- a biased sample (the poll is more likely to attract a response from profitable people rather than non-profitable people)
- by innacurate responses (an element of delusion, as Dammo pointed out)
- or a non-statistically valid sample size (maybe the profitable % will reduce as the sample size increases).
I, for example, make a profit and that's how I casted my vote. I keep detailed records of every bet I place and therefore I know I'm not deluding myself, but since there's a show-off factor to the poll I was certainly more inclined to vote. I'm not sure if I would've done so should I have a breakeven or losing record though.
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I have kept meticulous records since my first bet on NEWS KING in 1981. It took many years before I started to make a profit but you absolutely must keep records or you will delude yourself. In addition, this allows you to analyse where you excel and where you struggle. No one is going to make money out of every sport, every bet type, backing and laying at random. Keeping records will allow to to find a niche where you can focus and become good enough to make a consistent yearly profit.
A similar thing seems to occur with online poker. Everyone's a 'pro' or at least making a good profit. I sometimes wonder who the heck is losing?
I think that this site is excellent as it allows you to gamble and acheive the same positive feelings that a bet provides, and it even gives you an audience to congrat you when things go well! At the end of the day, the majority of people are betting to acheive a buzz from success, the money is almost secondary. However, real money can destroy lives and although I have been lucky not to have a problem, I have seen friends get into awful situations through gambling.
Some of us only use Tipster Comp to assess new systems. It's a great tool. So assessing us using Tipster Comp data is useless. It is a great thing to use to improve my betting but unless you know what I am trying out you cannot assess my betting.
I place a 5 team accumulator every weekend with a tenner on it, and singles/doubles mostly on televised games.
The singles/doubles look after themselves, and I would guess at a return something around or just under break-even.
I rarely bet under 1.8, and prefer evens and above as I don't bet enough to make the returns worthwhile on odds-on shots.
45% strike rate keeps me around break even
There are enough bets around at evens and above to be able to pick one out that should win.
The acca rarely comes in (maybe once a season on average), but when it does it obviously makes a massive difference to my weekend. In the meantime a tenner down the swanee each weekend isn't missed, and the buzz of watching the goals come in is worth the money.
I bet primarily because I enjoy it. I gave up believing I could beat the bookies long ago.
I have been honest with my vote, I make a consistent.....wait for it.................... LOSS
This is probably down to the fact that most of my betting is made up of Accumulators and Doubles. These are generally smaller stakes with the potential to make a very profitable return.
I like bottomlesspit don't have the resources to bet bigger to make a good return on evens or odds on selection, I don't have a "bottom less pit" So I keep the bets small to add a little enjoyment to the weekends football results
So all in all I don't make a profit from gambling, but The bills get paid, the house hasn't been repossessed and the kids are fed and clothed. as long as it stays that way I will keep making my bets for the enjoyment and hope of hitting a nice accumulator. As Skybet says "It matters more when there's money on it!"
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