Who the hell are you, Skeeve?
I'm a non-league betting advisor. I'm 35 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 +650 point profit after more than 1450 picks in ten consecutive profitable seasons, at a 12% ROI and a 717% ROC.
What's your staking policy? Are you using a 1-10 point scale?
I'm currently using a 1-4 point scale (four points per asian handicap bet, one point per outsider bet) and I'm currently advising a sixty-point bank. In terms of percentages, one point should represent 1.66% of your betting bank.
When are you usually sending the picks?
Starting with the 2015/16 season, all picks & previews are sent on match day, at 10:30 AM UK time, except for the unofficial last-minute picks based on late team news which are sent ten to twenty minutes before the kick-off.
I've heard 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 National League (ex-Conference Premier), right?
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 team in the Conference, so I'm simply sticking to what I'm best at.
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 Betting Advice surveillance teamfrom October 2007 to May 2010, by the highly rated Secret Betting Clubsince March 2008 and by Joseph Buchdahl's Sports Tipsters from August 2012 to it's closure in June 2015.
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.
Which bookmakers are you using?
Officially, I'm only using three bookmakers (Pinnacle, SBO and 12bet/Dafabet), but you can boost your returns quite a bit with the help of other bookmakers like 188bet, 5Dimes, Bet365, Bet-at-home, BetVictor, Bwin, Coral, Ladbrokes, Marathon, Paddy Power, Sportingbet, StanJames, Tote, Unibet, Will Hill and others; if you can still bet with them, of course. There are also various betting brokers.
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 only from the best bookmakers out there (which means you can find better odds with other bookmakers more often than not), they're the odds available with a fair delay, when they're usually at their lowest. In fact, results based on kick-off odds have now outperformed the results based on recorded odds for three consecutive seasons. Excel sheets with pre-mail, recorded and kick-off odds are available to all Skeeve Picks clients.
Where can I compare the odds?
I mostly use OddsPortal.
What is an asian handicap?
Google is your friend.
Can you send your bets to me five minutes before other clients? I will pay extra for this. I promise it will not crash the market.
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.
Do you want buy fix match? It's 1000% true, no scam, I make many mony on this. Trust me.
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?
A bit of talent (I guess), plenty of hard work and some experience as well. 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.