Gambling is one of the fastest growing industries out there, with sports betting in particular. Nowadays, it can be really hard to tell whether a tipster is really as good as he claims. There are literally thousands of services that aren’t anyhow tracked. So how can you tell the good from the bad?
You have to check their records, if there are any. This is a first sign you have to look for. It really doesen’t matter if a tipping service is two or four years old, if it’s got thousands of subscribers or only a few. The only thing that matters is their results. Of course, you have to spot the hit and run type, which manages a very short sucessful streak and then stops giving more tips only to keep his numbers high. Anything less than 3 months or 100 picks isn’t relevant.
Records, on the tipster’s website alone, might just not be relevant enough as they can be easily manipulated. You have to look for leads, other websites that partnered up with them. If you see any seals or badges, follow them, to find out what’s at the end of the link – they might just be empty images with no meaning. Also, pay attention to those so called verification services. Most of them were created by small groups of tipping services, just for the purpose of extending the level of the scam.
A blog post telling you how good a service is could be just an advertorial written by the actual tipping service. This is why you should be looking for uninfluenced feedback. You should focus on finding forum discussions, comments or any other type of uninfluenced/independent feedback. Google for phrases like ‘tipstername.com scam’ or ‘tipstername.com fraud’ to see if anyone else already signaled something fishy about the service.
Can they be found?
Contact pages and information about the person/company is also pretty much relevant. Involvment in social media discussions can also prove helpful when looking for clues. Some of the tipping services only provide a contact form – no addresses, social media pages nor location details. They claim having incredible records but can’t afford someone to answer a phone? But let’s not get confused. There can be honest individuals who don’t speak english very well and can’t afford a secretary. If there’s good feedback about them on the forums you can forget about all the missing information from their page, because after all, they should provide a pocket money subscription.
You don’t have to be shy. You want premium tips, so you are fully entitled to know all the details about what you’re paying for. Ask for additional proofs, additional contact methods, if they guarantee anything and even if they want to offer an extended trial period. Honest tipping services won’t have anything to hide.
Starting a discussion about the service is another good idea before taking money out of your pocket. Find a couple of intesely debated forums and create a new thread. If the tipping service has ever had public picks at the start, surely someone on the forums will remember.