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Gambling Or Investing: Which Is The Better Bet?

Gambling Or Investing: Which Is The Better Bet?

Published on 20/07/16

For many people, betting is just a form of entertainment, or a fun way to enjoy a fanciful flutter at the bookies in the hope of making a quick profit. We want to put this idea to rest; while betting can be great fun, it’s also a serious way of making honest money and shouldn’t be seen as all that different from traditional investments. While dictionary definitions of ‘gambling’ and ‘investing’ might sound a bit different, they’re actually pretty similar deep down.

Gambling
The myths

Many people think ‘investing good, gambling bad’; gamblers play fast and loose with money while investors make carefully considered decisions about where to place their finances. It’s all just hyperbole – at Betting Gods, we don’t advocate that our customers simply throw their money at anything with odds. By taking on expert advice about the top bets to place every day, Betting Gods’ customers are taking informed, considered chances – just like good investors.

Of course, betting isn’t low risk, but neither are most investments. If you put your money in a stocks and shares ISA and choose which stocks and funds to invest in, you’ll soon find that each fund comes with a track record of losses and gains, and very few funds will be making only gains, even those managed by world-leading investors. No investments are risk-free.

Some people will tell you that gambling is addictive, while investing is not. Two factors come into play here: first of all, this is simply a fallacy. If we were to compare gambling with day-trading – the act of taking money in and out of stocks on a daily or even hourly basis – you will likely find that each is as addictive as the other. It is the emotional involvement in gambling (and day-trading) which makes people liable to lose control, but this is by no means a necessity in gambling.

Secondly, you yourself will probably have an idea as to whether gambling is dangerous for you. At Betting Gods, we advocate gambling as a healthy and moderate way of earning money for those people who feel it will work for them. Our strategy does not involve placing ever-increasing amounts of money on high-risk options; it is a long-term, low involvement strategy for financially conscious individuals who are interested in making modest but significant profits over a period of time.

It’s all a matter of perspective

One of the biggest differences between investing through a traditional stocks and shares ISA and investing via betting is that betting requires you to be more involved, because you’ll be placing those bets every day. While this means you see those great wins and profits regularly, it also means you will have to get used to seeing losses regularly too.

While investing traditionally isn’t really any different, you can get away with simply checking your statements annually and seeing your money go up; the speed bumps your savings will inevitably have hit along the way will be smoothed over and forgotten about. As with investing, long term gains are what matters when you’re betting regularly. Even if you lose two bets out of three, as long as your wins make up for your losses, you’re still making a profit.

As an example, you can take the track record of one of our top tipsters, Big Race Bookie Busters. This tipster has produced a £4,328.30 profit since 1st November 2014 using £10 per point stakes. This is equivalent to a return on investment of 23.99% – much better than a cash ISA and better than most stocks and shares options – after an average of 30 to 40 tips each month via email. This total profit gain is calculated from the net profits of both tip wins and losses, showing that, while some tips don’t end in profits, overall our tipsters do tend to win out.

The benefits of betting over traditional investments

There are many reasons why some people consider betting to be a preferable alternative to traditional investing when it comes to making money with their savings. Betting provides a constant turnover of cash; obviously you don’t win every day, but you will win often enough that money is more likely to trickle in on a regular basis. For example, our tipster The Sports Guru produces (at time of writing) an impressive average profit each month of £315.07, based on just £10 per point stakes. Conversely, stocks and shares investments are usually intended to be left in the bank for years at a time, and so the income you make from them isn’t always readily available.

You also don’t have to start with a large amount of money to do well in betting. Most of our tipsters encourage customers to put down £10 stakes at a time; this way, the loss risk is relatively low and our services are accessible to everyone, regardless of income. Most investments don’t become worthwhile until they are worth a considerably higher sum, and so many feel priced out of the investment game.

It’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it

The lines between investing and gambling are certainly starting to blur. The truth is that whether you’re risking your money in stocks and shares or on a horse race, neither is necessarily safer or more profitable than the other; it all depends on the choices you make and the attitude that you have towards your money.

By making informed and well-reasoned decisions, such as the ones advised by our expert tipsters, many gamblers are able to see good returns on an annual or even monthly basis. It’s these gamblers, some of whom manage to make a living from betting, who most successfully manage to transform a hobby into a viable source of income, and are in essence more like investors than anything else.

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    I’ve been investing by betting with Betting Gods tipsters for about a year and done well, much better than my savings have done. However it is important to bet with at least 3 tipsters to even out the losing runs that always happen. However I have had to cancel one service recently that has lost money since Christmas and opened a new one.

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Hi Geoff,

      That’s great to hear and some brilliant advice for other members, I’m so glad you’re doing well and hope you continue to do so for a long time.

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    I am retired, so I top my pension up each month with winnings from my pot , my pot is £1000 and at the end of each month I pay myself the surplus.What I find is that I am always learning always refining how I bet and what stakes to use and quite often when I lose I think I should have done it a different way , but I remember this for the next time , I do as well out of my own bets as some of the tipsters

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      That’s a good idea John with paying yourself the surplus. It’s also great that you’re learning ongoing too. I hope your success continues for a long time

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    Interesting article , as a retired farmer I have been around horses,racing along time but it is only since I retired and had time that I have made money from betting. The main thing to learn is discipline in your betting, keep detailed records of your investments,(bets)give any tipster a fair run at least 3 months if using one or many as I do.
    As a comment my youngest son is a gas trader trades in millions of pounds yet looks in disgust at my betting.
    Gordon

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Great advice Gordon. Sounds like your son has an interesting career; would love to learn more about that

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    Hi Darren l have just come on board with the last two weeks, Ans l have a large debt to which l have been able to pay an extra £300 of the debt with the winnings. Thank You

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Hi Hugh, hopefully we’ll get that debt cleared and earn you plenty of extra money in the process

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    Been with Betting Gods for a while now and have triald a number of tipsters with the special offers must say have had ups and downs with them but have enjoyed altering my mentality. It’s not a matter of going for the quick fix but being involved for the long haul watching the investments gain over a period of time. It maybe hard to see a number of losing bets but then the winners do outweigh the losers think the journey of thinking outside the box is addictive in itself well done to the Gods well impressed.

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Thanks so much for your kind words Keith, I’m glad your long haul approach is reaping the rewards for you. As you say it can be dis-heartening to see a number of losing bets but as long as the winners outweigh them then we’re heading in the right direction.

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    I use a couple of different tipsters, just like my pension it’s good to have diversity. One point that wasn’t covered was the tax implications. With most investments you have to pay CGT (capital gains tax) on your realised profit the exception being ISA’s. With gambling your profit is tax free. CGT is somewhere between 10-20% depending on other things

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    I do both; that is invest in shares and ETF’s (Exchange Traded Funds) and bet. The former I feel is longer term and I look or check on it out of curiosity and may buy or sell occasionally, i.e. after Brexit. However, this doesn’t give you a daily interest. I have been doing matched betting since January 2016 and am up just over £3k clear profit, so I thought I’d now try horse betting. I have taken on two of your recommendations BoomBets and Profit Selector. It’s very early days yet (i.e. 3) and using £10 stakes, I’m up with one and down with another but slightly up overall. (Quick observation: you recommend these but don’t seem to share the results in your Betting Gods’ tables – any reason?). Anyway, the upshot is that I think you can do both type, and hopefully both prove to be good long term investments.

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Thanks Albert, certainly very interesting that you cover both.
      I’ve done matched betting in the past too, it’s a great way to build up a betting fund.

      Regarding results the services you mentioned aren’t managed by Betting Gods. Betting Gods managed services all show a breakdown of results and stats on their respective pages; https://www.bettinggods.com/tipsters

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    It is very important to understand variance if you want to make serious money out of betting. Many amateurs sign up for a tipping service on a sport with high variance such as horse racing and then they make the mistake of placing too large stakes, they lose a lot of money in the first weeks after a bad streak and quit with their losses cursing and blaming the tipster.

    You must be ready to see big drawdowns and to resist for at least 3 months (or even longer if the variance is extremely high such as in golf betting). For beginners who don’t have the nerve I would recommend starting with lower variance sports such as football or tennis.

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Hi Andrew,

      Some very wise words of advice there. It’s all too easy to get over-excited by initial results/profit and run before you can walk.

      Your suggestions of accepting drawdowns and resisting 3 months + is solid advice and I’d encourage all readers to take note.
      As you say, football or tennis can be a good entry level sport for betting.

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    It’s fine talking about investment but how do you invest when bookmakers close/restrict accounts as soon as you start making a return.

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      That is a fair point James. Spreading your bets around as many bookies as possible helps to keep you under their radar for a while though I must admit to finding myself placing more and more bets on the Betfair exchange though have been hit by their premium charge for quite a while now.

      Going back to the bookie restrictions topic; there’s a petition started to raise awareness of the issue. It may not make any difference but not harm adding a signature and sharing it around friends/family; https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/123754

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    I have a current betting portfolio of 9services, 6 of which are with Betting Gods and another 2 recommended by yourself ie Boombet services. I did have a further 1 in Tom Nelson which I stopped betting on 2 months ago because of his poor form. My concern now is the MRT service which has performed poorly throughout the year. Yesterday was a concern as his stakes increased on vey short price horses which again failed to deliver ,a loss of 8 points in one day. Today he hads gone for EW bets on bigger price horses. I just wonder if he his now fishing in the pond for a winning formula , let’s hope he finds it.
    We know the services are a long time project but what is a long time
    I’ll give it to the end of the month and then consider if I should give it a rest for a while if there is no
    Improvement. Look forward to hearing your comments positive or negative

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Hi Brian,

      Firstly my thanks for your comments. I agree that MRT does seem to be struggling lately and with the best will in the world it is understandably hard to maintain enthusiasm based on the performance to date through 2016.

      I’d be happy to help you out with an alternative tipster as replacement/substitute if you want to drop me an email ([email protected])

      Speak soon,
      Darren

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    Hi. I use the flat racing master with bettinggods. Can recommend this tipster. They tend to find some big priced winners at regular intervals, already had a 25/1 winner this month. Thanks Bettinggods.

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    Hi guys some great comments and advice! I currently subscribe to each way King and the greyhound tipster and finally Quentin Frank’s. As some have mentioned having several tipsters on the go would you be kind enough to mention the names of the bests performing you have found or even if you could give me some opinions on my above list of current tipsters??

    Finally I can’t say enough good things about Darren he offers a fantastic service.an

    his knowledge and expertise along with complete transparency and integrity

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      Hi Anthony, that’s very kind of you indeed. Made my morning :)
      Each Way King I’d say is very much a long-term service; the bets are much higher odds than most tipsters so naturally there’s a longer wait between winners but when they come in it’s a good profit boost.
      Premier Greyhound Tips and Quentin Franks are both very consistent and definitely up there with the best.

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      I’d love to follow QF regularly but work means I can’t get my bets on. I opt for FRM as his tips are ready when I wake up & 95% of the time I can get the advised odds – a very important factor. Used to follow MRT too but it’s all gone a little wrong there.

      I also use a super profitable tipster from a different service, but I won’t mention names.

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    Surely Betfair Sportsbook is the answer to the traditional bookmakers. They do not charge any commission and offer BOG and Cash Back. Their prices are also very competitive and I am sure they will not close accounts.

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    I have been with 3 tipsters in the past with Betting Gods and made profit but had to cancel because of work . Bad signal at work. But might have more time in near future so going to ask Darren if he could give an advice on one tipster. Recomend Betting Gods to any investor.

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    Hi guys only joined last week and so far I’m impressed, I currently use the football formula since the start of November it’s currently good, and another paid tipster from Facebook who i must say is very good. I was looking at the possibility of maybe adding another service most probably horse racing to maybe add a boost to my monthly points total! Also I’d like to add that from navigating around the site there is plenty of helpful advice around and it looks as if people follow staking plans etc they will easily make money.

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    Hi guys, my problem is when I see losses coming in quick succession I panic and go chasing profits. The size of starting pots worries me to be honest too. Should I start with one tipster to start with and build my pot to be able to take on a second tippster?

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    • Darren @ Betting Gods
      Darren @ Betting Gods

      One tipster is good for the first 2-3 months, then as your bank builds start to diversify and add another tipster.
      After 5-6 months you could then add another.

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    Hi Darren, I wonder if you can recommend a racing tipster to me to trial. I can only afford around £3 a point to begin with so I don’t expect a massive income until I can increase the stake. I am retired on a fairly low income and any extra money would a blessing. Regards Paul

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    I think of using tipsters as advice for trading.It is obvious to me that the bookmakers monitor the better tipsters.The speed at which the odds reduce for horses tipped by eg Quentin Franks and FRM are too immediate to to be as a result of the volume of money. As a hedge, I use only bookmakers with a cash out facility.
    Horses that drift badly in the last half hour before a race, I cash out. Occasionally I miss out and miss a winner at an enhanced price. On balance it is an edge but most importantly it cuts down the depressing long losing runs. Work commitments does not make this possible for everyone unfortunately.
    By the way I think Darren has already mentioned Black Type for those who have their accounts closed for having the audacity not to lose.

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    hi guys.i found a few thing have increase my profits..having a lot more than one tippsters.and 6 different bookies,and oddscheckers,bog..had a winner the other day took the price nite before at 16/1.won sp 6/1.and keep records of each bookmakers..

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