Sports Insider is a sports betting tipster service which is being offered through the Tipstrr platform. Selections come from the eponymous “Sports Insider” who provides selections for a massive variety of sports.
Introduction to Sports Insider
As betting online grows, so too does the number of avenues that tipsters can potentially leverage in order to reach a wider market. Long gone are the days of sticking an advert in the Racing Post and hoping for a phone call or waiting for hits to your hard to code website from the early 2000’s.
Which leads me rather nicely to Tipstrr. This is a platform where in theory, anybody can be a tipster. You can register, upload your tips, and make some money off them. Presuming of course, that you are successful with it. Which brings me to todays subject, Sports Insider. Because this is undoubtedly one of the more successful tipsters on the platform.
With a history of consistent wins and some frankly, quite incredibly profits, there is a lot to like about this. In fact, surely, I could just wrap this review up there and go home? Well, the truth is that there are also a lot of elements of Sports Insider that are perhaps not quite as they initially seem. So, let’s jump in and see just how well this really works.
What Does Sports Insider Offer?
In many respects, there is quite a lot of ground to cover with Sports Insider, because in many ways, I feel like there is quite a lot on offer. Being frank, when it comes to the Tipstrr platform, there is perhaps less “accountability to the management” element, and as such, you often end up with all of the eclecticism of an independent tipster. Something that may or may not be a good thing for you.
So, what does all of that mean? Well typically, I will start by talking about the logistical elements of a tipster service. Are selections sent the night before? On the day of? Are they sent before you’ll be up and about, or do you receive them just an hour before the off? In the case of Sports Insider, the answer is yes. To all of the above.
You see, there isn’t a typical pattern here. Selections have historically been sent anywhere from 1-3 hours before kick off to 3 plus days. By and large though, you can expect to receive tips in a window of 24 – 3 hours before the off. I know, that isn’t helpful, but it does highlight the fact that you need to be willing to remain flexible if you are following Sports Insider.
As you would expect, you do receive an email when selections are available, however, the bulk of Sports Insider is handled through a member’s area on the Tipstrr website. Perhaps providing the best access though is to simple use the Tipstrr app (which is available on iOS and Android). This gives you push notifications as your tips are made available.
In terms of the bets, there is just so much to talk about. The fact that the tipster behind Sports Insider focuses on a variety of sports (although mostly football, basketball, and handball) means that you will receive a huge range of bets. But what is interesting about Sports Insider to me is the markets that you will be betting on.
When somebody says “football tipster” to me, I think top flight European football and International games. That is generally the focus. With Sports Insider though, you will be betting on things like the Bangladeshi Federation Cup, the Greek Under 19’s Super League, and the Gibraltar National League. The other sports take an equally niche focus.
The same is very much applicable when it comes to the bets themselves. There are few hard and fast rules when it comes to Sports Insider. Tipstrr’s proofing shows that the tipster behind the service will bet on any betting market where he feels that there is a profit. This means for you that you will be backing Asian handicap bets, goal markets, 1X2 markets, and a host of others as well.
With this kind of variety on display, you wouldn’t be unreasonable to believe that the odds involved would be decent. However, they are actually typically rather low. Just 20 of the bets advised through Sports Insider have been at higher than 3.99 according to Tipstrr’s statistics.
Fortunately, these low odds are offset by a very strong strike rate. The overall average sits at 60% which means that you will be winning often if you are following Sports Insider. Something that is particularly poignant because this isn’t a high volume service (most months average around 2 bets per month).
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about the staking plan. And this is something that is always a touch confusing when it comes to the Tipstrr platform. You see, according to their proofing, Sports Insider is based around staking 10 points per bet to level stakes. However, this isn’t actually an accurate reflection of your betting.
More realistically, it would be best to view Sports Insider as backing bets to level stakes of £25 per bet (which is what all of Tipstrr’s stats and numbers are based on). This creates for a much more accurate picture when it comes to the profit and loss, as well as giving you a good idea of how much you will be betting.
How Does Sports Insider Work?
When it comes to how Sports Insider works, Tipstrr are pleasantly forthcoming with information. In fact the tipster behind the service seems to have a good say on what information is given out. And in this case, much of what the service is based on is supposedly insider information. In fact, the tipster is referred to as a “true bookie insider” who has “infiltrated the bookies”.
Now I am usually cautious about this kind of claim. Honestly, every man and his dog can say that they’ve got an insider in the bookies, but here I am somewhat inclined to believe it. The tipster behind Sports Insider says that they have had 15 years in the betting industry and “have the knowledge, connections and experience to analyse and evaluate the flux of info [they] receive”.
When you look at the types of bets that are involved, this makes a certain kind of sense. A strong focus on niche markets strongly suggests that there is in fact something happening behind the scenes here, and the variety makes it seem reasonable that this information could be coming from within a bookmaker somewhere.
What is the Initial Investment?
There is no getting around the fact that Sports Insider isn’t particularly cheap, but nor is it prohibitive. And as you would expect, there are a multitude of offerings that provide increasing value (albeit at the cost of a larger initial outlay). The first option that Tipstrr provide is a monthly subscription which is priced at £49 per month.
Representing a 20% discount is a quarterly subscription, however this is priced at £115 per 3 months. Next there is a 6 monthly subscription which is priced at £219. Finally, you can sign up for the full year, however this comes with the largest initial outlay of £399.
It is worth noting that there is no money back guarantee offered by Tipstrr on Sports Insider. However, there is an option to trial the service for 7 days at a cost of £2 when you buy a monthly subscription.
What is the Rate of Return?
In a little under 18 months, Sports Insider has produced an overall profit of £5,415. That isn’t necessarily a bad results. Especially when you look at the main page on Tipstrr which talks about making £309.22 per month as an average. However, none of this necessarily paints the most accurate picture for a number of reasons.
First of all, that number is based off the aforementioned £25 stakes. This means that what you are actually looking at is a profit of 216.6 points. That is an admittedly less attractive looking number. However it does provide a much better barometer of performance. This also means that the £309 per month is actually 12 points per month.
Now neither of these numbers are really bad. But I think that in order to really understand what you are getting into, you have to look at the results for 2019. These showed a profit of just 89.9 points. You see, most of the profit from Sports Insider came in the first 2 months of the service (which saw almost as much profit as the whole of last year).
For a final little bit of context, over the last year, the ROI has come in at 11.3%. This isn’t a bad result, but there are definitely stronger services out there.
Conclusion for Sports Insider
On the surface of things, Sports Insider looks like a really decent offering as far as a tipster service goes. The returns are solid, the results look great, and it’s all clearly above board and fully proofed. However, whilst it looks great, it is also a perfect example of why ultimately, you really need to do your homework and ensure that things are kept in context.
As I’ve already mentioned. The initial run of results looked great. And the results that Tipstrr demonstrate also look great. In fact, in some respects, I think that it’s probably fair to say that the tipster behind the service should be commended. It isn’t an easy thing to make any sort of profit really.
I will also acknowledge the fact that if those initial results can be recaptured, then this would be really worth some consideration. And there’s no reason to suggest that this form couldn’t be recaptured one day. But the reality remains that over the last year, the results are… Well, they’re just not really good enough.
The fact of the matter is that the tipster market is a very competitive one. There are plenty of tipsters out there who are putting out profits of 240 points per year. And so, in the face of that, does 90 points really sound good enough? Especially when you factor in that Sports Insider is actually really quite expensive.
All of which is a shame because I genuinely believe that the tipster behind the service has a solid system in place. Whether or not this is actually down to having contacts in the industry as claimed, or simply having a particularly good system is arguably up for debate, but in some respects, the why doesn’t really matter.
What does is a very strong strike rate. And results that ultimately, are pretty consistent. Which really makes it such a shame that this just doesn’t translate into a profit that is really worthwhile. For my money, the fundamental problem is that there just isn’t value for money to be had here.
And ultimately, I think that has to be the bottom line. It isn’t always the case that a tipster service simply boils down to representing value for money or not, but that is very much the case here. With that in mind, unfortunately, I can’t really see anything to recommend in terms of Sports Insider.