NHL Hits is a new to market sports betting tipster service which is being offered through the Betfan group. As the name of the service suggests, it is predominantly based around betting on ice hockey.
Introduction to NHL Hits
I always love finding something new and different when it comes to betting. Especially when it comes to tipster services. I always espouse the importance of having a diverse portfolio, and it is for good reason. The fact of the matter is that tipster services will have ups and downs. It is simply a part of betting. And there is often overlap if you are following a lot of tipsters in the same niche and market. Which is why it always warrants paying attention in my mind when, say, an ice hockey tipster comes along.
Which of course brings me to NHL Hits. You’ve read the title of this, you knew it was coming. Now, simply the fact that Betfan have released a somewhat niche product isn’t the main reason that I am keen to look at this. Don’t get me wrong, the fact that this could potentially slide into the betting portfolio of most people and almost immediately add value is definitely a bonus. But the real star of the show here is just how much money you can potentially make here. Because the proofing shows some hugely impressive numbers.
Of course, this is a Betfan product. In my experience, things are rarely quite as they seem to be when it comes to their services, and unfortunately, it seems like a little bit of digging shows that NHL Hits isn’t much different. Now, don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that this is a service that should be dismissed out of hand. In actual fact, I remain quite impressed by a number of elements. So, with all of that said, let’s get straight into it.
What Does NHL Hits Offer?
I’ll be honest with you. NHL Hits is really quite an extraordinary service. A very deliberate choice of words really, because whilst there are pros and cons, none of them are really toeing the line of what is “standard” for a tipster service. These extremes lead to a lot of elements that… Well, they make it quite hard to judge. Because it adds a drastic amount of subjectivity.
So, where do you start here? I think that I want to start with one of the few things about NHL Hits that is all pretty straightforward. That is the way that the service is ultimately managed. Betfan tend to have a very specific approach to the management of their services and the same standards apply here to.
As you would expect, selections are made available directly via email. This is pretty much industry standard at this point. They are also uploaded to a member’s area on the Betfan website. The best option in my eyes though is to receive selections for NHL Hits directly through Betfan’s app. This mostly boils down to the fact that it’s pretty hard to miss a notification on your phone, whereas tips sent via email are often overlooked.
Now, let’s talk about the bets. Because there is a hell of a lot of ground to cover here. First and foremost, I want to talk about the bets themselves. Betfan’s proofing shows that NHL Hits leans into a fair old range of betting markets. However, the most common ones are simply match winners, as well as a huge range of different Asian Handicap markets.
In and of itself, this isn’t a cause for concern. Asian Handicap bets are a little bit more niche than most, but you aren’t dealing with anything particularly complicated in my opinion. It’s just something that sounds like it might be scary, but any bookmakers will make it easy for you to place the bets that are advised through NHL Hits.
Something to that I want to touch on here is that Asian Handicap bets are pretty necessary for NHL Hits. This is a very low odds service with bets very rarely coming in at more than 2.0. What exasperates this situation is that odds comparison sites don’t seem to cover the market. However, when it comes to backing a match winner, it is definitely worth shopping around. It isn’t going to make NHL Hits drastically more profitable, but you should be doing everything you can to get an edge in my opinion.
Moving on from this, whilst the bet types aren’t really all that scary, at least in my opinion, is the volume of bets. First and foremost, this is a tipster service that has selections pretty much on the daily. More than this though, NHL Hits puts out a hell of a lot of tips on a given day. Only the day before my writing this, there were 18 different bets advised. The day before that, 8. 15 the day before that. In 3 days, there were 41 bets advised. And these aren’t exceptional numbers either.
Adding on to this, there is also the staking plan that you need to consider. I mean, those 41 bets are a lot to have to place, but the proofing for NHL Hits is all to Betfan’s 5 point staking plan. This means that if you were betting in line with this you’d be looking at 201 points staked in just a few days. At £10 per point, that is over two grand. On the busiest day alone, you’d need £900 to put down. These are huge numbers.
Fortunately, NHL Hits is helped along by a very impressive strike rate of about 62%. Something that given the odds involved, you could probably expect. What this means though is that, in theory, even thought there is a lot of outlay you shouldn’t ever be taking on too much risk. In theory.
How Does NHL Hits Work?
In terms of how NHL Hits works… Well, there just isn’t a whole lot of information available. Which is incredibly fortunate in my opinion. As I always find myself saying, I’m not looking for a detailed step by step breakdown of things, but it would be nice to have a little bit of insight into how winners are chosen.
Where it is really important with NHL Hits, at least in my mind, is the fact that… Well, I (and I would imagine most people) don’t know a bloody thing about ice hockey. Horse racing, football, even sports I don’t necessarily follow like tennis or golf. I have enough understanding of betting to get an idea of what I am dealing with. But here… The tipster behind it could just be picking favourites and I wouldn’t know.
Now, there is an argument to be had that this doesn’t necessarily matter. The results for NHL Hits speak for themselves. A strong strike rate and a strong profit should be enough in and of itself, right? I think there is some truth to that, but I am not sold on it. I honestly don’t think that it’s unreasonable to say that if I am going to pay out good money to a tipster, I want to know that it is more than just good fortune.
Admittedly, Betfan’s very comprehensive (although less than ideal to navigate) proofing does a lot of the heavy lifting here. It is hard to argue with results that are in front of you like that. But I also think that it is definitely worth keeping in mind that you’re looking at just 3 months of proofing really. That doesn’t really demonstrate that NHL Hits has any sort of longevity.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you want to sign up to NHL Hits, there are a lot of different options available, all of which have drastically different in terms of your outlay and value. The most expensive option long term is a weekly subscription. This is priced at £7 per week. There is somewhat better value to be had signing up on a “monthly” subscription which is £21 per month. However, I do find it noteworthy that this is billed every 28 days which means 13 times per year.
If you are looking for better value, there are longer subscriptions to consider, however as you would expect, these do carry higher outlay. The first of these options is a quarterly subscription which is priced at £59. The best value comes from the 6 monthly subscription to NHL Hits. This will set you back £100.
Something to really keep in mind here is that, as with all products from Betfan, there is not money back guarantee or refund policy in place. The team say that they do review refund requests, however, these are not typically given. This means that if you are considering NHL Hits, you should be very certain about your ability to follow through. Especially for the longer, better value subscriptions.
What is the Rate of Return?
At this point, I feel like I’ve alluded to the profit of potential of NHL Hits a good few times. So, let’s actually get down to brass tacks and talk numbers. Betfan claim a profit for the service of 337.04 points. A massive number that is definitely what you would expect a top tipster to be making in a year. Here’s the thing though, this has been achieved since the back end of January. A phenomenal result.
But is this all that it is really cracked up to be? Well, let’s put it into context. First of all, let’s talk about ROI. Because to attain this profit, 4,380 points have been staked. That means an ROI of just 7.69%. A much less impressive seeming number. But even more than that, given that all bets are proofed to that 5 point stake, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that if you were betting to 1 point per bet, you’d be looking at a much more modest 75.4 points.
Conclusion for NHL Hits
There is one very simple reason why NHL Hits isn’t something I could bring myself to recommend. And that is the sheer amount of work that is involved with the service. Now, I know, I know. Placing a bunch of bets isn’t exactly 12 hours at the coal face. But I can tell you from experience that dealing with a high volume of bets is something that can very quickly become problematic as a bettor.
Not just the logistics of actually placing all of those bets, although that can just be a big inconvenience. It is more than that. Because you have to put some thought into the psychological aspects of betting. Now, I know that there are plenty of professional bettors out there to whom placing 388 bets in a month isn’t a big deal. But that is still a lot of money. To someone who is looking for a secondary income, staking £100 a day to £10 stakes is a big ask.
This applies doubly so when you consider that you aren’t even privy to why you are placing those bets. It is just on the grounds that NHL Hits has performed well so far, ergo, it stands to reason that it will continue to perform well. That mightn’t be the end of the world on 2 or 3 horses a day, but here it is. Because what if the luck changes? Something I see quite often with products from Betfan. I’m not saying it will, but going down £300 in a few days is a big deal.
Where all of this is really frustrating for me, more than anything else I think, is a lack of transparency. Because here’s the thing. On some level, NHL Hits clearly works. Whilst I am aware they can change, they have been solid. And I personally wouldn’t object to placing up to 20 bets a day, if I knew why I was placing them. It’s something I am happy to do with a genuine betting system. But just blindly following tips at that rate… That’s not for me.
Especially not when you look at the actual results. Look, if NHL Hits were actually hitting 337 points in 3 months. With no inflation of results with high stakes, we might be having a different conversation. But it isn’t. When you scale things back, it all starts to look quite unremarkable really. 75 points in 3 months puts this almost exactly where I would expect a tipster service to be.
It really is a shame that all of this is the case. I cannot stress enough that I believe there to be a decent service underneath all of this. It’s rather difficult to argue with a strike rate of 62%, and whilst the ROI ends up looking weak… Well, as a niche addition to a betting portfolio, it would arguably have a place. But for my money, there are just better options out there.
Are they as focused on that niche market? No. But they are making similar real world profits without all of the stress, without the massive betting bank requirements, without having to spend an hour just getting your bets placed in the morning. There is a lot to be said for simplicity, and that is something I can’t help but feel would drastically improve NHL Hits. Because at is, I just think it’s a bit much work for not a lot of reward.