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A tipster is someone who gives out betting advice often as an expert on one particular sport – but not always limited to just one.
A tipster will make suggestions on what bets to make based on research including specific sports knowledge, a study of previous results to identify patterns, team news, and sometimes inside information.
Many people follow tipsters as they offer insights that casual punters do not have the time (or want to) to find out enabling a punter to make an informed decision on what is the best bet to make on a chosen sport.
A tipster may also be known as a sports analyst, but they do not always offer betting advice or just simply a betting advisor.
Using a tipster in sports betting is a common thing and one of the most popular forms of sports publication ahead of a sporting contest.
When it comes to a football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United, many punters may just assume that Manchester United will be the match winner.
However, a tipster will analyse the match, the two sides and historical data to come up with a more accurate assessment of what the likely outcome of the game may be.
Although tipsters are not always right, they do offer a chance of understanding why a game may pan out in a particular way and are always worth reading what they have to say before placing any bet.
In the past, betting tips were bartered for and traded in bookies and pubs for those looking to get as much information ahead of a sporting contest as possible.
This was often the case in horse racing but nowadays most tipsters operate a website with either a free of paid for subscription.