Introduction to Direct Booms
I always like to see tipster services that come from a reputable source (especially after the last service I looked at, but that’s a whole other story). As such, I was quite keen to look at Direct Booms from the well respected Tipping Gurus stable of tipsters.
There are a lot of reasons for a tipster service to stand out. Sometimes, it can be an insane amount of profit or a new approach. Other times, it can be a consistent stream of results or an incredibly low amount of risk. All of these come with their own pros and cons, but rarely do you find something that sits pretty squarely in the middle of all of this.
And that, for me at least, is what made Direct Booms stand out to me. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t any particular element that stands out as being particularly brilliant, but by the same token, I don’t see any aspects of the service that are particularly bad either. So, with that in mind, let’s see whether Tipping Gurus and John can actually offer a winning service.
What Does Direct Booms Offer?
I have touched upon the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any real element of the service that is stand out, and that applies to a lot of what Direct Booms offers. As such, I want to start this article by saying that you should get used to me saying things like average, typical, and straight forward. These aren’t necessarily bad things, so don’t read them as negatives.
And with that out of the way, what you are effectively getting is a very straight forward tipster service. Tipping Gurus issue selections on a near daily basis (with just the occasional day missed) and, as you would probably expect, selections are sent directly to Direct Booms subscribers via email.
There is more than enough information included in these to know what you are betting on and what to look for, and that does include how much to stake on each bet. A topic that I will pick up a little shortly. These selections are typically sent out on the morning of racing landing before 10am.
It is worth noting that Tipping Gurus do say that on occasion, John may receive late information which will warrant further emails in the day. This means that if you are following Direct Booms, you should be able to have some flexibility in order to get the most out of the service.
In terms of the bets themselves, I am quite pleased to say that this is one area where there is a little bit of variation. Direct Booms utilises a variety of different bet types although predominantly speaking you will be dealing with win and each way bets. With that said, Tipping Gurus’s proofing does also show that there are a number of small accumulators and even some forecast bets.
Naturally all of this leads to a variety of odds and Direct Booms has a decent range here. For example, earlier this month one day produced bets at odds of 12.00 and 1.80. This isn’t an uncommon event either which makes for a decent variety. For context, the average odds work out at 4.85.
One thing that I will say about John’s approach is that it does yield a moderately high volume. This year there have been close to 600 bets which is a decent amount per day. Especially when you factor in that staking (which I promise, is coming up). With that said, I don’t think that Direct Booms becomes unmanageable.
So, staking. I have mentioned this a few times and it is quite important to factor in. When John issues a selection, he will advise you to back it at anywhere from 1 point (or 0.5 points each way), all the way up to 5 points. Tipping Gurus’s proofing show that this isn’t an uncommon event either which means that the amount you are betting can start to add up.
In order to account for this, Tipping Gurus and John recommend that if you are going to follow Direct Booms, you should have a starting bank of 100 points. This is roughly in line with what I would expect, and given the strike rate, it should be more than enough to keep you in business.
On the subject of the strike rate, this is honestly not too bad at all. Given the range of odds and the bet types, 31.89% is a very good figure. In fact, when you look at those average odds and look at the fact that you will win about 1 in 3 bets, it quickly becomes quite obvious that there is potential to make money through Direct Booms.
How Does Direct Booms Work?
Tipping Gurus are quite up front about how John finds his selections for Direct Booms and honestly, this is surprisingly refreshing. Effectively, the service is based on inside information. More specifically, we are told the following:
Direct Booms has contacts with numerous stables up and down the country and receives information from jockeys, trainers, owners and stable staff that he puts to good use.
Whilst I generally believe that you should have as much information as possible in terms of the selection process, I can accept that in the case of inside information, that isn’t always possible.
What I will say is that the fact that Tipping Gurus provide comprehensive proofing for Direct Booms. As such, this provides a very good idea of what you are going to get from the service moving forward. In my opinion at least, this does mean that you can make a relatively informed decision about whether or not this will work for you before you buy it.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you want to subscribe to Direct Booms, Tipping Gurus offer two different models. The first of these is a monthly subscription which is priced at £25 (plus VAT) per month. Alternatively, you can sign up on a quarterly basis which offers slightly better value at a cost of £60 (plus VAT) per quarter.
There are two things that are noteworthy here. First of all is that whichever option you choose, Tipping Gurus provide a 14 day trial for new members which will cost you just £5 (plus VAT). On top of this, they offer a full 60 day money back guarantee on their products which is backed up by the fact that Direct Booms is being sold through Clickbank.
What is the Rate of Return?
Since January 2019, Direct Booms has produced an overall profit of 263.87 points which is a pretty respectable number. Arguably doubly so when you make additional considerations for the fact that according to Tipping Gurus’s proofing, this number peaked at 300 points in mid August.
Now, there are a few things to take away from this in my opinion. First of all, there is the fact that Direct Booms clearly has a lot of potential to make some quite substantial profits. Furthermore, I will say that looking at those historic results, some of these can come off the back of a particularly big bet.
Secondly, there is the fact that there has been a loss of more than 35 points in less than a week. That is a significant amount and with a 100 point betting bank, joining Direct Booms before that would rightly leave you nervous. That drop is in no small part down to the staking plan which is my final point. Those larger stake bets can really rack up when you face a series of losing bets.
Potentially the best possible context comes in the form of the ROI which stands at 12.18%. That shows that a lot of the points profit does stem from larger stakes, however, I will also say that it represents a relatively respectable number.
Conclusion for Direct Booms
So what does all of this mean for Direct Booms? Whilst there is generally a decent amount of consistency to the service, there are undeniably some elements that could best be described as being open to a bit of a mixed reception.
I want to start by addressing these negatives first and foremost. Not least of which is because whilst I can appreciate how they may be off putting for some people, I don’t think that they are necessarily the end of the world.
First of all, there is that staking plan. Now, I will admit that personally, I am a fan of level staking. I like that it is clear, it is concise, and you can immediately understand what you are getting into. I also think that it can help to mitigate longer term risk when it comes to losing streaks.
With that said, I think it is only fair to John to say that given that this is based on inside information, he has to stack stakes up when he has good information. Direct Booms isn’t based on something formulaic where you keep at it with a long term view to making money, the nature of the approach means that you have to strike whilst the iron is hot.
Secondly, I want to look at that dip in recent result. Let’s not mince works, losing more than 10% of your profit in a week isn’t great. But it isn’t the end of the world either. The fact that Tipping Gurus’s proofing highlights that this kind of run of results is against the grain says a lot to me.
There haven’t been long losing streaks historically, and whilst they are an inevitability for any tipster service, they shouldn’t be seen as the be all and end all. Especially when they aren’t a frequent occurrence. So yes, it is frustrating, and if I’d joined just before that losing streak, I would be mighty annoyed, but that is part and parcel of any betting service.
Moving on to the positives, there are definitely positives to take away. One of the main things that stands out to me is the relative consistency with which Direct Booms has ultimately performed. By and large, there has been a very steady increase in the profitability and I can’t see why this should change any time soon.
On top of this, one of the biggest positives is undoubtedly the pricing. At just £25 per month, Direct Booms is not a lot of money, especially compared to other services with similar results. As such, there is definitely potential for value for money to be had here.
With all of this in mind, I am going to say that if you are looking for a tipster service with a degree of consistency, and you have the discipline to stick to those stakes (especially when they lose), then Direct Booms might be something that can work for you.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an outstanding performance from a service, and I am always a little wary of tipster services. This is mostly down to how varied their results can be, but if you are looking for something in the vein of Direct Booms, I can say from experience that you could do a lot worse.