Skeeve 2012/13 Review
Skeeve has been around for 7 years and you don’t stick around that long without being good at what you do. He has a niche area that he feels gives him an edge over the bookmakers. His picks are all non-league bets. As this is a low liquidity league and the fact that Skeeve has a large following after many season of profit means the prices crash as soon as his tips are released. Skeeve records fair odds by taking the best price from a number of better bookmakers 15 minutes after he has sends his email. In my mind, this is an extremely fair way to record odds.
As always, let’s start by seeing what I wrote at the start of the season
Skeeve is another great service and knows the Blue Sq league better then anyone. I do have issues with the service, but they are because of my own situation and no reflection on his service. Being a lower league and me betting $400 per point, I find it very difficult to get my bets matched at the quoted odds, I have tried it all, getting up at 3am to place the bets as soon as they come out, waiting till 10minutes before the game, and many other options. I usually get close to but rarely better then the odds quoted. Luckily his ROI is so good that I should still make a healthy profit each year. Im hoping for about 50 points profit this season at $400 per point. So $20,000.
This was my second year following his service and I have made a grand total of $0 after two seasons. Staking in the first season was much smaller then it was last season. So I am still yet to be a convert of Skeeve. I believe he knows his niche very well and is great at seeing value, but I have yet to profit from that. Skeeve is also the most expensive tipster I follow by far. I paid €799($1,059) for the service last season.
This year was a real struggle, at no stage was I ever in profit and for the first half of the season it was loss after loss and I was well into negative territory and at one stage was very close to losing my entire bank. I’m not sure a lot of casual gamblers would have stuck it out. Luckily for both Skeeve and myself, his second half of the season was great and he clawed back almost all of his losses to end the season only a little down.
His “official” results say he made a 0.5% ROI, but even with his fair recording of odds, my results are a little different. I would explain this by saying that the multi’s which produced the only real profit were very hard to get on at a decent price. Even Pinnacle limited the amount I could bet to $130. I would then have to keep betting with worse odds until my $2,000 was matched. A real hassle and this also resulted in worse odds. The real result was a negative ROI of 1.2%. The “official” profit was 1.95 points ($780 to $400 per point), and my results were a loss of $1,833.64. Not a huge difference. Add in the cost of subscription and I ended up losing $2,892 in total. A very disappointing year and I’m not sure how much longer I can follow if I continue to get poor returns.
This one is really still up in the air for me. I’m hoping that this new season rewards me for my persistence and shows me why Skeeve has a big following. For the price, I can’t really recommend it unless you have been around for a while and have a decent size bank.
Official Skeeve results
staked returned ROI
382 383.95 0.5%
Offical results using $400 per point
$152,800 $780 0.5%
$148,919.00 $(1,833.64) -1.2%
My Results broken down
1X2 $9,144.00 $212.00 2.3%
AH $73,010.00 $(3,637.64) -5.0%
Multi $66,765.00 $1,592.00 2.4%