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A Review Of Bet Selector Software

I was asked a few weeks ago if I would like to have a play with and review the Bet Selector software.

Sure....why not? Nothing ventured nothing gained! Anyone who has been playing with trying to win on the punt for more than a few days would have come across references to this software and (from what I understand) its developer Neale Yardley.

Google in Bet Selector and you'll find it at the top of the free listings on the search page. Let me quote from the front page of the site (http://www.capitalinfo.com.au/)

The full version of our Bet Selector betting software is really five horse racing programs in one!

• The original handicapping program Price Predictor.
• The popular racing systems program System Selector that picks system selections.
• The Tote Pro TAB betting software that uses our unique place betting maths for place and exotic betting.
• The Race TAB Live TAB betting software for collecting TAB pre-race approximate dividends and post race TAB results, and
• The System Analyser software module to help you design your own selection systems.

It does indeed in do all that and then some. Let me say right from the outset that I don't believe that this is a programme for a real computer novice. If you struggle with sending an email, you'll get lost here. This is a very advanced programme with a lot of features that I haven't even begun to utilise or access or fully understand yet and I have been playing with it on and off for a few weeks when I have had a little time to investigate its capabilities further.

Having said that, it is also fair to say that if you want software that will test out any system ideas you may have or utilise it for whizzing out system selections for tomorrow, this is the "bees knees" and it should not be too hard to learn in a reasonable space of time.

Assuming that you will be able to put in more time than I, you should be able to master even the most complex of its utilities in a few days of concentrated application and the results will be worthwhile. The online help site is very informative but I do stress that this is a complex piece of kit for anyone who is a real beginner in the world of racing and form analysis.

The download of the programme is simple and straight forward - no dramas here - set up your passwords and away you go. It then becomes a matter of where you want this programme to take you. Now you do have to also purchase form for the system to work. There are a few options here. I thought the best option was through bestform.com.au. Yes, it is $55 a month. Really, in the world of business, big deal.

All business ventures have input costs so before you go down the road of saying,"I'm not paying for form and I can get for free", I'd have another look at the issue. I think you may find it's the best $55 a month you've spent in quite a while. The bestform option also gives you access to bucket loads of results and history (years worth) which makes testing out your ideas a lot simpler than the way I do my stuff in real time. (Perhaps there is a lesson here I should be learning?)

The subscription can be sorted out out painlessly in a matter of moments and, again, is an efficient, transparent and smooth process.

The fun then begins and here is a warning - this is a very addictive programme as far as getting deeper and deeper in to what it can actually do! Hours just melt away as you do the old trial and error stuff before you get around to the online help pages. Isn't that why they print manuals for things? So you only bother reading it AFTER you've explored every other alternative and can't get it to work properly?

The Bestform option also comes with differently calculated sets of ratings and ratings prices so is quite handy. I haven't had time to really analyse these but on a quick scan review with the Tote results seem quite good. Over time it will be interesting to observe but I haven't had time to go right in to those. I know some people swear by them.

I note there are a few options purchasing this software from a bare bones basic model through to the whole shooting match. Sincerely, I would think from what I've been playing with so far, if you are going down this track, buy the Rolls Royce version rather than the basic model if you are familiar with fiddling with software programmes. If you are a bit of a software novice you can buy the basic model and add the other modules on later if you decide it is for you - it costs no extra to do it that way from what I read on the site.

I know from my son in law computer programmer that when it comes to hardware, he tells me you should always buy the best you can possibly afford and I guess software is no different. I know, it costs money. But if you are serious about turning a few dollars from this, your chosen sport, it really is a powerful programme that just may put the odds your way for a change. That's up to you to decide. When you look at what some folk spend on a set of golf clubs I guess it's no real big deal!

There are three versions ranging in price from $450 through to $950.

I think it's a very good programme. I hope to get some more time to "play" with it over the slower Xmas / New Year break to fully get a handle on its capabilities and strengths and get to understand more of any weaknesses it may have.

After a few weeks of playing with, I give it a 9 out of 10. If that changes in the ensuing months as I get more and more familiar with the software, I'll update this review accordingly.

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