Someone at BetKudos towers reminded me yesterday that this month would see the second birthday of my service Man At The Races. Happy Birthday to me! It inspired me to look at a few other things and I realised that it had also been two years that I’d been dabbling into Facebook and social media in general.
As some of you will know I started out betting having been trained up by Grandfather who I hold in high esteem and loved nothing more than when I was growing up listening to some of his humorous stories. I wonder what he would make of the world of betting nowadays as it’s so completely different.
The only technology that was used even just ten years ago was a telephone and even then it wasn’t a mobile. I mean they did exist then but not to the extent that they do now. Your most up to date information after the telephone was that day’s edition of the Racing Post and if you had the bloody patience then Ceefax was the other option. I remember an exciting moment in my life when I’d purchased a new telly that had “fast” Ceefax on it. You could push four (I think) coloured buttons and the page would load faster. It still took an age and just trying to find the results for the last at Ripon on a Wednesday afternoon would take 10 minutes as you waited for page 5 of 5 to load.
Fast forward and I can watch races ON my mobile phone. Twitter tells me the moment something happens in the racing world and I can send information out to 1,000’s of people within milliseconds. How times have moved on hey!?!
So has this made life easier?
It used to be so much easier to gain an edge in the market as if you made the effort, switched off Ceefax and got on the blower, you could, by deploying a small army get money down without the bookies even knowing there was a gamble going down. Nowadays you only have to look at the home page of Bet365 and they slash the price or limit your stakes. Buggers!
So all this modern technology is great in terms of getting hold of up to the minute information but on the flip side it has made it difficult to gain that all important edge in the market because any information you can get hold of has already been Facebooked, Tweeted and e-mailed to thousands of other people!
Serious bettors are fully aware of this change in climate so to speak and as technology has adapted and excelled so has the approach of the bettor that wishes to profit. I will admit it has been tougher over the last 6 months but that’s about to change and I’ve got my mojo back! (Austin Powers step aside!) I’ve adapted to these changes and the new approach that I’m using now gives me that edge back. Anyone on board with Man At The Races as we move into our third year of trading will be on board a cash train now! Exciting times ahead for sure!
I’ll be back next week but until then have a great weekend and good luck with your punting.