This wee Bet Advisor catches up with senior rugby tipster Ben Cross. Ben’s passion for rugby has seen him reach a betting yield of +14%, gaining 290 profit units. Cross remains a consistent performer posting 5 months of consistent profits
With the Rugby World cup just months away Ben Cross is one of the best tipster to follow, below team Bet Advisor gets the low down on Ben’s strategy and tipster performance
SBC: How did you first get into sports betting?
BC: I played professional sports but in terms of sports betting my interest was first piqued whilst working on the LIFFE floor as a runner. Lots of the traders on the floor were interested in spread betting and I was fortunate enough to secure a position with a spread betting start up. It was in this environment that I learnt the most.
SBC: At what point did you realize that you can make some real money from sports betting?
BC: It was in my first position in the gaming industry that it became obvious that, not only was it possible to make money, but that people were doing so. The hardest thing in fact is to get staked correctly and it is through contacts and networking that real money can be made. It is hard to make money without speaking to respected sources and fellow professional gamblers.
SBC: How did you come to select rugby as your chosen sport?
BC: I played professional rugby and so it was a game I had a good “feel” for and also had good contacts in relation to team news/weather and other factors. I also enjoyed watching rugby so was an easy game for me to follow and to put in the necessary hours of research to make informed decisions.
SBC: Are there any particular events that you look forward to throughout the year?
BC: The best events in terms of spectator enjoyment are often the worst games from a betting perspective. As a spectator Super XV is arguably the best rugby to watch but the betting market is mature and the number of territories offering prices makes it harder to get an edge. ITM rugby in New Zealand can be a slog to watch if the weather is poor but has been kind to me over the years.
SBC: What was your best ever bet?
BC: There are a good few. Often lower tier markets or obscure tournaments. It is in these markets that the opportunities for poor pricing occur as outlined above. I rarely play long term markets but had a good bet on New Zealand to win the 2010 Four Nations tournament at 7.0.
SBC: What kind of factors do you evaluate before making a selection?
BC: My starting point for most bets is the long term history of fixtures. This offers a reasonable guide and a good starting point. Current form, team news, weather, morale, referee, travel, illness or injury are then all quantified and the selection amended along with a few other factors.
SBC: What has been the biggest influence on your betting career?
BC:The biggest influence on my career has been the people I have met along the way and for whom I have a lot of respect. It is very hard to make money in sports betting as an island and that is where most people come up short. Speaking to people and garnering their opinion is vital in providing a barometer.
SBC: Do you have any future plans in regards to your service?
BC: My service has been reasonably dormant over the last 12 months. I am re-evaluating my strategies at present and will be looking to come back properly in the next month or so. I have been running a couple of strategies over the last period and am close to being confident in my selections. My service has always focused on quality not quantity and it is the client who is my focus. The service took a bit of a hit and as such I wanted to gather some momentum before offering high quality selections to my client base.
SBC: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your betting career?
BC: Losing runs and sticking with the processes and procedures that have served you well in the past. “Good bets” don’t always win and “bad bets” don’t always lose. Reviewing of all bets is vital to any service success. Getting a stake on is always hard for winning accounts.
SBC: How do you balance your betting time and family life?
BC: I am fortunate that I have an understanding wife and also that in my work I have the opportunity to view games live.
SBC: Do you have a favourite team that you follow regularly?
BC: I don’t have a favourite team but something that has served me well is backing “momentum” teams in both NRL and Super League. The Penrith Panthers in 2003 and the Catalans Dragons this season were good examples of momentum sides.
SBC: How do you keep calm when you hit a run of losing bets?
BC: As outlined above, “good bets” can still lose. If you continue to bet value and continue to beat the kick off price then over time you will be successful.
SBC: What is the best reason you could give to anyone who was thinking about following your service?
BC: The service has a good ROI over a long period of time. The main strength of the service is that it reduces exposure in volatile markets and the focus is 100% the client.
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