Name: Chris Hammer
Specialist sports: Darts, athletics, reality TV, football
Notable success: A long, distinguished record of backing novelty television winners from shows such as I'm A Celebrity, Celebrity Big Brother, X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. One of his finest tips came as recently as the 2016 series of X Factor when he backed second-placed Saara Aalto each-way at 100/1. She traded at odds-on ahead of the final giving backers plenty of opportunity to secure big profits. A year earlier he picked out 'no hopers' Reggie 'n'n Rollie at 12/1 to be the top group while his other winners include Chris Hollins (Strictly), Joe McElderry, James Arthur, Alexandra Burke (all X Factor) and Alex Reid (Celebrity Big Brother).
Profile: Chris has been with sportinglife.com since September 2005 and has contributed many previews and tips - predominently football, but also for county and darts, Test cricket, athletics and the novelty betting scene.