposit bonus of 15% going up to $100. The latest betting offers relating to Cheltenham include a trip to Cheltenham and Non-Runner No Bet from “Paddy Power”, tickets to attend the Gold Cup from Betfred and wager £5 and get £30 at BetVictor. BetVictor also has an offer for giving you your money back but you first have to meet certain conditions.

If you are looking for a bet to place, it is important not to back the horse with the highest prospects of winning, as the odds given are usually very low. Although these horses are usually more likely to win, they also suffer great losses and for that, wouldn’t it be better to lose money in a bet whose returns would have been higher? Having read that, for the JLT Novices’ Chase it would be advisable to go for Defi du Seuil to win and not LostinTranslation. The odd for this bet in many sites revolves around 10/1.

After Saturday, the 26th of January, the next meeting that is scheduled to take place at Cheltenham will be the event itself. There is around £354,000 of prize-money on Saturday’s card. Included in this amount is BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase’s £100,000.

Backing up this prize is a Graded heats stack, which is also quite significant in the festival. There also may be the revealing of Racing Post Arkle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle clues at Doncaster. Nevertheless, Town Moor highlight on the Sky Bet Chase is expected to provide more pointers for the Randox Grand National. Finally, concerns raised by the Paul and Clare Rooney on the racing course were addressed by leading owners who assured everyone that the course is “first class”.





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Members Choice Awards – Best Horse Racing Tipster 2018

As we move towards the end of our awards season here at Honest Betting Reviews, it is time to honour the Best Horse Racing System/Tipster of 2018, as voted for by you. 

This is the perhaps the most competitive category of all, with the largest number of tipsters and betting systems to choose from. It is also the sport with the arguably the greatest number of professional gamblers and the tipsters with the best returns. 

So it was no surprise that the vote for the best horse racing service was hotly contested and very close, with so many strong contenders to choose from. Here is how the voting went down:

In third place was the excellent Quentin Franks Racing, a service that has amassed an incredible £12,000 profit to just £10 stakes at an ROI of 19% since starting up four years ago. It is no surprise to see Quentin on the list and to be honest we would have been shocked if he hadn’t made the list!

In second place is a betting system we reviewed some time ago and gave a passed rating to. It’s extremely popular and has won numerous other awards, so again we are not surprised to see it make the higher echelons of the voting.

Yes you may have guessed it, in second place was the betting system Little Acorns. It’s a very simple system that looks to churn out small but consistent monthly profits, building a betting bank over time and many people report great success from using it. 

So well done to Little Acorns on finishing second but now we move on to the service you voted the Best Horse Racing System/Tipster of 2018.

And the winner is…

…Bet Alchemist!

A big congratulations to Nicky Doyle and the whole team at Bet Alchemist on scooping the award. Here is what Nicky had to say when we informed him about the win:

“Great news to hear Bet Alchemist has been awarded Best Horse Racing Tipster of 2018!

“Honesty, Value and Educational advice are just some of the qualities we like to bring to the table while being 100% on the punters side of the fence. Thanks very much to everyone who voted for the Bet Alchemist service.”

It’s a richly deserved award for a service that has delivered just shy of 900 points profit for its members since 2010. We originally reviewed Bet Alchemist  back in 2016 and gave it a resounding passed rating and it is continued to perform strongly since then. 

The service specialises in National Hunt racing and has delivered 44 points, 58 points and 74 points profit in each of the last three NH seasons, which is very good going indeed. They regularly churn out winners at juicy prices of 16/1, 20/1 and higher for their members. 

And the great news is they are offering a special deal of just £10 for the first month of the service, which you can check out here.

So there you have it, well done again to the Bet Alchemist on winning Best Horse Racing Tipster of 2018 and thank you to all of you who voted. 

We’ll be back soon with the final two awards of the season. 







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Members’ Choice Awards – Best Sports System 2018

Next up in our series of the HBR Members’ Choice Awards is the accolade of Best Sports System 2018. 

So far we have had the award of Best Football System which went to Goal Profits and Best Matched Betting Service which went to Profit Maximiser. 

Now it is the turn of those services that either focus on sports other than the “big two” of horse racing and football, or combine a range of sports into one service.

There are a wide selection of other sports tipped on including golf, tennis, cricket, NFL, darts and many of the other almost limitless other sports you can gamble on these days. So it is quite a wide playing field and this was a competitive category. 

It is often in these more niche services that you find the best value and some of the most successful tipsters, so we were intrigued to see how the voting would go in this category. 

Well it turned out that the cream rose to the top and some top quality services made it to the “medal positions.”

In third place was the very popular and successful Golf Betting Expert, a tipster who continues to deliver stellar returns for his members, averaging over £280 per month profit to just £10 stakes and over 30% ROI over the course of three years tipping. And not to mention he just bagged a 22/1 winner last week to get 2019 off to a great start too!

Then in second place we have Robert Fraser’s Tennis Tips, proving that tennis is a popular but often overlooked sport to bet on. Robert has returned over £2,500 profit to date at a respectable return on investment of 10% and no doubt members are gearing up for the 2019 season with the Australian Open just about to get underway. 

So now we move on to the winner of Best Sports System 2018. 

It is perhaps no surprise to long-term followers of Honest Betting Reviews that we had a runaway winner in this category, with the winner garnering nearly twice as many votes as the second place service. 

Yes, the resounding winner of the award was Sports Spread Betting!

Well done to Max who runs the service on the success and much warranted recognition of his hard work.

Since the service began in August 2017 Max has made just shy of 4,000 points profit, including over 2,000 points last year which is an outstanding return. 

It remains the only spread betting service we have reviewed but just shows that finding your own betting niche can be a very profitable approach. Max certainly seems to have done that with his own statistics database which he uses to identify value in the spread betting markets.

The service is reasonably priced too at just £25 (+VAT) per month, which is a snip considering what some tipsters charge for results nowhere near as good as Max’s. 

You can check out Sports Spread Betting here. 

So there you have it, the Best Sports System of 2018 as voted for by you, the members of Honest Betting Reviews.

We’ll be back soon with the next award shortly. 







“Lay to Lose”/Minimum Bet Guarantee – What It Means For Punters

One of punters’ biggest gripes at bookmakers over the years has been their predilection for closing or limiting the accounts of winning customers. 

This has led to many bettors feeling the whole game is rigged against them, as not only can bookies set the odds in their favour but they can also shut you down if you win. 

As a result there has been a backlash against the practice of closing or limiting accounts in recent years, led in part by groups such as the Horseracing Bettors Forum. 

Such efforts have led to a successful campaign in Australia for example for the implementation of MBL (Minimum Bet Limit) of between AU$1,000 and AU$2,000 per race, depending on the class of race. 

That means bookies have to accept bets with winnings up to those amounts, regardless of whether the punter has had their account restricted in the past.

This is great news for punters in Australia and we are starting to see a move in the same direction in the UK and Ireland, with a few bookies offering minimum bet guarantees (or “lay to lose” as it is also called) on horse racing.

Let’s take a look at which bookies have started to guarantee to lay bets on UK and Irish racing to win up to a certain amount.   


Minimum Bet Guarantees UK Bookmakers

Here is the current state of play:

Bet Victor – A very comprehensive bet guarantee offer, Bet Victor will accept bets to win up to £500 on all UK and Irish races, from 11am on the day of the race.

This applies to both win and each-way bets and is provided as a separate Guaranteed Bet market alongside the normal markets.

Betfair Sportsbook – Similarly to Bet Victor, Betfair Sportsbook will accept bets to win up to £500 on all UK and Irish races, from 10am on the day of the race.

This is win-only though and does not cover each-way bets. 

Skybet – This is a little more restrictive than the above two at the current time, with only class 1 and 2 races covered, but they will accept bets to win up to £500 from 10am onwards on the day of the race.

Coral/Ladbrokes – These two bookies currently only provide a minimum bet guarantee in their shops and not online. 

They will accept bets to win up to £5,000 per customer (from 9am) – to include all Channel 4 races and up to £2,000 per customer (from 11am) – to include all non-televised Class 4 and above handicaps, Listed and Group/Graded races in the UK.

William Hill – trialed allowing bets to win up to £5,000 in shops and £1,000 online for races shown on ITV only. Further news is awaited as to whether this will become permanent. 

[Please note all of the above are correct at the time of writing and subject to change. Please see the individual bookmakers for the terms and conditions of each offer]. 


Dawn of a New Age?

With a number of UK bookies now offering a minimum bet guarantee, it would appear to herald the dawn of a new age for the punter. Restricted accounts have been the bane of punters for years, ending the budding career of many successful and professional bettors and wrecking otherwise effective betting and trading strategies. 

However, whilst the minimum bet guarantee is a welcome development, a number of questions about it still remain. 

Firstly, it should be noted that with Bet Victor for example, sometimes the odds for the Bet Guarantee market are not as good as for the normal market. This does rather devalue the offer and we would hope that in time they will move to eliminate any difference and offer the same odds on the minimum bet market. 

Secondly, will the bookies allow punters to use the minimum bet guarantee to arb, match bet and do other low-risk forms of betting/trading? There appears to be some contradiction in this, as whilst they say they will accept all bets, the bookies also have T&Cs saying they have the right to ban anyone who is arbing.

So what will they do? The evidence from forums we have seen is that so far the bookies seem to be allowing arbing, but it remains to be seen if that will continue to be the case. 

Thirdly, will this expand to cover a wider timeframe? Much of the value in horse racing is in the evening before racing, but it is questionable whether bookies would be willing to offer a minimum bet guarantee for early prices. If they did it would be a very positive development for punters. 

And will other sports be offered too or will this just be restricted to horse racing? In Australia they have recently moved to expand the MBL to cover greyhound racing, which is encouraging. It would be great to see it expand to cover sports like football, tennis and golf too. 

Ultimately it will take some time to see how this all plays out and whether it will herald a new age for the punter, but the fact that a number of bookies and offering a “lay to lose”/minimum bet guarantee is very welcome news and hopefully is a sign of more to come. 

Tired of losing money betting? Check out this top quality horse racing tipster who has more than doubled the betting bank. 





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Members Choice Awards – Best Football System 2018

During December we gave members of Honest Betting Reviews the chance to vote for their favourite betting systems of the year. 

The first winner was announced last week with Profit Maximiser capturing the title of Best Matched Betting Service by a wide margin. 

Now it is the turn of the Best Football System and this was a close run thing with a number of runners getting a high amount of votes.  

In a tie for third place were Football Advisor and Banker Bets, two popular long-running services which both gathered around 10% of the votes. 

In second place was the respected Chloe’s Football Focus, which racked up a very nice 83 points profit in 2018 and was well deserving of the runners-up spot. 

So which service grabbed the top spot?

Well the service in question has won quite a few other awards so it’s probably not too much of a surprise that it won our award for Best Football System too. 

Yes, the winner was the hugely popular football trading service Goal Profits!

A big congratulations to the whole team at Goal Profits then for scooping yet another award. 

And to celebrate the win, the great news is that they are offering a huge discount to join their service so you can get the first week for just £2.49! 

That’s great value for a service that’s so popular with hundreds of football traders. 

Here is what Steve Brown from Goal Profits had to say on receiving the award:

Thanks Dan and thank you to all of your members who voted for Goal Profits. This is fantastic news! We especially enjoy winning awards which are voted for, rather than randomly handed out. This is our third award win in 2018 alone and it spurs us on to create even better learning resources and trading tools for all of our members.

During the summer, we launched our Live Trading Module and it has been a massive hit! It tracks in-play stats, identifies which teams are actively trying to score, provides trade alerts and much more. We have plenty of new features planned for 2019 and work has already begun on the first of them.

Our 16-week ‘Launchpad’ football trading course was fully updated this year too. All members have full access to Launchpad from day one plus, of course, unlimited support by email, on the forum and in the live trading chat room. We’ve even brought a new team member whose job is to make sure that Goal Profits members receive any help they need as quickly as possible. We’re fully committed to helping as many members as possible reach their trading goals, whether it’s a full-time career or just a steady second income.

As always, there’s plenty to keep us busy as we constantly improve and innovate. Thank you again to everyone who voted and we look forward to trading with you soon!

So there you have it, well done to Steve and the team at Goal Profits for the win and we hope to take another look at the service ourselves over the coming months.






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Tradescape – A Trading Revolution

If we said there was a fully automatic horse trading system which selects the horses, places the bets and then lays them locking in the profit and has made over £800.00 per month without you lifting a finger, would it interest you?

Well there is something just like this and it’s called “TradeScape”

Using advanced proven mathematical algorithms TradeScape identifies steamers in the market, then using a unique Auto Bet Technology, places the bet at the bookie offering the highest odds, and at the right time lays on Betfair locking in pure profit.

It’s Trading but not as you know it.

The team behind the software have been developing TradeScape and the Auto Bet Technologies for over 18 months and the system is now in live testing mode.

Below are the results since going live based on £50.00 bets over 42 days making a total of 871 bets and a profit of £3,319.

If you would like to know more, they are holding a free webinar explaining what Tradescape is all about and how you can become a beta tester.

The webinar will be held on 3rd January 2019 at 19.30 GMT.

You can sign up for the free webinar here.

This is the first time we have seen software that can place bets automatically both at the bookies and betfair.

We think it heralds a revolution in trading and is a very exciting development.

So don’t miss out on finding out about Tradescape – places will be limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sign up for the free webinar here.




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Members’ Choice Awards – Best Matched Betting Service 2018

We hope you had a great Christmas and are enjoying the festive period. 

As the year draws to a close, we are running a series of awards for the Best Betting Systems and Tipsters of 2018.

The difference this year though is that the awards have been voted for by you – the members of Honest Betting Reviews. 

The voting has now closed and thank you very much to those who voted – it’s been great to see so many of you taking part. 

Looking at the results, it’s interesting to see that quite a few of the winners tallied with our own views – but there were some surprises in there too. 

So turning to the awards themselves, we will be announcing the winners in each category separately. 

First up, we have the award for Best Matched Betting Service of 2018.

For those of you not familiar with it, matched betting is the process of using the bookies’ free bets and bonuses to set up risk-free (or low-risk) betting opportunities to make a long-term profit.

It’s become very popular over the last few years and some people have even turned it into a full-time profession. 

Not surprisingly, a number of different matched betting services have sprung up in recent times too, providing complete packages for wannabe matched bettors. 

It’s become quite a competitive field, with services offering great features like video tutorials, live matched betting software so you can see opportunities in real time, calendars with all the daily offers and calculators so you can work out the stakes to place. 

Voting Results

We know lots of you are keen matched bettors and this would be a popular category in our betting awards.

So how did the voting go?

Well it turned out there was actually a runaway winner that blew away the rest of the competition, receiving more than three times the number of votes of the runner-up, with over 40% of the vote. The next best received just 10% of the vote. 

Yes it was no contest really. 

And the winner was…

Drum roll please…

Profit Maximiser!


A hearty congratulations to Profit Maximiser and a well-deserved winner.

Profit Maximiser is run by Mike Cruickshank, known as the doyen of matched betting and it’s clear lots of you love his service. 

You can read our original review of it here. 

Here is what Mike said when we informed him of the award:

“Awesome News, I’m made up. Thanks to all the Honest Betting Reviews members who voted.

Profit Maximiser has been running since 2013 yet we are still finding new edges to exploit all the time.

I can’t take all the credit for this award. We have a lot of helpful forum users who share offers and strategies. It helps turn a good product in to an amazing one.

Over the next 12 months I plan on increasing the amount of strategies and offers on the Profit Maximiser site to give my clients more opportunities to profit.”

As Mike alludes to, much of the appeal of the service is its large and active membership who contribute via forums such as the Profit Maximiser Facebook group, which has over 50,000 members and is where people share the latest offers and the best ways of exploiting them.  

You can see on the group some of amazing amounts of money people have made from matched betting, with £10,000+ totals regularly posted. 

And the great news is that if you aren’t already a member of Profit Maximiser, you can get a 14 day trial for just £1 here.

So you can join all those very happy members who have been using it to make great profits!

[Please note that Profit Maximiser relies on using bookies’ free bets and bonuses, so if these are not available in your country then its effectiveness will be limited]. 

Well done to Profit Maximiser then on winning the Best Matched Betting Service of 2018. We will be announcing the next award winner shortly.





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Does Brain Power Have Champion Hurdle Case After International Success?

Brain Power is one of the more enigmatic horses in British champion jumps trainer Nicky Henderson’s stable.

After landing a couple of top-class handicaps over hurdles in 2016-17, even bigger things were expected of the seven-year-old Kalanisi gelding out of an Old Vic mare when he went chasing.

Although Brain Power could not have been more impressive on his debut over fences at Kempton last season, nothing has gone right for him in that sphere since.

He failed to complete in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown and then again when stepping into open company for the Clarence House at Ascot in January.

Brain Power was then ridden to pick up the pieces in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at last year’s Cheltenham Festival after Petit Mouchoir and Saint Calvados set a breakneck gallop they just couldn’t maintain up front.

He passed those exhausted rivals one by one, nabbing the runner-up prize behind hot betting favourite Footpad, but posed absolutely no threat whatsoever to the impressive winner.

Another fall at Aintree ended a disappointing campaign for Brain Power and his seasonal comeback in the Shloer Chase back at Cheltenham in November saw him finish a well-beaten fourth.

At that point, owner Michael Buckley reportedly told Henderson to take his horse back over hurdles and that proved to be an inspired decision.

Brain Power found the winning groove again in the International Hurdle – a key trial for the Champion Hurdle – when coming with a strong run to lead turning for home and running clear up the Cheltenham hill.

Many have been quick to dismiss this form, highlighting it was a poor renewal of the race and that there is a lack of top two-mile hurdlers around in National Hunt horse racing at the moment.

Bookmakers Paddy Power reacted to Brain Power’s cosy 1 3/4 lengths victory over Silver Streak with a 14/1 quote in the latest Cheltenham horse racing futures betting on the 2019 Champion Hurdle.

He has beaten an improving young hurdler who – like Brain Power himself just a couple of years ago – has caught the eye in top-class handicap hurdle races.

Henderson can also call on dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air, who is a short-price red-hot favourite with oddsmakers to make it three consecutive wins and emulate legendary past stable star See You Then.

Buveur D’Air” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Carine06

With his regular second string for the race My Tent Or Yours recently retired alongside Nigel Twiston-Davies trained contemporary The New One, Brain Power is now a legitimate hand Henderson could play come the Cheltenham Festival.

Summerville Boy, the gutsy winner of the 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, has been out of sorts in two runs this season – including when last of the seven to finish in the International behind Brain Power.

The leading Irish contender for the Champion Hurdle is now unbeaten mare Laurina for Willie Mullins, with Samcro getting easily outclassed by Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle.

For all the naysayers who argue Brain Power is better suited by a flat racetrack and running clockwise, there really is a lack of opposition to the favourite.

Value bets lie in the each-way or win or place futures market, then, and for all he needs to reproduce the International form to demonstrate it wasn’t just a good piece of race placement by connections, Brain Power fits the bill simply because other rivals have as much or more to prove.






Where is Betfair Legal?

Betfair is licenced in several countries, namely UK, USA, Austria, Denmark, Gibraltar, Spain, Italy, Malta, and Bulgaria. This allows them to provide betting exchange and other gaming services to 46 counties. These are:

• Argentina
• Australia
• Belgium
• Bosnia Herzegovina
• Bulgaria
• Brazil
• Colombia
• Croatia
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Egypt
• Finland
• Germany
• Gibraltar
• Hungary
• Hong Kong
• Ireland
• India
• Indonesia
• Latvia
• Lithuania
• Liechtenstein
• Luxembourg
• Macedonia
• Malta
• Malaysia
• Moldova
• Montenegro
• Netherlands
• New Zealand
• Norway
• Philippines
• Romania
• Russia
• Saudi Arabia
• Singapore
• Slovakia
• South Africa
• South Korea
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Ukraine
• UK
• USA (only certain states)

There are several countries where Betfair is specifically restricted. These are:

• Canada
• China
• Congo
• Cuba
• France
• Greece
• Greenland
• Iran
• Iraq
• Israel
• Ivory Coast
• Japan
• Lebanon
• Libya
• Mexico
• North Korea
• Portugal
• Slovenia
• Somalia
• Sudan
• Thailand
• Turkey

For countries that are not included in either of these lists, the situation is a little grey. Betfair will allow you to set up an account, but you are likely to be restricted to specific areas of the Betfair site. Some markets might not be available to you.

If you wish to use your Betfair account when travelling abroad at any of the restricted countries or non-specified countries, you will only be able to do so through a VPN (virtual private network). You should ensure that using a VPN is legal in that particular country. We recommend that you DO NOT try to use a VPN to access Betfair in the following countries:

• Belarus
• China
• Iran
• Iraq
• North Korea
• Oman
• Russia
• Turkey





Cyber Monday

Awesome Cyber Monday Deals!

Well we thought the deals available on Black Friday were good but the deals available on Cyber Monday are even better!

Check out these awesome offers!


Save Over £1,000 On Top Tipsters 

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Get 3 Proven Betfair Systems For Just £66 + VAT

Over the last few years Mike Cruickshank, the doyen of matched betting, has made 3 Betfair mini systems.

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  • – 1% System
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Previously they have only been made available to his Mastermind clients who pay £825.

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So there you have it, some fantastic deals for Cyber Monday. But please note they are only available until Midnight tonight (UK time), so don’t miss out!