Smartgambler and OZmium general feedback

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, 23 July 2006 6:58 AM
Subject: World's Greatest Gambling Scams

Hi Guy.

I used to be a member of your tennis betting forum a couple of years back. While watching TV here in the UK you popped up talking about Andrew Scott.

I just wanted to say I really enjoyed my time with the group. I feel like Tony and yourself taught me a lot about gambling and it is very applicable to my day to day work as a commodities trader. I felt a little sad for Tony that it seemed to end badly for him and he was a little disillusioned. It was a good lesson in being a victim of your own success. Do you know how Tony is doing now?

I still plan to return to the world of sports betting in the future and believe now liquidity is increasing with Betfair it will be potentially easier in the future. What do you think are best opportunities at the moment?

Best regards, Nick

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, 12 May 2006 3:04 PM

Hello Guy.

Yes, I am gullible also.

I was pressured into buying a share in the ElGordo (VIA ELG). I refused to give them my CC details as I told them I haven't had a valid CC for some time (although they did have my old CC details from 3 years ago, it was no longer valid) I also looked at the site called NET SCAM and lo and behold I find one Gabriel d'Angelo, a scam artist, and another named Edmond de Valles.

God I don't how much money I have thrown away over the years to mediums and clairvoyants. In future I will be returning them right back to the post office. Thank you for having this great web site for the gullible ones like me. *Smiles*

Trish J

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Monday, 31 January 2005 12:57 PM
Subject: RE: Raceplays Joining Form

Dear Guy,

From my perspective, the world is full of people on the take and I'm sure that your industry has its fair share. I have certainly chosen your services because of the perception that there is some integrity behind Ozmium.

I appreciate your intervention on this occasion and prefer to waste a little time than a lot of money indeed. Although I have the interest, I don't have the time to learn enough to be a "Smart Gambler" at this stage. That's why I appreciate services such as your AFL or NBA selections.

If I understood it correctly, it appeared that Raceplays were offering a 'managed fund' for laying horses. Once again, I enjoy having some involvement in the process, particularly with AFL, but I am very keen to take part in the type of service that Raceplays offered. If your company were to establish a similar program, I would be keen to get on board.

Thanks again, Alister.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, 15 January 2005 12:48 PM
Subject: Share Market

Dear Sir/ madam,

I have just recently taken an interest in learning more about trading on the Australian stock market. Through my brokerage firm Bridges I have been indirectly involved for 10 years. However, it all looked like it was done with mirrors so I left it alone to be managed by the experts.

I have been reading everything I can get my hands on re the stock market and this is how I stumbled across you web site. I have just finished reading through your comments on getting actively involved in trading and enjoyed your presentation immensely.

There are not many sites out there that will give you both sides of the story. I thank you for that and will take it like the warning on the side of a cigarette packet, addictive and it could kill you!

Well done, I will be happy to recommend this site to anyone.

Best regards, Ron.

PS, I am currently doing one of the ASX courses on line. If you have any further recommendations they would be gratefully received, as I really feel like a babe in the woods.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, 7 July 2004 1:30 PM

Guy, Hi.

Cheers. Nice to hear from you. Just last nite, I have a long look thru' your netsite for the first time is ages, and it has lots more info on it these days. It was great stuff!!!

Have not been betting with Tony's info this year. A buddy of mine has been viewing the emails on my behalf, but he doesn't bet at all; he is a man of faith and under the thumb from the wife; he just likes tweaking with maths and statistics! He is away with the family this week, so just by pot luck I have been looking at Nick's emails, and strangely enough, I am led to believe this is Nick's first week. All rather falls into place. I like Nick's style very much.

I have a few matters to discuss with you about a few of your services, especially rugby union and soccer. All completely positive though. Itching to get a few things off my desk here, so I can correspond and talk some theory directly with Ray in California.

Like I said before, a great nite's reading overnite, your netsite. Betting wise, I have been doing (locally) AFL, and having as good a year as I have had this decade. As usual, my hands are tied with baseball and hockey. The latter may in fact be on strike this year, come October. About a 80% chance of a lockout. Pity, as the best ice hockey season this decade was had, if not the last decade also. There was a strike in the mid-90's and the season was halved; that was my best season ever, so what will be will be.

My baseball is going as well as ever. Your handicappers are as good as anybody. Mike Rabe is one smart guy! I am keen, actually, to do some investing with NIck's info, I think. As I said, I like what I see. Wonder if he actually prices all of the games, like Tony did??? That is where I really like to get amongst the numbers, when time permits. To keep things in order, what would be the cost for the balance of 2004 ATP, both local and abroad fee? Seeing I'd like to chance my arm with Nick. Let me know asap and I will make payment accordingly, so as to receive today's info.

Nice to correspond with you. Like I said, I was about a day away from reopening the lines of communication with you and Ray, anyway. Things do work in mysterious ways, do they not? I await your reply. Take care.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, 11 June 2004 12:59 PM
Subject: Your web site

Just thought you might like to know that I found you web site of great help and very entertaining.

Thank you, Dawn.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, 22 April 2004 6:21 PM
Subject: europen lottery guild


We too have received similar scam letter in uk... we were asked to pay 5 to enter the lottery which we did not... we checked on the internet first and found out that it's a scam... thank you for your informative website!

Sincerely, W. Din.

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Sent: Friday, 12 March 2004 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: ice hockey

He thinks I was right not to use them, though he admitted they may be okay cappers. He thinks their business practices and after sales service are suspect.

Well if you have doubts best to stay away.

I'd also like to offer NHL, but the first priority is to find good handicappers with a high level of integrity as well as a good record of profitability...not as easy as you might think!

Trust me I know it's not easy. If it was, all punters would be rich from following handicappers!! In a way there being so many scams and duds out there is good for us (and by 'us' I mean bettors who do their research and don't just dive right in).

Like I said, I'll keep an eye out and if I see anyone that might be suitable I'll pass it on to you. I really appreciate OZmium's efforts. There wouldn't be many companies that are as genuine in providing an advantage for their members. Very good business sense.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, 3 March 2004 5:11 PM
Subject: European Lottery Guild To Whom It May Concern:

This is Ms. Saiym Frances Lim from the Philippines, I just want to inform you that I felt so relieved when I got to your website. Why? Because I just received a registered mail today from Mr. Paul Christiansen of European Lottery Guild indicating the Lottery Notification with my complete home address as well as the audited entry report and the bonus prize draw validation certificate that I will submit my International Fee of US $15 as my entry for British Lotto 6/49 Syndicate.

Is it possible to win a lottery without even indicating what numbers I will choose? Thank God that I logged into your website or else I would be wasting my US$15.

Thank you again. Ms. Saiym Frances M. Lim

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, 27 January 2004 5:24 AM
Subject: Weltlotto Scam

I too, received an email claiming that I won 1.5 million dollars from Weltlotto. My husband immediately checked your Smartgambler website (before sending any information to the scam artists) and found reference to the scam on your site.

Thank you so much for including such information for everyone. Is there any reporting agency that I can forward the email to?

Thank you, Angela Povolish-Boudet.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, 20 December 2003 12:52 AM
Subject: scams

My name is Mark. I live in the UK and I have just received an unsolicited letter from the European Lottery Guild. They are asking for 10 to enter into the three government licensed European lotteries (French, Spanish, German).

Being suspicious I looked for them on the net, but luckily found your site first, and the e-mail sent in by David on August 9th 2002.

Thanks for the warning, hope others are as lucky as me and don't give out card details before checking authenticity.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, 31 October 2003 11:50 AM
Subject: RE: information

Dear Guy,

I'm sorry for the belated response to your response - I have been quite busy but meant to get on to you sooner. Mostly, I am writing to thank you for your allowing us at Gambler's Help to refer to your website as a resource to our clients.

I agree that your website does align itself with our service philosophy, which is one of harm minimisation. (In other words, we don't say that gambling is 'bad' per se, but rather we are concerned with when it is out of control, and certainly promote people using caution, which is where the facts on your site fit in).

Therefore it is likely that we will recommend a perusal of your site to some of our clients and will certainly acknowledge you in any written material we use. Given that I have written to you from only one of the regional Gambler's Help services, I will pass on your offer to have information about our service on your site to the statewide body of Gambler's Help who may contact you to organise something (nb. they have a website for Gambler's Help for the entire state of Victoria).

In the interim, at Gambler's Help Eastern, we produce a quarterly newsletter, and I have undertaken to write a short blurb about your site in the newsletter. If you would like to have a hard copy when the newsletter comes out, please let me know where you would like me to send it to. I will continue to remain in touch should we produce anything from your site, just for your information and will obviously source it to the site each time.

Thank you once again, Naomi Goldenberg.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, 24 October 2003 3:40 PM
Subject: European Lottery Guild

This is from the Philippines. You guys are just great for making available and publishing all the incidences regarding SCAMS. Just today, October 24, 2003, we received an unsolicited letter from EUROPEAN LOTTERY GUILD, asking us to return their form with an International entry fee of US $15.

My husband and I are retired employees....with no earnings except from our small business for our daily substinence and this letter from an unknown resources really interest us. We started thinking of how we could raise the money.

Thank God I thought of the internet surfing. And thanks to Smartgambler, likewise to David's experience which I read. Thank God and to all of you guys out there.

Mr. and Mrs. Lopez.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, 8 October 2003 8:52 AM
Subject: information

My name is Naomi Goldenberg, and I work as a counsellor for Gambler's Help Eastern. In addition to counselling, we run information and education sessions and put out regular newsletters.

I have just stumbled across your site and have found the information to be easy to comprehend and incredibly informative and useful. At Gambler's Help we would love the opportunity to reproduce some of this information for the purposes of educating our clients about their gambling activity.

We would only do this with your permission and would obviously refer to your site on any material we reproduced so that our clients might refer to it in greater depth in their own time. Please let me know if this suits you.

With thanks,

Naomi Goldenberg.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, 10 June 2003 2:21 AM
Subject: Thanx

Thanks a lot for your e-mail.

No, I didn't play on this Lottery.They said it was a Bill Gates Promotions Lottery for Microsoft Products, which happens every year in a different country and they pick out the winners by e-mail addresses.

As long as I think about it, that's stupid to believe. They probably count on, "Money makes blind."

I really do agree with you to call the police if they keep on going. Good that I didn't give them my credit card number or bank number.

So I'm really glad I saw your site and got another meaning. Great thanx to you and all the honest people. Greetings from Germany.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Monday, 19 May 2003 7:05 PM
Subject: Thank you!

Dear Guy,

I have just come across your website (first class advice) and just read the advice you give and do I feel a mug, yes, not half. It's brought me down to earth.

I have been trying to make a living gambling for six months now and have come across all the scams you mention. I know it's all common sense really but it's surprising how one's logic flies out of the window when there's the thought of making easy money. By the way I'm in the UK.

Great site, please keep up the good work. It angers me that there are so many unscrupulous people out there, ready to rip off the public.

If I come across any scams you have not mentioned I will contact you.

Thanks again, Mike.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, 16 May 2003 5:57 PM
Subject: betting exchanges

Hi. I just discovered your web site. Excellent job.

I have been betting with Betfair for a while and signed up with 2flys. I hope 2flys' interface will be updated as I find it a bit awkward and slow.

I hope the bettingexchanges are here to stay, finally a fair bet where the odds are not changing after you put your bet on like on the TAB, or the poor odds the bookies are offering.

I would not mind if a percentage of the turnover goes to racing and not into consolidated revenue like the tax we pay for our bets with the TAB.

Regards and thanks for the info on your site.

Andre Loke.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, 15 May 2003 5:36 PM
Subject: RE: European lottery guild

Thanks Guy.

I'm taking further action with this and I can't thank you enough, you've probably saved me thousands of dollars as they really suckered me in.

Regards, Steve.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 10:07 PM
Subject: betting exchanges

Top article re the exchanges , racing is a tiny part of the gambling dollar, thanks to generations of the Sport of Kings hiding their product for royalty only.

Hope the exchanges can continue to erode the absurd % the likes of the TAB and bookmakers expect punters to accept.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, 10 April 2003 4:10 PM
To: guywest_at_ozmium_dot_com_dot_au
Subject: FW: Hello mohan!

Dear Guy,

Many thanks for your website. I just received this mail and cross checked with your site. You guys are doing a great job. Keep it up. Is there anyway this could be stopped?

Thanks. You have saved me precious time and money of course.

Regards, Mohan.

-----Original Message-----
From: Weltlotto-Firma-Administrator []
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 5:43 AM
Subject: Hello mohan !

Dear mohan ,

41132, NL-1007 DB AMSTERDAM,

REF: WLF/67-C337209635


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today,(10 April), 2003, of winners of the WELTLOTTO-FIRMA WORLDLOTTO/INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES PROGRAMS held on 4TH APRIL, 2003.

Your company, attached to ticket number 013-2316-2002-477, with serial
number A025-09 drew the lucky numbers 37-13-34-85-56-42, and consequently won in category C.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,500,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO. REF:WLF/67-C337209635.

This is from a total prize money of US$22,500,000.00 shared among the
fifteen international winners in the category C.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
30,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Asia, Europe and North America as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.


Your fund is now deposited with a Finance and Security House insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your funds remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.

We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year
high-stakes US$1.3 billion International lotto.

To collect your claim, please contact your claims officer immediately:




FAX : +31-205-248-285,

TEL : +31-627-262-147, 613-839-767.


For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice.

Remember, you must contact your claims officer and complete your claim not later than 16th April,2003. After this date, all funds will be returned as
Unclaimed for the next sweepstakes.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences with your claims officer. Furthermore,should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.


Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
promotions program.




(This scam is documented in our scams section)

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, 13 February 2003 8:13 AM
To: Guy West
Subject: Discount payment receipt


Attatched are two documents relating to this special discounted Super 12 Rugby payment.

It is a pleasure to support such a good service.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, 26 January 2003 4:28 PM
To: guywest_at_ozmium_dot_com_dot_au
Subject: arbitrage betting

Hello Guy.

Thanks for an info packed site.

Would you mind giving me an answer about arbitrage betting? I know how it works and I'm just about to buy a spreadsheet program that analyzes odds from odds comparison sites to find the arbs.

But can you make money at this or are most of the arbs 5% or less and are profits eaten up by charges if you have to trade all over the world?

Thanks, Pete.


Hi Pete.

Thanks for your letter.

There are people who have successfully automated arbitrage robots that hunt down arbitrages on sites like Betfair and then place the appropriate bets for you. They have reputedly won hundreds of thousands of pounds, but I heard they're being clamped down on a bit now. Where there's a will there's a way, though.

Professional sports arbitrage betting is certainly tricky because the arbitrages are usually very small, 5% or less, as you said and don't last long.

Also most sites have pretty low maximum payouts, so to make a couple of percent arb worth the effort, the bets often have to be too large to be acceptable on the sites where the arb can be obtained.

Currency conversion or credit card costs can sometimes render the arb worthless, though don't forget that most sites offer bonus incentives like free extra cash on new accounts (and occasional free cash after that to bet with), so this can offset the transaction costs.

I have found other problems to be more serious, such as sites claiming retrospectively that their odds were a 'clerical error' and voiding the bet. Unfortunately it's usually in their fine print that they do not have to honour such mistakes, which is in my opinion a disgrace.

Overall my experience is that arbitrage betting on the internet is a dangerous and not very profitable game, but I did not really go about it very professionally or seriously. If you used technology in an intelligent way I would not rule it out as being potentially lucrative.

Hope this helps.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, 17 January 2003 1:39 PM
To: guywest_at_ozmium_dot_com_dot_au
Subject: training

Hi Guy.

My name is Bob Hinds, living in Townsville, Nth Qld. This is the year I will be making a move into the stock market, but I know nothing and would need some sort of training.

So my question to you is, do you have a training program for beginners? I was very impressed with what I found on your website.

Regards, Bob Hinds.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, 31 October 2002 7:57 PM
To: Guy West
Subject: Re: Tony M's Tennis Package

Hi Guy,

Thank you. Have been enjoying your website for the past year. Keep up the great work.

Very refreshing to be involved with a group of like minded individuals, all working to a common cause... beating the bookies.

I'm sure as the 'word' gets around you'll have a lot more people hitting the site.

Thanks again.


(We're pleased to say that the word is getting around. Our horse racing site Pro-Punter alone got over 200,000 hits in October)

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 2:00 PM
Subject: Saturday and Monday

Hi Neil,

What a great holiday weekend it was. Planchet on Saturday and on Monday I had Ares in the last in Sydney. Not sure what the official top fluctuation was but I got $11 pre-post with IAS (rated at $9 by you) which was a lot better than the NSW TAB ($6.40).

Thanks for your great service.



-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, 8 October 2002 2:13 PM
Subject: Re: Saturday and Monday


Thanks for your kind words. You did well with Ares.

Is it okay if I use this e-mail as a testimonial?

Cheers, Neil.


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 2:21 PM
Subject: RE: Saturday and Monday

Yes thats fine, I am a great fan of the website. I subscribed to the AFL package and have recently subscribed to the tennis package. All I can say is that I'm glad I stumbled across the website.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Monday, 19 August 2002 11:55 AM
Subject: Site Queries


I've spent a lot of time perusing your site, which is exceptional at conveying important wisdom to laymen. What are your specific areas of specialty? I have a few ideas brewing. Who does your racing stuff?

From my dim recollection of BlackJack I strongly suspect there are some errors.

"If the dealer gets a Blackjack after you've doubled, casinos with OBBO (original and busted bets only) will not take the doubled-down wagers you've placed, essentially saying 'sorry, we got a Blackjack, we'll only punish you a little'. This is good for the player."

Surely OBBO also applies to splits? And as I recall Burswood in Perth had some severe rules, probably by NOT having OBBO or OBO. Despite what your links claim. (Surely they can't have changed they rules?). So it's worse than Sydney or QLD and should not be lumped with them.

Please don't waste your time on this, as these are merely alarm bells from my ailing memory.


(We did get our blackjack experts to sort this out.)

-----Original Message-----
From: Janko Vanic []
Sent: Tuesday, 14 May 2002 9:45 PM
To: guywest_at_ozmium_dot_com_dot_au
Subject: Lotto chances

Excellent article on gambling! You should mention formula: n!/(x!*(n-x)!) or nCr function on a calculator!

Best regards, Janko Vanic. (Slovenia.)

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, 13 July 2001 3:18 PM
Subject: WWW Form Submission

Comments: Excellent site, I especially love the fact that you use mathematically proven arguments and that you also give links to problem gambling sites. I'm currently doing a PHD in sports statistics at Swinburne University, and I was wondering if you could link to my web site:

Thanks, Jonno.

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