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Can you beat the bookies with a betting system?

Can you beat the bookies with a system? There are plenty of people who will say that you can’t but I can tell you that the definite answer is yes, and I have developed scores of profitable systems to prove the point. However, I’m not the only punter who makes their racing pay by following systems. I know of numerous professionals who adopt a systematic approach. The most successful and the most sophisticated of them all is probably a guy called William Benter. He runs a fully automated, computerised betting system in Hong Kong that makes a return of millions of dollars per year. He is living proof that you can beat the races by following betting systems, and you can make a decent living from doing so.

What though is a betting system? There isn’t an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary to define the term but, as someone who has spent the best part of twenty years researching and betting on systems, I would say that a good betting system is characterised by three things. It has to be logical, profitable, and above it all needs to be inhuman. In my view it is the latter that is the most important because to me a system isn’t a system unless it removes the human element as far as possible.

In my betting dictionary a system is defined as the mechanistic application of a set of rules to predict an event, which is then bet on. The research behind the system may be the result of painstaking human endeavour, but its application will be robotic. Each day’s race cards will be systematically assessed, with the system applied in the same way to each horse in every race. There is no place for human judgement when applying the system. Once human judgement is involved it ceases to be a system. This might sound a bit dogmatic but humans are hopeless at making the kinds of decision important to picking winners i.e. deciding on the most probable outcome. Probability isn’t something that humans are programmed to do.

We humans are terrible at weighting the importance of different pieces of information and too prone to thinking that something is likely to happen simply because we think it will happen. We often believe that a horse can win a race because we have focused on just one positive aspect of its form, and have ignored all the negatives. We might have bet our hard-earned cash because we liked it’s jockey or because our favourite tipster had tipped the wretched beast, or it had the name of someone we knew. We make bets for lots of different reasons but seldom on the basis of the cold facts.

Betting systems are different. Good systems only make selections according to the cold facts and are not influenced, like we are, by irrelevant factors. They don’t have good or bad days. They are consistent and this is why I believe that it is only through the research, development and implementation of betting system that a punter can win in the long run.

Betting systems have fascinated me for about as long as I can remember. My Dad is probably to blame. His lifelong interest in horseracing and betting systems was bound to rub off on me, and I recall that one of the first books that I ever read was one that I borrowed from him called ‘The Red Wizard betting formula’. This was a system that made winning sound so very easy. You simply had to look up the runners and riders from a newspaper, apply the ‘formula’, and hey presto you had found the winner. I was hooked! After that I think I developed my first system when I was about nine years old. I remember it being fantastically successful with its first half-dozen selections, and I started to dream of early retirement before I left primary school, but needless to say the early winners proved to be a flash in the pan. However, I wasn’t put off and persevered with developing more systems, from dust-mite invested back copies of the Racing Post. Schoolwork was put on the back burner. Form study was much more interesting.

Then, when my parents purchased me my first computer at about age 11, my immediate thought was ‘will this help me to pick more winners?’ I spent hour’s bent over that wretched machine trying to find out the answer to that question. This was later to prove to be time well spent. The computer allowed me to develop more sophisticated systems, and by my teenage years I was a geek who was starting to supplement my pocket money with profits from systems I had developed. I recall that one system that I was running at that time managed to select a 33 to 1 winner in a six runner race, and another impressed schoolmates and teachers alike by picking Quest for Fame to win the Derby at 9 to 1.

My obsession with betting systems has never left me, and it certainly is an obsession. I have no doubt spent more time than is healthy trying to work out the answer to the perennial question of ‘which horse will win the race?’ Indeed I have often wondered what I would have achieved if I had devoted more of my time to more socially useful activities. My family and friends would probably say not a lot, and they are no doubt right. I have though derived a lot of pleasure from developing and running betting systems.

It is probably the background research into a system that fascinates me the most. I love finding out new winning angles, partly because of an in-built drive to seek out new facts and partly through sheer greed. In a way I suppose my search for successful betting systems is similar to that of the alchemists and their quest to turn lead into gold. However, I can probably claim more success. I have actually been able to develop a range of systems down the years that have proved to be consistently profitable, and many of them are detailed on this website. Join now and start to download our systems.