Andrei Nitu (@AndreiNbets) is a professional Basketball Tipster. He provides picks on some of the main Basketball European leagues. From June 2010 to May 2013 Nitu posted his picks at Betadvisor, where he was named Tipster of the year in 2012. In this period he has achieved a yield of 9.18% in 1,743 picks. Afterwards he created his own site Andrei Nitu Bets. In this new stage he has sent 214 picks and his yield is 8.50% (as of Dec. 9 2013).
How has it been going for you since leaving Betadvisor?
It’s much better because right now I have a direct contact with my clients and I know exactly what their needs are and how to make things work very well for both parts. Moreover, Betadvisor’s reward system for Tipsters is uncompetitive and that made me concentrate less on Betadvisor and more on private investors.
What was your first contact with the sports betting world?
My first contact with betting was when I was 16-17 years old and I was betting at locals bookmakers, on all sports.
Why did you specialize in Basketball?
Beacause I saw that in basketball I had an edge over bookmakers and because there is a lot more math involved than in other sports.
How long have you been working as a tipster? Do you expect to keep on working as a tipster for many more years?
I started as a tipster on the biggest Romanian bettting site, in 2008. 2 years later I was submiting my tips on Betadvisor and in June 2013 I lunched my own service, andreinitubets.com.
What are the best and the worst parts of the tipster profession?
The best thing is that I win money from my passion. I just love what I do and I can’t wait in the mornings to start “working”. I do my own schedule and I’m my own boss. And I can do the work with a laptop from a Caribbean beach :-).
A bad part of this profession is that few people understand what I do and sometimes it’s hard to answer to the usual question: “ What do you do?”. And of course when a losing streak comes it’s not easy.
What is your method for findinding value odds and selecting your picks?
I analyze games; I have a few guys from different countries who give me information and I put all that in my mind to find the value. It’s not a particular method, just hard work, good feeling and big knowledge about what betting means. This makes me one of the best.
Most of the picks you provide are handicap bets of European basketball leagues. Do their odds drop sharply after you publish your picks? Do you think there is still value for your subscribers?
If you don’t drop odds you are not a good tipster. Bookmakers are always fearful of winning accounts and they drop their odds when they see some sharp player placing a bet. My clients have these winning accounts. They are marked by bookmakers like Pinnacle and when they place a bet they drop their odds. Having accounts with as many bookmakers as possible increases the chances of catching the same value as me or even better.
I always post bets from Pinnacle because they are a reference bookie in basketball betting. But many times, there are better lines/odds available elsewhere and clients can find that value if they have accounts with those bookmakers.
I can see from your NBA statistics in Betadvisor that you couldn’t make a profit in 377 picks. what is the reason in your opinion? don’t you think it is a very efficient market?
NBA is hard to follow because we are in a different time zone, and also because their lines are sharper than in Europe. That’s the reason why I decided not to touch NBA anymore.
Do you think it’s important to watch the games on TV?
For me that is not an important point in betting.
What is your staking method? What is your advice for punters?
On my own service I use only flat stakes, 1 unit. I think that is the most professional method of staking in betting. About bankroll management, it’s good not to bet more than 2-3% of your bankroll on a single bet.
Sometimes you have stopped submitting picks after bad runs. Do you suggest to other tipsters to do the same? Why?
In a bad run it’s good to limit the number of picks and sometimes even not to post any for a short period of time, to rest emotionally. It’s always hard to work under pressure, A few days of pause can refresh your mind.
What is your opinion about live betting in basketball? Do you think it’s easier or tougher to win money than with pre-match betting?
I don’t bet live on basketball, I find it hard to find some value in such a short period of time. Live betting can be only good if you see that an important player just got injured or something similar, but those are exceptions.
If your numbers are very good, can you earn a good living as a tipster?
For sure. A good tipster can earn over 3,000 euro per month easily. But is very hard to reach this “ good tipster” status.
What advice would you give to those who want to become professional Tipsters?
First, to verify their picks. An unverified record is nothing. My service is verifed by 4 independent sites, so nobody can doubt the results are not real. After that, to have patience, to work hard, and if in 1-2 years and over 1000 verified picks they have a yield around 10% they can be considered professionals and start making money from this.
Do you think there are many “hidden” but potentially great tipsters, who aren’t betting yet due to fear or ignorance?
No, I don’t think that. A potentional great tipster never fears
Can you tell us how a normal day in your life is?
I start working at 8-9 am in weekends and 9-10 am in weekdays. At around 12:00 I send the pick/picks to subscribers and take a little break. Starting from 3-4pm I look for next day games and make my view about where are the values and what are the lines.
What do you do in your free time? What are your hobbies?
What all people do, nothing special. Going to the gym, meeting with friends, playing snooker ( that is my hobby). I also like travelling, so I make 2-3 travels outside the country every year.
Any sports betting book you have read and want to recommend?
I recommend the book I will write, others are useless :-). I didn’t managed to read any sports betting book even if I tried many times. Didn’t find anything good so far.