Tipster Academy is a horse racing tipster service which is operated by John Scott. He claims that his team are able to produce consistently strong profits and have been doing so for years.
Introduction to Tipster Academy
I was always of the opinion that most tipsters are simply individuals. Occasionally, there might be a couple of mates who team up. I also thought that successful tipsters got to where they are through a lot of experience and hard work.
Years spent reading form, getting to know people at stables, and generally losing money before you are in a position to make a consistent profit.
Apparently though, I was wrong. Because John Scott claims that “The Tipster Academy Has Been Training The Best Tipsters Our Nation Has Ever Seen, with Devastating Consequences for the Bookies”. Right then, surely that’s a guaranteed winner then? Let’s actually have a look.
What Does Tipster Academy Offer?
Tipster Academy is sold as giving you the chance to work alongside “These Betting Superstars” of the academy. The reality of the situation however seems to be that you are signing up for yet another in the constant barrage of questionable daily tipster services. Tipster Academy says that all selections are issued directly to subscribers via email.
So far, so ‘good’ (it does not last though….)
We are then told that “all you have to do is get those bets placed online or at your local bookies”. There isn’t really any information included with Tipster Academy , which is disappointing. Don’t forget, this is supposed to be the crème de la crème of tipsters.
In terms of the bets themselves, from what I have seen so far, you are exclusively looking at win bets from Tipster Academy . The volume of bets has been very typical with just a small handful of selections each day. I don’t believe that this is likely to change anytime in the immediate future.
Tipster Academy does have some variety in terms of the odds, however you are typically looking at lower to middling odds.
The fact that John Scott is so keen to talk about how great Tipster Academy is and the claimed involvement with some of the top tipsters in the UK, you would expect them to have everything down to a T. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apparently include any staking plan for the service.
There is absolutely no information provided about what you should be betting. Now, this isn’t necessarily the be all and end all, however in the case of Tipster Academy , I can’t let this go. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that all of the income claims are in pounds and pence. As such, there is no context for what it means (a point I will pick up a little later).
Given that Tipster Academy is supposedly the best of the best when it comes to tipping in the UK. As such, I feel it is reasonable to expect a reasonable strike rate and if John Scott is to be believed, this is the case.
The sales material refers to a strike rate of 72% which is a phenomenal number. I do however wish that I could put any faith in this claim. There is absolutely no evidence provided to back this up including a lack of proofing. This strikes me as exactly the kind of thing that I would expect from the top “Tipster Academy ” in the UK.
How Does Tipster Academy Work?
When it comes to how Tipster Academy works, there are a lot of claims made, and yet, there is also very little in the way of tangible information. First of all, I want to talk about the academy itself. John Scott says that it was started by “a couple of old boys” in Roger Price and Dave Baker who have supposedly been betting for decades.
From here, we are told that the philosophy of Tipster Academy is that there is no mathematical equation for beating the bookies and there is no way a computer can predict how a horse will act on the day. Both fair points.
John Scott then goes on to say that all of the Tipster Academy days start early “to ensure that we have ample time to discuss potential selections well before races commence”. These are apparently based on years of experience and a highly trained eye.
This doesn’t really mean anything though. Honestly, I can’t help but feel like the whole sales page for Tipster Academy has been authored with a view to trying to convince you that there is something genuine to the selection process.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you want to sign up for Tipster Academy there is just one option made available to you. That is a one time payment of £29.99 which according to John Scott will get you access “indefinitely”.
Quite what this means isn’t something that is ever explored, however my expectations are that realistically, the service will be quietly closed in a little over 60 days. Talking of which, it is worth noting that Tipster Academy is being sold through Clickbank. This means that there is a full 60 day money back guarantee in place should you find that the service isn’t for you.
What is the Rate of Return?
Now we come to the crux of what Tipster Academy is all about according to John Scott and that is making a lot of money. Supposedly. One of the key figures that stands out to me is that you will make over £9,000 per month using the service.
This is backed up by a few screenshots of a William Hill betting account, however I am not convinced of the authenticity of these.
The screenshot is FAKE.
The headlining figure from John Scott is that you can expect to make more than £110,000 by the end of the year. That is one hell of a claim for Tipster Academy , however there is again no evidence that I believe to be genuine provided (we are again looking at a highly questionable screenshot).
Conclusion on the Tipster Academy Service
I will admit that John Scott has put together a very creative premise with Tipster Academy . On some level, I feel really attached the concept of a group of tipsters training the next generation how to identify winners.
If it were a film, there’d be a scene where the tipsters come together to take down the evil bookies by giving a dead cert to a local downtrodden community. Everyone would cheer and the town would be saved. But this is reality, and Tipster Academy is a long way from that kind of fantasy scenario.
The reality of being a tipster is a long way removed from anything like this and whilst I am not a tipster, I know that it is hard work. It involves pouring over numbers and looking at form and a large number of factors you might not have thought of.
There certainly isn’t a school and it will always take a damn sight more than just a few minutes per day which is what John Scott suggests. All of this tells me that you don’t even have somebody behind Tipster Academy who is trying to find winning tips.
Highly questionable marketing aside, there are a number of other problems that I have with Tipster Academy . First of all, I don’t believe for one second that you will get even close to the results that are claimed. It doesn’t take a lot to see that £9,000 per month would mean stakes of £250 per point in order to even start to seem believable, a figure that is out of reach for a significant number of bettors.
Honestly, there are a lot of reasons that I wouldn’t recommend Tipster Academy , but if you want to take away one to focus on, it is the complete lack of evidence that it is a genuine service.
There is no proofing, the numbers don’t add up, even the concept is quite clearly rubbish in my opinion. It doesn’t take much to see how quickly you can get betting accounts restricted or closed. The idea of a whole Tipster Academy doing this and I just don’t believe that they would manage.
With all of this, I simply can’t recommend Tipster Academy. Fake screenshots, and many other areas of concern.
As a piece of marketing, it represent an interesting idea. As a product, I don’t believe that you will make any money whatsoever and even at £30, I wouldn’t want to waste that kind of money following Tipster Academy ’s advice.