I first got into FTS through my God father Palmer, who has been an advocate of FTS and sportsbook betting in general for many years. He introduced my newly retired dad and I to the punting game half way through last season and began the tedious tasks of trying to educate total newbies to the betting game.
My dad, a serial entrepreneur used to boast to us as kids that no matter what time of day it was, someone, somewhere in the world, was making him money. Now in his retirement years, it was time to find a new income, a new passion and he had his sights set on trading. Being a proud geek with a love affair for Excel and analytics, this trading malarkey sounded right up my street and I offered to join the party as the resident Geek alongside the wise and experienced Palmer and the hardened adventurer Jeff, my dad.
The betting world is full of jargon, abbreviations, philosophies and cultures… it truly is a world of its own and can be very overwhelming for the new punter and even more frustrating for those willing to take you under their wing. There are many prophets to chose from in the betting world, each offering you salvation from the 9-5 in return for fidelity, patients and common bloody sense.
We chose Ian as our prophet, FTS was the name of his book and Palmer was our travelling Priest.
After signing up to FTS for the first time, we become indoctrinated through the many videos provided by Ian and we set off with the best of intentions. Downloading the data for the first time, we did not understand half of what we were looking at. There was 60 columns on that damn thing and well over 18k rows to boot… maybe we needed to start at the bottom and get some foundation understanding before jumping in thick of it where we would almost certainly perish to the more experienced traders.
We decided to split up and play to our strengths… Dad began to play the Lay The Draw games listed on FTS Beginners and get used to the Befair interface, while I was tasked with making bots, understanding the data, and building new weapons to help us conqueror this new land.
A few months later the season had ended and we were once again forced to spend time with our wives. These were dark times. Even through our first campaign was only a few months long, we had picked up a lot of the lingo, the data sheets started to make sense to us, we learned how to do basic trading but most importantly we made a ton of mistakes.
They say knowledge can never surpass experience… we thought we had the brains and the technical skills but without the experience, we were just howling at the moon. Thankfully we were only using small stakes to learn our mistakes but next season we were ready to make a real go of it.
At this point we had three months to get our shit together and a seminar with Ian to look forward to. Playtime was over, it was time to get serious.