Just so I can get this straight, you are going to give up your job in advertising to become a professional gambler?? Are you nuts???
This was the question most people asked and I could tell from their tone that they thought I was destined to fail. In their eyes I would be spending my days at the track squandering the family’s savings. And to be honest, I think a few actually hoped I would.
After a while I just stopped trying to explain, because no matter what I tried they just couldn’t understand that what I did was no different to a stock broker or property investor. It is the same principle of taking calculated risks for a greater reward; sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, it’s as simple as that.
I had never been hugely interested in gambling. The odd bet on a football match, or picking a horse for the Grand National was about as much as it got for me. I’m not a mathematical genius or data analyst; I studied art at university and spent my formative years working in the world of advertising.
This all happened by accident and incredibly quickly. I was simply bored at work one day and suddenly thought that there might be a way to make money in the correct score market. I thought I had a system and so trialled it for a few weeks before realising that to make any money I would have to place £10K worth bets every weekend to make £5! Not for me thank you.
So, I began to do some research online and stumbled across FTS, and the rest is history. I signed up to the original ‘lay the draw’ method, read the e-book and began receiving the selections from Ian. I bet those with small stakes, following the criteria exactly, and won a small amount for the remainder of the season.
Buoyed by my success, I signed up to the FTS Gold service for the following season and began the season full of hope, but things didn’t go to plan, primarily because I wasn’t following the exact advice (i.e. trading out when a goal was scored, picking my own matches etc) and by around Christmas I was a couple of hundred pounds down. It was a blow and I was pretty close to packing it all in, but I decided that I would carry on until the end of the season and would follow all the advice to the letter and low and behold, not only did I make up my loss but I made a small profit.
It was at that point that I made the decision of attending the seminar in Reading with a view that I either have to go for it and treat this as I would do if I was starting a new career or I might as well stop and stick to my day job.
I made a plan and told myself that I would stick to it no matter what and for the first few months I only bet the ‘lay the draw’ selection. Once I had won money I took some out and started betting ‘trading the underdogs’ and so on. In the meantime I was also working on the odds sheets and coming up with my own systems. Just after the New Year I met up with Ian and went through new systems I had found from the odds sheets as I wanted his advice before going ahead to bet.
He offered to invest £20,000 of his own money for us to bet these systems together and split the profit. Fast forward to the end of the season and he came to my house and gave me my share in cash for 7 weeks of betting!
Things slowly progressed from there and I came up with more systems, bigger stakes and slowly ventured into horse racing to maximise my profit. I have been gambling “professionally” for almost 2 years now and have come a long way. I have made mistakes along the way, learned from them and moved on.
Me and Ian now bet together, share ideas and systems but despite what people think, we do sometimes lose. I sometimes lose too, but the one thing that will never change is my attitude towards the next bet, and I believe that is the key.
Over the coming weeks and months I will be sharing my experiences, advice and also putting some of my most profitable systems on FTS for people to sign up to. Those of you who have met me at seminars (and have emailed me) will testify that I will always do my best to help as much as I can and give honest advice, so feel free to email me.
I will be writing again soon with more advice, analysis and thought.