Punters Paradise is a relatively long standing horse racing tipster service which is operated by a tipster referred to simply as Chris. The service is offered through the Tipster Champions stable.
Introduction to Punters Paradise
There are certain theories when it comes to horse racing that I feel like I can just get behind. One of them is the idea that a bit of selectivity, and a focus on quality tips, is a good way to go. The fact of the matter is this. I always talk about the importance of long term and consistent profit, and I will die on that hill. But what I rarely talk about is how these things are achieved and what you should be looking for from a tipster. Especially if you want them to deliver on that. And… Well, selectivity and a focus on quality is a good starting place.
Which brings me very nicely to today’s review subject. This is a service that prides and actively sells itself on the idea that it focuses on those areas. And, if I’m really honest, the results certainly seem to be inline with what you would expect from a service that actually does focus on that. The fact is that the way that Chris talks about his service, it certainly seems to be above board (although I will admit that having him refer to himself as “A trusted tipster” does seems a bit suspect).
Combine that with some… Well, I don’t want to say glowing, but positive quotes from a few websites, including Tipster Champions, and Punters Paradise looks like a really quite solid offering. With that said, there are a number of little niggles here and there. Things that just don’t quite sit right. Are they deal breakers? Not necessarily, you know that I will always try to paint as complete a picture as I can. So, with all of that said, let’s delve straight into this.
What Does Punters Paradise Offer?
Honestly, I rather like the way that Tipster Champions do business as a tipster stable. I can respect the fact that they generally stay out of what their tipsters do, and allow them to effectively operate as independent tipsters. This typically means that when they are involved with a service like Punters Paradise, you are getting the experience that Chris wants you to have, not something that can be packaged and marketed in a certain fashion.
So, what exactly is Chris doing here? Well, the short answer to this is going about his business running a pretty typical tipster service. Honestly, whilst there are elements of Punters Paradise that are actually quite impressive, and I will get to these, it just doesn’t really do anything that stands out.
But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing at all. The fact of the matter is that there are so many gimmicky services out there that it is almost nice just to be looking at something that is on terra firma. Of course, none of this is telling you anything, so let me get into that. Punters Paradise is a near daily horse racing tipster service. There are the odd missed days. Something that I see as a good thing as it means Chris doesn’t bet for the sake of it.
In terms of the management side of things, I think it’s fair to say that Punters Paradise is probably what you would expect from an independent service. Selections are sent out directly via email, however, Chris sends them out around 6pm the night before. This is one of those little things that is impressive, but doesn’t necessarily stand out. Of course, this gives you plenty of time to get bets placed and get early prices in order to improve your potential odds.
Not that this is necessarily a massive priority with Punters Paradise. The average odds come in at 7/1 and the proofing shows that this is actually a pretty accurate reflection of what you can expect. That might sound like an obvious thing. Of course the average odds reflect the odds you will be backing!! But that really isn’t the case, and a lot of the time, those numbers are inflated from a few big price outsiders.
Whilst we’re on the topic of odds, let’s look at the bets that you will be placing. Chris uses a healthy mix of win and each way bets. This is a good thing. Especially when Tipster Champions’ proofing is showing that you are backing those longer bets each way. It is a solid, no nonsense approach to betting. And I can respect that. The fact is that whilst accas seem to be in vogue at the moment (especially the ridiculous ones), it is nice to see something that is about consistency rather than hitting a jackpot.
Sticking with solid, no nonsense betting, I want to talk about the staking plan. All bets are advised to be backed to 1 point if they are a win bet, and 2 points if they are an each way bet. These numbers are reasonable enough, especially with the 100 point betting bank that is advised for Punters Paradise. But they can start to add up too.
You see, whilst I don’t think it is fair to call Punters Paradise a particularly high volume service, the numbers do add up. With most days producing between 2 and 4 selections, that isn’t a huge amount individually. But it means within the first week of April, 21 bets had been placed with a potential drawdown of 26 points. Almost a quarter of that betting bank.
Now, I am sure that Chris and Tipster Champions would point to the strike rate of 32.59% and say that is evidence that you shouldn’t be worried. And ultimately, I would agree. You aren’t really putting your betting bank at too much risk. But make no mistake, you do get losing runs, and having a few smaller odds bets land or an each way place doesn’t always halt that.
How Does Punters Paradise Work?
Chris says in the sales material that he is the head tipster of a team of three. These all supposedly have various backgrounds, but one thing in common. “an obsession with horse racing”. From here, he goes on to talk about how if they aren’t at the rack, they’re analysing the days racing and previous runs. It all sounds quite impressive, as does the claim that what the Punters Paradise team doesn’t know about racing probably isn’t worth knowing.
But, as is frustratingly frequently the case, that doesn’t actually tell us anything. Does it? There isn’t really anything tangible in there, and that is a bit of a let-down. However, the other element of how Punters Paradise “works” is something that you can see when you look at the service as a whole, and that is value.
Now, here’s the thing about value. It is a term that is dragged out quite frequently when a tipster believes that a 50/1 horse actually has odds of 33/1. That is definitely value, but you’re still backing a 33/1 horse. It is still an outsider. The odds that Tipster Champions’s proofing shows, as well as the broader results, suggest that Chris and his team are finding value across a range of odds. And it is this which opens the door for potential long term profit.
And whilst we’re mentioning the proofing, let’s not forget to include that as a part of what the service is about. We are given results for Punters Paradise going all the way back to 2018. That is more than 3 years of proofing there, demonstrating what you can expect from the service in the future. Whilst I would definitely have liked to have seen more information on how it all works, at least you can say that Tipster Champions don’t let you come into this blind.
What is the Initial Investment?
There are two options available if you want to sign up to Punters Paradise. The first of these is a monthly subscription. If you are a new customer, you can get started with this for just £1 (plus VAT) which gives you 14 days of selections. Once this has elapsed, the cost goes up to £37 per month (again plus VAT).
If you are looking for better value, you can take advantage of Tipster Champions’ quarterly offering for Punters Paradise. This comes with the same introductory offer for your first 14 days if you’re a new customer. However, the costs then jump to £77 (plus VAT) billed every quarter. This does however mean paying a little more than £30 per month including your VAT, which highlights the savings there.
All of these come with a 14 day money back guarantee, although this isn’t really mentioned in the sales material for Punters Paradise. Instead, it is offered through Clickbank who actually handle payment for the service. This does mean however that if you wanted to claim this, you shouldn’t have too many problems doing so.
What is the Rate of Return?
The numbers for Punters Paradise are impressive looking. £17,670.04 since May 2018. An annual average of £6,058.30 and a monthly average of £504.86. I don’t think you would find many people who would argue that those aren’t big numbers. But I do feel that it’s incredibly important to actually put them into context. You see, all of those are to £25 stakes. That means 706.8 points, 242.33 points, and 20.2 points respectively. Still strong numbers.
Meanwhile, since launching the bank for Punters Paradise has grown to more than seven times what Chris started with. That is pretty impressive in the time scale. Equally as impressive in my mind is the 24.09% ROI that has been sustained for close to 3 years .
Conclusion for Punters Paradise
Honestly, I am rather taken by Punters Paradise. The fact of the matter is that there are definitely some pretty big question marks that hang over the service in terms of some elements, but mostly, this is about as solid as you could hope for. In actual fact, outside of a frustratingly common lack of insight and information (something that is pretty much standard across the betting industry I would hasten to add) there isn’t really a whole lot to dislike here.
The results are definitely strong enough. They aren’t necessarily prolific all of the time, but what service actually is? The important takeaway is 33 profitable months out of 35. That is a solid track record. As is the ROI of 24.09%. That isn’t necessarily the kind of number worth writing home about, but it is respectable enough over the length of time Punters Paradise has been going.
And all of this is delivered for a very reasonable monthly cost. But even if you’re not sure about Punters Paradise, there are a number of options for trialing the service with little to no risk to yourself. At the end of the day, £1 for 14 days isn’t anything in the grand scheme of things. And if you really feel hard done by on this, you can just claim a refund.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that £44.40 (the cost inclusive of VAT) is still a reasonably hefty chunk of money. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that it’s nothing. But it is also about what I would expect to pay for a reasonable quality tipster service. So it isn’t all that expensive either.
So, would I recommend Punters Paradise? It is worth some serious consideration. As far as tipster services go, I feel like what Tipster Champions have put together is as competitive as most of the better quality services on the market. And the fact that they do it without gimmick or inflation of profits is something that, honestly, is deserving of praise in and of itself. And if you are just looking for a straight forward tipster service, you could do much worse. But does this make it the best betting service on the market? I’m not convinced that it does.