Tuesday, 12 January 2021

6:50 Kempton - Sir Mark Prescott Playing it Cool (13th January)

A 7f Novice Stakes.

This post is more about Sir Mark Prescott than the rest of the field. In truth, it doesn't look the strongest of races. 

A 10-horse Novice on standard to slow going. 

I often think betting on any debutante is either the best or worst idea you ever had. In truth, it is much easier for any horse to win second start compared with first. I know a few of you will say well this trainer or that does exceptionally well. You're correct, they do. However, if you are looking at winning and losing in general terms you have your work cut out.

In fact, I could show many statistics that would most likely put you off betting on debutante for life. 

It wouldn't be a bad thing if I did. 

Sir Mark Prescott is one of many trainers who I would be hard pressed to bet when making their debut.

My data goes back to 2006 and I update every scrap of information for Prescott's two-year-olds covering the Flat turf season. 

You don't need to be Einstein to work out Polar Ice is a three-year-old and he is running outside the parameters of my data. 

Perhaps my findings are worthless here!

My data details that Sir Mark Prescott has a 4% strike rate with his debutantes (2yo) and that is from over 300 horses. 

The biggest winner was priced 33/1. 

However, he has had just three winners over 10/1. 

Polar Ice is an interesting debutante and caught my eye. That doesn't mean I think this gelding, a son of Dansili is a good bet. To be honest, I haven't even thought about the horse's chances, I'm just painting a picture, and will reveal the statistics and let you make up your own opinion. 

This March foal cost 120,000gns at the yearling sales. He is out of a talented race mare [Queen Of Ice] who won on debut (2013) and still in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud. She was trained by William Haggas, where she remained for her ten-race career, covering three seasons.

She won four races achieving total earnings of £81,966. Two listed-class wins proved a very talented filly who raced at 1m 4f for her last six races. 

Queen Of Ice proved bitterly disappointing on her three starts at four, racing at pattern class, and retired thereafter. 

Polar Ice has a good deal of hope based on his breeding, yearling price tag and calibre of trainer.

Would I be betting on this horse to make a winning debut?


In general, the odds of Prescott's debutantes detail little value. In fact, the majority have terrible stats. The only exception is when his debutantes start at short-priced favourite. 

I would give this horse some hope if priced 5/1 and less sp. However, over those odds, the chance of winning would be greatly reduced. 

To be fair, I would rather lay this colt to lose than bet to win if outside the above-mentioned betting guide. 

What's interesting is that I would be half interested in betting on this gelding second start, especially if fancied in the betting on debut but disappointing. 

Time will tell. 

Saturday, 9 January 2021

4:10 Chelmsford Racing Tips (9th January)

A 5f Maiden Stakes.  

Eight three-year-olds+ take their chance. Not the easiest race to assess but a couple of horses which may well go close. 

Tom Clover is a very capable trainer and Rockett Man is a chestnut son of Equiano in the ownership of The Rogues Gallery who do well with their horses. He has run over 6f on two starts and shown ability. He looks a nice horse, who had good pace last time out, when leading until outpaced in the final furlong. There is always a chance when a horse drops down in distance, it will be outpaced. There is a big difference between running over five and six furlongs. To be fair, this doesn't look as tough a race as competed last time out and the booking of a 7lb apprentice gives additional hope of a bold show. A live chance.  

In ways, Stuart William's Tributo is similar. This son of Dragon Pulse was a £28,000 2yo breeze-up purchase who was well fancied on debut at Newcastle when starting 100/30. This April foal looked inexperienced and wasn't helped by an awkward start, but was always a touch niggled along and ridden as though trying. I would have slight concerns this drop back to 5f would be a problem, and unless showing much better pace, could be outpaced on this turning course. From a statistical point of view he holds very good place claims. Looks unlikely to drift to each way odds. On the win front, Tributo holds claims and the apprentice is no doubt another way to find advantage. Off course for 50-days, there may be plenty of improvement. Time will tell. 

One trainer who can send out a debut winner is Archie Watson. Supercontango is a son of Charm Spirit and £40,000 2yo breeze-up purchase. The betting is a very big indicator for this stable's debutantes and it is a worry he has drifted to the extreme. If priced over 5/1, I would take this a sign this youngster will struggle to win. However, if backed could well come into consideration. The reason, as always, why it is so difficult to give an opinion until close to the off. At the time of writing, there are a number of negatives. 

Anthony Carson doesn't have too many horses in training (talking from two-year-olds and this has just turned three). Needwood Blossom ran well on debut when a 66/1 shot and finished a creditable second over 7f. Dropping back to 5f was a step into the unknown when racing at Southwell eleven days ago. She was awkward from the stalls and always a touch outpaced against a couple of speedsters who had to shoulder win penalties. I'm pretty sure the stable fancied their chance that day and this daughter of Garswood was ridden with purpose and ran on in the closing stages to get third. There has been some money for this April foal. I wouldn't expect this filly to be up with the pace and her strength may be running to the line. 

The other four horses, a debutante and three horses making their second start, are priced as though they need to find improvement. 

Conclusion: A funny-looking race. The four major contestants look to hold a chance but all have questions to answer which isn't the ideal starting place for betting at shortish odds. I had concerns about Rockett Man dropping back to this minimum trip but compard to the others he could well have most on the back foot. A nice-looking colt who will run a race but whether you would want to jump in at 11/8f is another matter. Tributo has plenty of claims on the stats but I do feel he needs to improve on his debut effort, which could well happen. The stable do much better on their second start than debut, which gives some hope. I'd much rather this horse drift to the extreme and be an each-way bet than a straight win. Supercontango could well have claims if strongly fancied in the betting but looks very weak in the market and if over 5/1 I would look to the others to prevail. Needwood Blossom has experience and could run on at the line, which is often a strength for any racehorse. I can't help but think she will be outpaced and need the others to tire to take advantage. All in all, this looks a difficult race to assess. I would be looking to back Tributo each way, but that isn't going to happen. Also, for those betting make sure there isn't a non runner and two places for each-way backers, which could happen. 

A predictable watching brief. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Wednesday's Racing News (2nd December)

Three maidens on the cards today.

Just a quick note...

12:35 Lingfield - 

Mystical Air has very good claims over this one mile trip. Roger Varian has been a touch hit and miss of late. This well-bred daughter of Kingman out of a listed-winning mare races in the familiar silks of Lordship Stud. 

Not much of a price so I won't be betting unless drifting markedly. 

1:05 Lingfield - 

Hugo Palmer has been in flying form this season and his strike rate with two-year-old on their second start has been exceptional. Ocean Road ran a nice race on debut for owners Qatar Racing Ltd. This son of Australia could start odds on for this race and on the stats may be under priced. 

5:00 Kempton - 

This six-furlong race looks open and no particular views. Illuzi has fair place claims for William Jarvis and one of his best owners Ms E L Banks. This bay daughter of Kodiac cost 60,000 guineas at the yearling sales. The mare won on here second start when in training with Alan Jarvis, back in 2012. 

Good luck to connections.

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Tuesday's Racing Tips: Darlectable You (1st December)

Not too much going on today but a couple of horses worth noting. 

2:40 Newcastle - 

It's an interesting fact that certain horse owners just don't have bad horses and that is very much the case for Lord Lloyd Webber. Added to this point, Darlectable You, is a very well-bred filly the daughter of Group-winning Dar Re Mei, who was an excellent talent running seventeen times in her four-season career, achieving successes at the highest level and total earning of £2,698,880. This globe trotter made her presence felt wherever she traveled. An exceptional horses who has been the dam of rare talents such as Too Darn Hot, So Mi Dar & Lah Ti Dar. 

Darlectable You is sires by Dubawi and you can safely say if this bay filly went through the sales she would have fetched near the million mark. 

John Gosden trains this exiting prospect who is fancied in the betting. 

If starting 6/4 and less SP I'd except this April foal to win. If a touch weak in the betting, I'd still expect a bold show. 

It looks a fair race and a number of leading trainers are out to do their best and it makes for an interesting race over 1m 2f. 

3:10 Newcastle - 

I've got one horse I'm looking at here but betting or not on this son of Australia is dependent on the market. Hugo Palmer has been in rare form all season and I am always interested in his two-year-old on their second start as they are often primed to win. Oz Legend was nibbled in the market on debut at Kempton over one mile and after almost a month on the sidelines should make a positive return. 

If priced 13/2 and less sp I'd expect this horse to run a big race and hold fair each-way claims. If outside this betting guide, I would have to give this one a miss. Very few of the stables juveniles win over 10/1 on their second start. If weak in the betting it could well be a negative.

It's difficult to know and you either take a punt and hope it's backed or wait until nearer the off.

Good look to connections.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Wednesday's 2YO Racing News (18th November)

A quick look at Wednesday's two-year-old (2yo) racing. 

There are four juvenile races at Kempton. I'm not sure how many of these I will write about - time will tell. 

4:55 Kempton - 

If Andrew Balding's Napper Tandy drifts markedly in the betting, this colt may hold fair each-way claims. Even though racing over a mile, a wide draw (11) isn't the best starting point. It may help with regards to the price. 

Hugo Palmer's two-year-olds have been in sparkling form all season and Mused should be respected after a beaten favourite on debut. Not much in the way of a price at a fraction over even money but a horse that should take some beating from a prime draw. 

5:25 Kempton -

Echo Beach is looking for a win are four creditable but losing performances. 

5:55 Kempton - 

Rebel's Romance comes here after winning on debut and looking to make it two from two under a penalty. 

6:25 Kempton - 

Daddy Frank, a son of Frankel, in the ownership of John And Tanya Gunther, who did so well with winning the St James' Palace Stakes (Group 1) at Royal Ascot (2018) and now a first-season sire with a stud fee of £10,000, ran a fine race on debut and stepping up a furlong today. By all accounts, must take some beating. 

No serious thoughts today. 

Friday, 13 November 2020

5:45 Wolverhampton Racing Tips (13th November)

Quite a restricted auction stakes race over 6f.

A mix of two-year-olds including a couple of winners with penalties. The betting would suggest Copinet and Castana Dia are the major hopes. Both ran well on their last starts giving the impression much better will be seen today. 

Chris Wall is a consistent trainer of juveniles - although not the biggest string - and the stable must have been disappointed last time out at Wolverhampton when starting favourite. A slow start made this daughter of Dandy Man's chances remote. She couldn't catch Bravado, who was similarly slow from the stalls, but ran on with gusto and looked almost certain to have won if starting on terms. There's always a fear she will be tardy once again although I'm sure Wall will have been working on this problem at home. 

I'd expect this March foal to go well and being running on strongly to the line. 

James Fergusan has done well this first season and proven he can send out a debut winner. Talented two-year-olds such as Zoetic and Francesco Guardi have raced at a high level, the latter winning on debut. Copinet will do well to achieve the standing of those two horses but daughter of Mehmas didn't do much wrong on her debut over course and distance when just half a length behind Isle Of May who is a decent horse at best. Copinet was nibbled at in the market from 10/1 - 7/1 and connections must have fancied their chances. Very similar to Chris Wall's filly, she was slow away and looked out of contention until making 'eye catching' progress in the final furlong. There should be more to come. Another horse who wouldn't want to be slow away against a few experienced juveniles who have proven they have ability. 

Course and distance winner, Tattoo, shoulders a win penalty but has the apprentice onboard to help negate that burden. She has proven to be unreliable on one or two starts, and a horse who has been prone to slow starts but seems to like this all-weather surface. A disappointing last start and an absence of a couple of months bring question marks. 

David O'Meara has a decent string of juveniles and Millie's Angel was half fancied on debut when beaten by hot favourite Hello me who was a 4/11f. She ran on as if in need in the experience and looks the type to improve well for this initial start. A good draw is a positive and I do like horses on their second start because they are often primed to win. 

Of the others, Brazen Belle would be carrying 10-stone if it wasn't for the fact of Tyler Heard on her back. This daughter of Brazen Beau has raced nine times and achieved a couple of wins in her first three start, but struggles under the weight and a 25/1 shot here which probably tells the story. 

The rest of the field are big odds and need to sprout wings to give the judge something to think about. 

Conclusion: Castana Dia and Copinet are progressive horses and both could already be winners if it wasn't for shuffling their hooves. Ferguson's filly isn't much of a price and could go off at odds-on. I'm not sure if I'd want to be taking short odds against Castana Dia who comes from a canny trainer in Chris Wall. If touching 11/4 I would prefer her out of the two. Miller's Angel needs to improve but has the possibility of doing so. Tattoo isn't out of the equation and should hold each-way claims if back to something like the form she showed here previously. On balance, I would favour Castana Dia but there doesn't look too much value unless drifting near the off.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

4:25 Newcastle - Movin Time Heading to Victory (10th November)

Just a couple of maiden races today. 

4:25 Newcastle - 

Roger Varian's Movin Time wasn't fancied in the betting on debut but ran a sterling race when second behind Reble's Romance at Newcastle when priced 22/1. Making his return over course and distance, this son of Fastnet Rock should be primed and although not much of a price should take some beating. 

John Gosden's Mithras has a disaster second time out when priced 4/6. Connections have opted for the tongue tie which suggests this son of Dubawi had a breezing problem but better should be seen today. He was entered for the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) which shows the stable rate this horse. 

Sir Michael Stoute has had a so so season with his juveniles. Diamonds And King hasn't been seen for a couple of months after a slightly disappointing debut. The betting is key and if weak in the betting I wouldn't be betting on this horse although if strong has sound each-way claims. 

The rest of the horses in this race don't look fancied in the betting and I wouldn't be looking at those. 

An intriguing race to enjoy.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

5:20 Southwell Racing Tips (27th October)

A pretty low-class race over 6f.  

The betting suggests this is a five-horse race. The Karl Burke two-year-olds are still, in my opinion, out of form. Capla Dream looked almost a certainty when going clear of the field over this course when over 7f. Dropping back in distance, this daughter of Dream Ahead looks to enjoy the surface and should go well. 

Black Sparrow is a speedy horse who has run consistently over five-furlongs, although running well on debut at six furlongs. This black filly won well on her fourth start and didn't do anything wrong last time out at Wolverhampton. A win penalty didn't seem to diminish her pace last time ridden by Grace McEntee who is enjoying this partnership. There is a slight concern the win penalty will be a burden on this surface over this extended distance. However, Black Sparrow is likely to give a good account and could well hold a healthy advantage in the final furlong. 

Seaclusion has run three times. She finished last on her debut when a 66/1 shot at Goodwood. Then running well when finishing third at Newcastle when beaten by Light Refrain who s a class act. However, she was flatter by the proximity to the winner. Last time out, connections chances their luck competing in the Redcar Two Year Old Trophy. She was never dangerous. A difficult horse to assess. 

Perfect Sign has run six times, her first four races in Ireland when in training with J P Murtagh. Now with Michael Dods, finishing second to Light Refrain in the same Newcastle where Seaclusion raced. However, she ran no race when competing in a nursery at the same course when down the field. 

Robert Cowell's representative, Sealed Offer, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, who employs the cheekpieces for the first time. Beaten on three starts, by similar distances, and big prices.

One horse that may have a hope at big odds is Gay Kelleway's *Piranhadrama who was half fancied on debut when drifting from 8/1 - 11/1. This daughter of Heeraat was slow away and had no chance thereafter. Today, a 33/1 shot, it will be interesting to see if there is any money for this bay filly. 

Summary: This looks a tricky race to find the answer. Black Sparrow will give it a good go and could well have a big lead into the final furlong. But will she be able to lead to the line? The Burke stable seems out of form and Capla Dream although respected isn't a horse I would want to bet at short odds. I'm not sure what to think about Seaclusion, Perfect Sign and Sealed Offer. Piranhadrama may hold claims at huge odds. I think Black Sparrow will go well but it will be all or nothing. I couldn't bet in this race. 


Monday, 26 October 2020

Monday's Racing Tips at Leicester (26th October)

A couple of two-year-old races worth of closer inspection. 

1:25 Leicester - 

Heavy going, so take note of the horse wearing the Wellington boots, or hooves the size of dinner plates. 

If neither of those appears you may take a gander at Richar Fahey's Rhode Island Girl. Paul Hanagan takes the ride on this daughter of Dark Angel who is out of a four-time winning mare, a debut winner, who tasted victory twice at Group 3. 

Fahey has done well with his two-year-olds this season with the likes of Fev Rover, Umm Kultham and the potential top-notch Faora. 

Todays' contest doesn't look the strongest of fields. 

There has been good money for Karl Burke's Celestial Storm, in the familiar silks of Clipper Logistics Ltd. To be fair, this daughter of Dark Angel (yes, they're popular) didn't do much on debut when pretty fancied in the betting on heavy going. So whether these conditions are good, bad or ugly, time will tell. 

It will be interesting to see how Tom Ward's Decedent goes. This filly is a good-looking type showed a glimmer of ability of debut when showing good pace before tiring in the closing furlongs. She was very well backed last time out at Lingfield but failed to shine. There has been a little bit of money for this filly today but whether she will show improvement is to be seen. 

Summary: Not the easiest of races to assess and heavy going is enough to put the brakes on any bet. Celestial Storm has been well supported and the Burke team are usually on form although they have been struggling in recent weeks. Rhode Island Girl could be the class horse of the race and if starting favourite would be a positive. Decadent may improve after the money come last time out but she will need to like these testing conditions. 

Good luck if you're betting.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Online Casino Gaming Routine

Online casino gaming has to be one of the most cherished things in 2020. It is only fair. Take a look around yourself. What do you see except for destruction and fear? 

Everyone is desperately trying to get out of the heap of problems that have been dumped upon us this year. However, things are taking a seemingly long time to get better. 

This little intro should be enough to give you an overview of what this year has been like so far. In times like these, people are finding things to get indulged into to take this mind off of adversities that we are all facing. 

Online casino gaming emerges as a true hero and helps people have some fun and forget about their issues for some time. So, we have to give it the credit it deserves. 

If you haven't yet dipped into the ocean of online casino gaming, we highly recommend you check out CasinAsia. If you are into it already, here are some tips that will help you make the most out of your online casino gaming routine. 

Set aside some time 

The first thing that you put into your online casino gaming routine is your time. Your attention and your money come later on. Those things are valuable, but your time is more critical. So, you must set aside some time to play online casino games. It can be as little as half an hour and as long as four hours. Take as long as you want but make sure that you don't spend all day in front of your mobile or computer screen. It is not suitable for your mind or your body.

Decide the games you want to be playing

A lot of people struggle while deciding the game that they want to play in the online casino. As a result, they waste a lot of time on different games, and they fail to find one that they like. They even lose their money too because they are tempted to bet on games that they don't have much knowledge of. If you don't want that to happen to you, then decide the games that you want to be playing beforehand. You can look up the rules and rewards of each game on the internet. That might help you decide better. 

Pay attention to the instructions 

One of the worst things that can happen to you during your online casino gaming routine is you failing to understand the instructions and losing your money in a game. It hurts more than we can tell. So, before you hit the play button, make sure you have paid enough attention to the instructions of the game. Don't miss on even the smallest bot of information. You might have to pay for it, later on, quite literally. 

Play in the demo mode first 

Imagine reading all the instructions of the game very well and jumping into the game but failing miserably. It sounds quite embarrassing. While failures are nothing to be ashamed of, but in online casinos where you have willingly put your money on stake, failing can take a toll on your bank balance. You just can't afford to lose in an online casino. So you must play in the demo mode first. It will give you a little practice, so when you play with real players, you have the confidence and knowledge to win. 

Don't bet out of budget 

Let's see things for what they are. Online casinos are nothing short of gambling houses. Online casinos are legal in most places because they are a bit more transparent and safe than traditional gambling, but there are still a lot of risks involved. It is all calculated risk, of course. This is because you have direct control over the amount of risk you are taking. Yes, we are talking about betting. Now, if you want to have direct control over this risk, don't bet out of budget. This will save you from becoming a gambling addict and going bankrupt. 

Never play while you are intoxicated

In taking alcohol and drugs while playing at the casino can be something that looks good at the cinema, but in real life, it can devastate you. It is known to everyone that alcohol and drugs stop your mind from thinking ideally. So, why would you want to do that when you are playing with your own money? It can rob you of all your wealth and bring you on the road. Never play while you are intoxicated if you want to have a good time in your online casino gaming routine.  

Keep some snacks and beverages handy 

Good food and fun gaming routines are a match made in heaven. However, you don't want to take a trip to the kitchen several times when you are busy having fun with your online casino games. So, keep some snacks and beverages handy. This will keep your stomach and your heart both very happy. 

Use a bigger screen 

The increasing popularity of smartphones is undeniable. Every other person has a smartphone these days. From making international bank payments to playing online casino games, one can do almost everything on that little screen. However, you don't have to do something a certain way just because you can. What we mean to say is, the joy of gaming is doubled when you use a bigger screen. Simply connect your smart tv to a controller and enjoy your online casino gaming routine. 

 Avoid the gambler's fallacy 

When you win a game, and you are tempted to play another one thinking that the stars are in your favor and that you will win again, it is called gambler's fallacy. It lacks logic and base. It is just an illusion that can turn dangerous. So no matter what you do, avoid the gambler's fallacy. It is not at all good for your bank balance.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Becoming a Professional Gambler

I found this article on Slipperytoad website, originally published by Punt.Com blog, and it makes fascinating if not a little pessimistic reading.

Forums, blogs, bookies and betting websites are full of people dreaming of becoming professional gamblers. Being your own boss, working when you feel like it, making loads of money and watching sports for a living is certainly appealing to most people. Let this post (and the rest of this blog) be a reality check.

I see a lot of people giving up jobs to do this after a short time trading. They think it’s easy and straight forward, they think it will last forever… They haven’t thought it through.

I’ve been a professional gambler now for over 3 1/2 years. Before that, I gambled for 2 years before I took the decision to do it. It was the biggest decision of my life, certainly not one I took lightly. Giving up a guaranteed income and job prospects to gamble with my own money was extremely risky, to say the least.

When you give up your job, you’re not only going to be risking your money gambling but your entire future job prospects. Let me tell you, gamblers are not viewed in the same way as someone who works in a normal job. Compare the reaction you get when you tell someone you are a gambler to when you tell them you work in a bank. Even if you compare it to being a “day trader”, the reaction is a mixture of contempt, fascination and disbelief.

Most people will flatly not believe you. Gamblers are the vagrants of society. The losers that hang around bookies, wasting their family income on an addiction. No one believes it is possible to win, and if you have – it’s just luck. Like it or not, this is how you will be viewed. Some will feel sorry for you, others will not give you the time of day. You are going to be one of society’s outsiders.

Family relationships can be strained and tested. It takes a lot of understanding from family and friends and this can weigh on your mind whilst you are gambling. Stable family life is important, it spills over into your work – few jobs are affected as much by this. You need stability and space to work well. And vice versa, a bad day at the office should not affect the way you treat those closest to you, can you really say that you won’t be in a terrible mood when you lose £xxxxx on some tennis player that gave up?

Your financial future is now uncertain. You are no longer contributing to society, you are not paying tax – an advantage to the gambler sure, but it doesn’t improve your self-esteem and further enhances the feeling of being an outsider.

Try to borrow money from the bank? It’s easier said than done. This is why you need to try to secure your future financially as far in advance as you can before you make it your sole income

What about future job prospects? If you need to work again, do you really think future employers are going to be happy with you spending a year or two gambling for a living when they read your cv?

How much have you won before you turn pro? It’s hardly ever enough. You need to make many times your current income before you do it. Make sure you have savings that are stashed away, preferably making you a reasonable amount of interest. I might have turned professional a year before I did, but I had to make sure I was safe financially before I did so. Not only for my livelihood but so that I could work confidently and without pressure. You cannot perform in this game if you are too worried about losing your hard earned cash. Pressure on your profit and loss is deadly.

What about when you do take the plunge, your day to day life is going to change dramatically in ways you may not have imagined. Interaction with other people becomes scarce. You will be spending long periods of time alone, clicking away staring at a screen all day. The temptation to live up to the stereotype is obvious. Why bother making an effort when you can get up, do some work and go back to bed again.. Discipline. Working alone throws up serious challenges. Your health and fitness can suffer drastically. The way you interact with other people can take a tumble. Prepare for this in advance.

It’s not all excitement and glamour. It can be downright boring doing the same things day in day out. Boredom for some gamblers can be their most dangerous adversary. You can end up working on things you don’t need to be. Betting too much and over trading for the sake of it.

Gambling certainly doesn’t owe you a living. A normal job pays you for turning up, no one’s going to do that here – they are going to try to take money off you for turning up. It’s you against a world of other people, all of whom have opinions, some of them most definitely better informed than you. Just how professional are you when it comes to the crunch, are you certain you are at the top of the tree? How consistent is your performance going to be to combat everyone else and stay ahead of the game. There are some brilliant brains out there trying to beat you at every turn – be wise to the available strategies and the people you are up against and give them respect – it’s your money and therefore livelihood they are after.

There are very few real professional gamblers, the reasons above outline why. It’s incredibly tough to do. You are going to be tested mentally every day and you will need to guard against developing bad psychological habits. There are reasons why gambling can cause problems for most people. There is a fine line between problem gambling, pathological gambling and professional gambling. Many professionals develop problems, be aware of the risks. Here’s a site about different types of gamblers. It suggests there are fewer than 50 gamblers in the US that make over $100,000 a year. With all the negative problems you can face as a professional gambler, you better make sure you are being compensated. Ask yourself what a fair amount is for enduring these problems if you aren’t already making that then is it really worthwhile.

Think about your life situation and your family life. You are risking your money and theirs. I was fortunate when I began that I was young, single and in a job that didn’t pay that much and I was able to spend as much time as I liked pursuing it, without overheads and relationship damaging consequences. It’s extraordinary time consuming, to begin with, especially as you are going to have to work hard to increase from little to a sum of money suitable to work from. Don’t underestimate the time this takes, and the time you will be spending away from family chasing something that might not even work out.

I know this post is quite pessimistic. I think it’s supposed to be. I’ve heard it said before that professional gamblers are pessimists, I’m not sure I agree completely, but in this post, I certainly think it’s a good idea to be. No matter how much you think you are ready, wait a while longer. Wait until you are sure you aren’t just lucky, then wait some more… Know why you aren’t plain lucky, and be big enough to admit defeat if you have been.