The Crowne Club

About sports services that sell syndicate plays

A brief article, really a sort of review or commentary has been published about the Crowne Club and me. The words, for the most part, were positive, so I’m not sure why, but I can’t shake the feeling I’ve been skewered. The editor/publisher who I think has a great magazine and for whose honesty and integrity I have more respect than can be imagined, called me ” the last (or only?) of a dying breed,” I think he meant a dying breed of honest sports service entrepreneurs, for which compliment I thank him, but I’m no longer ” dying “, my agony has ended as his review has probably finished me off. Oh well, if you’re going to get killed, better it happen painlessly with a very sharp knife across the carotid artery in what appears to be a bed of flowers, than by a million cuts from some evil doer.

Later on his writing the editor mentions the Computer Group, and that someone has his literature on the subject. I fear that someone may be me. Perhaps the editor has exacted some terrible revenge for failure to return his lawnmower, except that I can’t find any venom or inaccuracies in his criticisms or praises. Which is not to say that I don’t have any answers.

Before I begin, I’d like to thank the editor for promulgating my compline number, and reviewing it as ” a no holds barred sports wagering radio show masquerading as a comp phone.” Since advertising, particularly free advertising, never hurts, I’ll repeat the number here, (714) 228-6200. I also loved ( and must agree with of course ) the part about my giving great handicapping lessons, sports industry news, and sports wagering advice. Unfortunately I also think that his citicism about the Crowne Club being expensive and not for everyone is accurate, at least as the editor may view it, although he may realize, as soon as I tell him, the truth of an answer that I cannot state publicly, but which, had he called me before writing his commentary, may have caused him to eliminate the statements about price. The commentary has been written, I was not asked first, and since I cannot state publicly the full answer to it, it will have to stand as is.

I do not, by the way, fault the editor for not contacting me first. The editor says that my comp phone served, in part , as the inspiration for this terrific magazine. I’m flattered, and I must observe the I never call any of my ” victims ” first either. If I can give it, I should be able to take it. I hate people masquerading as one-way streets.

I will say, however, that the Crowne Club’s entire premise from the beginning has been that it is not for everyone. No other sports service has refused clients, nor do I know of any who have asked paying clients to leave except me. I have no interest in being a sports service to the masses. My interest is in having an information network ( not in the ususal sports service sense ) for my own wagering activities, and to some extent that network exists and is supported by those who pay and provide little except their dollars. In essence, some people work, and some provide money. Those who can afford to do so are paying for the many who are carried. That, and no other, is my main purpose in offering selections publicly. Were I to go for huge volume, I would wind up, like so many other large service operators, no longer providing my handicapping expertise, but rather spending all my time running my sports service business. Someone else would be hired to do all the selecting, play rating and information digesting. You don’t have to look to far to see the mediocre results of that with other large services. Guys who made their reputations when they did the handicapping, now have services which lose consistently because someone willing to work cheap has been trained to do the handicapping duties.

Under the above circumstances I would stop betting because I would no longer have the time to handicap. My motto would change to “It’s not how many you win, it’s how many you sell “. I choose instead to keep the clientel smaller. When people ask to sign on, I recommend against it if the overhead is more than reasonable for their bankroll. That is not to say that I have shut my eyes completely to the smaller player who cannot afford the regular dues. The free compline always gives one of our actual selections, and it has never hit less than 58% in any sport. I also provide an inexpensive way to get one strong play everyday for only $2.00 each day. Anyone for whom $2 is too much overhead probably should not be betting. I can provide that service because it takes little work or time to handle. It’s also a case, once again, of the wealthier people who can afford the higher full membership dues subsidizing the smaller guy..

The thought that I have become a ” smart money selling sports service owner “, although probably not meant as a negative, nevertheless disturbs me. That was never what this was meant to be. When I first started to purchase and give out plays form one of the many professional betting combines, it was meant as a way to provide good plays that the public wanted, but which were originally contemplated to be secondary to the information and handicapping and wagering advice that could be obtained at the club. Sadly perhaps, that may well have changed. My motto however remains, ” We’re not just picks “. So yes, we are expensive, although I don’t think we’re “exorbitant “. Compared to many sports of much lesser quality charging from $450 to $750 per month and from $25 to$300 per play, we’re downright cheap even at our most expensive. I also believe that we provide much much more for the money than just a 20 second message each day with picks. I work seven days a week, unlike the big services who put out all the selections for the weekend on

Friday night or Saturday morning, without even an accurate weather report, and then leave you to bet your money under circumstances in which they would never risk theirs. | January 13th, 1999

– – – – – – – – – – – –About the writer
Rob Crowne is a professional level sports bettor and owner of the Crowne Club. His free pick line was the impetus for the creation of our site.

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