As with any product or service, sports betting services, sports pick services and handicapping services basically come in three types – the good, the mediocre and the cheats. Put in another way, they can be classified as 1) those who are good in what they are doing; 2) those who do know what they are doing or are not that good in forecasting winners; and 3) those who are good — in ripping off customers. There are not too many betting or handicapping services in the first category. A bettor would have to do a lot of research (and even personal interviews with the handicappers) to really find the crème of the crop.
As for the third group, there are actually some clear warning signs in their websites or promotions that would clearly alert even the most amateur bettors into backing off. These may not be outright scams or rip-offs, but they most likely will not give you value for your money. Below are signs or indicators that you’ve stumbled upon a bad sports betting service:
Multi- Grade or Multi-Level Picks
Check the sections of the handicappers. Good handicapping services will release the team of their pick. Handicapper A will pick the Boston Celtics over the Indiana Pacers and give his rationale. If you agree with his choice, then you place your bet — $10, $100, $1000, it’s all up to you. Some sports betting picks will give you a choice of different picks, say, Gold, Silver and Bronze picks with one pick costing more than the others and that the more expensive picks are the better selections. For example, Gold costs more than Silver which costs more than Bronze – and Gold has the best pick selection. If you see a site with different pick choices or categories, stay away from that site. It’s probably out to get your money. I mean, why would a handicapper give different picks and price them differently? Shouldn’t he just make one call and let the customer decide on that call?
Exaggerated or Unbelievable Success Claims
The main reason bettors subscribe to pick or handicapping services is to have a better success with their bets. They are not happy with their 40 or 45% success; so they look for one with better success than they. It doesn’t mean though that they should fall hook, line and sinker for handicappers with outrageous claims. The good handicappers have a career success rate in the area of 57% to 60%. Some handicappers may have a good season calling 65% or even as high as 74% of their games correctly. But that’s as far as they can get. So, steer clear of sites or pick services that boast of an 80 or 90% success. These sites are clearly not being honest.
And speaking of track records, you may want to take the extra time to check if their forecasts are being monitored and documented. There are monitoring and tracking services that document a handicapper’s record of success in every game he calls. The good handicappers mention the name of the tracking or monitoring agency. It’s a badge of approval and legitimacy to see these names.
Lack of Specifics in Product Information
Good betting sites or handicapping services give as much information as they can. They give the names and even display the photos of their handicappers. There handicappers have their own page where they give not only their picks but sports commentaries. A betting service that does not give clear and detailed information about their handicappers’, records, methodologies and other similar information is not being transparent. Stay away from such services.
No Credit Card Payment Facility
Look at the Order Form and check if the company accepts credit card payments. If the site does not have a facility for accepting credit cards, stay away from it. A company that accepts credit card payments can give you peace of mind that you are dealing with a legitimate group. In such cases, if you feel you didn’t get the product as promised, you can demand for a refund. And you will be refunded. For companies that do not have credit card payment facility, your chances of getting a refund are as good as nil. I can bet with you on that.
Bad Customer Service
Finally you can find out if you’ve stumbled upon a bad betting service by giving them a call. Yes, just take a minute or two of your time to inquire about their service. If you get a high-pressure sales person on the other line cajoling you into buying their packages, hang up – and forget about that company. Good sports betting services try to enlighten and educate their customers about their picks and methodologies; bad sports services concentrate on trying to extract the most money from their customers.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know what are bad sports betting services. Just take note of some signs that can alert you immediately that there’s something wrong. Remember: you came to look for a sports betting service to increase your winning percentage – not to increase your losing percentage by 100%.