Betfair Hyperbets is a new to market tipster service which is being offered through Streetwise Publications on behalf of a tipster known only as “The Scientist”. There are some very substantial looking income claims for the service.
Introduction to Betfair Hyperbets
It’s been a while since I’ve looked at anything from Streetwise Publications and honestly, it’s bloody good to be back. Not least of which is because if nothing else, their copy is always a blast to read. Whether the services live up to the potential hype that is spouted is a very different question, and one that in the case of Betfair Hyperbets, I hope to answer over the course of this review.
With this in mind, I hope that you will excuse the clear cynicism that I have when it comes to their claims. Let us not forget that this is a company that have had complaints against them upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority. That isn’t to say that their services are bad (some have been pretty good), but you have to take everything with a big pinch of salt.
Let’s not mince words here. The headlines are eye grabbing. The numbers look incredible. And there are bags of hugely unsubstantiated claims that are made relating to a wide variety of topics. And it can be hard getting through it all, if I’m honest. But with claims as strong as Streetwise Publications’ for Betfair Hyperbets, it is worth looking to see whether or not The Scientist is the real deal.
What Does Betfair Hyperbets Offer?
The sales pitch for Betfair Hyperbets opens by saying the following “Dear Reader, Two words… FAST. MONEY.” And then immediately goes on to walk about winning “SIX MONTHS WAGES in just 88 seconds!”. This is one hell of a claim, and I think it sets the tone for what Streetwise Publications claim the service offers. But there is a strong line between the fact and fiction.
As is the case with so many products from Streetwise Publications, there is not actually a lot of tangible information available on the sales material. I mean, you aren’t even told what sport/betting market that you are betting on is. Fortunately, I can provide some information for Betfair Hyperbets without actually giving the game away fully (something I don’t really believe in doing).
So, despite a very flashy sounding name, I can say that what you are actually dealing with when it comes to Betfair Hyperbets is a greyhound tipster service. These so called “hyper bets” and all the talk of speed refer mostly to how long it takes a greyhound to run a race. Those 88 seconds mentioned above might be just 3 races.
Now, with that out of the way, we can start to address a little more about Betfair Hyperbets. First of all, this isn’t a daily tipster service. In fact, pretty far from it. There can be multiple days between bets, although I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing. I would rather a tipster be selective rather than tipping for the sake of it.
Logistically, things aren’t too different to the norm. Selections are issued directly to subscribers via email, but you will also receive a text message as well with details of the tips. This is a nice touch and something that I think helps to add a bit of quality to Betfair Hyperbets. After all, how many emails do you miss? By the same token, how often do you ignore a text?
You can expect to receive the selections on the morning of racing, however it is rather later in the morning. This isn’t too much of a problem due to the fact that greyhound racing doesn’t usually kick off until later in the day.
Now, I have talked about the fact that Betfair Hyperbets is a selective service, but this doesn’t just apply to the days tips are sent out. Despite Streetwise Publications talking about the idea that there are potentially 164 bets on a given day, you won’t be hitting near to that volume. In fact, most days will see no more than 4 or so bets (although there may be a few higher volume days).
In terms of the bets, there are a wide variety of markets that you can expect to bet on. None of these are particularly problematic and can be placed with almost every bookie I have looked at. The fact of the matter is that despite sounding complicated, they are all pretty straight forward.
One thing that I want to touch on is the staking plan that is in place. The Scientist will advise subscribers to stake anywhere from 1 point going potentially as high as 5 points. Fortunately, there is a decent spread across this and Betfair Hyperbets doesn’t ever end up using higher numbers just to bulk up results. This is one of the positives of the service.
This all brings me to a very salient point. I want to talk about the strike rate, or more specifically, the lack thereof. There simply aren’t any claims about how often you can expect to win with Betfair Hyperbets. There is just a vague sense that you will win often. It is worth noting that Streetwise Publications provide no real proofing for the service either, making it very difficult to calculate anything.
As a final note, I want to talk about the fact that The Scientist and Streetwise Publications also provide a guide to “UNLIMITED hyperbet profits. This is a booklet which is broken down into 5 parts. Each of which looks at different approaches to greyhound betting. Some of these strategies are better than others, but ultimately, this is just an accoutrement to the main course, adding a little additional value, but not enough to sway opinion.
How Does Betfair Hyperbets Work?
One thing that Streetwise Publications are very keen to talk about is how Betfair Hyperbets works. Or at least, kind of. The truth of the matter is that whilst there is a lot of discussion surrounding the service, there is very little in the way of information that I would consider to be either factual or insightful. Instead, the focus is simply on the history of The Scientist.
And why shouldn’t it be? After all, Streetwise Publications make some rather wild claims saying that he was the head of these “hyperbets” at Betfair for a number of years. He ultimately decided that he was tired of taking advantage of punters and with 20 plus years “working on the inside of the industry”, the clear implication is that The Scientist has an edge.
Unfortunately, none of this is really tangible information. In fact, it all sounds like a far fetched fantasy and I shouldn’t believe a word of it. But I kind of do for reasons I will discuss a little later. The important thing to take away here is that despite Streetwise Publications’ very impressive sounding copy, you don’t actually get an insight into the selection process.
Factor in that there isn’t any real proofing for Betfair Hyperbets either, and you end up in a position whereby you are simply left taking an unnamed entity’s word that honestly, they’re dead good. Something that the profit and loss doesn’t necessarily suggest (but I’ll pick this up shortly). All of which is very problematic to me.
What is the Initial Investment?
In terms of how much you will pay, I honestly expected a fair amount here. The fact of the matter is that Streetwise Publications are not necessarily known for putting out services that are affordable. In fact, I would say that usually, they are one of the more expensive information product companies on the market.
However, Betfair Hyperbets is priced at £39.95 per month plus VAT. This is on the pricey side, don’t get me wrong. But it is also about in line with what I would consider to be “average” for a tipster service. It is also worth noting that Streetwise Publications are offering your first month for half price meaning you pay just £19.95 plus VAT.
Om top of this, we are told that you get to try the selections “RISK-FREE for the next 30 days”. This tells me that there is a 30 day money back guarantee in place for Betfair Hyperbets which fits with how Streetwise Publications usually market their products.
What is the Rate of Return?
Now we come to the most important part which is the bottom line. There are a lot of numbers that are thrown about in relation to Betfair Hyperbets. The one that is most often repeated is that claim of making £8,180 in 88 seconds, but frankly, that is BS and not representative of anything realistic at all.
If you really want to get a feel for the income potential of Betfair Hyperbets, you simply have to look at the breakdown of profits. This shows that between January and September, The Scientist made a profit of £22,039. However, this is to £100 stakes. What that means in more realistic terms is that in 9 months, the service has made just 22.03 points.
Honestly, that isn’t a whole lot. And whilst I would imagine that the selective nature of Betfair Hyperbets means that the ROI would actually be a reasonable amount, there are no figures claimed in this regard. As such, the only real context for the results do not cast the best light with an average monthly profit of less than 2.5 points per month.
Conclusion for Betfair Hyperbets
I want to start by addressing the elephant in the room with Betfair Hyperbets. It just hasn’t made enough money. When Streetwise Publications’ own claims of income show just 2.5 points of profit per month, you know that things are pretty dire.
Now, I am sure that The Scientist and Streetwise Publications would be more than willing to argue against this claim. And I will admit that a profit is a profit, and that can be difficult to maintain in the longer term. But using those monthly averages as a return, you would need to stake £20 per point just to cover your subscription costs.
£50 per point (which in my opinion is a relatively substantial stake for most people) would mean you make some £75 per month profit. For my money, that just isn’t nearly enough to warrant the effort involved. Now, this is entirely applicable to Betfair Hyperbets in the context of itself. By which I mean, without comparing it to other services, it still isn’t worth it.
However, when you start to compare Betfair Hyperbets to other services, then it becomes even more difficult to find any positives. I know of services that for £30 per month can make some more than 20 points of profit per month on average. I know of tipsters that cost £7 per month and have made average monthly profits of just under 20 points.
So, knowing that these products are out on the market, why would you pay close to £50 per month for tips that make a tenth of significantly cheaper tipster services? You just wouldn’t.
Now, all of this is a shame as I do believe the claims that are made surrounding The Scientist and his background. This is because I have actually looked at Betfair Hyperbets before in a slightly different guise. I noticed some overlap whilst researching this service with another tipster that I have looked at before, one Top Dogs (very similar copy and identical claims in terms of profit).
Now, this did away with Streetwise Publications’ “hyperbets” marketing and was much more up front about the fact that it was a greyhound service. This led me to believe that it was a genuine service, which, if I’m honest, I still think Betfair Hyperbets is. However, when I looked at this, it was off the back of a first few months whereby the results were strong.
In fact, as I recall, when I looked at Top Dogs, I said it was potentially worth consideration. However, looking at the results for Betfair Hyperbets, it highlights perfectly how much the results for a tipster can turn around. As such, whilst I do believe that Streetwise Publications are providing something genuine, it is also something that just doesn’t make enough money.
Now frankly, this would apply whether you were paying £10 per month or the £48 that Streetwise Publications are actually asking here. But when it is at that higher figure, you have to be much more capable of delivering results that are greater than just 2.5 points of profit per month.