Who the hell are you, Skeeve?
I'm a non-league betting advisor. I'm 33 years young, studied sociology, worked as a journalist, a copywriter and a screenwriter, but then became Skeeve full-time and haven't regretted it so far. I could also tell you about my favorite writers, directors and musicians, but that would be off-topic, wouldn't it?
What's with the name?
Skeeve was the name of a character in a fantasy novel 'Another fine myth' written by Robert Asprin. It was the first nickname I could think of when I had to choose one for the Betting Advice forum registration back in 2005. Asprin's Skeeve turned out to be quite good at magic as well.
Since when have you been advising non-league picks?
It feels like yesterday. Since 2006 though.
Are you any good?
One of the best out there. Not my words. If you want the numbers, I've made more than +635 point profit after more than 1350 picks in more than seven years, at a 12.4% ROI and a 667% ROC.
What's your staking policy? Are you using a 1-10 point scale?
I'm using a 1-5 point scale and I'm advising an eighty-point bank for both sets of official picks (asian handicaps and doubles) combined. In terms of percentages, one point should represent 1.25% of your betting bank. If you're following the asian handicaps only, I'd recommend a fifty-point bank and, if you're following the doubles only, I'd recommend a sixty-point bank.
When are you usually sending the picks? Do I have to be online 24 hours a day?
6:15 PM Friday.
Does that mean you're not advising midweek picks at all?
I'm not - at least not any more. Midweek non-league games have proved to be way too unpredictable and unprofitable in the long run.
So, you're covering the Conference leagues, right?
Right. The service focuses on non-league markets that are strongest in terms of availability and liquidity - Conference National (formerly known as the Skrill Premier and the Blue Square Premier) asian handicaps (available with Pinnacle, SBO, 188bet, 12bet/IBC/Dafabet...) and all kinds of Conference National/Conference South (formerly known as the Skrill South and the Blue Square South) doubles available with all UK and European bookmakers (Bet-at-home, Bet365, BetVictor, Bwin, Coral, Expekt, Gamebookers, Ladbrokes, MyBet, Paddy Power, Sportingbet, StanJames, Tote, Unibet, Will Hill...). The Conference National doubles are also available with Pinnacle.
Why Conference? Why not Premiership, Championship, Swedish hockey, Ukranian volleyball?
Because I've been following the English non-league world for quite a few years now and I know all there is to know about every single player, let alone team (transfers, injuries, suspensions, work commitments, financial problems... I'm on it). I'm a hard worker and a long-term winner and that's something I obviously wouldn't want to change, so I'll stick with the Conference leagues for now - those I know best.
Who can guarantee these are actually the right stats?
I was posting my non-league picks & previews for free between December 2006 and October 2007 - on my old blog, on the Betting Advice forum, on the ex-Punters' Paradise forum (I was a resident tipster there), on the Laka Lovica forum (I was a moderator there)... All the picks since the service became paid (October 2007) have been independently monitored and verified, by the highly rated Betting Advice surveillance teamfrom October 2007 to May 2010, by the superb Secret Betting Clubsince March 2008 and by Joseph Buchdahl's Sports Tipsters since August 2012.
What about your picks? Do they come with a match preview or are they just plain picks?
All of my picks come with a detailed match preview. I'll even find out where you can find the best odds, second best odds and in fact any odds that in my opinion have value at that moment, including those you can improvise yourself - and I'll add an oddsportal link so that you can compare the odds yourself.
Are you familiar with the term 'customer service'?
Yes. I'm proud of my customer service, no one's had any complaints so far.
Which bookmakers are you using?
Officially, I'm only using five bookmakers (Pinnacle, SBO, 188bet, 12bet/Dafabet and Bet-at-home), but you can boost your returns quite a bit with the help of other UK and European bookmakers like Bet365, BetVictor, Bwin, Coral, Expekt, Gamebookers, Ladbrokes, MyBet, Paddy Power, Sportingbet, StanJames, Tote, Unibet, Will Hill and others; if you can still bet with them, of course.
Can I get the recorded odds? How does that work in reality?
You can get even better odds. Not only do these recorded odds come from five bookmakers (Pinnacle, SBO, 188bet, 12bet/Dafabet, Bet-at-home) only (which means you can find better odds at other bookmakers more often than not), they're the odds available five minutes* after I send the picks & previews, which is when they're usually at their lowest. The odds mentioned in the Friday e-mail are there only as a reference - the odds will always be recorded with a fair delay (those mentioned odds have produced a 11.6% ROI in the past three years while recorded odds produced a 9.8% ROI - and even kick-off odds produced a respectable 8.0% ROI). * From August 2010 until May 2012, all odds were recorded with a ten-minute delay. From August 2012 until May 2013, odds for the doubles were recorded with a fifteen-minute delay.
Bookmaker X have restricted me, I can only stake X Euros/Pounds per bet. What should I do?
Yes, most UK and European bookmakers will restrict you sooner rather than later. I've been severely restricted and even had accounts closed at a lot of bookmakers that aren't on the list (above) anymore (Bet365, Bwin, Will Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, BetVictor, Stan James, Paddy Power, Expekt...) or they never have been (the likes of BoyleSports and BetFred) myself. That's why all recorded odds come from five bookmakers (Pinnacle, SBO, 188bet, 12bet/Dafabet, Bet-at-home) that won't limit your stakes. If you would like even bigger limits for asian handicaps than those available to you at Pinnacle and Asian bookmakers, try googling betting brokers and you'll soon realise how big this asian handicap market is as brokers will let you stake much more than it's officially available with the likes of Pinnacle and SBO.
Where can I compare the odds?
I mostly use OddsPortal.
What is an asian handicap?
Google is your friend.
Do I have to have a Moneybookers account to subscribe?
No, a credit card is also fine.
Okay, can I join?
Unfortunately no. Skeeve Picks membership has been highly exclusive since day one and closed since 2008, but I can put you on the waiting list if it's open - feel free to send me an e-mail.
But I can offer you more money. Please let me join straight away.
Would you be interested in exchanging some clients? My service has about 2000 clients that has paid atleast once to our service. Would you be interested in trading client email list so that we both can benefit in our business. It is a good opportunity for both our clients and us as well. Let me know if you are interested. We can both get lot of extra exposure and sales by doing this. Please get back to me and let me know what you think. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A MORAL DILEMMA WITH THIS METHOD BUT AS LONG AS WE DONT SPAM IRRESPONSIBLY IT SHOULD BE OK. WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO GET SOME EXTRA CLIENTS.
Not interested. A moral dilemma? Not really, no.
Do you want buy fix match? It's 1000% true, no scam, I make many mony on this. Trust me.
Thank you for the invitation to join the service. Could you please just let me know about the staking policy / bookmakers I should open an account with / past results / other clients' experiences / results of your comparative analysis of recorded and kick-off odds / results of your bookmakers survey?
If I've sent you an invitation to join the service, you should simply take a look at the attachments - you'll find answers to all of your questions there as I've attached the most recent season review and some other useful pdf files and, if you decide to join the service, you'll also get all twelve issues of Skeeve's Mail, an extremely helpful publication available exclusively to Skeeve Picks clients, one of which was dedicated entirely to the results of our bookmakers survey.
Bloody hell, that's a horrible run in the last few months. Have you ever experienced anything like it in the past?
You really are the best tipster out there. Amazing picks lately! What's your secret, man?
Hard work, experience and a bit of brain. It's not always like this though - we'll have plenty of bad runs as well.
I have more questions.
Good. Don't hesitate to ask.