An FTS Member …The Journey So Far!
Okay, I admit it. I have been a bit of a numpty, or in Mr E’s words, Thick as Mince!
Since being with FTS and purchasing the beginners ‘LTD’ in 2012, I have made £0.00, only sparingly used the system as I got bored and didn’t have a plan, I’ve bought into a ‘Ponzi’ scheme from a different trader, and in total lost about £4000 chasing bets.
To be truthfully honest, I even began to think that the only persons who made money from betting were those that set up ‘winning’ systems and sold multiple subscriptions to dreamers like me!
So, it was April 2017 and I was sat in the rain watching my local National League South side play out our most dreaded score line: ‘Nil – bloody – Nil’.
I had spent the entire 97 minutes of the match, playing on my phone, placing multiple bets on impulse. No strategy, no system, no care! (By the way, why does a ref add 7 minutes to the dullest game of the season, when everyone is wetter than a wet thing and the action areas of the game have been the ‘ping-pong’ long ball from centre backs hoofing the ball from end to end?)
Anyway, boredom had set in (just before rigor-mortis) and I realised that I no longer cared much about my precious Betfair account, football, or betting. For over 5 years I had naively and stupidly thought that to be profitable in betting you needed 100% winners, or at least you needed to have bets that won and made you ‘excited’. Nope, that was gone, in fact I had more excitement when I thought to myself on that wet dull afternoon, let’s put the lot on one game.
I’d had enough of placing £3, £5, sometimes £20 on football bets with a bank that was shrinking by around 25% a season. I had been working overtime in those years to top up the bank to its original sum, thinking I could fool myself into believing that this was all worthwhile!
At 16:55 hours on that Saturday in April 2017, as I pressed the refresh button on my mobile phone, for the first time in about 10 years the pressure was off, yet replaced by a feeling of sickness as my BF wallet read £0.00.
That was it, no more cash, no more bets, no more options and right then, betting and gambling was no longer me. Betting and gambling were only for losers, dreamers, wannabes.
Fast forward 2 years, and apart from a standing order on lottery tickets (yep, I’m still a dreamer), not a single bet had been placed since the BF account was wiped out.
However, these 2 years had seen me taken a grip of myself. I was not going to continue being just average and was fed up of dreaming. It was time that I started to be true to myself, to prove that I could stick to a process, could be determined but also professional in my approach.
I had set up a part-time business, providing advice and service to clients which was supplementing my full-time profession. Research, accounts, following processes to a ‘T’ and sticking to a proven formula, were proving to be the key to a successful business.
Even though I had not bet for 2 yrs, I was still reading and visiting the FTS site. My mindset was much different from before. I could still not afford to waste money, but I could now afford the time to being committed. I had always thought about becoming an Ultimate member or attending the previous seminars held by Ian, yet I was not confident that shelling out a few hundred quid would be worth it… Or should I say that I could stick to what I was to be taught, without being bored and thinking I could do extra bets.
I was more self-assured and now was willing to give things a proper go, so I signed up for the 2019 Seminar’s ‘£1k to £80k’ and the Ultimate 2019/2020 season.
I realised that I had made the right decision early on when attending the seminar, as Ian started off telling us that many of us would give up, lose interest and were simply notable to follow simple rules, without getting bored. This was exactly what I had been previously. The real ‘golden nugget’ though, was when Ian admitted to the fact that to be successful and earn money in betting much of what he did was dead boring. I did not want or need to get a ‘kick’ out of betting. I simply needed systems that would return a profit…. IF I DID WHAT IT SAID ON THE TIN!!!
It is now August 2019 and I am certain that I am going to finally win at betting. I have a starting bank of £1,500.00 (£1k Seminar 2019, and a £500 Ultimate (100- point bank)
My aim is to highlight my progress each month. I will share my ‘highs and lows’, what has worked, what hasn’t. Where I may have gone wrong, have I been tempted to stray away from my systems, am I winning?
If I stop, that will mean I’ve given up and don’t have the mindset or patience…. (I so hope I’m still boring you all in years to come!) MONTH 1 of 48……
- FTS Ultimate (6 systems – 4 Main database, 2 New database)
- MONTH 1
- STARTING BANK = £500.00 (100-point bank – £5 per 1-point stake)
- CURRENT BANK TOTAL (as of 31/08/2019) = £511.25
- Monthly Profit/Loss = +£11.25
- Seminar 2019 – £1K to £80
- STARTING BANK = £1,000.00
- Monthly Profit/Loss = -£27.33
- Current Bank starting Month 2 = £972.67
A funny start! There I was again watching non-league football (this time in the sun) when the first Seminar bets started to flow on the Saturday. My sausage fingers were tapping away like mad, and I was having to switch back and forth between BF and WhatsApp on my poxy small screened mobile, to get the exact bet right…. Should have bet O2.5, I misread it and bet O3.5. That was just one of two muck ups, however, I only made a minimal loss.
LESSON TO SELF: If your gonna trade, made sure you have a tablet for placing the bets and mobile for reading what to do. And sod everything else!!!
Week 1, not may opportunities from my Ultimate systems, (only 1 on Belgium league – WINNER!). I did though give all of my ‘created’ systems specific names! I’ve named each system after one of my favourite sports stars (‘COE’ takes the lead!!!) and you know what, these systems have taken on a real personal sense to me.
It is a different feeling to that of running someone else’s ideas and systems, these are mine, their personal and need nurturing if they are to grow! – I feel like a proud father, looking out for my kids (weird?? I know!)
Week 2, Ian has told us that people are bemoaning the lack of games, as well as the fact that 3 members have left Ultimate after the sample ‘Championship System’ lost 15 points in the first week…..I’m pretty happy that many of my systems do not include ‘Grey form’ teams.
After a week or so, am confidently following my advice. Again, not many bets but not bothered as it allows plumbs like me to get used to multiple bets and instructions in a few frantic minutes. ALL bets followed, small loss, but don’t care.
Finding it very funny that Mr. E is doing his nut over clients bemoaning lack of bets. Man, I’m so positive, not bothered by the lack of bets!
Am having no emotion about the bets whatsoever. Let’s see if that is still the case in 3.5 yrs time when I’m laying U0.5FHG for £500…. Big cahooners required!
Itching to get going and only had one other bet this week. ‘PRIOR’ system is a WINNER.
I have to say, the lack of bets is not worrying me in the slightest. It’s the winning baby, that is all that matters!
Holiday time, and have flown across the pond for 2 weeks (pre- notice of Storm Dorian!). Prior to leaving I have purchased a VPN which will allow me to place my bets whilst on holiday, in a country that kids can use guns and get purchase ketamine over the counter…yet you can’t have a legal flutter!!! GOD WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN!
I’ve packed a mobile, tablet, laptop, chargers, leads for my betting escapades, but forgotten flipflops and sunglasses…Whatever!
So, day 1 until day 10, an early alarm call from the Seminar WhatsApp group as my phone goes ‘PING,PING’ (usually about 06:00) has led to me getting a daily yelling from the wife.
Frustratingly it’s Ian mentioning that bets will likely be later afternoon or evenings, yet I’m awake and out of bed…How inconvenient! Anyway, throughout the holiday I manage to place about 90% of the Seminar bets.
Overall first month, I have learnt the following:-
- You need multiple devices, all synced so that you can bet anywhere, anytime.
- A Virtual private Network is need when going on holiday! (VPN = £106 for 3 yrs access)
- Macros and Excel ARE NOT my forte!! Need to sort out database and records properly
- Record keeping DOES take time, but are part of the betting process!
We now have an international break…What a pain, however has allowed me to get all my systems audited and up to date.
In future, take your annual leave for the first 2 weeks of September!
Let’s get going….