diary of a newbie
A Retrospective Diary from a Newbie
I thought I would give an account of my first experience at match betting in the hope it may help some people and in turn getting advice from the more experienced players.
Started in January this year:
First off I joined betfair through quidco so receiving £25 cashback (not a bad start) I put £150 in Betfair and put £25 each into two bookies that were offering £25 pound S.N.R as sign up bonuses. I was off and running started on Football as the odds tend to remain fairly static and I needed time to find my way around. When it comes to maths and arithmetic I am completely rubbish, so I downloaded the ultimatcher spreadsheet from the goon which I found on M.S.E, an absolute godsend and completely essential: this kept a record of all the bookies and helped with placing the stake ideal in betfair by calculating it all for you.
Without mentioning every individual bookie I did and how I did it, as it does become apparent once you start and each one has different rollover requirements. (best to bust out if you can). I will list the ones that I have done mainly U.K, Europe and some Australian bookies.
Things to be careful about:
some European bookies give a poor exchange when converting to G.B.P and also some take a percentage.
Australian bookies require you to upload documents such as drivers license,passport and recent utility bills, one even requested that I have my documents verified by a notary public (whatever the hell that was) I had to google that: easy enough photocopied them and took them to my local post office where they were verified with a post office stamp free of charge, suggest that all documents be saved as it is a common feature of Australian bookies; if I remember I think it was I.A.S bet that asked for the notary public: I was advised to stay clear of Luxx bet as they require you to send it by snail mail.
Up to now I feel I have covered most of the bookies that I can. So far the most profitable bookie has been bet365 with £215.00 helped by their £200 sign up offer which was a piece of piss. Least profitable was Titan which was £-21 due to their rollover demands and no matter what I did I could not bust out of them, if I continued the rollover, losses would have exceeded profit so I cut and run. Yes I had some disasters along the way but its all about learning. Up to date I have made £1200 pound profit. I bought myself a telescope and my wife a bike as the price of petrol is such that its not economically viable to send the wife to the shops to get my fags and papers (its 4 miles) so I got her the bike.
My next assault was the us bookies.
Joined pinnacle and have been shown how to Dutch bets; the beauty of this is you donít have the 5% commission of betfair:
Anyway joined betus..... disaster: thought I was getting 50% deposit bonus ended up with 10%, put in $200 before I knew what was going on. I ended up with a freeplay of $20 and a rollover of x3 of deposit and freeplay $660 for a $20 freeplay. Always read Terms and conditions, although Betus had them hidden for this particular play (devious, I think so) I am Dutching this at the moment probable for a loss of $40 all in when I finish, oh and one more thing baseball only counts as half a roll over!!! When I finish I won`t go back to them.
In closing; tips I`ve learned. Always read T & C thoroughly regarding bonus play and look for freebets through links like betrescue, quidco etc. Advice you receive from sites such as this and m.s.e can be invaluable, searching forums by more experienced players have saved me on a few occasions.
The bookies I have used are:
Betfair, 10bet,188bet,allyoubet,bet24,bet365,bet770,betchro nicle,betclick,betdaq,betfred,betinternet,betjamai ca, betpack,betredkings,betway,betus,betway,bodog,boyl esports,bwin,canbet,centrebet,coral eurobet,gamebookers,getwin,iasbet,jaxx,Jetbull,Lad brokes,Ladbrokes (mobile), mcbookie, paddypower,partybets,pinnacle,redbet,samvo,scotbet ,skybet,sportingbet,stanjames,titan,
Totesport,unibet,victorchandler,williamhill and youwin.
Lastly i`d like to thank thefreshness for making it all possible.
Any of you more experienced players please advise me on where I go next, and what bookies to go for, thanks.
Im sending you my opticians bill asshole
I added a few extra paragraph marks, hope you don't mind foggster. Started to format it, only got as far as bolding the title lol.
bit long winded I know, need lessons in concise posting,thanks anyway.
no need for that mirage !!!!
haha jus kidding I wont send a bill
ha ha brilliant stuff the foggster! its poor susan i feel sorry for having to cycle 4 miles in the pissing rain everyday to get your daily record and 20 regal !!!!! Hope its not long till you reach your next milestone of 2 grand
next I payoff the mortgage :-)
Not much to say you've made a really solid start and there is obviously more out there than I imagined as I thought it would take a fair amount of time for a new APer to make a grand nowadays.
You even have a couple bookies I don't have.. i'm sure there are quite a few Euro books out there for you to pursue, best of luck with that.
A wise man told me don't argue with fools, cos people from a distance can't tell who is who ~ Jay Z
Yep there's a few on your list i aint done yet either!
Dafa could well be worth looking at next - hold on a couple of days though, as Andy has mentioned a new sub with them for TGT members coming very soon.
Worth signing up to Smarkets asap for the 1% - see thread for details.
Vernons and/or Football Pools do a small sub + semi regular freebies, again see thread.
BlueSquare and 888 aren't on your list, although might be better to wait for Ascot for BlueSquare - i'm not sure what the current sub is for either - both have the same decent odds.
Expekt do a sub and reloads now and then if they like you.
ExtraBet have a decent sub and decent odds too.
Spread betting is also worth researching as that's easy money too - there's a really good guide on here in the sports betting section.
Also Jaxx have a points scheme which is worth £3 a month + the value of your arb.
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