BOB AKMENS SPORTS FAQ (FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS)
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We hope you can find the answer you want in the FAQ below.
Or on one of our webpages as you explore our site.
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ABOUT BOB AKMENS SPORTS:
How long have you been doing this?
Do your clients keep on coming back to you?
I see your slogan is "making millions for smart clients since 1978." Have you really made millions for them?
Are there really "locks" in betting?
What kind of win-percentages should I expect from the various sports if I join your service?
So what time-period should I be thinking of when I set my betting goals?
ABOUT BOB AKMENS:
What's your background, Bob Akmens, and what does it take to be a pro- handicapper?
What sports books do you recommend?
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR PLAYS:
How do you pick your plays?
How do you rate your plays?
Do you give out favorites or dogs?
HOW WOULD I GET MY PLAYS?
When do you send out plays by email?
What's your toll-free phone number?
What are your release hours (when you give out your plays by phone)?
If I normally get my plays by email, but I'm not near a computer, can I call you for my plays?
Can you fax me the plays daily if I prefer that method?
So, can you review how I can get my plays again?
How much do I have to bet on any play to make it worth my while?
So how much of a bankroll would I need to start?
What happens if you start having a losing streak?
Should I increase my bets if you start losing?
Those are useful money management tips. Can I find more on your site?
So what do you do when luck doesn't smile at you?
MONITORING & HANDICAPPING TITLES:
How do I know the record you claim is accurate?
How many documented #1 handicapping titles do you have, anyway?
What kind of baseball coverage do you offer?
I heard that you guys are the defending national handicapping champs in baseball - is that so?
What kind of football coverage do you offer?
I heard you have an annual, almost never-ending, football package.
I love hoops - what can you offer me?
Do you also have an annual basketball package?
How about my favorite sport hockey?
I heard you guys just won your 6th-straight hockey handicapping contest. That's unreal!
What's your soccer service all about? Isn't that a dull game to follow? Can I make money betting soccer?
What kind of soccer coverage do you offer?
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR PACKAGES:
What's the "ALL-SPORTS ANNUAL DEAL" package all about?
What's the "play-of-the-day package?"
That brings up my question: how long are the packages you offer?
Why don't you have a "pay-after-I-win" setup?
HOW TO PAY FOR PACKAGES:
Can I pay for a package over time - that is, in smaller payments?
If I pay for a package and there are no plays on a given day, does my package get extended in time?
How can I pay for my packages?
What kind of guarantee do you offer?
OUR TERMS, CONDITIONS (REFUNDS, ETC) AND OTHER DISCLAIMERS:
What are your terms for refunds, etc.?
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ABOUT BOB AKMENS SPORTS:
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS?
A: Despite my academic credentials, I love sports and sports handicapping and have been doing it for decades. And here's one of the great truths of this business: you don't stay in this business unless you win more than you lose.
Q: DO YOUR CLIENTS KEEP ON COMING BACK TO YOU?
A: This will amaze those readers who jump from one hot, flash-in-the- pan, service to another always looking for that elusive golden goose: many of my clients have been with me for 5, 10, even 20 years - and they do so only because I win for them more than I lose for them. I cover this phenomenon in greater detail in the intro on the home page.
Q: I SEE YOUR SLOGAN IS "MAKING MILLIONS FOR SMART CLIENTS." HAVE YOU REALLY MADE MILLIONS FOR THEM?
A: Probably hundreds of millions. Read more about this in the "Who We Are" intro on our home page. Keep in mind that about decades of service for thousands of clients times thousands and thousands of winners equals a great deal of collective profits.
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Q: ARE THERE REALLY "LOCKS" IN BETTING?
A: No. There are no locks in betting. You can read all about this in my homepage intro to Bob Akmens Sports - and how even a "fixed" game was not a lock.
Q: WHAT KIND OF WIN-PERCENTAGES SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE VARIOUS SPORTS IF I JOIN YOUR SERVICE?
A: The only way to estimate this is to look at past-performances - which, of course, cannot be guaranteed to be repeated since we truly don't know what twists the future may hold for any of us. But based on past-history, in the point spread sports such as hoops and football, my goal at the start of any season is to try to win at least 60% of the time. If you can win 52.4% of the time at standard - 1.10 odds, you break-even - so anything above that is profit. And the Internet has now availed all of us of lines that are often even better than -1.10 in certain instances, so you can win an even lower-percentage and still make a profit. In the money-line sports such as baseball and hockey, I'm interested in building up my net -profit by having at least a few net-winners a week - sometimes many of those and sometimes fewer net-winners.
Q: SO WHAT TIME-PERIOD SHOULD I BE THINKING OF WHEN I SET MY BETTING GOALS?
A: I'll answer that by telling you that I sometimes have losing plays, losing days, and losing weeks - all of those are absolutely unavoidable and you will never, ever find a service that doesn't suffer through those things. The objective is to avoid as many losing months, losing seasons, and losing years as is humanly possible. And that's what I strive to do - and generally succeed at. So please don't live-and-die with every single bet you make. If you do that, you will drive yourself crazy - and all those around you. Look at the bigger picture and have some joy in life.
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ABOUT BOB AKMENS:
Q: WHAT'S YOUR BACKGROUND, BOB AKMENS, AND WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A PRO-HANDICAPPER?
A: I really have never met anyone who went to school to become a champion sports-handicapper. I know they have courses in such things in Nevada, for instance at UNLV. But I guess a good handicapper just has to be a good evaluator of people and the situations they may face, and formal education is much less- important. You need to have knack for judging probabilities, even if you may not know the exact statistical-probabilities. My formal education most assuredly did not prepare me to be a sports handicapper. It includes a B.A. in Government & Political Science, an M.A. in Humanities/History, a Postgraduate Certificate of Business Administration (which is a mini-MBA of sorts), and completion of the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) Certification Curriculum. And then the big guns: I went to medical school - and have a PhD in history. You can read more about me at the "ABOUT BOB AKMENS" tab on every webpage. I guess I've paid my dues in life.
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Q: WHAT SPORTS BOOKS DO YOU RECOMMEND?
A: That bad piece of legislation the lame-duck Republican Congress pushed through at 3AM, tacked on to another bill, in January of 2007 which has tried to legislate the morals of American bettors - even though the World Trade Organization has already sanctioned us for illegal restraint-of-trade - considerably changed the climate of how a bettor can do what he had done for many years - bet legally via the Internet. Some great sports books decided not to deal with American clients anymore. Others took up that slack. On the bottom of every web page, you'll see banner for the only 2 sports books we highly recommend: BODOG & BETUS. You should open an account at both. And, if you click on any of the sports book links on my site for either/or BODOG or BETUS, open a new account and fund it (put money in it), let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll give you a free gift worth $50 for each of the new accounts you fund. Meaning, you could get up to a $100 credit toward any package we sell - just for doing yourself a favor. So do it. Open those accounts today.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR PLAYS:
Q: HOW DO YOU PICK YOUR PLAYS?
A: That's a great question - and we answer it fully - and in length - under the tab "HOW BOB AKMENS PICKS WINNERS" you'll find on each webpage. The short answer is we use sophisticated predictive computer-models which take much of the "luck" factor out of handicapping.
Q: HOW DO YOU RATE YOUR PLAYS?
A: That's a simple one. All plays are rated the same. Each one should be played to win an equal amount.
Q: DO YOU GIVE OUT FAVORITES OR DOGS?
A: We give out anything that our models tell us has a high-probability of winning. In September-October of 2007, we won 9 straight NFL releases as tracked by both thesportseye.com and thesportsmonitor.com - and every single one was a dog!
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HOW WOULD I GET MY PLAYS?
Q: WHEN DO YOU SEND OUT PLAYS BY EMAIL?
A: We send out plays by email before we answer our toll-free phones for those clients who choose to call us. That might be a few minutes before we answer our toll-free lines - or a few hours before - depending on how heavy the card is for that day and when the handicapping process has been completed.
Usually day time action is sent out by about 11AM ET; night time action by about 2PM ET.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR TOLL-FREE PHONE NUMBER?
A: You'll find that at the bottom of every one of our webpages. It's an easy one to remember: 1-888-AKMENS-1 (which translates to 1-888-256-3671
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR RELEASE HOURS (WHEN YOU GIVE OUT YOUR PLAYS BY PHONE)?
A: Mondays thru Fridays the hours are 2PM to 5PM Eastern time; on weekends & holidays, from 11AM to 1PM Eastern time.
Q: IF I NORMALLY GET MY PLAYS BY EMAIL, BUT I'M NOT NEAR A COMPUTER, CAN I CALL YOU FOR MY PLAYS?
A: Of course you can. And naturally, there's no extra charge.
Q: CAN YOU FAX ME THE PLAYS DAILY IF I PREFER THAT METHOD?
A: Yes, we send out many faxed plays daily; just make sure we have an accurate fax number and please try to keep that line free for incoming faxes shortly before we open our toll-free phones. The fax will automatically retry a busy fax number, but it does delay others from getting their faxes and will eventually stop trying to reach a busy number.
Q: SO, CAN YOU REVIEW HOW I CAN GET MY PLAYS AGAIN?
A: 1) We can EMAIL them to you OR 2) We can FAX them to you OR 3) You can call our TOLL-FREE number during the release hours listed.
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Q: HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO BET ON ANY PLAY TO MAKE IT WORTH MY WHILE?
A: What you bet is entirely up to you, naturally. I can tell you that I have many clients who play as little as $50 per play and tell me they show profits when paying by the season. If you're playing anything smaller than that, you probably shouldn't be using my service. But here's an important point: please be sure to be consistent. By this I mean, if you play, say, to win $100 on a 10* play, then play that amount each 10*-play. Don't have a fine winning run where you make a lot of profit and then suddenly decide to plunge it all on the next play. Because if you do that, you will never, ever be a long-term winner betting sports. Just like the hold 'em player who goes all-in too often, you will get burned and you will lose your bankroll.
After decades of finding out painfully what works and what does not work, I personally do this: I play about 3% of my total bankroll (or the total amount I can afford to lose) on a regular-play; I bump that up to about 4% on a Play-of-the-Day (P.O.D.) for a given sport [notice, I don't go crazy: 4% is just 1/3 more than 3% in actual dollars]; and I usually play about 5% for the overall P.O.D. for all sports. It works for me.
Q: SO HOW MUCH OF A BANKROLL WOULD I NEED TO START?
A: Well, theoretically, if you used a bookmaker who gave you credit you could have a zero bankroll if you started out with some winners. But that wouldn't be a wise move, would it? There are tons of theories on bankroll management. The simple, short answer is that you should never bet more than you're comfortable betting on any given play, or any given day. Only you can be the judge of that. Logically, if you used, say, an online sportsbook where you had to fund your account (put up the cash to bet), you should be able to withstand some losing action before you tap out your entire bankroll. Again, there are no hard and fast rules for this - you just have to be consistent in your betting and you have to not overextend yourself.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU START HAVING A LOSING STREAK?
A: Your definition of a losing-streak may vary from my definition of a losing-streak. In my three decades in this business, I've dealt with a vast majority of clients who understood that you have to look at sports betting as a longer-term prospect. I've also dealt with clients who believe that a single loss constitutes a losing-streak. There's nothing Zen about this statement: losing is part of the winning process. You must lose along the way. It's impossible not to. I'll answer this by telling you what you shouldn't do when your losing: and that is to increase your bets or the size of them. More on this below.
Q: SHOULD I INCREASE MY BETS IF YOU START LOSING?
A: Here's what so many amateur-bettors do when they lose: they increase their bets trying to get even. And here's what pro-bettors do when losing: they decrease the size of their bets until luck starts smiling on them again. Exact opposites, huh? I know - more painfully than you'll ever know because when I lose, all my clients also lose - that losing is a tough thing to swallow. And I know that folks get antsy feelings that they just have to win that money back - quickly. Numerous studies in human behavior have clearly shown that the majority of people are more negative about losing a given sum of money than they are positive about winning that very same sum of money. I find that fascinating. Folks get down much more with a $1000 loss then they get up with a $1000 win. And I have definitely found that to be true in my years of running a sports-service.
Q: THOSE ARE USEFUL MONEY MANAGEMENT TIPS. CAN I FIND MORE ON YOUR SITE?
A: Yes. Click on the 'MONEY MANAGEMENT" tab on any page for more insight into this very important aspect of betting.
Q: SO WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LUCK DOESN'T SMILE AT YOU?
A: I pretty much do the same thing a smart pro-bettor does in a slightly different way for my service. Even though I use quantitative, statistically-driven, mathematical models to pick winners - which decrease the element of luck - and increase the usage of probability-stats - I still totally realize that there's almost nothing in life dealing with human-beings (as these sports games are played by) that doesn't involve some element of luck. And when games lose that statistically shouldn't and results are bizarre and weird and just shouldn't be so, instead of the 5 college football plays I might have given out the following day if I were not on a short-term losing streak, I'll pick out just the 3 best ones and give those out. So the worst I can add to that slump is another 3 losers - instead of a potential 5 more losers. To summarize: if I'm not winning the way I want to be, I decrease the number of plays I give out and just don't give out many plays until that tide turns.
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MONITORING & HANDICAPPING TITLES:
Q: HOW DO I KNOW THE RECORD YOU CLAIM IS ACCURATE?
A: The sport-service industry is full of liars and cheats and thieves. How's that for an answer? You should never deal with a service that refuses to make their record a matter of public-record. And they can only do that by allowing an impartial third-party to monitor their plays. Which they have to submit to that sports-monitor before those games are played. And the integrity of that sports monitor has be unquestioned. I was a charter-member of the very first sports monitor, the American Association of Documented Sports Services (AADSS) when they started years ago. I'm proud that I won the first baseball contest they ever had for sports services back in the 1980s. They monitored me until they faded out about 16 years later. Then, in 1988, the Sports Monitor in Oklahoma City (www.thesportsmonitor.com) started tracking my plays - and has ever since. They were the sole monitors of my plays until 2004 when John of www.thesportseye.com also started to monitor my plays. There may very well be other reliable, honest sports monitors out there. But these two have a very good reputation in this industry - and that's why they get my plays daily - at the same time as my clients do. In 2008, a new player in the monitoring field entered the picture when Patrick & Annette Everson set up the Las Vegas Sports Monitor (LVSM) www.lasvegassportsmonitor.com in - where else - but Las Vegas? And LVSM also started to monitor my plays.
Q: HOW MANY DOCUMENTED #1 HANDICAPPING TITLES DO YOU HAVE, ANYWAY?
A: Check out the "DOCUMENTED #1 TITLES" tab on each webpage. In each sports-monitor contest, a service can finish in first-place in any of several categories and lay claim to a #1-finish. Someone can have the highest win- percentage in the NFL, or win the most bankroll, or have the highest-return-on-risk, etc. All are legitimate #1-finishes. One of the fun things is that this number will go up as I finish #1 in yet more categories of contests; you can find an updated total those #1-finishes below here. That's the result of a lot of hard work - not a lot of luck. In this business - as is often true in life itself - you make your own luck.
I have had the unique distinction of being the only sports handicapper to EVER be the defending national handicapping champ in all four major American sports - simultaneously - #1 in baseball, #1 in the NFL, #1 in hockey, and #1 in the NBA Playoffs. If you don't think that's a big deal...it's never, ever happened before!
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Q: WHAT KIND OF BASEBALL COVERAGE DO YOU OFFER?
A: We sometimes give out our first baseball play in February! This shocks some clients but we've had good success over the years with our exhibition- game coverage. We're on top of team events from the first actual spring-training game because we make it a point to find out who might be playing, for how long, what desire does the coaching staff have - or not have - in winning that game, and many other factors. Then, of course, we cover the 6-month+ regular-season, the Division Series, the League Championship Series, and the World Series. Please check out our many #1-finishes in documented baseball handicapping contests. We have 37 #1- finishes in different categories of baseball contests. You'll find the link for a complete list on our "BASEBALL" home-page tab on every webpage. And you'll also find a baseball package there to suit your needs.
Q: I HEARD THAT YOU GUYS ARE PRETTY GOOD AT HANDICAPPING BASEBALL - IS THAT SO?
A: Yes. We've won many MLB contests. In 2007 The Sports Monitor contest, we blew away the competition and led in 6 different categories; you can see the 5 #1's easily at their site; the 6th is best won-lost percentage for top-plays of any service with at least 10 top-plays. And as we've mentioned, we've "been there and done that": we won the first baseball contest in the 1980s - and we've won the baseball contests in the 2010s. With 41 #1-category finishes in between You think that's easy? It takes intense dedication to do that because baseball as a handicapping sport has changed radically over those years. In 1980, starters were trying to get complete games as a routine affair. In 2007, for example, there were 303 different starters in MLB - how many guys had more than two complete games? Two. 2 pitchers out of 303. So, my handicapping has had to constantly evolve over time.
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Q: WHAT KIND OF FOOTBALL COVERAGE DO YOU OFFER?
A: We deal with 4 different kinds of football: NCAA college football; the National Football League (NFL); the Arena Football League (AFL); and the Canadian Football League (CFL). We cover all NCAA college regular-season and bowl games; the NFL exhibition-season, regular-season, and post-season right through the Super Bowl; the AFL regular and post-seasons; and the CFL regular and post-seasons. Recently, I saw an ad for a sports service that crowed about their top-ten finish in The Sports Monitor NFL contest. the guy was genuinely proud of his top-ten finish. So, if he's proud of a top-ten finish, what should I be? I led that hardest-of-all-contests-to-win-anything-in for 7 straight weeks. And finished #1 in several categories. And I have 68 #1 finishes in different categories of these contests over the years. Can you see the quantum leap between bragging about a single top-ten finish - and having dozens of #1 finishes? Please also check out our many #1-finishes in documented football handicapping contests - of all variety. You'll find the link for a complete list on our "FOOTBALL" home-page tab on every webpage. Even if we don't finish #1 all the time (which is impossible because you're competing with sometimes hundreds of other services), we still can manage to have excellent seasons. During the 2007 NFL season, we were #1 in win- percentage with figures ranging between 70-80%+ – on top-of-the-heap in the toughest contest to win because it has the most entrants - for an unprecedented 7 straight weeks, Week 6 through Week 12 of the NFL season. And we won the whole prize at The Sports Eye last NFL season. In2012 we set an all time The Sports Monitor record with 72.1% in all football.
Q: I HEARD YOU HAVE AN ANNUAL, ALMOST NEVER- ENDING, FOOTBALL PACKAGE.
A: That's right! Because the AFL games start just a few weeks after the NFL ends, and the AFL title-game can actually overlap with the first NFL exhibition -game, we do have an annual, all-inclusive football package that will cover every single play we give out in those 4 different types of football. And it runs virtually the entire year-round! You'll find more details about that special package by clicking on the "FOOTBALL" tab found on every webpage. It's a great football-lovers package.
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Q: I LOVE HOOPS - WHAT CAN YOU OFFER ME?
A: We cover 3 different types of basketball: NCAA college basketball - which has to be the most exciting sport there is - and has these huge 100+ game cards on weekends to choose winners from - we cover all regular-season games, the conference tournaments; the CBI; the NIT; and the big Dance - the NCAA Championship Tournament. We also cover the National Basketball Association (NBA) regular-season and playoff games; and we cover the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) regular and post-season games. We especially like college hoop totals – and at one point, we won 50 of 61 totals documented by The Sports Monitor. And we just won the NBA Playoff contest at The Sports Eye in both categories they track: best win-percentage and most bankroll won - and #1 in 3 more categories at The Sports Monitor contest. Please also check out our many #1-finishes in documented basketball handicapping contests; a figure which stands at 41 right now. You'll find the link for a complete list on our "BASKETBALL" home-page tab on every webpage.
Q: DO YOU ALSO HAVE AN ANNUAL BASKETBALL PACKAGE?
A: You bet! Because the WNBA starts while the NBA playoffs are still going on and ends in mid-to-late September, there's only about a 6-week gap until the end of October where we have no hoop-action to play. Still, 46-weeks of hoops in a year is a lot of coverage. You'll find more details about that special package by clicking on the "BASKETBALL" tab found on every webpage.
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Q: HOW ABOUT MY FAVORITE SPORT HOCKEY?
A: I'll tell you a secret that's not so secret to my clients: hockey of the NHL-variety (National Hockey League) is probably the most profitable of all American sports to bet. You'll find more details about that amazing truth (to some) on the "HOCKEY" home-page tab on every webpage. We won the very first hockey contest they ever had for sports services - there's a remarkable story about that win in the "HOCKEY" home-page intro. The short story is we took a $10,000 bankroll and rolled it past $140,000! And you can check out our many #1- category finishes (22 and counting) in documented hockey handicapping contests. You'll find the link for a complete list on our "HOCKEY" home-page tab on every webpage. We cover the 36 week-long NHL season (the longest there is of all the major sports) from the first regular-season game at the start of October to the winner of Lord Stanley's Cup in early-June.
Q: I HEARD YOU GUYS JUST WON YOUR 6TH- STRAIGHT HOCKEY HANDICAPPING CONTEST. THAT'S UNREAL!
A: That's more than unreal. If you live to be 100 you'll probably never see anything like that done again - by anyone. In April 2008, we were informed by The Sports Eye that we won our 5th-straight hockey handicapping contest in a row. And then we found out we finished #1 in 8 different categories of The Sports Monitor's regular-season hockey contest. Then in June 2008, we were awarded the Titanium Award by The Sports Eye for most bankroll won in the hockey playoffs. And a bit late - on July 18th, we found out we had 7 more #1 contest-category finishes at The Sports Monitor after the NHL Playoff contest - including an utterly spectacular +122.13% return-on-risk - and a combined 85.7% win-percentage on Top- Plays for the full regular- and post-season together! You heard right. #1 in 6 straight regular- & post-season hockey contests in a row at either The Sports Monitor or The Sports Eye. To compete against anywhere from dozens to hundreds of other services...to even lead for a single week against all that competition...then to win a 1/2-year-long contest...and then win 6 of those contests in a row...how much more consistent can you possibly be? Now, is that a better criterion for joining a service than the guy who has a hot month and everyone is chasing his performance by living and dying (bankroll-wise) with each of his daily plays? Infinitely better. No one else on earth has ever won 6-straight hockey seasonal contests. No one. I'm positive. Except Bob Akmens Sports. On the basis of 6-straight hockey handicapping crowns, I absolutely, positively claim the title of "top hockey handicapper" in the United States. Wait...I don't have to claim it...I've earned it...and been given that title 6 straight times. That's consistency.
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Q: WHAT'S YOUR SOCCER SERVICE ALL ABOUT? ISN'T THAT A DULL GAME TO FOLLOW? CAN I MAKE MONEY BETTING SOCCER?
A: You know, I find it amazing that so many soccer games may bore the pants of off so many Americans. To me, world soccer matches have proven to be and continue to be one of the most profitable betting sports I have ever found in my decades in this business. Shocking, huh? Well, it's a fact. A few years ago, my soccer clients know I won 18 straight soccer plays - my longest streak ever in any sport. If you click on the "HOW BOB AKMENS PICKS WINNERS" tab on any webpage, you'll get an overview of how I construct my computer models to pick plays.
Q: WHAT KIND OF SOCCER COVERAGE DO YOU OFFER?
A: Soccer - or as everyone else in the world calls it, "football" - is by far the most-popular sport on earth. I cover teams on almost every continent. More than 50 countries, hundreds of leagues, thousands of soccer clubs (which is what "teams" are called in soccer). And somewhere on earth soccer is always being played, so it's a never-ending journey of looking for a few winners out of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of games played each and every week year-round. My soccer model happens to be a very highly-selective one. On average, it may come up with 1 play out of every 50-100 games I look at. So, does it still surprise you when I say it's such a profitable sport? You shouldn't be the least surprised if you think about the stats involve here. If I came up with 1 NFL play of out every 100 NFL games, I couldn't run a service which gave out NFL-plays. Why? Simple - I'd be giving out 1 play every 7 or 8 weeks! Because they play about 100 NFL games in that timeframe. Take a look around the "SOCCER" home-page tab for more info about this treasure of a money-maker.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR PACKAGES:
Q: WHAT'S "THE ALL-SPORTS ANNUAL DEAL" PACKAGE ALL ABOUT?
A: It's the most comprehensive handicapping package you've ever seen in your life. Look at "THE UNIQUE SPECIAL PLANS" tab on any webpage for full details. But I can tell you that this package saves you tremendous amounts of money - thousands and thousands of dollars - even off of the individual seasonal sports packages, and costs a fraction of the shorter-term packages when you look at the pro-rata cost for, say, a week of service.
Q: WHAT'S THE "PLAY-OF-THE-DAY PACKAGE? "
A: Some folks just like a spot-play daily. Look at the "SPOT- PLAYS" tab on any webpage for full details. This is the best-play chosen out of any plays we may have on any given day. It might be a baseball play - or a WNBA play - or a play in any of the American sports we cover. The all-inclusive play-of-the- day does not include world soccer plays. And I have many play-of-the-day packages available for each individual sport we cover – including soccer.
Q: THAT BRINGS UP MY QUESTION: HOW LONG ARE THE PACKAGES YOU OFFER?
A: Usually as short as a week, to a 4-week package, to a seasonal- package, to an annual package. We also have special single-game packages set up – and even some 3-month and 6-month packages. The 4-week packages are usually priced at 3 times the weekly rate - so it's like getting a week for free. The seasonal-packages usually work out to about a 50% savings off the weekly rates.
Q: WHY DON'T YOU HAVE A "PAY-AFTER-I- WIN" SETUP?
A: Our experience has been that the outfits that charge you this way are often play-mills. It's the old concept of throw enough crap against the wall and hope some of it sticks. They'd much rather give you 5 - 7 - 10 plays a day than pass on a card. Why? Because they make nothing when they pass - and they don't like that one bit.
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HOW TO PAY FOR PACKAGES:
Q: CAN I PAY FOR A PACKAGE OVER TIME - THAT IS, IN SMALLER PAYMENTS?
A: Regrettably, no. The price of each package is carefully structured to reflect the lowest available price for a one-time payment. So please don't ask us for "terms," because we just won't offer them to anyone. Just find the packages that suit your betting needs - the sports you like, your bankroll and how much you can comfortably pay for service - and choose those to make money with. The longer the package-term, the more your savings will be.
Q: IF I PAY FOR A PACKAGE AND THERE ARE NO PLAYS ON A GIVEN DAY, DOES MY PACKAGE GET EXTENDED IN TIME?
A: No – unless you've bought a 1-day package. We look at each card of each sport every day - and go over it carefully. If we believe a play is worth playing, we give it out. If we don't see anything we like, we'll pass that day. And so should you - because that's how professional gamblers bet. The only exception to this would be if you paid for a 1-day package and we have no action that day in your sport. In that case, we would make sure you got the next available plays.
Q: HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY PACKAGES?
A: Online, you can pay using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express through America's largest and most-trusted online payment-processor: PayPal - you don't even need a PayPal account to do this. As soon as PayPal notifies us, we'll make sure we rush the next-available report for the packages you've bought to you. If you have a PayPal account and want to pay from the balance in that account (and not use a credit-card), just send the amount of your package directly by PayPal to email@example.com and make sure you put a note in with the payment telling us which package you're paying for. Over the phone, we directly accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for instant service. You can also pay by personal or business check and your service will begin when it clears - we'll notify you of that. Payments by bank wire transfer, money order, cashier's check, Western Union, or cash are also acceptable. Just make sure you send any cash by a courier such as UPS or FedEx as you'll need proof of delivery for your protection. All packages including "The Ultimate Lifetime Deal" can be paid for by credit card - directly or through PayPal. The Lifetime Deal must be paid in 2 seperate payments since Paypal has a per-transaction maximum of $10,000. Instructions on how to do so are right on that page.. Any package priced at $1000 or more we will rebate the wire transfer fee (up to $35) to you upon proof of cost submitted to us. Full details about payment methods can be found by clicking the "HOW TO PAY" tab on any page.
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Q: WHAT KIND OF GUARANTEE DO YOU OFFER?
A: Glad you asked. Click on the "BEST GUARANTEE THERE IS" tab on any webpage for full-details of this. But simply put, here it is: you must make money during the entire term of the package you paid for or you get plays for free until you have made money with us.
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A: Here's a thorough run-down on how we treat any information we may have about you:
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
Bob Akmens Sports (basports.com) believes it is important for you to know what types of information we collect when you use our site. We employ various methods for collecting information. To begin with, we use “cookies” that are needed to compile aggregate non-personally identifiable information about the visitors to our web site. Personally identifiable information consists of information that is unique to you, such as credit card numbers, bank accounts, social security numbers, home address, email address and the like. This is the type of information that most people consider private and deem the most important to protect from unauthorized access. Non-personally identifiable information most often consists of things such as your search preferences, the types of products you have bought, how many times you have visited a particular web site, etc. This type of information is usually associated with a particular computer or IP address but not with a particular person. “Cookies” are pieces of information generated by a Web server and stored in the user's computer, ready for future access. Each time you access our web site; our server finds the relevant cookie on your computer. The information contained within that cookie is then used to customize your experience with our site. The following is a list of the information we collect, if you provide it to us: your name, address, phone number, email address, and credit card data.
WHY DO WE COLLECT THIS INFORMATION?
We use this information in order to serve the needs of our customers. We need to know who you are in order to verify the credit card information you have sent us. We collect several pieces of personal information from you in order to complete this verification process. The non- personal information that we collect from you is used in order to offer you better service and to make your experience with our site more enjoyable. Any information that we may inadvertently collect from you, that does not serve one of these reasons stated above, is immediately purged from our system.
HOW IS YOUR INFORMATION PROTECTED?
We use the latest in encryption technology, including 128 bit SSL encryption via a shared-SSL certificate to transmit your credit card data to our online credit card processor, PayPal, to ensure that any sensitive information that is sent by you to us via the Internet is protected from unauthorized interception. We never see your card information if you process your payment through PayPal. We employ the latest in firewall protection to prevent unauthorized access into our information storage areas. We maintain a rigorous hiring process to screen out potential employees with criminal backgrounds. All employees that we do hire have to sign a confidentiality agreement that forbids them from disclosing any information to which the employee has access, to other individuals or entities. We also have back up servers and power supplies to guard against power outages and other natural occurrences that could pose a threat to the integrity of your personal information. Passwords may be required in order for you to gain access to your account. Once an account has been terminated, measures are taken to remove those users from the system who no longer need access to our system. When an employee is terminated or is no longer with the company, we change the access codes that the employee used to access any customer accounts. Account login sessions are terminated after three failed login attempts; all terminated login sessions are logged for follow- up. Passwords must contain at least six characters, one of which is nonalphanumeric. Passwords are case sensitive and must be updated every 90 days. Unused customer accounts, those that have shown no activity for 6 months are purged from our system.
WHO HAS ACCESS TO MY INFORMATION?
Only those employees that are responsible for handling your account have access to your information. Additionally, employees in our technical department may have access to your information in order to conduct routine checks on the integrity of our system and in order to perform necessary maintenance work. In order to process your credit card we have to consult with an outside credit card processing company, specifically PayPal – America’s largest online credit card processor. These processing companies are regulated by the banking industry and must meet certain security requirements in order to be in business. The processing companies will have access to your credit card information, billing address, name, and possibly your telephone number. The processing company will communicate with the issuing bank of your credit card in order to get final approval to charge your credit card for the product or services we are providing for you. Should you choose to receive additional information regarding one of our services or products, we may pass your email address to one of our partners who offers similar products or services that you might be interested in. Additionally, judicial requests by a duly authorized court will require us to divulge certain information regarding your account should that situation arise. Finally, should our company ever be bought or sold, your account information would then become the property of the new owner/entity.
CAN I CORRECT OR REMOVE INFORMATION FROM YOUR SITE?
You always have the option to view your account to make sure the information we have collected from you is indeed correct. You also have the option of removing any information from your account that you wish to keep private. However, please note that removing certain information such as your email address, contact information, and the like may greatly hinder our ability to effectively provide the service or products you have requested. We recommend, that you contact us first to discuss which information you may remove without interrupting the quality of service we intend to provide for you.
CAN I OPT OUT OF HAVING CERTAIN INFORMATION COLLECTED?
You have the option of disabling your computer’s ability to accept or transmit cookies. This will prevent us from gathering certain non-personally identifiable information from you. You also have the option of removing yourself from any email distribution list that you may have signed up for.
We take your privacy - and the protection of it - very seriously. First, Bob Akmens Sports does not intend to sell your email address or your mailing list address or any phone numbers you may provide us. We'll be keeping those for our records and for some special offers we might send you by email or snail mail as people who have opted-in to our lists. But we do not telemarket - so no one will ever call you from Bob Akmens Sports to try to sell you something. Next, we will diligently insure that any credit card or other financial information we may have is securely protected and never released to a third-party without your express permission. And finally, if you have shared any other personal information with us, it will remain with us. What happens at Bob Akmens Sports stays at Bob Akmens Sports (just like in Vegas). We've been in this business for more than 30 years - and we respect every client's privacy a great deal.
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OUR TERMS, CONDITIONS AND OTHER DISCLAIMERS:
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR TERMS?
A: Here are the terms of usage of our site -
I. USAGE OF MATERIAL YOU OBTAIN FROM US
You may use anything you find on our website - or any other information you may obtain from us - for any legal purpose you choose; except you may not resell anything we provide you as all of that material is covered by either United States federal or common-law copyright laws. Naturally, if you choose to use it for some illegal purpose, we're not responsible for that. It's not a good idea to break the law, anyway.
II. WE ASSUME NO LEGAL LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSSES YOU MAY SUSTAIN
We also cannot be held responsible if you lose any money in any venture you decide to pursue. You're a grown-up - and you have free will. No one is compelling you to do anything you yourself don't choose to do. All of this is logical - and makes a great deal of common sense. As to refunds and our policy on those: please see below.
III. HOW WE HANDLE REFUNDS
Here's how we handle refunds: if you buy any package - other than a single-play or a daily one - meaning, a weekly, 4-week, seasonal, or annual package, we give you a very generous 72-hour period of time during which you may cancel your purchase and receive a pro-rata refund, which will be the amount you paid, less any days you have actually used our service. Our standard guarantee (see above) does not apply in this case as it is predicated on your results when you complete the full term of the package you paid for. This pro-rata amount is computed at the listed daily-rate for that given sport. As an example, if you buy a week of college & NBA basketball, where our current rate is $250, and you have used a single day of service, just check our website for the one-day rate for all college & NBA plays, and note that figure is $59. You would subtract the $59 for service you have already used and you would get a $191 refund for unused time. If you used 2 days of service, then the amount you would be charged is for nothing more than the service-time you've actually used, 2 days at $59 each day, or a total of $118 which would entitle you to a refund of $132. This policy applies the same way to any given package you purchase from basports.com. If you purchase some special combo-plan, say for 28 days, which covers more than 1 sport, the amount of service time will be figured the exact same way as just described, but it will be computed for each sport you received. This is necessary because there are no 1-day combo-plans (multi-sport deals) offered. Beyond this 72-hour period, there can be no refunds. This is logical. Gambling is inherently risky and we can assume no liability if you, as an adult, incur any financial losses. Please appreciate the fact that virtually no sports service provides any sort of refund whatsoever, so we feel our stated refund policy is a fair and equitable one. And common decency dictates that we will not tolerate abuse. We don't abuse our clients and we will not accept continual abuse from our clients. If you're not an adult and cannot accept that losses are part of gambling, you should not be gambling and you should not take out whatever frustration you feel on us. There's never a need for that. Life is too short - and you shouldn't risk money on anything if you don't like to lose. If such a situation occurs, your service will be terminated and you will get a refund if, based on the conditions we've just outlined, you're still eligible for one. And we'll part ways and hope you find what you want in life. We hope this clarifies that issue.
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