When the Handicapper(s) uses a Pseudonym
Any successful sports handicapper ought to be eager to use his actual name in all of his business dealings. This is particularly true if your hard-won cash is involved. Sure, a few handicappers can use a catchy nickname for marketing purposes, and that’s fine. But every one of us has a legal first and last name. Anyone who is honest about what they do for a living ought to be inclined to be known publically. I’ve discussed this sticky point with some full-time touts who insist that they use pseudonyms for legal reasons and/or to maintain privacy. I call bullshit. If you can’t enjoy what you’re doing for a living, or you’re uncomfortable with your customers understanding your individuality, then you need ton’t be in the business. Here’s a question: Would you take financial advice from someone who does not utilize his (or her) real individuality and rather relies on a fake name? Certainly not. This must also apply to anybody you trust to supply sports picks.
Handicappers Using Phoney Academic Credentials
Through the years I have seen many scumbag handicappers use”Doctor” or”Professor” in their names. This could be absolutely fine if they really had academic qualifications — especially in areas such as statistics, psychology, or another field related to sports gambling. Truth is, these”doctors” and”professors” are frauds. They’re liars. Years before, a scam-capper who went by the name”Dr.” Ed Horowitz was exposed as a cocaine addict and was 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 went on a (perhaps random) hot streak which caught the attention of mainstream press, has no doctorate whatsoever. He is still around. Be cautious about who you trust. Academic titles should not be slung around broadly together with the intent to establish a false credibility so as to deceive people. Academic credentials should be rightfully earned. No sports advisory service to my knowledge has any doctors of professors functioning as fulltime handicappers. Perhaps they do exist and if so, they could post a copy of the doctorate at the site.
Living a High-Roller Lifestyle
You will find legitimate handicappers and fair sports services making a living exploring games and then giving out the drama, and perhaps even gambling on those picks themselves. Every single one of them puts in enormous numbers of hours. This is particularly true for bona fide sports services that actually do care about their clients, which can be few and far between. If you see ads (or even worse,”reality tv” shows or movies ) with douchebags posing with elaborate automobiles surrounded by pretty women, or fanning substantial wads of cash — operate in the opposite way. They are all crooks. Shit stains. Scum. Every one of them. Here is the truth: Real sports handicappers don’t call attention to themselves. Real sports handicappers do not toss around $100 bills like confetti, nor hang out in Las Vegas nightclubs. Real sports handicappers work their asses off since that’s exactly what it takes to win in the business.
Touting Just Recent Win-Loss Results
This really is a red flag that cries — scam! We see this frequently, particularly on print advertisements and all over social media, including Twitter and Facebook. “We went 8-2 our last 10 plays! Sign up today!” So, the ceremony claims that they went 8-2. So what? I can flip a coin and it may come up 8 heads and 2 tails (there is a 3 percent chance of this happening in the event that you flip a coin ten times right now). However, why is the ceremony bragging about just the previous ten picks? What happened the previous 20 picks? Or past 50 picks? You could be absolutely sure — if the service had appreciated a more winning streak, they would be bragging about it. Fact is, the ceremony may have gone 2-8 the prior week and ended up with a 10-10 overall record. Minus the normal 10 percent vig in addition to the agency’s subscription fee, congratulations — you are well on your way to going bankrupt. All that matters in sports handicapping in the long term. One day, 1 week, or even one month is practically meaningless. Unless a service could provide a valid W-L record over a lengthy period (at least a year, and preferably several years), they need to be avoided no matter what claims that they make. [One more idea: A trustworthy service shouldn’t have to constantly brag about themselves — winners become self-evident]
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