Priced at just $9.95 to $19.95 this series of books is a must for all punters from novices onwards. Knowles has the answers to many of the questions I get asked each day.
Let's look at the first book, Bet Smarter and Win.
In this booklet, priced at $19.95, Knowles explores the question "Should we always bet level stakes or is it O.K. to use a staking plan?"
Not content to simply answer the question, Knowles is able to prove, with a simple example, which is the best way to go.
In the second part of this interesting book, Knowles explores target betting and his Power of Ten Staking plan. For the average punter investing up to $20-$30 per bet, this section makes interesting reading. Punters betting with serious money probably wont find this plan as useful. It all comes back to volume and size of bets.
As Knowles points out, his Power of Ten staking plans is designed to help you control your betting and make some money too. If you can avoid the "greed" element, you can do quite well.
The Power of Ten Staking Plan is the next logical progression from the much older "Six Point Plan" which has been around since Adam played fullback for Jerusalem.
The other $19.95 book is Malcolm Knowles Quinella book. Those who have read his Best Ever Trifecta book from some years ago would have a rough idea about how detailed the main statistics are. Knowles covers the years 1987-1995 and 27,000 races. You won't get better than that.
You will get all the stats you need about Quinella's. Should you bet on wet or dry tracks? Does it make a difference? What is the best size field to bet in? What about distances, does that make a difference?
Knowles also explores odds ranges. It brings up some surprising results. If you are serious about betting Quinella's you need this book. As a bonus, Knowles includes a Quinella dividend ready reckoner at the back of the book.
There are three (so far) books at $9.95. The first of these is the prizemoney book.
This booklet explains all the statistics relating to prizemoney. Knowles first explores the angle of total prizemoney earned as against average prizemoney earned. He then explores, in depth, the relationship of prizemoney and last start finish position and such things as whether prizemoney has an influence on the betting market and if so, what is that effect?
Knowles also explores strike rates and prizemoney, prizemoney per starter to determine which races are best to bet on and so on. All in all, this little booklet is a goldmine of information and even includes some great system ideas.
The good thing is that everything referred to in the booklet is available in most good form guides. Knowles also shows you a system that works with his Power Of Ten staking plan to produce a nice steady profit.
I often get asked about "percentages" and "how to work out Trifecta dividends" and lots of other information that is essentially "The Mathematics of Punting". Knowles book "Mathematically Speaking" provides all this. Most punters would benefit particularly from the conversion of prices to percentages table that opens the book. In fact, I feel that it is essential for any regular punter to know these things, if they wish to win.
For the more experienced punters there are formulas for everything from Quinella's to the Superfecta. Some people like nothing better than to delve into the theory of punting. Well here you have everything wrapped up and for those who are less experienced, well, conquer the first few pages and read the rest when you've learnt how to win. Then you can have a go at the exotics.
The latest book in the series is called Dutch Betting with the subtitle "How to bet more than one runner in a race" (and win " I think it should say) .
Tens of thousands of punters have now read my articles on "How to win $100 per day at the TAB". It has been published in Turf Monthly, Enjoy Racing and Practical Punting, Australian Business Opportunities magazine and on the Internet as well as Secrets and other publications.
Basically I advocated leaving out short priced favourites which were generally overbet and instead, backing the next two or three runners which in all likelihood would not be overbet. The trick is to be able to bet on these horses in such a way that you will make a profit as long as one of your selections wins, but not only that, you want to win the same amount.
Knowles has provided everything you need to know, including a chart on how much to bet to win a set amount base on the prices of your selections. To do the same thing yourself you need to make a rapid series of calculations on paper or a calculator or purchase a staking computer such as Roy Rado's Staker, which sells for $995. (There's nothing wrong with the Staker, in fact if you can afford one you should have one, it really is a great tool for the punter).
The point is, if you can't afford a Staker, the Knowles book is the next best thing. The other good thing is that this is one book that will never ever go out of date.
I Dutch book several races per day to win amounts of up to $5,000 per race, although generally I am content in the smaller country races to aim for just $100 per race. Dutch betting does seem to me to be the best method of winning consistently. If you wish to seriously look at it I suggest your read Knowles book first.