I had originally planned to pen something about the forthcoming All Weather season but then the realisation hit me like a train. I don’t have the motivation to write anything new.
Way back when I harboured dreams of making it big, I imaged that to reach the stage I’m at now, the end result would be punting full time. What I didn’t realise was that being a “professional” is not synonymous to being a “full time” bettor which is the bit most people focus on. No, this is only one aspect of being a pro, for me it relates mostly to your attitude and approach to betting.
Having considered going “pro” it became clear that I was in the comforting (and less stressful) situation of having the best of both worlds in retaining my current position in a job that I really enjoy and in parallel do very well out of the GG’s. “Doing well” in the limited time I have available for betting does not equate to millions in the bank but provides a smallish second income for the finer things in life.
Also back then I was on a journey and I learnt a lot from writing about aspects of punting that I had uncovered, discovered or achieved. I also enjoyed receiving numerous comments from readers of the blog which have expanded my own thinking on the subject matter. Along the way I have had the privilege to get in contact and meet some outstanding punters who took time to explain the ropes and demonstrate to me what it really means to be “professional” (Gary Twynam I thank you).
Today I punt using methods most punters would consider sophisticated via approaches that in 2004 I thought only existed in books. I have developed automated ratings I trust, they aid in the process of determining race contenders and as a consequence they open up all manner of punting possibilities, yet I want to do more.