5 Minute Genius is a new sports betting tipster service which is operated by a tipster referred to simply as Pat. It claims to make quite substantial profits betting on football.
Introduction to 5 Minute Genius
Looking into 5 Minute Genius has been a very rewarding experience, not because I am magically more wealthy as a result of following Pat’s advice. No, it is entirely down to the marketing. I make no effort to hide the fact that I love a good yarn that is designed to sell a product and honestly, 5 Minute Genius is just full of gems. Pat starts off by telling us to forget everything that we know about conventional football betting.
This is because he is going to reveal (and this is a huge headline, bold and in red):
“How I Stopped Believing, Stopped Stressing And Stopped Thinking And Made More Money Than Anyone I’ve Come Across In The Betting Industry”.
This is one hell of a claim and an intriguing one at that. Things only get better from here as an entertaining read. This doesn’t mean however that there is a good service backing it up, so let’s have a look at 5 Minute Genius and see if it can really deliver.
What Does 5 Minute Genius Offer?
In terms of what you are actually getting from 5 Minute Genius, it is very much what you can expect. Selections are issued on a near daily basis (Pat says that he is not a slave and that a “1 or 2 day absence is very possible… please respect this”) and are sent out to subscribers directly via email (his own personal email, he claims).
The quality of these is acceptable with Pat providing enough information to place a bet but this is a long way from some of the better quality tipsters I have looked at before now (supposedly because “lengthy, useless explanations” don’t matter and “all you should care about is making money”).
As is often the case when it comes to football betting, Pat advises 5 Minute Genius subscribers to bet on a number of different markets. The majority of these will be straight forward win bets however you can also expect to back teams to draw, both teams to score and over/under markets as well. These are all at a range of odds from odds on to 3/1. Those who are looking for big winners will only be disappointed with 5 Minute Genius.
Given the ego and arrogance that Pat appears to make little effort to cover up, I am not surprised that there is no staking plan in place. This is a man who says that how much he places on bets and how much he makes doesn’t affect 5 Minute Genius subscribers whatsoever.
This is all well and good in theory, however it is actually a very important aspect. In this day and age, I think that it is pretty much industry standard for a tipster to help their subscribers to manage a betting bank. The fact that 5 Minute Genius doesn’t bother with this is disappointing.
Keeping with the theme of numbers (as well as the ego driven marketing) it is disappointing that there is no mention of any strike rate for 5 Minute Genius. This suggests to me that this number may actually turn out to be on the low side. I certainly believe that if there were any kind of strong result this would have been bragged about with everything else. It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that there is no proofing provided for 5 Minute Genius either.
How Does 5 Minute Genius Work?
Whilst there are rather large swathes of things missing with 5 Minute Genius, how Pat finds his selections is not one of them. It is also an interesting read (as is almost every concept attached to the service). He says that he began to understand how to bet profitably on football after joining a local team, something he did because he missed the thrill of betting.
Whilst playing, he says that he began to notice intrinsic and yet intangible factors which affected the result of a game. The example given in the sales material for 5 Minute Genius talks about the fear factor.
Moving forward, after discovering these principles, Pat says that he began to understand how the same things apply to professional players. He claims that he ended up buying 3 monitors in order to watch as many football matches, interviews and team news as possible. He then made notes on anything which relates back to previous observations of the same team.
He then uses Oddsportal to find value (we aren’t told how), compares this with the data on a team and then uses “common sense and thorough observation” to predict what is going to happen.
What is the Initial Investment?
There is only one option if you want to subscribe to 5 Minute Genius and this is the “Ultimate Solution Package”. This buys you full access to Pat’s tips for a month, after which you have to repurchase the package. This is priced at £29. It also comes with a full 60 day money back guarantee as it is sold through Clickbank although this isn’t really mentioned anywhere.
What is the Rate of Return?
Given that Pat says that how he bets and what he earns doesn’t affect subscribers, it isn’t that surprising to see that there are no claims in terms of how much you can expect to earn following 5 Minute Genius. In fact, he says “I’m not here to ramble on about numbers”. He does however say that in Autumn of 2017, he “raked in” enough money to buy 6 first class tickets through British Airways to Moscow for 2018.
He also says that he had money left over to take his family to Italy over Christmas. The clear implication here is that there is a lot of money to be made through 5 Minute Genius, even if it is said in a none committal fashion.
Conclusion on 5 Minute Genius
Sometimes I struggle to find the positives in a service. In the case of 5 Minute Genius however, it is clear to me that there is one area where this excels and it does so massively. Namely, I am talking about the marketing. Do I believe any of the ridiculous claims that are made? Absolutely not, but the sales pitch is a genuine tour de force. It is worth a read solely for the entertainment value.
As a product, I don’t believe for a single minute that Pat can deliver on his claims, this is in spite of their vagueness. From start to finish, the whole thing doesn’t feel like a genuine tipster, and even if they are, I wouldn’t trust their word. I accept that it is not a tipsters job to hold your hand through everything. That is fair enough, however Pat’s unwillingness to take on any aspect of the job outside of giving you a few bets just doesn’t sit right with me.
A good tipster will want you to succeed and a part of this is helping you to maximise your profit. The attitude here simply seems to be, you’re on your own. I’m great. That is not conducive to a positive business relationship.
It is not even like you can say that 5 Minute Genius is cheap. At £29 per month, it is very definitely in the realm of professional tipster services that offer a lot more for your money (such as proofing, a staking plan, a helpful attitude, advice…). Honestly, I don’t see any aspect of 5 Minute Genius that I would really recommend to subscribers.
The whole thing just doesn’t strike me as worthwhile and with no evidence to the contrary, I feel like that is a very reasonable conclusion to reach.