1 Fixed matches

This is a funny one because anyone with information on fixed matches isn’t sharing it!

It’s true that sometimes syndicates or criminal organizations can influence players and officials, this has been documented a lot in the past but selling this information would defeat the purpose.

Why would they want to sell that info? It would just shorten the price and mean less value for them.

Also with the legal implications, we can assume people with such information would be highly unlikely to create a paper trail linking them to the crime by accepting payment for the fixed match.

If you see someone selling you tips saying that the match is fixed, you should treat it as a red flag and stop taking that persons advice.

Almost always this is a scammer trying to extort money out of naive bettors.

2 Odds

Frequently you will see Tipsters tipping games with a disregard for the odds their followers take. Every Tipster worth their salt should be tipping a selection that has ‘Expected Value’ (+EV) It’s vitally important that the Tipsters lets their followers know what the “value price” is and what price they shouldn’t bet below.

If a Tipster doesn’t care about the price and just advises betting on it, you should assume he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

3 Results

Tipsters are famous for falsifying their results or just not tracking their results at all. You should completely avoid Tipsters that do either as there’s probably a perfectly good reason they’re not tracking their results (They’re losers).

If you can, you should favour Tipsters that use some sort of 3rd party to track their Tips. Sites like Pyckio and Tipstrr are an example of 3rd party tracking that can’t be doctored

4 High volume and Tipping whats on next

I see this a lot on Twitter with accounts like… @FootySuperTips @Betting_Buddha @TheGeordieTips and @TipsterCharlie 

These accounts in my opinion offer zero value to users, Tipping around the clock in the manner that they do only facilitates reckless gambling.

True value opportunities aren’t available all throughout the day, all these trend loving tipsters do is check a team’s recent record or head to head and make their decision based on that.

Another reason might be that the Tipster himself is a bit of a gambling addict that needs the constant rush of giving out a Tip.

5 No Knowledge of the Sport they are Tipping

With the sheer amount of games that are running around the clock, it’s so tempting for Tipsters to tip what’s coming up next. This can mean the bored Tipster decides to bet on a U19’s Icelandic football match for which they certainly have no concrete information to go off expect the team’s past results.

Do they have any idea about team news? Highly improbable unless they have direct connections to the team.

For me this is another red flag, always be sure to ask the Tipster his reasoning for the bet, if he can’t answer you can expect he knows as much as you do.

Some Tipsters have models and aren’t necessarily sports experts, but if this is the case, they should at least be able to explain their process to you.

6 They Tip in-play

In-play Tipsters are among the most popular on Social media these days, and that’s hardly surprising given the world we live in now. Punters, in general, aren’t the most patient and want results fast.

The drawback to following an in-play tipster, however, is the time delay that it takes for you to get your bet on after they tweet a Tip. For you, this can mean logging into an account, depositing funds, finding the match with the bookie and finally the 5-10 second delay for the bet to go through.

Finding value bets in-play with bookmakers is also more difficult as most increase their margins and offer “unfair” prices.

Although in-play can be profitable for some sharp bettors, betting opportunities from following in-play tipsters are few and far between.

7 They chase losses

This is a dangerous one, You have a Tipster who has been on a losing streak and just like a degenerate gambler he decides to recoup the losses by advising an uncharacteristically high volume of bets afterward in an attempt to claw back some of the money he lost, or just get back in favour with his followers.

You don’t need me to tell you that making decisions in this emotional state is wrong and will eventually bite you in the ass even if it goes in your favour a few times.

8 They sell Lifetime memberships

This pops up a lot on my twitter feed, and whenever I see it, I just laugh. These are guys that are looking for a quick cash grab, make no mistake!

For a lot on here, this is a chance to hustle some money out of naive punters who think they’ve found a gold mine.

If a Tipster has a legitimate edge on bookies, he’s not going to give you access to his tips for life… especially not for £50

9 They use one Bookie

This comes in two forms. Firstly tipping from only one bookie limits you to better prices. If a Tipster decides to Tip from Bet365 exclusively, he and his followers will suffer long-term from not taking the best odds available.

Sometimes the difference between Bet365 and Betfair, for example, can be enormous. A Good Tipster always advises the best odds and which bookies to choose from.

Secondly, some tipsters will tip something that’s only available with one bookie. Once the tip is posted the price with that bookie moves fast and leaves the rest unable to bet. A good Tipster will always offer Tips at odds that are achievable for most of their followers.

10 Bankroll management

All Tipsters should inform their followers of their bankroll management, as we have spoken about before, for most this looks like a bank of 100 points and each bet is 1-2 points.

Something as simple as this can go a long way in improving the long-term success of bettors.

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