When the Handicapper(s) uses a Pseudonym
Any successful sports handicapper should be willing to use his actual name in all of his business transactions. This is particularly true if your hard-won money is involved. Sure, a few handicappers can employ a catchy nickname for promotion purposes, and that is fine. But every one of us has a valid first and last name. Anyone who’s honest about what they do for a living should be inclined to be known publically. I’ve discussed this awkward point with a few fulltime touts who insist they use pseudonyms for lawful reasons and/or to maintain privacy. I call bullshit. If you can not take pride in what you do for a living, or you’re uncomfortable with your clients understanding your individuality, then you need ton’t be in the business. Here’s a question: Would you take financial advice from somebody who does not utilize his (or her) real individuality and instead relies on a fake name? Certainly not. This must also apply to anyone you trust to supply sports picks.
Handicappers Using Phoney Academic Credentials
Through time I have seen many scumbag handicappers use”Doctor” or”Professor” in their titles. This would be absolutely fine if they actually had academic qualifications — especially in fields such as statistics, psychology, or another field related to sports betting. Fact is, these”doctors” and”professors” are frauds. They’re liars. Years ago, a scam-capper who went by the title”Dr.” Ed Horowitz was exposed as a cocaine addict and has been found to be a convicted felon. More recently,”Dr. Bob,” a college dropout who lit up the sports gambling scene about a decade ago when he travelled on a (possibly random) hot streak which captured the attention of mainstream press, doesn’t have doctorate in anything. He’s still around. Be cautious about who you trust. Academic titles shouldn’t be slung around broadly together with the intent to set a false credibility so as to fool people. Academic credentials should be rightfully earned. No sports advisory service to my understanding has any physicians of professors functioning as fulltime handicappers. Maybe they do exist and in that case, they could place a duplicate of the doctorate at the website.
Living a High-Roller Lifestyle
You will find legitimate handicappers and honest sports services creating a living exploring games and then giving out the plays, and perhaps even gambling on those picks themselves. Each one of them puts in massive numbers of hours. This is especially true for bona fide sports solutions that really do care about their clients, which are few and far between. If you see ads (or worse,”reality television” shows or videos) with douchebags posing with elaborate automobiles surrounded by pretty women, or fanning substantial wads of money — run in the opposite direction. They’re all crooks. Shit stains. Scum. Each of them. Here is the truth: Actual sports handicappers do not call attention to themselves. Real sports handicappers do not throw around $100 bills like confetti, nor hang out in Las Vegas nightclubs. Real sports handicappers work their asses off since that’s what it takes to win in the enterprise.
Touting Just Recent Win-Loss Results
This is a red flag that screams — scam! We see this frequently, especially on print ads and all over social media, including Twitter and Facebook. “We went 8-2 our last 10 plays! Sign up today!” So, the service asserts they went 8-2. So what? I can flip a coin and it might come up 8 heads and two tails (there’s a 3 percent chance of this happening if you flip a coin ten days right now). However, why is the ceremony bragging about only the last ten picks? What occurred the previous 20 picks? Or previous 50 picks? You could be absolutely certain — if the service had enjoyed a longer winning streak, they’d be bragging about it. Truth is, the ceremony may have gone 2-8 the prior week and ended up with a 10-10 overall record. Minus the normal 10 percentage vig in addition to the service’s subscription fee, congratulations — you are well on your way to going broke. All of that matters in sports handicapping in the long term. 1 day, 1 week, or even one month is practically meaningless. Unless a service can provide a legitimate W-L record on a protracted period (at least a year, and preferably several years), they should be avoided regardless of what claims that they make. [One more thought: A trusted service shouldn’t have to constantly brag about themselves — winners become self-evident]
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