In this Fantastic Eights review, I’ll be examining this long-running tipping service. This service boasts that it will give you the ‘day’s best win bets’ and I’ll be finding just how true this is, and if it will make you any money?
What is Fantastic Eights?
Fantastic Eights has been running on the Betfan platform for nearly five years. In that time since March 2015, it’s had all of the ups and downs you’d associate with a tipping service. The tipster concentrates on races with 8 or fewer runners and tips only horses at odds that will ‘beat SP’.
Beyond that, the tipster doesn’t tell you much about how or why he picks his horses. Whatever he’s doing, it seems to be working as he’s been going for a while. The question for me as I took a close look is to find out if it’s still working as well as it did.
How does Fantastic Eights Work?
These tips will get to your inbox later than most other services. The tipster likes to leave it until he’s got a good idea about the going and any non-runners. When you add in as well that these are designed to ‘beat SP’ you’ll soon realise you’ll need to get your bets on quickly after they arrive.
The good news is that there will only usually be one tip each day, which is a simple win single staking 5 points. Occasionally you’ll get 2 tips and very rarely 3. Even rarer are each-way tips but they do occur. The odds can be anything as long as it shows the value the tipster is looking for.
How long does Fantastic Eights take to set up?
Before you do any of that, you’ll to get signed up and pay your money. It’s a quick and painless process (and much less if you’re already a Betfan member) and you’ll get the usual welcome email containing details of your starting bank and staking plan.
Before you can sit back and wait for your tips to arrive there are a couple more boxes to tick. While you should be able to do all of this with your usual bookmakers, there might be a bit of searching for odds. So, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got more than one bookie’s account and a working knowledge of oddschecker. (probably best to get it all set up on your phone too if you haven’t already).
How long does it take to use Fantastic Eights?
If you have got it all set up on your phone, this should be reasonably painless. If you can jump on the tip as soon as it arrives you’ll get the odds that are advised and it’s all good. If you don’t get a chance to get these on quickly, you could be searching around for odds. Given the relative benefits of a winner at 10/1 as opposed to 5/1, it’s worth spending the time.
So if all goes to plan, you’ll be done in about a minute, if you need to go searching probably closer to 5 or 10 minutes. There’s no time to be saved by going to the exchanges, at least from what I saw while looking at this service. You just won’t get the odds and you’ll lose any BOG benefits you might get from a bookmaker.
How much can you make with Fantastic Eights?
As you would expect from a service that is still going after 5 years, the overall profits are pretty good. 3872pts over 49 months gives you 79pts/month, or £790 at £10 pt. Also, as you would expect from any tipping service that’s been going 5 years, it’s had plenty of ups and downs in fortune.
In those last 24 months, those ups and downs have been much more pronounced. 2019 ended with a 30pt profit overall, but that’s mainly due to 281pt profit in June. You can probably guess the rest of the year wasn’t much to write home about.
2018 was even worse. I know you don’t become a bad tipster overnight but what about over a couple of years?
How much does Fantastic Eights cost?
I should also mention that’s before you take some pretty hefty fees into consideration. It’s £15 for a week, £45 for 28 days, £126 for three months or £214 for six months. This means in 2019, you would have been at least £120 poorer for following this tipster.
In all honesty, though, you would probably have left after the 133pt loss in the first month or the 133pt loss in July. If you had weathered both of those the 175pt total loss over three months in the autumn would have seen off most banks under 300pts.
Fantastic Eights Review Advantages
This is a real shame as this looks like a well put together service with a great pedigree. The bets are simple and straightforward so you won’t need to learn anything new. On paper, this would be a good service to follow if you were new to tipping, especially as this tipster has been running this service for the last 5 years.
Fantastic Eights Review Disadvantages
Trouble is, it hasn’t really made any money for the last two years, especially once you take the quite expensive fees into account. Any money you would have won would have been very dependant on getting the odds that are advised. (165 pts of the 281pt profit in June was due to a single 33/1 winner and if you’d only got 20/1 on that 2019 would have been even worse)
Fantastic Eights Review Conclusion and Overall Rating
For now, I’m going to recommend you avoid this. The profits in the last two years have just been poor or non-existent. However, this service did have a spectacular time of it for the first three years so I would advise keeping an eye on it.
And, if it looks like there is a return to form then you should invest a bit of time and money in this service.