Matched Betting - an analogy with food
So as I'm sure you're aware, it's easier to explain the subtext found in a Jane Austen book having never even read the book than it is to explain matched betting to someone who doesn't know what matched betting is. And after the 50th person asked me today what it was, I thought I'd better think of an easier, less long winded way to explain it than "Well basically you can back, or lay..."
So, I was was trying to think of a decent analogy to explain it:
To summarise matched betting, we sign up to a bookie, take the bonus, and generally have no intention of using the bookie again unless it provides us with a decent service or good odds. It's only because of the bonus (generally) that we sign up to bookies.
And then I found that actually, there is a pretty damn good analogy that we all know, but never do. It's not perfect, but it's pretty surprising how well it fits:
The Analogy of The Free Samples
You never buy lunch - instead, during your lunch break, you go into all the local butchers/bakers/chocolate shops (bookies), and live off the free samples on the tray they provide (bonuses), knowing full well that really you have no intention of buying anything from them unless they are generous and say you can have some more free samples (reloads) or you wouldn't mind having another look at that girl behind the counter (good CS! ).
And eventually you'll get kicked out of the shop for eating too many free samples (gubbed) and have to go elsewhere.
And some shops will let you and your girlfriend both have free samples, and others won't (partner friendly).
And sometimes a shop will say if you buy 10 coffees (each of which you sell on to your colleagues for a small profit), we'll give you a free one (SR).
Or they'll say that you can drink the coffee and if you don't like it, you can have your money back, and even if it is the best coffee you've ever tasted, you still say it sucked (No lose).
Or they'll say we'll give you a coffee, and you can drink it and hope it tastes good (mugging) or sell it for a profit so you win whether it tastes good or not (matching), but they won't give you the cup to keep (SNR).
And sometimes you'll wander into a shop and come out with 15 free samples, and sometimes you'll wander into a shop and come out with none and starve for the day, but whilst you get seriously fed up and angry and just want to go and buy your damn lunch for once in your life and stop all this stupid free sample nonsense which isn't really a proper way of eating anyway and why won't that bloody cat just piss off out of my garden and RHHGHR , you know that regardless it will all be OK because on average that shop gives out 4 free samples a day (EV, variance, and the "I've had a shit variance day" rant).
And sometimes you'll wander into the shop, trip up, and knock the sample tray all over the floor, so not only do you not get food, but the shop make you pay for the cleanup and samples (the dreaded mistake).
And sometimes there will be someone dishing out free samples like nobody's business, and even though they know you've been coming into this shop for a year and taking the free samples for lunch, they're still perfectly happy to give them to you (Will Hill).
And sometimes you'll take a really tiny free sample from a shop one day. And you'll go back in the next day, and you'll take one step into the shop before you get chucked out. Or if you're really unlucky, they'll email you pre-empting your next visit saying you're not allowed anymore, which you think is very unfair. And you discover that this is because some rich guy has stopped going into the shop to buy a huge slab of beef every day, and that's reduced the shops profits to a very small amount, so they're trying to save money (Ladbrokes and the mystery high roller).
And sometimes you'll really fancy an indian/chinese and be forced to go and get something there, and even though they don't have any free samples, you still go there because that indian/chinese is so damn good (Sbobet).
And sometimes you'll walk into the shop because a special offer is on and you're allowed unlimited free samples during your lunch break, so you take the whole tray and sell them for a profit, but then the stupid shopkeeper tells you that you he meant to say only 1 free sample between those hours, so he nicks your wallet off you for abusing the free sample offer, and won't give it back, and then you have to report him for stealing your money (Betfair...)
And sometimes you'll walk into the shop and think "Why in God's name am I abusing a shop's generous offer?", but then you realise that in reality the shops deserve to be abused because their really tasty free samples hook people and make them come back and keep buying more until they get obese (the addicts).
But most importantly, when you've had a really tough morning in some hard meeting, your boss is being an absolute dick and all you want to do is go home and go to bed, there is nothing more satisfying than sitting back down at your desk after an hour or two wandering around the local shops and looking at your plunder, knowing that yep, there is definitely such a thing as a free lunch.
Did you really spend that long explaining it to someone?
Just send them over to mse in future
Saying that to a newbie will make it clear as day. Point them to this thread and tell them to start at Dafabet.
Nice post - I always struggle explaining to to people so much that I usually just give up. For some people there's just no getting past the stigma of 'gambling'
....and some people trawl round all the shops looking for free samples, so as soon as one appears they can go down the homeless shelter or to whomever will listen and start jumping up and down shouting "free samples!" until the shop is overflowing with people who just want free samples but not to buy food, simply for the self gratification and sense of achievement it gives them though and not because they are concerned for the welfare of the homeless.
... and the shop stops giving any free samples to anyone. Paying punters only...
Originally Posted by Mirage
Get a map , find a new shop
Originally Posted by EvilMickey
Indeed. Just makes it harder - the new smaller shops never give out as much for free as the supermarkets that have now stopped serving freebies.
Originally Posted by LFC81Eoin
Plenty enough to make a lunch (and maybe even a dinner) from though
Not explaining matched betting to everyone will leave much more food the tray
and some people dress up in different outfits in order to deceive the shop assistants into believing they are someone else and then award them even more free samples.