Play the Odds is a new betting service which is being offered by Ian Fox. He claims that his service can help you to make an income through betting on Betfair’s Exchange Games.
Introduction to Play the Odds
Sometimes I really do think that I’ve seen it all. I’ve looked at betting systems that cover pretty much everything. From everything that you would expect, like football or horse racing, to casino games, to even betting on esports. But every now and then, despite all of my experience, some things still manage to crop up which are new to me.
Now there are a lot of ways that a thing can be new. Very rarely, there are services that genuinely have a new and unique approach to betting. But this just doesn’t happen often. More likely than not, if something is very new to me it is because it takes advantage of a lesser known betting market. Which is pretty much exactly where Play the Odds comes into play.
This is a betting system that takes something that I didn’t know was a thing, and, according to Ian Fox, turns it into quite a hefty profit. Now I’d love nothing more than simply wrapping this up here and saying that you should give it serious consideration. That it opens new doors for your betting. That Play the Odds really is something that should immediately be added to your portfolio. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced that this is the case…
What Does Play the Odds Offer?
As I want to discuss over the course of this review, there is ultimately quite a lot to Play the Odds. A fact that if I’m completely honest probably has more to do with Betfair and their Exchange Games than Ian Fox’s product. And honestly, simply by virtue of there being so much, it does make it rather difficult to know just where to start.
Perhaps the best place, before I start to go off tangentially about the details, is what form Play the Odds actually takes. The shortest answer to this is a training manual in which Ian Fox lays out everything that he does in order to make money through Betfair Exchange Games. And honestly, it is… Well, it’s an interesting read, but probably not for the right reasons.
First of all, I want to be very upfront about the fact that you get a lot of filler here. Ian Fox says in the sales material for Play the Odds that you don’t have to know “anything about Betting, Betfair or the Exchange games”, and that “You do not need to know how to play the games! You do not need to know how to even place a bet. Even if You have NEVER gambled before, the manual teaches you everything”.
And honestly, that is for good reason. Namely that a massive amount of the content that Play the Odds covers details all of this basic stuff. Without it, you wouldn’t really have a lot going on here and Ian Fox wouldn’t really have much of a product to sell.
Now it’s impossible to talk about Play the Odds without talking a little bit about the Betfair Exchange Games. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these (and I admit that this included me up until I saw Ian Fox’s product), they are like miniature betting exchanges that are opened and closed up for a single digital card game that is played out on your screen.
These are all card games that are played by an AI following certain sets of rules. You then bet on the outcome of these games with other Betfair players on that particular game’s exchange. I know that sounds complicated, but it really isn’t.
Perhaps Betfair themselves say it best when they say that “It is as if you are standing behind a crowded table in Las Vegas, stealing peeks at the player’s cards, and betting on what you think the outcome of each hand will be”. And because you are betting against other players, Ian Fox says that his system can help you “STEAL from those unsuspecting punters without them knowing it”.
This brings me to the implementation of the systems. Honestly, this isn’t particularly difficult. In fact, if you have ever bet on Betfair’s sports betting exchange, you will find that you’re not exactly in unfamiliar territory. A lot of the differences however pertain to the fact that whilst sports can be unreliable, the software behind the Exchange Games follows certain rules.
It isn’t very often that I find myself in a position whereby I can look at a betting system that claims that anybody can do it, and that is the case. So that definitely counts as some positive towards Play the Odds. Unfortunately, whilst the systems themselves are not particularly difficult to implement, I believe that they may well be of limited use (for a number of reasons I will explore).
In terms of a little bit of housekeeping as it were, there are a few other points to raise. Firstly, I find it interesting that Ian Fox claims that you can get started with Play the Odds using a £100 betting bank. I can say with confidence that you aren’t really getting close to the claimed results if you are starting out with that.
As well as this, whilst a big show is made about how Betfair Exchange Games are operational 24/7, 365 days a year, you are still relying on other punters. Now the exchanges here can actually get quite quiet, which is of course a problem if you are trying to consistently get bets matched .
And the final thing that I want to mention (because Ian Fox doesn’t really) is that there are some very strong limitations on odds. The nature of the games involved mean that you rarely see longer shots landing. As such, much of what Play the Odds looks at means that you will only really be backing a pretty small profit.
How Does Play the Odds Work?
It is rather difficult to talk about how Play the Odds works without really giving everything away. I’ve already mentioned that that you aren’t dealing with a particularly complicated beast here. The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t matter what I think about the system, I don’t believe that it is right to give away what Ian Fox is trying to sell.
What I can say though is that I am not entirely convinced that this will work on a consistent basis. This is for a reason that you see far too often in betting systems, and that fundamentally is seeing patterns where they don’t necessarily exist.
You see, one of the things that undeniably is interesting about Play the Odds is the contrast in betting. When you place a bet on the Games Exchange, you are betting on an outcome which is determined by a random number algorithm. Sure, different games may be programmed to behave in certain ways, and that does add an element of predictability to things. But ultimately, the next card is always random.
The other element is of course that you are betting against other people. Now because you are effectively betting on a random outcome (even within the confines of the rules of the game), there don’t tend to be many people betting in ways that are easily exploited. A god hand in Poker or Blackjack is just a good hand, and you won’t find people not backing it.
And when those occasions do occur whereby you may have an additional insight… Well they are a little bit far and between. Something which will ultimately impact the number of available bets.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you wanted to purchase Play the Odds, Ian Fox has only one option available. This is a one time cost of just £47 plus VAT. It is worth noting that payment for Play the Odds is handled via Clickbank which means that there is a full 60 day money back guarantee place. To actually credit Ian Fox, this is at least pretty well advertised in the sales material.
What is the Rate of Return?
The headlining numbers when it comes to the income potential for Play the Odds is repeated over and over. It is also somewhat vague which is a problem for me. You see, Ian Fox keeps telling us that you can make “a guaranteed £50-£100 profit a day”. That is a very bold claim to make, especially because we are told that this is guaranteed.
Realistically though, I just don’t see that happening if you are following Play the Odds. Ian Fox provides no real evidence that he has actually got close to making this himself and shows little regard for the inevitable variance that exists due to the nature of the system.
Conclusion for Play the Odds
There are a lot of reasons why I’m not really that keen on Play the Odds. But there is one reason more than any other that also happens to tie into those other wider problems. So, at the time I’m writing this, we are under the Covid-19 “Coronavirus” Pandemic. All kids of sports have been cancelled and betting is… Well, I think it’s fair to say that it has been affected.
What has this got to do with Play the Odds? Well, all of a sudden there is a demand for betting products that don’t rely on sports. Now there a lot of ways you can go with that. You can look at online casino games. You can look at the multitude of virtual sports that bookmakers offer, or, as Ian Fox has done, you end up at something a bit niche.
The thing is this is pretty much exactly what I believe has happened here. I think that an opportunity has been seen and seized upon. Which explains why Play the Odds feels very basic and… Well, when I think about it properly, a bit rushed.
Honestly, it has been some time since I’ve looked at a betting system that is this lacking. When I look at betting systems that have been comprehensively tested, the creator will talk about what works, what might not work, how to counteract that. They will share their own experiences in getting everything set up and utilise that to ultimately strengthen the system.
In the case of Play the Odds, everything is black and white. There doesn’t seem to be thought put into things beyond simply, “this should work” and that is problematic. Because based off what I have seen, Ian Fox’s methods don’t really work the way that they should.
All of this is framed by a few other problems that I have. First of all, there is the blatant false advertising. Nobody can guarantee that you will make money with a betting system. Even with something that might be perfect, there is always room for user error. As such, saying that you can guarantee somebody will make £50-100 a day is very misleading. Doubly so when you consider that there is a very clear implication that this can be scaled.
And sticking with this claimed income, there is still nothing that actually tells you how much you should be betting to achieve this result. This casts even more doubt in my eyes on the already highly questionable claims.
Maybe the best thing that I can say is that at just under £50, Play the Odds isn’t that expensive. But honestly, there are much better betting systems that exist that don’t cost that much more in the grand scheme of things. For example, the highly rated Betfair Scalping course is only an extra £40 and that is something that is genuinely able to make money.
I’ll be blunt here. At the moment, Play the Odds might seem like your only option. I can fully appreciate the fact that there just aren’t that many betting systems on the market that work right now. But panicking and spending money on something naff isn’t going to help you to change your income, either now or in the future.
But the fact that it may seems like your only option doesn’t mean that you should accept it. If you were at a restaurant and they only offered you badly cooked food, would you eat it because it was the only option? I know that I wouldn’t. Especially not if I knew that there was going to be a whole world of food coming again in a few months time.
I know that was a weird analogy, but these are weird times. And honestly, I cannot stress enough that this is exactly how I see Play the Odds. Ian Fox is clearly pushing it because there isn’t much in the way of alternatives. I think that he knows that it doesn’t have to be particularly good. And even the fact that I’ve considered that means that a good enough job hasn’t been done. As such, I can advise giving this a miss and simply exercising a little patience.