The Bookie Basher Review – Betting Gods

The Bookie Basher is a new to market horse racing tipster service which is operated by the Betting Gods stable of tipsters. It aims to provide strong profits through backing value bets.  

Introduction to The Bookie Basher

I don’t think that it’s any big secret in the betting world that an important part of long term profits is leveraging value. In spite of that, I feel like it’s been some time since I’ve looked at a service that really leans into that notion. Now, that doesn’t necessarily surprise me. The fact is that there are a trends in the betting world and at the moment, a lot of what I have seen has been promising ridiculous profits, in a very short space of time, and with little risk. Genuine value betting doesn’t tend to tick any of those boxes (of course, neither do the services I’ve been looking at, but that’s by the by for now).

And that rather lengthy setup brings me to The Bookie Basher. This service from Betting Gods is operated by Gary who literally says “I’m all about value racing tips”. And not to be overly cynical but given all of the rubbish that I’ve looked at recently, this is a very welcome starting point. But even that isn’t what makes this special to me. The fact is that if I’m completely honest, what is being operated here may be one of the most complete tipster services that you can sign up for.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Gary isn’t running a perfect game here (but then, who is?). That’s just something that happens when it comes to value betting. This does mean that if you’re looking at The Bookie Basher, then there are some considerations that you need to make. Whether or not you would say that they are “deal breakers” is probably a personal preference, but they are important. So, let’s get into this latest Betting Gods service and see if it warrants the investment.

What Does The Bookie Basher Offer?

One of the great things about the involvement of Betting Gods when it comes to… Well, pretty much any tipster service that they’ve put out is that there are very clearly defined standards. And they are generally high. Something that straight away puts The Bookie Basher on the front foot in terms of the logistical elements. An area that I am keen to start with.

Now, before I get into what I consider to be something of the Crown Jewel of The Bookie Basher, let’s talk about the management side of things. Firstly, it is noteworthy that Gary doesn’t seem to aim to find tips day in day out. There are often no bet days (of which you are notified) which suggests that there is selectivity. A good starting place.

As you would expect from pretty much any modern tipster service, the selections are sent out directly via email, are uploaded to a member’s area, and are also sent out via the Betting Gods app, usually, we are told, the evening before racing. In my opinion, the app is something that is worth getting as it is arguably the fastest and most efficient way of receiving your selections.

Moving on to the content of those emails, it starts to become apparent why The Bookie Basher is a bit of a heavy hitter in the quality department. Firstly, you do get advised odds included with the details of the bets. These are odds that will be available with at least 3 bookies. This approach means that as well as giving you insight into what to look out for, there is also room for improvement on the profit. Especially if you aim to use BOG or an odds comparison site.

As well as all of that, Gary also provides full analysis on why bets have been chosen. This is something that you see occasionally from tipsters, but it isn’t very common. I believe that The Bookie Basher is the first service I’ve seen from Betting Gods that offer this. But honestly, it really is a welcome addition and more often than not, simply the inclusion of this information and insight can raise a service up over alternatives on the market.

In terms of the bets that are actually advised, I like the fact that Gary doesn’t stick to hard and fast rules with The Bookie Basher. A look at Betting Gods’s proofing shows that the vast majority of bets will simply be backing a horse to win. However you also see each way bets, smaller accumulators, and even some reverse forecast bets.

All of this is seemingly an important part of exploiting bookies to ensure that you’re getting the best possible value. Something that I believe is more than adequately reflected in the fact that the average odds for The Bookie Basher are 11.85 according to Betting Gods. A number that certainly looks right given that the service frequently advises bets at double digit odds.

Now, I did say earlier that The Bookie Basher is selective, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t necessarily a high volume service. In actual fact, the average number of bets per month based of Betting Gods’s numbers is just 38. It is worth keeping in mind however that this can mean anything up to five bets on a given day.

In terms of the staking plan, everything is all low end. At the very most, Gary recommends staking at most 2 points on a given bet which really isn’t a lot. Especially compared to some of the… more inflated, shall we say, stakes that you see from some tipsters. This low stake approach also has the additional bonus of ensuring that the betting bank required isn’t prohibitive.

Don’t get me wrong, The Bookie Basher still has a very prudent bank. Specifically, Betting Gods say that you should have 150 points available to you. This is a number that is very much necessary though with Gary recording a losing streak of 25 bets at one point. Now, whilst this is generally just part of the ups and downs of betting, that still means a substantial drawdown, and it is actually a positive to see this being acknowledged.

Given all of that, you’d probably expect a really low strike rate. But you’d probably be pleasantly surprised all things considered. Because at the time of writing, the strike rate comes in at 24.87%. Honestly, that’s pretty respectful given the types of bets you’re placing and the odds involved.  

How Does The Bookie Basher Work?

By far and away one of the best things about The Bookie Basher for me is that when it comes to how it all works, there is just no guesswork involved. Because quite literally every bet that you receive, Gary is telling you all about why you are backing it. This makes it pretty much impossible to say that you aren’t making an informed decision.

The thing about these write ups is that they do seem to show somebody who has a decent understanding of horse racing. There is enough detail to understand why a decision has been made, but it doesn’t go into silly amounts either. A nice concise explanation is all that is needed, and it is exactly what is on offer. So, another positive for The Bookie Basher.

Aside from that, as Betting Gods mention, there is also that overarching prevalence of value. And that is something that as I’ve already talked about is a really good thing to see. The fact of the matter is that taking that approach of identifying where things have perhaps been mispriced and leaning into that is a long term way of consistently ensuring profit.

And to top it all off, the fact that Betting Gods provide the comprehensive proofing that they do for The Bookie Basher means that you can really get an understanding of what to expect from the service. It really shows the ebb and flow of results, and the fact is that because this is updated every day. This only adds to that wider understanding.

What is the Initial Investment?

At the time of writing, there are two options available if you want to subscribe to The Bookie Basher. The first of these is a standard monthly subscription. This is priced at £1.99 for your first 15 days, after which the price goes up to £17 (plus VAT) per month. Still a very reasonable price. Alternatively, Betting Gods are offering a limited time offer which costs £20.99 (again, plus VAT). For this, you get access to Gary’s selections for 105 days before the cost reverts to the monthly cost.

Both of those options come with a full 30 day money back guarantee. This is backed up by the fact that Betting Gods are selling The Bookie Basher through Clickbank. But if I’m completely honest, that isn’t necessarily a problem. The fact is that I know that Betting Gods are generally very good at honouring these kinds of things if you do have issues with their services.

What is the Rate of Return?

Now we come to the part of The Bookie Basher that is… Well, if I’m honest, it is the part that I feel a lot of people may end up being disappointed with. You see, since proofing began in June of this year, Betting Gods’s proofing shows a profit of 60.23 points. Now, that might not be so disappointing if it weren’t for the fact that by the end of July, Gary was on 54.53 points. There was then a 16 point loss from which the service has ultimately recovered.

But that is only a part of the bigger picture if I’m honest. Because in June, The Bookie Basher went from 6.6 points all the way up that 54.53 points mentioned. And since then, well, there’s an argument to be made that the results have floundered a bit. Even the ROI of 21.35%, which looks very good, is skewed by that one month. How much of a problem that is… Well, that’s an interesting conversation.

Because whilst all of those results may not look great, it is worth noting that you could have out performed the results Betting Gods show if you were using BOG. For example, the last big winner logged for The Bookie Basher was Party Island at 11.00. Yet a look at the historic odds showed that it closed at 16/1. That’s potentially an extra 5 points right there. Off just one bet.

Conclusion for The Bookie Basher

There are a lot of things to like about The Bookie Basher. And I will come to all of these positives shortly, but let’s start by establishing one of the negatives. Which honestly, is a big one. That is the profitability of the service. Because whilst I will admit that 60 points in about 5 months and a bit doesn’t sound too bad, that is only a small part of the picture.

The fact is that since July, The Bookie Basher has ultimately shown a profit of less than 6 points. That means that over the last 4 and a bit months, you’d be looking at 1.5 points profit per month. That is… Well, it really just isn’t a lot at all, pending some substantial per point investment. Something that I don’t believe that the betting bank really allows for.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about some of those positives. Because they are definitely there. Firstly, cost wise, The Bookie Basher really isn’t a lot. And if you can get in on Betting Gods’s current offer of £20.99 for 105 days of access, well, I think that represents a bit of a bargain if I’m honest. Even using that low monthly average of 1.5 points, you’d make your money back.

On top of that, let’s be honest for a minute, the fact that Gary provides his write ups for this price only increases the value for money that is on offer here. Because for a savvy bettor, who actually wants to learn and to try and gain some insight, 3 months of explanation as to a selection process may well be enough that you can really take a lot away in terms of what kinds of things you should be looking out for.

And, at the end of the day, the fact that The Bookie Basher has shown that substantial winning month before means that it can happen again. Admittedly, it hasn’t so far, but I think it’s reasonable to say that you aren’t dealing with a cowboy operation here. Ups and downs are just a part of the betting industry. The question that always exists in my mind is whether or not they are worth riding out, and here, I think they may be.

So, you might think at this point that I’d say that this is a decent enough product that is worth recommending, but you’d be wrong. Because the truth of the matter is, I don’t think that this will suit everybody. If you’re a serious bettor, then taking a punt on a profit that over 4 months has averaged such a small amount is the kind of risk that isn’t necessarily worthwhile.

At the end of the day, Betting Gods’s proofing shows a 25 bet losing streak. That is a little concerning no matter how you dress it up. And it isn’t even like that is a one off long losing streak. They’re just really part and parcel of the service. Again, if you are looking at The Bookie Basher from that investment point of view, it’s a big ask to put down £300 to see a 22/1 outsider come in on an each way basis and make you £275 of that back.

But that doesn’t mean that The Bookie Basher is a complete write off either. Because if you’re at a point in your betting when you’re still focused on betting for fun and entertainment, and you perhaps want to take it to the next level… Well, that is where I see this making sense. If you’re only putting a few quid on, all of a sudden, you’re losing a bit of cash here and there, but then, you also have some big winners. And if you’re looking for excitement, that is what you want really.

So, for a lot of people who are probably reading this, I don’t think that The Bookie Basher is the kind of thing you are necessarily looking for. If you already have some understanding of horse racing, the insight won’t mean much to you, and the profit potential will be a bit lacking (even with the potential to improve your winnings) But ultimately, you do get a lot for your money. And so long as you don’t come into it expecting the world, I think you’ll ultimately be pleased with what you can get out of it.


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From: Simon Roberts