Sporting Specialist is a new to market sports betting tipster service which is operated by one Phillip Green. He makes some quite extraordinary claims about his betting past.
Introduction to Sporting Specialist
One of the things that I am a strong proponent of is the concept of a tipster portfolio. You see, there is no tipster service out there that is 100% consistent. And so, if one tipster service happens to hit a bit of a rough patch, it can be hugely beneficial to have a host of other tipster services that help you to prop up your profits. And the best way to do this, is to be betting on a lot of different sports.
Which is why when Sporting Specialist landed on my desk, I will hold my hands up and say that I was actually quite excited. You see, Phillip Green is referred to as a “Renowned All-Sports Punter”. Ultimately, this might mean nothing. But it could also mean a tipster who is able to cover a variety of sports. Which would make it a solid contender if you were building a portfolio. Right?
Well, as great as Sporting Specialist may look, there are actually some pretty substantial questions that hang over this service. And not to dismiss Phillip Green out of hand, but a number of them relate to the claims that he makes about himself. And so, with just a smidgen of cynicism, I want to have a look at Sporting Specialist to see if it can deliver. Because if it can, it will be one hell of a service.
What Does Sporting Specialist Offer?
If you believe Phillip Green, you are effectively buying into one of the single most successful tipster services on the market with Sporting Specialist. Put bluntly, he makes some incredible claims about what he has been involved in as a punter, including going up against the bookies to argue against his multiple account closures. Surely the kind of guy you want to be following, right?
Well, I will get to all of that quite gladly. But what I do want to do is start by talking a little bit about this system that is supposedly so great. Now key to Sporting Specialist, as I have touched on, is the versatility. You see, Phillip Green says that will advise selections for a massive range of sports.
This includes some very obvious things that you might expect like horse racing and football, to more niche markets like volleyball and snooker. Sporting Specialist also stands out by offering selections for a number of predominantly US based sports including American football, baseball, and basketball.
Naturally, this range of sporting events comes with a significant range of betting markets that you will be exploiting. For example, you may be betting on a football game to draw in one bet, backing a horse to win in the next, and picking the winner of a tennis match the day after that. It is all very exciting.
And because selections are issued on a daily basis, you are unlikely to find yourself not busy if you are following Sporting Specialist. In actual fact, Phillip Green says that he typically issues anywhere from 2 – 5 selections per day. That isn’t a particularly high volume of bets, and it is certainly manageable. But it definitely will keep you busy.
Before I move on from the topic of what you can expect from Sporting Specialist, I want to talk a little bit about the logistical side of things. As you would expect, selections are sent out directly via email. These will typically land in the morning which does make it slightly more difficult for those who are working a 9-5. With that said, the variety of sports covered does mean that there is still some value to be had.
Whilst there may still be some value, I would almost definitely recommend taking advantage of an odds comparison site if I were following this. Whilst Phillip Green says that he simply bets with Bet 365 for the sake of ease, they don’t always provide the best value, nor are they the most accommodating towards winning bettors (despite the claims made in the sales material for Sporting Specialist).
This will allow you to ensure that you are really maximising your winnings with very little effort. And the beauty of Sporting Specialist is that (theoretically) the range of sports means that there is some reason to actually try and shop around. On the more popular sports, most bookies will offer the same kind of odds. With more niche stuff though, there is that potential to pick up extra up higher returns from one bookie over another.
All of this only really leaves a few things to touch on, and rather infuriatingly, there isn’t a whole lot of information to go off. First things first, staking. It would appear from looking at the sales material for Sporting Specialist that this is a straight forward level staking plan. This is how Phillip Green has bet in the limited evidence that is provided. £20 on each bet.
The unfortunate fact of the matter though is that this does involve some speculation on my behalf. Because there doesn’t actually seem to be a whole lot of detail in terms of what you should be doing here or what kind of betting bank you will need in order to. And that counts a lot against Sporting Specialist.
On top of this, there isn’t even any real proofing outside of a few select screenshots of betting slips. As such, it isn’t even like you can look at something to ascertain what kind of stakes you should be using.
Now, if I were going to follow Sporting Specialist, I would definitely look to have a pretty large betting bank. 100 points would be a minimum. And I would also stick to those level stakes. For no reason other than the fact that realistically, there is no way of anticipating your draw-down. Especially if you are looking at that limited evidence that Phillip Green provides for Sporting Specialist.
Here we see just 1 losing bet in 13. This would suggest a strike rate of some 93% which is of course incredibly implausible. It would also suggest that at no point will you be in the red if you are using level stakes. Of course, this is all based on Sporting Specialist actually delivering on this. Which when you consider the lack of proofing I can’t help but feel is quite unlikely.
How Does Sporting Specialist Work?
Obviously, at its core, Sporting Specialist is all about the fact you are betting on multiple different types of sports. That really isn’t a bad thing. And as I’ve mentioned, in the right circumstances it can prove hugely valuable as part of a potential wider portfolio. However, what is important here is that you have to have a tipster who can actually deliver on finding winning bets.
Now finding those winning bets involves having a decent understanding of the sports in question. This is something that is difficult, but can be done. However, in my experiences, those tipster services that consistently provide winning tips for multiple sports aren’t a one man operation. Which is what Sporting Specialist seems to be. And that is simply because it is very difficult for one man to consistently keep up with 10 different sports.
Were Phillip Green to actually demonstrate this ability, I might see Sporting Specialist in a different light, but he doesn’t. We are told that he used to be a math teacher. We are told that he developed multiple betting systems. We are also told that he has had account closures with a large number of bookies because apparently, he’s just been that successful.
Unfortunately, with no talk about what the selection process for Sporting Specialist entails, I ultimately consider this all just a bit concerning. The fact is that at no point does Phillip Green actually demonstrate that Sporting Specialist is built on anything tangible.
And with no real proofing to look at, one can’t help but feel that this might as well just be picking names out of a hat. There certainly isn’t any evidence to suggest it is any more than this.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you are interested in signing up to Sporting Specialist, then there are two differing pricing structures that are available. Firstly, you can sign up to receive Phillip Green’s selections through his own proprietary payment platform. This is, by a country mile, the cheapest way of signing up, however your purchases do become much more restrictive if you take this option.
The first subscription option for Sporting Specialist is a 7 day free trial, after which it is then priced at £19.95 (plus VAT) per month. As well as this, there is an option for a quarterly subscription which is priced at just £29.95 every 3 months(again, plus VAT).
If you are looking for a longer subscription than this, then Phillip Green offers a few options for Sporting Specialist on an annual subscription at a cost of £59 (plus VAT). Finally, there is a lifetime license which Phillip Green offers. This allows you to sign up, for life, for a one time cost of £97 (again, plus VAT) however this is advertised as a limited time offer.
As well as this option, Sporting Specialist is also being sold directly through Clickbank. This comes with a full 30 day money back guarantee. It is however, by a considerable margin, the priciest option. If you want to buy this way, you can expect to pay £99 plus VAT. This gets you a 6 month subscription.
If you want to sign up for this for the full year, there is an additional 6 month “top up”. This requires an upfront cost of an additional £89 (plus VAT).
This means that over the course of a whole year, using Phillip Green’s payment platform, would mean that you see a very substantial £130 discount. This is of course compared to the cost of The Sporting Specialist when purchased through Clickbank. Numbers that I can’t help but feel really reflect what the real priorities here are (and it doesn’t really seem to be consumer rights).
What is the Rate of Return?
The main number that is used for selling Sporting Specialist in terms of the profit is that of £40,000 per year. In fact, Phillip Green uses this figure a number of times. He also make numerous references to making £3,000+ per month. Which roughly tallies up with that headlining claim.
Meanwhile, in the very limited evidence provided, we see £382 which has been produced over a few days to £20 stakes. This effectively means a points profit of 19 points in a very short space of time. Personally, I am quite sceptical of these numbers and believe that at best, you are looking at a cherry picked example of what you can expect. It is very likely that these kinds of results will be achieved consistently.
Conclusion for Sporting Specialist
In theory, I am totally on board with something like Sporting Specialist. I like variety when it comes to tipsters and that is definitely the name of Phillip Green’s game. You would hope that this is something that is easy to wrap up right? Profitable, versatile, potentially inexpensive (depending on the offer you choose). What’s not to like?
Well, I believe that one of the most apparent things is the fact that ultimately, Phillip Green raises more questions than he answers. So, let’s talk about some of these elements of Sporting Specialist that are so problematic.
I’m going to start with the single most important issue that stands out to me. And that is the lack of information on what Phillip Green’s selection process is. I’ve long held the view that I wouldn’t expect anybody to give away the minutia of their approach to betting, but there should be at least some insight that demonstrates knowledge. Sporting Specialist provides none.
Now this is the kind of thing that I would find problematic no matter what the tipster service was. But at least with just one sport, you can see how somebody might dedicate their time to finding selections. In fact, there are plenty of people out there who do that every day. But getting that right across so many sporting disciplines is a whole different ballgame.
And honestly, I just find it rather difficult to blindly accept that Phillip Green is able to do this with Sporting Specialist. It isn’t even like there is a bit of overlap between the sports. You’re looking at completely different events. As such, I can’t help but feeling that without details on that selection process, you have to question it. Especially in light of the results.
This brings me to my second problem. The results are entirely unsubstantiated. The fact of the matter is that anybody can say that they have made any amount of money. Actively demonstrating that proof of profit is the single most important thing though.
I could tell you here and now that I’d found a fool proof way to make £10,000,000 a year through betting. But you’d want to see some evidence of this, so why shouldn’t Phillip Green be held to the same levels of accountability?
And one of the single biggest questions that I have about Sporting Specialist is just how Phillip Green thinks that his approach to withdrawing his winnings helps him to avoid being clocked by Bet365. I have carried out a lot of research into the matter of keeping your betting accounts alive and have some experience with it. And well… let me tell you this for nought. It has nothing to do with how you withdraw your winnings.
If you’re taking money out of a bookies, or your account indicates that you will be, you will be restricted. It is that black and white. In some cases, your account will simply be closed and funds issued as and then said bookmaker chooses. This has happened time and again for people I know who have had much less than £20,000 in their betting account at a given time.
The thing is, really, when you boil Sporting Specialist down to it, everything is based around taking Phillip Green’s word on his claims. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend doing that on any service. But when it is a service that goes out of the way to obfuscate information and dangle seemingly nonsensical profits (or at least, ones that don’t have any context), that just applies doubly so.
The long and short of it is this. I just don’t think that I would recommend Sporting Specialist. And the reasoning for this is quite simple. I don’t believe that Phillip Green can deliver on his claims. And he doesn’t provide anything that really suggests that he does. Combine that with the questionable pricing structure and I just don’t see anything appealing here.