If you start with a fiver and keep re-investing your winnings, slowly increasing your stake you can soon build up a healthy pot. If you can get just six successive winners (at 10/11) and have the nerve to re-invest everything each time your £5 will become £241.84. If you can keep your nerve and keep re-investing everything up to 12 times then your fiver would become £11680 or thereabouts. Mind you on the last three bets you are placing a four figure sum .
I used to start with £20 in my kitty and bet 25% of the kitty (a fiver at the start of the season). Then each week win or lose I would take a quarter of the kitty and invest it. Even doing it that way the kitty grows a lot by the end of the season and the most you can lose is your original £20. By just putting on 25% you are mitigating against getting a run of losers. I use to reckon I had a "hit" rate of 7 or 8 winners from every ten selections. I still do in fact but no longer can I bet. However last weekend I picked out three "naps" and they all came in. The current handicappers don't seem to have found their feet yet.
As I said in my earlier post though choose your bets carefully and don't bet just for the sake of it. Make sure (or pretty sure) the handicapper has (in your opinion) screwed up. Trust me he does this at least once a weekend (sometimes he does it a lot).
A professional gambler also once told me never to bet when it is raining as this screws up the form. Experience has taught me he was correct .
I might have to take this piece of advice! I've already learnt the one about not betting on your own side.
I'm tempted to use my winnings for more regular handicap betting, as long as you pick and choose I think it's an area where the fan can know probably as much as the bookie does. Take the Saints -8 from last week, that was purely based on the historical Saints rather than their form of the first 2 games.