Backward Bets is a new horse racing tipster service that ‘claims’ to have produced some phenomenal results. The service is operated by Gavin Whitehall in conjunction with his team.
Introduction to Backward Bets
“Turning Betting on its Head for Unbelievable Results!”, “Discover the Revolutionary Method that Members Are Using to Generate More Than £140,000 PER YEAR in Betting Profits.”, “You Have NEVER Seen ANYTHING Like This Before!”, and finally, “Backward Bets has Shocked Punters, Tipster and Bookies Alike.”. With those headlines at the top of the sales page it is almost impossible to not be intrigued by Backward Bets.
There is no denying that this is an incredibly slick marketing operation – almost sickly in execution.
The whole thing just seems to be too good to be true and in my experience, if it looks like a duck and quacks like duck… well, you get the picture. So with Gavin Whitehall putting together such a slick sales pitch and with results that are unbelievable (I mean this in a very literal sense), is Backward Bets actually able to get close to the results that are claimed? Let’s have a look.
What Does Backward Bets Offer?
The logistics of Backward Bets are incredibly simple. Each day, you receive selections that according to Gavin Whitehall have been rigorously tested according to the strategy of he and his team (I will get to this later). All that you have to do is place your bets with a bookmaker of your choice “and then your profits come in automatically”. As you would expect, these selections are issued directly via email with Backward Bets subscribers typically receiving them the morning of racing.
In terms of the bets that Gavin Whitehall and his team recommend, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of variety here. From what I have seen, you can expect straight forward win bets from Backward Bets. These cover a variety of odds, but bv and large, there are no rank outsiders being advised. Typically speaking you can expect around 3 bets per day with very little variance on this.
This leaves the numbers side of things and rather unfortunately, I find that Backward Bets is rather lacking in this department. Very literally as it happens. Gavin Whitehall and his team don’t appear to have any real staking plan in place which is a very definite problem for a number of reasons.
The main one here however is that the marketing for Backward Bets talks about its profit in terms of pounds and pence and as such, there is no context for that this means being practical. If you are really stuck for a staking plan, a 100 point betting bank with 1 point level stakes is probably a safe bet (although I don’t think I’d keenly recommend even this).
This leaves me with the strike rate to talk about. Now this is one area where Gavin Whitehall is keen to put forward his numbers. Supposedly, in a 6 months period starting in January this year, Backward Bets has had just two months with a strike rate of less than 85%. These stand at 84.9% and 83.2%.
These numbers would be incredible for a lay betting tipster service but for Gavin Whitehall to claim them for a win based service like Backward Bets seems a bit much. Especially when you keep in mind that there is no proofing provided either.
How Does Backward Bets Work?
There are two key things that have to be kept in mind when talking about how Backward Bets supposedly works. The first thing is that Gavin Whitehall has a team in place composed of 4 people. Each of these bring their own expertise to the table:
- Gavin Whitehall says that he has been a committed punter since the age of 18 and follows a long line of bettors. He supposedly developed the strategy that is ultimately behind Backward Bets.
- Ron Partridge is Gavin Whitehall’s best friend. He is also a keen bettor and supposedly started working at a stable at 16.
- David Cooper met Ron whilst he was working at the stable. He is claimed to be a former trainer with “no end of industry contacts”. As a trainer, he also supposedly trained “some of the greatest champions of our time” and his wife is currently the sister of a jockey.
- Ryan is Gavin Whitehall’s nephew and is apparently behind the technological side of Backward Bets.
All of this brings me to the strategy that is claimed to be behind the service. Before each days racing, Gavin Whitehall, Ron Partridge and David Cooper make their individual selections. They then come together to compare notes and from this, ultimately find their most promising bets Gavin Whitehall and the team then “work backwards” with these selections comparing them against historical data.
Finally, these selections are ran through an algorithm that Ryan supposedly developed. This checks the “validity of the final picks”.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you want to sign up to Backward Bets, there is just one option available. Gavin Whitehall is charging a one time fee for the service of £29.99. which is none repeating. This buys you access to selections from Backward Bets for three years supposedly. I would be surprised if the service is around for this length of time though if I am completely honest.
It is worth noting that Gavin Whitehall is selling Backward Bets through Clickbank which means that there is a full 60 day money back guarantee in place. To be fair to Gavin Whitehall, this is well advertised in the sales material.
What is the Rate of Return?
I have already mentioned about the headline that claims that Backward Bets can make you more than £140,000 per year.
It would appear that the actual number is supposedly £147,230. I say this based off a highly questionable screenshot of a William Hill betting account which supposedly has this much money stored in it. Elsewhere in the sales material for Backward Bets, we see claims of £2,500 plus per week and £11,000 per month. It is really important to keep in mind that there is no information about how much is staked to make these kinds of returns.
Conclusion to Backward Bets
I have tried to write my conclusion a number of times so far.
This is because there is a huge amount of information to process about Backward Bets, and honestly, there is very little of it that I feel really has value. Almost every single claim that is made by Gavin Whitehall seems inherently ludicrous and most importantly has no evidence to back said claim up. I can pick almost anything up here and run with it and demonstrate with ease how unbelievable it is, and how there is more evidence to suggest that it is a false or misleading statement than a genuine one.
For example, Gavin Whitehall and his team are clearly a group of horse racing pros. It’s right their in all of their bios for crying out loud! The only problem with this is that all of the pictures used are actually of three different Stephen Price’s and are taken from LinkedIn. The strike rate far surpasses anything that I have ever seen, even from a lot of lay betting tipster services.
Backward Bets are claiming that their selection of one horse will win more often than if you were to pick a horse to lose out of a pack of eight. The profits simply don’t add up. To make £11,000 per month from a reasonable points value, you would have to stake at least £500 per point for a 22 point profit. Even this is a touch high to be hit consistently.
I could keep going, but I don’t think that I have to at this point. The fact of the matter is that there isn’t a single piece of solid or genuine evidence that Backward Bets works as advertised in my book. More than anything else, this is the biggest problem here.
The whole thing just seems like it has been created by a marketer with a view to making a few quid quickly and easily. As such, I would give this a very wide berth, even with the 60 day money back guarantee that is in place.
More ClickBank fodder for the foolhardy. If you are foolish enough to fall for such marketing, then there really is little hope for you in this game.