The Weekend Wager

Posted on August 6, 2010 by  

Welcome to this the latest Weekend Wager free betting column produced courtesy of the team at the Secret Betting Club

Each and every Friday we bring together some of the finest betting experts to give you some of the best tips, advice and guidance to help you out with your next 7 days betting.

1. Mike Says..


In this column, Secret Betting Club co-editor and professional gambler Mike Bishop discusses some of the weeks most topical betting issues.

It’s all systems go this week as preparation for the new football season is in full swing. It may have only been just over 4 weeks since the World Cup ended but the early bird catches the pre-season worm!

We have been placing a whole host of ante post bets over the past few weeks with the expectation of collecting a profit this time next May. There are a number of pros and cons to ante post betting and on the negative side you are tying your money up for 9 months with these bets. On the flipside though, some of the football experts we monitor who do this make some outstanding returns. One football service in our Hall of Fame has a historical record of 253 pts (to a Return on Investment of 22%) from these long-term bets alone.

Who to Follow This Season

If you are looking for help choosing some experts to follow in the coming football season, we do have some suggestions for you.

A good place to start is our end of season guide for the 2009/10 season, which is split into 2 sections. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this article via our website. You can also check out our article on the up and coming football services for this season here.
(Note – you need an active
SBC membership to read all these articles)

We currently also have 5 football services in our Hall of Fame (our top rated services) as well as another 7 that we continue to monitor as ones to watch.

Shakespeare & Monkeys

Continuing our theme of historical figures and betting (See our Albert Einstein post), this week we have a very unique blog post connecting William Shakespeare, monkeys & everyone’s 2nd favourite past-time (which is betting by the way – no prizes for guessing the 1st fave!).

It explores the idea of randomness and how even the most ridiculous betting system can be profitable over a short period, simply through luck. The moral is that you make sure you test out anything thoroughly and over a longer period that just a few months before sticking your cash down!

Check out these other latest articles from our Blog this week

Mike’s Football Bets This Season

Linked in with my column below and the return of my football advice.

Until next week…
Mike Bishop

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2. Mike’s Football Bets


Mike analyses the forthcoming football betting opportunities over the next week and highlights a few bets he feels offer value. This is part of a season-long experiment to see the likely returns from such an approach and to build up a public record.

This week sees a little bit of a change in style for this section of the Weekend Wager as throughout the new football season I will be using it to highlight some of the best football bets that I find each week.

Last season I managed to pick up a 10.66 pt profit (13.58% ROI) from my mainly Asian Handicap football bets in the English Premier League, many of which I shared in this section. You can read more about my 2009/10 season record and my aims for this season at my blog.

Please do note this is more of an experiment than anything at the moment and I will be following with small stakes only – suggest you do similarly if you wish to follow!

As the Premier League doesn’t kick-off until next week, I am going to start-off by rounding up my pre-season antepost bets. Whilst betting like this does involve tying your money up for a full season, by being shrewd and trading you can lock in guaranteed profit at different points if you so wish.

In this column over the past few weeks I have already shared one ante post bet that I like on Stoke to finish in the top half of the table. They have a settled team and lots of under-rated players so the 7/2 on them with Paddy Power and Blue Square appeals.

Another bet previously mentioned is West Brom to be the top newcomer this season at 9/4 with Ladbrokes, who also go best price 4/1 on Newcastle to go straight back down. The top flight will be a lot tougher this year and with Mike Ashley in charge, they are never likely to be far from trouble. I was very tempted by this bet but instead have taken the 3/4 on arch rivals Sunderland to finish above them with Bwin. They are a settled team with a top goalscorer in Darren Bent and a top ten finish won’t be beyond them.

My final bet for the season is on likely whipping boys Blackpool who are 11/8 with VCBet to concede the most amount of goals this season. Considering how manager Ian Holloway loves his teams to attack, they can expect to be on the end of a few good hidings this season like Burnley last year. At the very least we can expect some cracking post-game interviews from ‘Olly’ – check-out these classics from Youtube… Not the best lookin bird, ranting and raving, and my fave – reacting to news his then Plymouth team are playing Real Madrid.

My pre-season bets
0.5 pt Stoke to finish in top half of table. 7/2 Ladbrokes
0.5 pt West Brom top newcomer 9/4 Ladbrokes
1 pt Sunderland to finish above Newcastle 3/4 Bwin
1 pt Blackpool to concede most goals this season 11/8 VCbet

Whatever you bet on, good luck!


Just to clarify, although we have members and some tipsters providing some free tips and systems, we are primarily a review service. Please dont expect miracles or read too much into this experiment!

The Latest News On Whats Making Money Betting


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3. Herbie Goes Racing


Herbie Fogg is the editor of Key Racing News, the incredibly useful punters’ aid – which delivers key market indicators and a host of useful information to your inbox, free of charge, by 8am on Saturdays and main race days. Racing news…with a difference.

The Rose of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3)

From the trends perspective 3YO’s do best in this (7/10), with Jukebox Jury the obvious choice in 2009. The classic generation though have been finding life difficult in weight for age contests lately, and their stand out candidate here is Green Moon who looked very progressive until suddenly finding it all a bit much at Ascot.

Prior to that Green Moon had beaten Red Badge, who himself beat both Distant Memories and Poet at Newbury on 17th July over 10fl on good ground. Both of these however should improve for testing conditions and as collateral form goes you’d want to take it with a pinch of salt. If Green Moon gives his running there could be little between them.

Class Is Class made sudden improvement LTO, settling much better in his 2nd time visor off 10fl pace, the time was excellent and if they’ve finally got the key he could be another Sir Michael improving 4YO. On ratings he looks closely matched with the ultra-consistent Distant Memories.

Of the others Godolphin’s Rio De La Plata is surely better on fast ground (I thought we’d established this at Haydock last year) and combined with the trip is likely to find his stamina stretched. South Easter hasn’t gone on and looks out of his depth. Les Fazzani though will relish the conditions and is likely to make this a proper test – anything that wins here will have to stay and Les Fazzani herself could take a bit of catching.

On paper there is little to choose between: Class Is Class, Distant Memories, Les Fazzani & Green Moon and any theory to hoist one above the other depends on guesswork and ‘if’s’. They are 5/1, 5/1, 4/1 & 5/1 respectively.

But in such a muddling field is there anything we’ve overlooked?

I think we should consider Poet, currently 14/1. He will love the conditions and there were distinct signs of revival at Newbury under the care of Clive Cox, who hasn’t had him long. He was a Group 3 winner last September for Aiden O’Brien and it would be no surprise to see him getting into gear with Meydan now firmly behind him.

The conditions are working out nicely for him and this is very much his time of year. If Les Fazzani really pours it on he’s not cast iron to stay, but we know he has the class and is around 3 times the price.

Poet looks each way value and to my eye, distinctly underrated.

Bon chance,


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4. A Little Birdie Says…


Roger Green of the Birdie Golf tipster service is the latest contributor to the Weekend Wager. Previously supplying advice under the Tipping Legends banner, he has been providing golf tips since 1987 and has spent his entire life working in the golf industry.

When will Tiger win his next tournament?

He shot 4 over after the first round at Bridgestone, which is a course where he has won 7 times previously. Of course there are still 3 rounds to go, so he can still win but he was as big as 9/2 for this event, and his price gets bigger as each event goes by. I am waiting for 7/1 plus in the weeks to come. Can he go through the rest of the season without winning?

And what about the Ryder Cup? Tiger still has not made automatic entry and it is looking like captain Corey Pavin will have to use one of his wild cards to put him in.

It is well documented that Corey and Tiger do not hit it off, but I am sure the powers that be will make sure he is included in the team. This of course assumes that Tiger makes himself available which according to some reports is by no means certain.

As the weeks go by the European team looks streets ahead of their rivals on current form. The Ryder Cup however is match play, which is a very different form of the game where you can carry some bad scoring holes, unlike stroke play.

Coiln Montgomerie has 3 wild cards to use. At the moment, Justin Rose is not qualified nor is Paul Casey and Ross Fisher. Surely they will be his 3 picks at this stage.

That means no place for Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson & Robert Karlsson. I have just got a sneaking feeling that one wild card could go to a Welshman, either Bradley Dredge or Rhys Davies.

Terry Matthews the owner of Celtic Manor is a huge sponsor of the European tour. He may be hoping for a fellow countryman to be in the team when the event is being staged in Wales for the first, and maybe only time. “Politics” has a big part to play in most sports these days and Golf is no exception

Europe are currently 4/6 to win and on form they are 1/7 in my book!  No doubt 4/6 is good value, but then again it is match play!

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Roger Green

That’s all for today! Have a great weekend…

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