Master Plan is a brand new horse racing tipster service from the Punthub stable of tipsters. The service is actually operated by Nick, the same tipster behind Tea Time Tipster.
Introduction to The Master Plan
It doesn’t seem like I really get to look at products from the Punthub group and this is with good reason. I think that it is probably fair to say that they are much more selective than some of the other tipster stables on the market as well. What I mean by this is that they have just six services which they deem to be “successful” and passed on to paid tips.
There are however questions over some of these with just four of them having made money in November. Master Plan is one of these, and it is also far and away Punthub’s best performer in terms of the ROI. All of this sounds positive, as does the fact that this is a fundamentally straight forward service. With all of this in mind, Master Plan certainly warrants some attention, but is it any good?
What Does Master Plan Offer?
As far as tipster services go, I think that it is very fair to say that Master Plan is probably one of the easier ones to follow on the market. There are a number of reasons for this, but mostly it comes down to the fact that everything that Punthub demonstrate shows that there is little to complicate the service. Each evening, you will receive selections from Master Plan for the next days racing. All that you have to do is place the relevant bets.
On the subject of bets, Master Plan is generally a very stable service (pun not intended). This means that the vast majority of days will produce between four and occasionally eight selections. The proofing from Punthub demonstrates that previously, this is a service that could easily end up being high volume, however these days appear to be anomalous rather than any representation of the norm.
Keeping on with the notion of Master Plan being an easy service to follow, all of the bets advised are straight win bets. One thing that should be noted however is that there are a lot of longer odds bets. Naturally this has an impact on other elements of Master Plan as I want to explore below.
A straight forward service requires a simple staking plan and not surprisingly, this is yet another area where Punthub deliver with Master Plan. All bets are advised to level stakes of just 1 point. A betting bank of 100 points is recommended to subscribers and I can see that this is with good reason. The fact of the matter is that because of the odds that you are backing horses at, losing streaks are a part and parcel of Master Plan with 10 losing bets, back to back over a 2 day period.
Whilst there are undeniably these losing streaks, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a terrible strike rate. Of 412 bets, 308 of these have been losing bets and 22 were none runners. This leaves a total of 82 winning bets and a strike rate of 19.9%. This isn’t a massive number by any stretch of the imagination, however given the average odds that you are backing, I don’t think that this works out too bad.
How Does Master Plan Work?
If there is one thing that is disappointing when it comes to products from Punthub, it is the lack of information that you receive in terms of the selection process. In fact, there isn’t a whole lot of information provided full stop. The sales page for the service is nothing more than a paragraph which literally says that “For a profitable and steady approach to profit, you need ‘The Master Plan’”.
Now it has to be said that there is a part of me that definitely wishes that there were more information provided in terms of what the selection process entails. There is however significant and full proofing from Punthub provided for the 3 months that Master Plan has been live. This definitely goes some way towards alleviating any concerns about the lack of information may bring up, however I do think that it is worth keeping in mind that 3 months of proofing is not a long period of time in the grand scheme of things.
What is the Initial Investment?
Your first month with Master Plan comes at a discounted rate and as such, Punthub are only asking £20 for this. After this, the service returns to the full rate which is priced at £30 per month. There is some small additional value to be had by signing up for Master Plan for 3 months at a time which comes at a reduced cost of £80 (effectively saving you £10). Payment for both options is handled via Paypal and I think it is important to mention that there is no money back guarantee in place for the service.
What is the Rate of Return?
In the 3 months since Master Plan went live it has produced a points profit of 117.47 points. In and of itself, I think that this represents a strong and very respectable result. Scaled up over the course of a year, this should put the service at comfortably more than 350 points (a number that I consider to be very strong). What is arguably a better representation of the results is the ROI which stands at an average of 35.1%.
Conclusion on the The Master Plan
There is a lot to like about Master Plan, but I do think that this needs to be balanced with some careful consideration. None the less, I want to start by talking about the very clear positives. Most apparent, are the results. Master Plan is a very new service (a topic I want to return to), but it strikes me as very ignorant to ignore a profit of 117 points in 3 months.
That is a phenomenal figure and make no mistake. It seems counter intuitive to say that a service could afford to drop points, but honestly, even if this did in the future it could still be doing very well.
Whilst this is great in and of itself, there is also the fact that Master Plan isn’t actually all that expensive. £30 per month is about what I would consider to be about right for an average tipster service, and the fact Punthub are asking this for something that is undoubtedly above average is incredible. It goes without saying, there is bags of value for money to be had here.
Now. On to the negatives. The biggest one, and it is something that has been mentioned before now, and I feel looms over Master Plan as a service.
The service has been available for just 3 months. 3 good months do not a tipster service make and there is plenty of potential for this to go wrong in the more immediate future. Of course, that isn’t necessarily to say that Master Plan will go wrong, but it would be naïve to presume the fact that the results to date will be continued indefinitely.
Building on this, I talked earlier about how there can be long losing streaks, and this is a part of the reason for my concern. I have been doing this for a long time and I have seen more than my fair share of services that use similar principles. Many of these start well, however they can also very quickly be turned around with a few bad runs. Again, I don’t wish to presume about the future of Master Plan, but I also don’t want to be ignorant.
With all of this in mind, I think that Master Plan is probably as good an option as any in the current tipster market place. In fact, I would go one better and say that it is worth some very serious consideration. The results are solid and there is clearly phenomenal value or money to be had.
Of course there is the potential for things to go worn, but that could easily be said of any service.
Master Plan Vendor Update 2019
The following email was sent in by the actual vendor, Ben from Punthub, for The Master Plan on 16th October 2019:
Stumbled across your review of The Master Plan by Curtis
I see it’s very out of date compared to where the service is now, and wondered if it was possible to have another look over the service at no charge to Curtis or whoever may wish to view.
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