TRUTHS YOU MAY NOT LIKE
are some cold hard truths that you may not wish to face - but face
them you must if you want to be successful at the punt.
You have to be
decent. And not decent 90% of the time. Decent 100% of the
time which means being honest with yourself and those you care for
and who care for you. They, after all, will be the ones standing by
your bedside as you prepare to make your trip to the great hereafter
- not the "also rans" along the way.
You have to be
good at mathematics. This will win you more money than any
other knowledge you think you might possess. If you don't understand
advanced maths, get someone to teach you. Enroll in an adult education
course to learn it. Find someone who'll do the maths for you and teach
you along the way. If you genuinely don't like mathematics, take up
lawn bowls, golf, fishing - anything but gambling. You have to be
able to do maths in your head exceptionally quickly and accurately.
You have to have
a punting bank. I know this is stating the obvious but it
is fundamental to any gambling endeavour. ANY gambling endeavour.
What you can borrow on your Visa card DOES NOT count. Hint: You can't
play $50 - $100 Holdem poker with a $10000 bankroll. You can't bet
$100 a race with a $1000 bank. If you try this you are not a professional
gambler. You are just a gambler who will go broke sooner, rather than
You have to live
in a semi-detached state and control your emotions. Some
examples of the BS I've heard from people "playing punter"
with a losing mentality:
the jockey rode a bad race
I would have got out but the last favourite played in the barriers
and the dumb stewards let it run
unbelievable they upheld that protest
why didn't I stop when it started raining
Sky didn't show the fluctuations before the race and I didn't know
it had shortened
if it could have got a split at the top of the straight it would have
been a huge result
some stupid telemarketer called and I missed getting on (why are you
answering the phone?)
If you seriously want to make a quiet profit from the races, these
things are going to happen EVERY day - so get used to it. If you can't
handle these situations, you have NO CHANCE of making a long term
profit. You probably equally have no chance of making a short term
- leave it parked somewhere else until your gambling session has finished
Health is important.
Resist the temptation to do things that are detrimental to your well-being
and your bank. Going on tilt, drug use (of any kind), and binges will
have a negative affect on your ability to perform. Even a bad diet
will have a negative affect. Whatever form of gambling you embrace
it will always gets down to who's brain is functioning the best, who
has the bankroll, who knows the maths.
reputation. Without a good reputation you will never be a
professional gambler. You may make money, but by doing it without
honesty and integrity you're just a bum. That can't be the reputation
anyone would desire. Once you establish a good reputation opportunities
are everywhere. Other professionals welcome the chance to work with
you, help you, and partner up with you. Having a good reputation does
not mean keeping your word 9 out of 10 times, it means 100% of the
time keeping your word.
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