Footie Flutters is a brand new sports betting tipster service which is being offered through the Betfan group. As the name suggests, it provides football bets for games around the world.
What does the product offer?
“Experience Top Football Betting Advice And Start Winning!” claims one of the headlines for Footie Flutters. This kind of claim isn’t anything that is particularly new to me, especially when you consider the fact that the service is offered through Betfan group. What I mean by this is that I have seen variants of this claim a hundred time and if I am honest, a lot of those services are no longer for sale. There is good reason for this, namely that they haven’t continued to make money.
This doesn’t however mean that all services that come under the Betfan banner are destined to fail. In fact, some of the most impressive and long lasted services that I have looked at have come from the tipster stable. If there is one area where there appear to have been struggles however is in nailing down a good football tipster service.
I would like to hope that Footie Flutters is going to be the one that finally achieves this though. Being a bit of a sentimental softy deep down inside, I actually like to see products succeed and I wish everything I looked at could deliver. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. But with an open mind, let’s have a look at Footie Flutters.
There are a few things that stand out for me looking at Footie Flutters.
The first is that unlike a lot of a lot of football services, whoever is behind this newest example (the tipster is never actually named) appears to aim to provide week round betting. A lot that I look at tend to focus on weekends and the odd midweek bet, but so far Footie Flutters has produced a selection for almost every day.
As is the case with all products from Betfan, when selections are made available they are sent out via email as well as being uploaded to a member’s area on the website.
Moving onto the bets themselves, it is difficult to know where to start. To say that Footie Flutters uses an eclectic mix would be a bit of an understatement. There are straight forward win bets, however where the service really appears to excel is in the number of accumulators that are provided. The majority of these aren’t too bad with doubles often appearing however you will see bigger than this on a frequent basis.
Betfan have a staking plan in place for Footie Flutters which they recommend subscribers use in order to maximise profits. This means utilising 5% compounding on your stakes each month. The proofing for Footie Flutters is carried out to the usual 5 points per bet which you should expect to be required if you want to get the results that are advertised. Unfortunately, this can add up during losing runs.
In terms of the strike rate for Footie Flutters, I wouldn’t expect great things. Betfan don’t make any claims in this regard in the sales material (and you can guarantee that if this was worth talking about, they would do).
To create some context however, I will look at March (to date). During this period there have been 14 losing bets to 21 winning bets. This means a strike rate of 60% which is a phenomenal result, however this is also very far from typical. To create context, February had 30 losing bets to 14 winners making for a striker rate of about 30%.
How does the product work?
I find it rather disappointing that so many products from within the Betfan group come with no real information on the selection process. Footie Flutters isn’t really any different in this regard. We are told that the tipster behind the service is “methodical with [their] selections” and that they are also “very careful when it comes to finding the best bets to place”. There is a bit more talk about the experience the tipster supposedly has with betting on football but there is very little useful information.
This is frustrating for me as whilst I am happy to accept that no tipster should give away their system, I also believe that the consumer has a right to know that informed decisions are being made. Whilst there is evidence provided in the form of proofing, I am a stickler for making informed purchases and I don’t believe that Footie Flutters really gives enough to truly make this.
What is the initial investment?
There are two options available for those who are interested in subscribing to Footie Flutters. These are a monthly subscription and a quarterly subscription (which actually run for 28 days and 90 days respectively which means paying the monthly cost 13 time per year). These are priced respectively at £40 and £75 (plus VAT on both). It is worth pointing out however that at the time of writing, there is the option to get your first month for £20 before paying the full price.
As is the case with all products from the Betfan stable of tipsters, there is unfortunately no real 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 on Footie Flutters?
There are a few different things to consider when looking at Footie Flutters as a whole. The first of these is the points profit. Over approximately 4 months, the service made a profit of 117.5 points.
This is a respectable enough figure however it doesn’t paint a full picture. The main selling point from Betfan and the part that I want to focus on relates to the staking plan and the compounding your betting bank. Betfan say that by starting with a £2,000 betting bank, you could have turned this into £5,421.88. This means a return of more than 150% which in the time scale is pretty impressive.
Conclusion on Footie Flutters?
I really wanted to come into Footie Flutters and be wowed but unfortunately, I find that there are a few things lacking. One of those is perspective, but I will get to that in a minute. First things first, I want to focus on the positives. If you are able to bet along to the recommended stakes and you have a large starting bank balance, then I don’t think that Footie Flutters is a bad option at all. Whilst Betfan have opted to use £2,000 as a starting bank, it goes without saying that this would scale upwards.
This brings me rather neatly however onto the downsides to Footie Flutters and a big one is the fact that this also works backwards. Whilst you can scale the results up, you can just as easily scale them down.
Obviously everybody has a different amount that they can afford to bet with, but a starting betting bank of £100 would just about cover monthly subscription costs. This means that if you really wanted to start to make Footie Flutters worthwhile, you would need around £500 which would bring in about £850 in profit over 4 months. If of course you are staking 5 points per bet.
What I am getting at here is that if you actually take Footie Flutters down to a point where your average punter could afford to bet, it is barely worth doing. There is another problem which ties in with all of this as well and that is losing streaks.
Whilst the strike rates for Footie Flutters look great, the February that had a strike rate of about 30% also saw peak profits of 19 points dropping to just shy of negative 60 points. If you come in at the wrong point and don’t have the capital to keep throwing at Footie Flutters, you will likely struggle here. Keep in mind the nature of accumulators and how often they lose and it all starts to look at bit inevitable.
Of course, it can be said that like all betting services and systems, if you are disciplined and maintain a long term view you can profit. I don’t disagree with this statement at all and it is actually key to my next point which is the question of value. At £40 per month, Footie Flutters is pricey. The profits are a little bit rocky at their lowest and phenomenal at their highest (starting with a hypothetical £10,000, you could easily claim profits of £15,000). Because of this, I struggle to really see value in Footie Flutters.
I feel like Footie Flutters is a niche tipster service and it has nothing to do with the bets that you place or what you are betting on. Instead, it relates to how it works. I don’t think that it is inherently bad, however I do believe that it will only suit a very certain type of investor. With this in mind, and I really want to hammer this point home, if you have a lot of money you can sink into something then I don’t think that Footie Flutters is bad.
For most people however, it is simply going to be beyond the realm of plausibility and as such, I don’t think I can really recommend this (to most people at least).