Football Master Review – Betfan

Football Master is a new to market sports betting tipster service which is being offered through the Betfan group. They have been proofing for some time, so you would expect some decent long term profits.

Introduction to Football Master

For reasons that elude me right now, football betting services are becoming evermore popular and prevalent in the tipster industry. And for larger tipster stables, it can be difficult providing a variety of different options, all whilst maintaining the profitability (and let’s not kid ourselves here, the marketability) of them.

Now, I am very familiar with Betfan, and I have looked at a lot of football tipster services that they have put out before now. Many of those are no longer options that are available, and that should tell you a lot. But the offering for today seems to be very interesting indeed. Especially when the headline invites you to “BET WITH A PRO!”.

As such, you would be very reasonably forgiven for coming into something like Football Master and expecting an absolutely incredible service. Especially with a claim of making £13,579 between April and November. Surely Betfan are just on to a winner? Right? The truth surrounding everything seems to be a little more complicated than that, so let’s get straight into it.

What Does Football Master Offer?

There is a lot about Football Master that I am less than impressed with. I don’t usually like to open with this kind of statement, but I also think that it is important to keep in context the fact that there is also a lot of praise that can be heaped onto the service. Not surprisingly, this means that there is a fair old amount of ground to cover.

Now, a lot of those positives that I have mentioned come down to a few things. One of the main ones is the way that Betfan mange their services. There is no denying that they are arguably the biggest tipster stable in the UK. Nor can you ignore the fact that they have managed hundreds of services over the years.

This means that their services (Football Master included) are a well oiled machine. This means that Betfan make selections available directly to subscribers via email, as well as sending uploading them to a member’s area on their website. This means that in theory, you should always have access to selections.

Now, one of the other things that stands out as a positive when it comes to Football Master (at least in my book) is that you are betting every day. One would hope that this isn’t simply for the hell of it, but the tipster behind the service does cover a variety of leagues. These can range from top European games to some frankly quite obscure games.

And on the subject of those bets, there is just so much variety. Now, by and large, Football Master is a low volume tipster service. Most days will produce just 2 or 3 bets. And this seems to be mostly down to the betting markets involved. Because the tipster behind the service is mostly concerned with betting on accumulators.

Don’t get me wrong. This doesn’t mean throwing money at 8 and 10 folds. You will mostly be backing doubles and trebles so in theory, you should win relatively often. There are also bets covering a few other single game markets, but these are far from common and seemingly don’t fit into the accumulators.

Now, it is easy to get caught up in accumulators and anticipate some outrageous returns on your bets, but that isn’t the case with Football Master. In fact, a look at the proofing for the last month shows that there were bets with returns that were less than evens. A not uncommon event at all.

Naturally, these lower odds do tend to require much higher stakes, and that is where Football Master starts to become slightly problematic in my opinion. If you look at the proofing that Betfan provided for the service, there are frequent bets that are advised at anywhere from 3 points per bet, all the way up to 5 points per bet.

Now, even when you are dealing with lower stakes, those kinds of numbers can really start to add up. Especially because the wins that you see aren’t necessarily at big enough odds to make up for any substantial losses. A high strike rate would offset this, however Betfan make no claims in this department. Nor is there any feasible way of trying to calculate this number either.  

How Does Football Master Work?

I want to come back to something that I mentioned way back at the start of this review whereby Betfan talk about betting with a pro. For me, this carries certain connotations. Not surprisingly, this include the fact that Football Master is ran by a professional. That’s all well and good of course, right?

The fact of the matter is that Betfan don’t actually have anything to say about either the selection process, nor why the tipster behind the service is a “professional”. Honestly, that is a huge problem for me.  It isn’t necessarily that I believe that a tipster should be giving away the full details of what their selection process actually entails, but there should be enough to make an informed decision.

Sure, there is an argument to made that Betfan provide comprehensive proofing (which they do, as they always do, to be fair). And that does provide some context for what you can probably expect moving forwards. Unfortunately, whilst I do believe that having this is mitigation, you are still coming into this pretty blind.

Where that is ultimately problematic for me is that I believe if you are signing up to a tipster service (especially one that is as pricey as Football Master), then you should be able to make a fully informed decision about what you are getting into. In my book, proofing and a vague reference to betting with a professional does not put you in the position to make that informed decision.  

What is the Initial Investment?

One of the main contributors when it comes to Football Master for me is the prices that are involved. Now, Betfan do provide a wider range of options, and that is a good thing. However, there is no ignoring that they are on the expensive side That is, unless you are signing up for much longer subscription plans, however these come with their own set of problems.

The lowest outlay option for Football Master is to sign up on a weekly basis. This is priced at £10 (plus VAT) per week, however that does start to add up over the course of a year. The monthly option is the next cheapest option in terms of outlay, however there are some strong caveats to this.

The £30 per month (plus VAT) that you are asked for is paid 4 weekly, which means 13 payments per year. This means that you will be paying £468 including VAT over the course of a year. That is a pretty significant amount to pay out of your profits.

Representing slightly better value is the quarterly subscription which is priced at £84.50 (again, plus VAT) every 90 days. Finally, you can sign up to Football Master on the 6 monthly plan which represents the best value, but at £143 (plus VAT) does mean the biggest initial payment, something which can definitely be a little bit off putting.

 As is the case with all services from the Betfan group, there is unfortunately no money back guarantee in place. The team say that they do review refund requests, however these are not typically granted.

What is the Rate of Return?

At the start of this article, I talked about the income claim for Football Master of £13,579. And between April and November, that is a bloody good looking number. And why wouldn’t it be? That is a considerable amount of money no matter who you are. However, that also needs to be placed into some context.

You see, that figure is to £100 stakes. Which means that actually, you are looking at a points profit of 135.79 points. Now that still isn’t a bad number. Honestly, you are looking at just 8 months over the year there, and there is no reason that Football Master couldn’t add on that profit in the additional 4 months.

However, the part that is most important here is that these points profits are also based on those multiple point stakes that I mentioned earlier. As such, you could quite easily scale these stakes back to level stakes of 1 point which would at least reduce your results by a third, and that is being relatively generous in my opinion.

Conclusion for Football Master

Without looking too hard at Football Master, you are shown a tipster service which has produced some very steady profits through some potentially quire exciting ways of betting on football. In short, it seems to be a sure fire winner. And that is no coincidence. Whilst Betfan are very good managing tipster services, their marketing is undoubtedly where they shine.

So, what impact does all of this actually mean? Well, first of all, I don’t think that I have to go into the… flexibility… shall we say, that exists in terms of the income. I can appreciate that there are recommended stakes for a reason (but this is a point I want to pick up as my next point), but they are not the most accurate reflection of the results without a detailed staking plan. Which Football Master lacks.

And this brings me to another point which is just the general lack of information that comes with Football Master. Now, returning to the bit with the staking. If you are following a tipster who can say that their selections are based off a strategy of probability (for example), and the more probable the outcome based off x or y, the more points you stake.

Well, I can get behind staking anywhere from 3 points to 5 points. Because there is a clearly defined reason for this beyond making numbers look bigger. I don’t want to say for sure that this is what Betfan are doing here, but this is a technique I have seen them use many times before now as well. As such, it would be naïve to dismiss it.

What you now have when you start to break Football Master down, is a tipster service which isn’t necessarily that profitable. Nor is it really well explained why you should be following a tipsters advice (outside of some vague impressive sounding statements like betting with a pro). And the icing on the cake for me is that it isn’t even that cheap.

Don’t get me wrong, Football Master isn’t the most expensive tipster service that I have ever looked at, but when you weight it up against the returns… Well, I just don’t see how you can realistically look at this and say that you see value for money. Especially when it is compared to the wider tipster market.

With all of this in mind, I don’t think that I would necessarily look to recommend Football Master. It isn’t a terrible product by any stretch of the imagination. It has made money for one. And those accas will make the days football more interesting. That is all beyond question, but how does it stack up against rival tipster services out there?

The unfortunate answer is that in my book (at least), it just doesn’t. This is despite potentially paying a lot more for access to Football Master than its rivals.


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From: Simon Roberts