The Fortune Farm is a new to market esports tipster service which is operated by one Callum Drake. He claims that his selections produce a consistent and quite substantial profit.
Introduction to The Fortune Farm
By and large, the betting world hasn’t really moved a whole lot over the last 50 years. But I really do think that change is coming, albeit slowly. Football is becoming as popular as horse racing. Exchanges have altered how we bet. And the sports world is growing and becoming evermore niche. One area that is getting genuinely massive, and will only continue to grow, is esports.
Think how many people are watching YouTube videos of their favourite gamers. Honestly, I’m a part of this crowd too. Just like I watch Manchester United because I can barely kick a ball, I like watching people play games who are genuinely good at them. It’s always a pleasure to watch somebody skilled carry out their craft. And according to Callum Drake, you can also make money off this massive emerging market. Enter, The Fortune Farm.
Betting on esports isn’t something that is new to me. In fact, I have looked at a good number of tipster services that are based around the premise. But the truth is that with so many sports cancelled, it is an attractive proposition. So, can The Fortune Farm help you to make money through this new sport that just keeps growing in size? Let’s find out.
What Does The Fortune Farm Offer?
One of the things that is interesting to me about The Fortune Farm is the fact that whilst the involvement of esports will make it seem intimidating to those who aren’t familiar with the sport. This is very much a “typical” tipster service. Something that Callum Drake is very keen to talk about in the sales material.
So, what does this mean for you as a punter? Well, you can expect to receive selections on a near daily basis. The sales material makes clear reference to The Fortune Farm being “daily advice”, but there seem to have been at least one or two no bet days. Of course, this is hardly a deal breaker.
Sticking with the logistical side of things, The Fortune Farm runs pretty much as you would expect. That is to say, selections are sent directly out to subscribers via email. These will typically land with you on the morning of events, usually around 11am. This is a bit late in the day, however because of the global nature of esports, it does mean that you should still be able to get a good price.
None the less, it is important to note the fact that you don’t really get much in the way of advice from Callum Drake. As such, it is well worth taking advantage of an odds comparison site to try and maximise your profits. I happen to know that Oddschecker actually have a whole section dedicated to esports.
Whilst we are on the topic of odds, don’t expect massive winners here. The fact is that esports is generally a very hotly contested sport. Differences in players are measured in milliseconds and anything can happen. It is what makes it fun, but it also means that bookies won’t tend to price events in a way that allows value (this is an interesting point I will be picking up a little later).
In terms of the volume of bets, The Fortune Farm leans towards what I would consider to be moderately high. We’re talking around 3 bets per day. Now that doesn’t sound like too much, but that means that you can potentially be placing more than 100 bets per month. When things are going well, that is all dandy, but when you’re losing… Well, it’s just not so great.
Now an element that I feel like a lot of people will be intimidated by with The Fortune Farm are the bets themselves. Esports is all a bit new and it can all seem foreign. But really, it isn’t difficult. As one of Callum Drake’s testimonials conveniently points out, it is a lot like betting on football.
What this translates to with The Fortune Farm is seemingly just backing an esports team to win. The limited proofing provided seems to suggest this and what I have seen backs this up. These straight win bets will be covered by most major bookmakers and you shouldn’t really have too much problem getting the bets placed.
Now I want to talk a little bit about the numbers side of things. The staking plan seems to be pretty straight forward. Callum Drake shows in his limited evidence that he has been betting £50 per bet. This simply equates to level stakes of 1 point per bet. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, what you don’t get any advice about is what kind of betting bank you would need. As I’ve often said before, you really need to plan for the worst when it comes to considering your potential drawdown. And it is because of this that I would probably expect to have around 100 points to fall back on.
This is very poignant with The Fortune Farm because the fact is that you just don’t know how often you will lose. Put simply, there are no real claims in terms of a strike rate. This is concerning to me for a number of reasons.
Don’t get me wrong, Callum Drake does a good job of insinuating this will be high. For example, he talks about having a perfect day, or 6 out of 7 days ending in profit. There is also a data sample of 4 days which shows a strike rate of 70%, but that comes with nothing really demonstrating that it can be achieved consistently. From what I have seen, the number will be much lower than this though.
How Does The Fortune Farm Work?
And now we come to one of the most important questions with The Fortune Farm in my book. Just how is Callum Drake finding his selections exactly? Sure, there is plenty of information and past results that you can draw upon. There is also recent form which should be a consideration, just as you would expect with other sports.
But the unfortunate truth is that almost all of this comes form my own speculation. There isn’t really a whole lot said about the selection process. The closest you get to insight into this is that he claims that bookmakers aren’t in the know enough to actually price up odds correctly. Something that my experience is very much at odds with.
But the fact is, the selection process just isn’t expanded on which, honestly, is very frustrating. I have always been a proponent of the notion that you should be able to make an informed decision about what you are getting yourself into. To at least some degree, this also includes knowing how a tipster identifies bets.
It isn’t even like there is any kind of proofing that you can look at for The Fortune Farm to get a picture of things. The only evidence provided (which I find to be massively questionable) are a series of screenshots of betting slips from a very select period of time. This is far from comprehensive and simply isn’t a reliable sample of data on which to make a judgement.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you choose to sign up for The Fortune Farm, there are two hugely differing pricing structures that exist. Firstly, you can sign up to receive Callum Drake’s selections through a “proprietary payment platform”. These options are all the cheapest way of signing up, however, you do sign away your rights” with these.
The first subscription option for The Fortune Farm is a 7 day free trial, however it then priced at £19.95 (plus VAT) per month. On top of this, there are options for a quarterly subscription which is priced at just £29.95 every 3 months(again, plus VAT).
Alternatively, if you are looking for a longer term subscription then you can sign up for The Fortune Farm on an annual subscription at a cost of £59 (plus VAT). Finally, there is a lifetime license which Callum Drake 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, The Fortune Farm is also being sold directly through Clickbank. This comes with a full 30 day money back guarantee; however it is definitely the priciest option at £99 plus VAT. This gets you a 6 month subscription although there is also the option to purchase an additional 6 months for another £89 up front.
This all means over the course of a whole year, using Callum Drake’s payment platform, you would save a very substantial £130 discount. This is of course compared to the cost of The Fortune Farm when purchased through Clickbank.
What is the Rate of Return?
In terms of the income potential, you can supposedly do pretty well off The Fortune Farm. Callum Drake makes that claim that he makes 5 figures a year through his selections. Specifically, we are shown later in the sales material. That he made £41,017.63. A number that I’m actually quite doubtful of.
We are also told that you can expect to make ore than £2,000 per month following his tips. Elsewhere, the “evidence” that is provided shows bets winning as much as £496.67 over a 4 day period and a single day pulling in £182.50 in profit. Again, I am quite sceptical of these numbers.
Conclusion for The Fortune Farm
I don’t doubt for a single minute that there is a big future for esports betting. It is a market that I think will only grow with the sport, and esports are going to be massive. As such, there is probably a lot to be said for being an “early adopter”. Getting your foot in the door isn’t a bad thing at all.
With that said, I don’t believe that The Fortune Farm is the way to do this. Whilst there are definitely some genuine esports tipsters out there, they are inevitably a minority. This is all still relatively new and niche stuff. But I just don’t believe that Callum Drake is one of them for a number of reasons.
First things first, let’s be completely frank here. There isn’t really any tangible evidence that suggests that Callum Drake can make you a profit. What is shown “proving” that The Fortune Farm is profitable is at best, likely to be cherry picked results. And as such, I wouldn’t be inclined to put too much weight into them.
But the fact of the matter is that the lack of this proofing is almost conspicuous in its absence. Especially in the face of the lack of other evidence backing the claims up for The Fortune Farm. Here’s the thing. If Callum Drake were talking about what he does to find selections, then I might be inclined to say that you can overlook a lack of proofing. But he doesn’t.
As such, you are in a position whereby you are taking the word of the one person who is guaranteed to make money out of The Fortune Farm that it is profitable. That is to say, the tipster. Now that is something that is always a bit sketchy to me, however, in most cases you at least have a money back guarantee. Which leads me to another pretty big problem.
Not surprisingly the pricing structure for The Fortune Farm is very off putting to me. I am a big fan of consumer rights, and what you have here is a model which seems to be almost designed to get you locked into subscriptions. The fact that Callum Drake is asking less for a lifetime of tips, for the same price as 6 months with a money back guarantee says a lot really.
So, what you have here is a questionable tipster service, that provides no real evidence that it is profitable, and actively pushes you to pay in a way that has little accountability for them. All of those things are pretty big red flags in my book.
The truth is that I just don’t see this making any money. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that there is money to be made betting on esports. But I don’t think for a single minute that The Fortune Farm is the way to do it. And with that in mind, I would say that this deserves a pretty wide berth really.