Hi Ben welcome to the forum. The general idea is you only play where there's a bonus available and you cover yourself so that you make a profit no matter what the outcome of the thing you're betting on. There are various posts around for beginners, so if you have a good look through these it should get you going:
The Gambling Times - Threads Tagged with beginner
The Gambling Times - Threads Tagged with guide
Also on the TGT main site, check out:
The Gambling Times | Matched Betting - Profiting from "Freebets"
The Gambling Times | Matched Betting - Profiting from Freebets Example
The Gambling Times | Betfair Guide (you want a betfair account early on)
The Gambling Times | Matched Betting Explanation
The Gambling Times | E-Wallets - Moneybookers (again you want a Moneybookers account fairly early on really to make turnover quicker)
There are also various casino related articles as well which might be of interest, check the main articles site for more info.
If you use the links on the main TGT site you can get a fiver back for a lot of places you sign up (look for the 'TGT fivers' button next to the bookie to make your claim). The list of reviews on the main TGT site is here:
The Gambling Times | Bookmakers, Reviewed By The Gambling Times | Claim Cashback
they're ordered from best to worst and there are currently 146 books listed so should keep you busy a while!
Thanks I will have a good look through and see if I can find the time to make this a worth while side project. It sounds promising, although naturally, I can be a bit pessimistic. It's hard to believe something like this can be profitable. And to believe they say the bookie always wins....
Originally Posted by munk
EDIT: Also whilst I think of it, are you or anyone else reading this, aware of any sites that have pub style fruit machines? Like the JPM kind of machines.
I'm not 100% sure but I don't think those pub style fruit machines are particularly good 'value' to play - at least in their online incarnation anyway. If you're interested you could ask on the day to day chat forum see if anyone knows, but I'm fairly sure the house advantage is generally higher on average than video slots (I think they're classed differently from video slots, forget the term now but the payout structure is different).
Regards bookies always winning... ironically one of the biggest risk to your money is actually having a bookmaker go bust and you losing your balance. It doesn't happen too frequently, but it does happen enough to make you realize that there's no truth at all in the saying 'the bookmaker always wins'.
Other than that the other main risk is probably making mistakes, backing the same side of a result at two places and not realizing until it's too late or similar, or backing one horse and laying another etc etc. But on the whole it is profitable if you understand what's happening and take your time placing bets. The articles I linked to above regards 'profiting from free bets' are probably the best place to start reading.
Takes me back indeed - Mr 'Superjob' of Busy Bee! Shame he's retired now.
Originally Posted by musicbox
And the long hike on the 157 into Manchester - jeez that was an elongated bus route.
I lived off Ravenoak Rd - parents are still there in fact!
Just joined up and thought I'd say Hi.
I'm a relative newbie to gambling and just trying out matched betting so I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions.
Played plenty of poker online and done a bit of bonus whoring in the past but it took up way too much of my time. As well as the MB'ing I may well get on to some of the casino sites as I do like a bit of black jack.
Anyhow play on players....
Hey 66kicks good to have you onboard.
Originally Posted by 66kicks
Please do ask any questions you have and I am sure you will get lots of different advice and ideas of what to do. None is right or wrong but everyone would give the best opinion they have and you can pick the one idea/strategy/whatever you like the look of. Goodluck!
Have a plan and stick to it
Hello, I'm Jon from Reading.
Only been MBing for a couple of months with a goal of paying for a holiday this summer. Done some of the more simple offers around, and looking to move into some more advanced offers... so I'm off to read some more of your fantastic guides to get myself up to speed!
Welcome to the site Jon, hope you find the guides helpful Feel free to ask if you need help with anything.
Originally Posted by betterbetting
Well, hello there TGT'ers! I've been 'lurking' for a couple of weeks and attempting to read and digest as much as possible (but my god there's a *lot* here!). So, I thought I'd take a break to actually post and say hello.
I've been that impressed with the info on here and the general helpfulness/camaraderie that I went and signed-up as a premium member.
I expect I'll have plenty of questions, but I'll attempt to post these in the relevant forum.
For now, my main interest is in Sportsbooks, MB'ing and Dutching (but despite my use of these terms, I'm a novice as far as these go, so I'm reading lots!). I can't remember who said it but I read a post on here where someone said something along the lines of
I just need to decide where to start - was thinking abt Dutching Asian Handicaps looking at Pinnacle and somewhere else... (I have to admit that I'm still a little confused on Wagering Requirements - if a site's T&Cs state that you have to play through your Deposit and the equivalent Bonus 6 times before being able to withdraw, does this mean that you have to wager/place bets of (D+B)*6 before you can withdraw? (or does it mean you have to place and *lose* wagers to the value of (D+B)*6?)
...you can do all the reading you want but nothing replaces experience.
Apologies if this is a newbie question, but then I am a newbie!
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