The Knowledge Review – WAP Tipsters

The Knowledge is a new horse racing tipster service which is being provided through the WAP Tipsters stable of tipsters. Selections come courtesy of tipster Thomas Hamer.

Introduction to The Knowledge

When WAP Tipsters first established themselves in the world of tipster management, I wasn’t sure what to make of them. As time has passed however, they have definitely established themselves as having a decent reputation and providing accurate results for their services. This is very important to start with, because there are some very strong claims for The Knowledge.

Here’s the thing. There aren’t many tipster services out there that could claim to have made 900 points of profit in less than a year that I would really sit up and pay attention to. Sure, as a part of my work, I’ll always check this kind of claim out because if something is genuine, then I know my readers would love to know about it. Thomas Hamer have made me do that though.

So, there are some incredible claims, and they are coming from a reputable source. I can genuinely say here and now that I am excited to see what exactly The Knowledge can deliver. So, with that in mind, let’s look at whether or not tipster Thomas Hamer’s selections carry that much potential.

What Does The Knowledge Offer?

I will admit that coming into The Knowledge, I was expecting some sort of gimmick. I’ve seen services with similar claims of profit before now but these have turned out to be based around Lucky 15’s and the like. As such, you often find that the bulk of these large numbers have come from a single bet.

What I was very pleasantly surprised to find however is that Thomas Hamer is offering a pretty basic service with a decent structure. Of course, WAP Tipsters’ management of the service goes some way to helping with this. So, what do you actually get?

The short answer to this is a near daily horse racing tipster service. Thomas Hamer provides selections to The Knowledge subscribers on a near daily basis (there are only a very small number of no bet days here). These are sent out direct via email on the morning of racing with WAP Tipsters also offering the option to receive selections directly to your phone via WhatsApp.

As I have come to expect from a well managed service, you do get more than enough information to confidently place your bets. This includes achievable odds that you should be looking to get, however as I often find myself saying, Oddschecker will always be your friend here.

On the subject of the bets, there isn’t really a massive amount to say. That might not seem like a good thing, but as I mentioned earlier, the fact that Thomas Hamer isn’t relying on crazy accumulators and the like is a strong positive. Instead, The Knowledge is concerned exclusively with each way bets.

There is a moderate volume of these bets with most days producing between three and five bets. For my money, this is a pretty manageable number. With that said, I do know of some people who might find this leans a little high, especially when you factor in the stakes (but I’ll come back to this shortly).

One of the things that is pretty outstanding about The Knowledge in my opinion is the odds that you are betting at. When it comes to each way services, I know of a lot of tipsters that like to go very long. They back horses at silly odds on a near daily basis because, well, if one comes in it wins big.

Instead, Thomas Hamer is comparatively reserved. Don’t get me wrong, you will still see 33/1 outsiders and a lot of horses coming in at double digit odds, but that isn’t the focus. Instead, you are looking most at middling to high odds ranging from 4/1 going up to 9/1.

Now, onto those stakes. In the headline for the service, WAP Tipsters say that The Knowledge has produced “pure, uninflated profit” and that is very evident in the stakes involved. All bets are advised to be backed to 1 point each way, meaning 2 points per bet.

This does mean that on a given day you may be expected to stake 10 points which can start to add up. Especially if you hit a losing streak which does happen. For example, back in September (which was Thomas Hamer’s worst month) you saw a losing streak of 14 bets or 28 points. That is quite significant, albeit an extreme example.

The truth of the matter though is whilst this does sound like something that is concerning, it isn’t anything that a robust betting bank shouldn’t be able to deal with. None the less, I know that for somebody who isn’t to disciplined or is just getting starting, that is an intimidating losing streak.

All of this ultimately leads me to the strike rate which is a very mixed affair. The overall number comes in at 34.37% which is pretty decent, it has to be said. But with September having a strike rate of 7.04% and the first 3 months of The Knowledge averaging out around 45%, there is a range of results involved.

How Does The Knowledge Work?

One of the things that I do like about The Knowledge is that Thomas Hamer is quite transparent about what his service is based around. As I’ve always said, I don’t expect any tipster to provide a step by step breakdown of their selection process, but you should have enough information to make an informed decision.

In the case of The Knowledge, this is a combination of insider information as well as a seemingly quite rigorous analysis. Thomas Hamer says that all of his selections are the product of an “early rise, precise form and market analysis”. This is reassuring to me as it looks like he is trying to factor in all the elements that impact the potential value of a bet.

On top of this, WAP Tipsters also say in the sales material that Thomas Hamer also receives nods from his contacts. These include “professional gamblers, insiders and analysts”. Now I have to go with my gut a bit here and say that I can buy into this claim. There aren’t ridiculous statements and overblown claims here. In my eyes, this lends some credibility to what is said.  

What is the Initial Investment?

Now, given the results, you wouldn’t expect The Knowledge to be cheap. And it isn’t. But nor is it really that expensive either. WAP Tipsters offer two different subscriptions to the service if you want to sign up, one of which offers significantly better value than the other.

First of all, you have a monthly subscription which is priced at £40 per month (plus VAT. In and of itself, this isn’t too bad at all, however this is supposedly billed every 28 days. I should highlight however that when you go to the payment screen, Clickbank say that you will be billed again in one calendar month.

Representing much better volume is a quarterly subscription which is priced at £80 (again, plus VAT). This effectively means getting 4 months free over the course of a year (or potentially 5 if the billing cycle is changed to every 28 days).

Now, I have mentioned Clickbank who are of course well known for offering a 60 day money back guarantee on products sold through them. WAP Tipsters don’t mention this in their sales material however and as such, I wouldn’t buy into The Knowledge expecting to get a refund on the service.

What is the Rate of Return?

At last, I can come to the reason that The Knowledge has stood out to me so apparently and that is the claimed profit. To say that it is huge is a bit of an understatement really. So, the sales material talks about 900 points of profit. And Thomas Hamer’s selections topped out at some 925 points, which is incredible.

As I am writing this however, there has been a decline. I did say that September was a bad month and this applies to the bottom line as well with a 44.05 point loss. This means that at the time of writing, the profit is sitting at “just” 864.1 points.

Of course, this is still a tremendous amount of profit to be sitting on within 6 months. It is more than twice what I would expect a good tipster to make in a year. And when you consider that this is simply to 1 point each way bets, The Knowledge looks very impressive in the profit department.

Conclusion for The Knowledge

In many respects, it is very much early days for The Knowledge, but what is hard to ignore are the incredible results that Thomas Hamer has guided the service to. Honestly, despite that slight dip in terms of the recent results, there is no getting around the fact that an average of more than 100 points per month is just mindbogglingly good.

Now, it would also be somewhat remiss of me to simply skip over these losses. Here’s the thing, in the grand scheme of things, I will happily admit that a 44 point loss isn’t substantial when you have a profit of 900 points. But if you come into The Knowledge and the first thing you encounter is this kind of loss, that is significant.  

As such, it is difficult to say that there isn’t a level of risk involved with The Knowledge. Now over a long enough period of time, I think that this is probably going to be well managed. But, as always, you have to consider just how long that length of time may end up being. And if Thomas Hamer has a couple of off months again, then hat can be expensive for you.

With all of that out of the way, I want to talk a little bit about the value for money. Because this is one part of The Knowledge that is one of the more debatable points. You see, given the historic results, there is no getting around it. WAP Tipsters are offering phenomenal value for money. But what about looking at the bigger picture?  I am less convinced.

Honestly, I’m not certain that I would recommend The Knowledge to you at this time. Those historic results are some of the most impressive that I have ever seen. I will not take that away from Thomas Hamer. Furthermore, I would be inclined to say that there shouldn’t be any reason why this form can’t be recaptured in the future.

But the reality as I am writing this is that The Knowledge has lost quite a lot of money and October isn’t currently showing any indicators that it will be that much different. As such, you may find that this may be one that you want to keep half an eye on. If those results are able to turn around, then this is a good looking option, but until then, it could prove a costly following.


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From: Simon Roberts