PlayScoop6 is a syndicate that involves playing the Scoop6 with a number of other players. It is operated by David Leslie and carries the potential to be massively profitable.
Introduction to PlayScoop6
I’ve been doing this for a long time now, and honestly, I sometimes get a bit tired of looking at the same old tipster services. Ridiculous income claims, almost guaranteed wins, tales of subterfuge and industry insiders. I’ve seen it all (although I rarely see it delivered on). So when I see something that is entirely new, I can’t help but pay attention.
Now, todays subject, PlayScoop6 is new to me. But actually, David Leslie has been running the service since 2016, so it has certainly done the rounds, and seemingly with some success. It is also something that is really unique in terms of wider betting markets. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I don’t think that I’ve ever seen something like this, and having looked at literally thousands of products, that is a rarity.
And it isn’t just that this uses a unique approach, according to the operator, David Leslie, PlayScoop6 has actually performed quite well historically. This includes a £3.2 million win that was shared amongst members! However, the fact that it is a bit different does mean that this might not be for everyone. So, let’s dive in and see if this could work for you.
What Does PlayScoop6 Offer?
At its core, I think that it is probably safe to refer to PlayScoop6 as a syndicate, or to use David Leslie’s specific wording “a syndicate style club”. For those who aren’t familiar with this terminology, it means that you are effectively buying into something with other people, with a view to sharing any winnings. This kind of thing is probably best known from Lottery syndicates.
The idea is a sound one as well. The more people who are involved in a syndicate, the more chances you can have to win a game of chance. The more chances you have, the better your odds are. The only “cost” of this, is that when something wins that has to be shared amongst all of the members. So, it can be seen as a bit of a “swings and roundabouts” scenario.
Now, what is really interesting to me about PlayScoop6 isn’t the fact that it is a syndicate, so much as, what the syndicate is betting on. As the name implies, it is concerned with The ToteScoop6. This is a type of pools betting which is operated by Betfred/Totesport. But it is actually rather unique.
You see, in order to win the ToteScoop6, you have to select six winners from six selected races on a Saturday. If you want to take home the jackpot, you have to pick all six winners. If your selections place rather than winning, you still win a share of the available cash. If there isn’t a winner, this rolls over.
This creates something that is not dissimilar to a lottery, however, as David Leslie is keen to point out you have much more chance of winning. This isn’t just because of the numerical likelihood (although it is estimated that the odds of winning are around 1,000,000/1 for a ToteScoop6 compared to some 45,000,000/1 for the Lotto), but also because there is an element of skill.
And I get this. I have long said that there are ways of getting an edge over a bookmaker and horse racing is arguably one of the more consistent approaches. There is certainly more skill involved in looking at things like form, the going, jockey/trainer past performance etc. and making a pick than say, your anniversary date or your first girlfriend’s phone number. As such, I think that ultimately David Leslie is on to something with PlayScoop6.
What you should consider however is that you are still dealing with incredibly long shots. PlayScoop6 does not, and will not, win every single week. However, there have been 2 occasions in the last year where a full Scoop6 Jackpot has been won. Furthermore, since changes were made in March 2019, 25 weekends have proven profitable out of 56 events (including 3 days at Cheltenham). This means an effective win rate of around 44%.
As well as this, you also get access to the PlayScoop6 Plus selections. These are shortlisted selections that come from David Leslie and his team that you have the option to bet on individually. This is a more varied affair than the core service and ultimately serves as a little bit of an extra thing for you to bet on personally rather than being a core part of the service.
How Does PlayScoop6 Work?
One of the things that is very welcome about PlayScoop6 is that David Leslie is open (at least to some degree) about what is involved with the service. Now there are very obvious elements, namely the fact that the service utilises that very specific bet type. But that does a bit of a discredit to what is seemingly a lot of hard work too.
But honestly, that is all common sense. I mean, PlayScoop6 is pretty much named for the bet type that it utilises. Rather positively though, we are also given some insight into what happens behind the scenes and how the potential winners for the six races are actually identified. Now, David Leslie doesn’t go into great detail, but he does tell you a little bit about the operational side of the service.
We are told that there is an expert team in place, each with “decades of experience analysing horse races” and that they spend “100 or more man hours analysing the six jackpot races”. This all sounds pretty above board, and whilst I think there is possibly and element of embellishment here (at the end of the day, David Leslie is trying to sell a service), I believe the results do a good job of confirming the claims that are made about PlayScoop6.
Now, in terms of the consumer end, the way that PlayScoop6 works is quite interesting. In order to enter the ToteScoop6, it costs £2 per line. When you buy into the service, you pay a certain amount which buys you shares and covers an admin fee (I’ll come to all this later). The more you spend on shares, the more lines you have paid for. The more lines you have paid for, the more your share of the winnings. It’s all pretty straight forward.
What is the Initial Investment?
As I’ve mentioned, when you sign up to PlayScoop6, you pay for shares in winnings, and there is a massive range of pricing options available to you. Obviously, the more you pay, the higher your share of the winnings are. However, you should note that this can vary from week to week as well as ultimately, the more people who buy shares, the less yours are worth in the grand scheme of things. Furthermore, there are the admin costs involved as well.
The pricing options look like this:
- Option 1 – £17.50 – £10 share plus admin charges.
- Option 2 – £30.00 – £20 share plus admin charges.
- Option 3 – £60.00 – £50 share plus admin charges.
- Option 4 – £115.00 – £100 share plus admin charges.
- Option 5 – £267.50 – £250 share plus admin charges.
- Option 6 – £530.00 – £500 share plus admin charges.
It is worth keeping in mind that you aren’t technically just stuck to these particular options as such. If you want to, you can buy multiples of a certain share type or mix and match as you see fit. This can allow you to spend as much, or as little as you want.
Another point that is very much of note, is that there is no form of money back guarantee offered on PlayScoop6, which makes sense. The nature of this service doesn’t lend itself to refunds.
What is the Rate of Return?
Now we come to the million dollar question, which is how much can you make with PlayScoop6? The short answer to this is that rather unfortunately, it is likely to be a million dollars. Wins have ranged from just £22.40 being shared between members, to a £198,340 jackpot (which was shared between 12 winners of which PlayScoop6 was one) and a £146,471 jackpot being shared between 5 winners.
Frequently though, most winners are in excess of £1,000 (17 out of the 25). Naturally, this doesn’t mean that you are getting all of that, but if you’ve invested £10 then you should hopefully see a little bit of a return on this.
Conclusion for PlayScoop6
Honestly, I’m quite taken with PlayScoop6. I like what David Leslie is doing and I think that this is a genuinely unique proposition. I just don’t see that kind of thing very often. But straight up, that just doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a good product. I’ve seen plenty of interesting things that have ultimately ended up failing.
Now, the idea of something being a good product is a bit of a subjective one. One of the things that I really like about PlayScoop6 is that there are reviews on Trustpilot. Something that David Leslie actively encourages. To provide you with some context there, 83% of feedback is great or excellent. That is actually pretty good feedback. And on the negative reviews, David Leslie also responds and explains. Often it seems that faults are down to user error.
What I will say is that this isn’t something that is going to win you decent money week in week out. To quote David Leslie from one of his own responses on Trustpilot “we play for jackpot prizes and could win several hundreds of thousands of pounds on a given Saturday”. When it comes to those smaller wins, whilst there is an option to withdraw winnings, the general advice for PlayScoop6 is to reinvest that to increase the stakes and winning chance.
So, what all of this does is create a bit of a unique position. I mean, PlayScoop6 isn’t cheap. Let’s get that out of the way first and foremost. However, the potential to win big is definitely there. It has happened before, and I believe that it can happen again. The question is how long you are willing to keep paying in in order to actually see one of those big wins.
Ultimately, my opinion on PlayScoop6 is this. If you are looking to make a decent second income from horse racing, this probably isn’t the method for you. If, however, you’re at home and you want to make the Saturday racing a little bit more interesting to watch, it isn’t a bad way of doing it for not a massive amount of money.
You get some optional tips, the chance to score that big win, and for a cost of £17.50 that isn’t too bad (you’ll often pay more than this for tips for an individual race card). If however you’re doing this week in and week out, you’d likely need a pretty decent size bank in order to keep funding PlayScoop6 until a jackpot win comes in. Sure, those moderate wins might keep things topped up, but at that point, you’re effectively paying £70 per month for access.
Would I recommend PlayScoop6? I actually think I would, circumstantially. And that circumstance is that you don’t see this as necessarily being a way of making a consistent profit. David Leslie says that they have up to 200 regular weekly members. This really does split down how much you can make on an individual basis. But that does somewhat ignore the spirit of the service.
This is one of those “you’ve got to be in it to win it” type things. Are they necessarily the smartest investment? Not really in my opinion. But if you want something that is going to make your betting more exciting on a Saturday, this is a pretty complete package. And it is on those grounds that I am going to say that PlayScoop6 is really worth considering.