Match Betting Organization
I'm new here but been matched betting for quite a while.
I was just wondering how everybody organises what they aim to do.
I have recently tidied up my spreadsheet to be quite nice where I use a traffic light system to tell me whether I have completed their offer or not.
Green = offer complete
Yellow = funds in account/bets pending
red = offer still available
I have now just started a separate "to do" list as I found myself not getting round to the books when they were in red.
I draw up £200 worth of offers and aim to do them in a week.
I only started this 2 weeks ago, but I found myself having a much better week with this system in place.
There's two books which I've not been able to start yet this week but I'm letting myself off on this because I was mad busy with late christmas shopping.
How does everyone else organise themselves?
That sounds a very good way of doing it.
I am not that organised, i write down (in a little book) where i have deposited each time i do, and if i withdraw from anywhere i write down that amount as well next to the deposit and put how each was made (bank card or Mbookers or Neteller). As and when i see each of them appear on my statements i underline them so i know i can forget about them. On the other side of the book i jot down what i have bets on and what i am doing there and why.
Your way sounds better, and if i was starting from scratch i would do that but i guess you get used to something and so stick to what you know.
Have a plan and stick to it
yeah I do similar, have a spreadsheet to keep all records on a Summary page, Bookies on one side and Casinos on the other, have a colour system to remind me where Im at with each current offer (WIP, waiting to be paid, monthly offers etc) then have a to do list which I add to from reading the forums etc, when Im ready to do another one I grab it from that list
I have a TAB in my spreadsheet for every bookie I do, which summarises all the bets and profits, then trf it to my summary page
I simply have 4 folders in my web browser favourites ... Casino's done ... Bookies done ... Pending ... Existing/Ongoing offers
Rightly or wrongly, the diary here is all the records I'm keeping atm ... what I have done is pretty detailed in there and in my view, enough
I then just have a very simple spreadsheet of what funds I have where
And I send myself emails with details of bets ... they get stored in a folder
I played with Goons Ultimatcher a bit, but found it too complicated for me ... being the newb at excel I am ... kept stuffing it up
Maybe I'll limit the detail in the diary in the future and keep details in a more professional format, but I haven't got to that point yet
Cheers, Makybe !
Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn't end.
I have a hideously complicated system, I'm terrible for overcomplicating things and trying to record every little detail.
I have a matcher spreadsheet which I record the matches in (matcher_3f.xls). So when I'm matching up I enter my match there and save it, then at the end of the day when I'm doing the accounts I'll enter the actual profit/loss based on what my statements at the bookies say. From that at the end of each day I can create a pivot table which tells me my overall profit/loss on each book along with a grand total for the day which I can enter in my master profit/loss sheet in my 'main' matchbook.
The main matchbook consists of some key sheets:
- Accounts - a list of all current bookie accounts with the exact amount in each.
- Banking - how much has come in / gone out of my bank account.
- Master Profit/loss sheet - profit / loss for anything I do.
From these 3 I then have two lots of figures that should be balanced/equal:
- the profit figure based on the master p&l sheet
- the profit figure based on the sum of all my account floats less my bank float.
If these two don't tally exactly then I know I missed something when doing my accounts... has massive potential for arse up and would be a lot easier if I could tie in the p&l from the matcher sheet to the main matchbook but for one reason or another I can't easily do that.
If I was starting again I'd probably try and get used to using that Ultimatcher workbook over on MSE, bt I've developed my own system which I'm used to now really so will probably stick with it!
As for organization re which books to do next, I'm terrible with starting new bonuses... I've spent a lot of time just arbing really almost for no other reason than to not have to start new books/bonuses! I don't know why I've got this aversion to starting new bonuses, I should really just crack on... I guess I'm always waiting for something better which isn't really teh best way sometimes.
I'm about to do kidpoker's betjoint offer which looks good, though I'm a bit slow with that as well, have put it off for at least 2 weeks (party cos it's probably the biggest bonus I'll have done and partly cos it's been a bit busy in real life obviously up through xmas).
Generally though when I 'case' a new bookie out it'll be mainly just reading about new offers on forums like here and MSE. If it sounds ok after reading t&c I'll just go for it... I don't have a lot of big books left to do in UK now so I don't have the issue of too many offers and not being able to decide which to take up.
I'm exactly the same. To any one else my spreadsheet would just be hideous, but to me its the bees knees.
Originally Posted by munk
Love the colour coding idea, its good as the eye is drawn there on opening the spreadsheet so i always make sure i get done what wasn't done last time and also keeps me upto date with anything thats pending (travelling in australia and trying to deposit/withdraw from the english bookies is a pain in the ass).
I didn't do an IT A-level or anything like that so my spreadsheet knowledge is limited. I got my boyfriend to do me a little mathematical bit that adds up exactly how much i've got going out and coming in which is a nice little quirk...
I back this spreadsheet up on GoogleDocs too as my laptop is v temperamental. If it suddenly died one day id be lost with money everywhere. So BACK IT UP PEOPLE!
How do you organise your MB'ing activity?
I'm still pretty new to the whole MB'ing scene- but enjoying it enormously. I've done about 15 bookies so far and with cashback I'm knocking on the door of £600.
But one thing I realised from near the start is that you need to be VERY organised and run it almost like a business.
The tools I use are:
To track the financial side of things. I have a seperate Quicken account for every bookie, exchange and CB site- so I can see all deposits, bets placed, returns, etc. Each bookie (etc) has it's own Quicken category so I can set profit and loss against them.
I sync Quicken with pocket Quicken on a Treo 680 smarthpone- so I can make really quick entries on the phone as I am placing bets, transferring funds, etc.
Quicken also gives me instant P&L totals for the year- so dead easy to see how much I've made at any one point.
I use this for Task Management and Notes. Every bet I place is logged as a task on the date the event takes place. That way I can instantly track all bets I have made and see if they've won or lost. Each Bookie has their own folder in Toodledo so I can filter by bookie to see what I've got outstanding. I use the notebook side of things to keep a journal / log on each bookie as well as copy & pasting notes from TGU and MSE about offers, etc.
Appigo ToDo and Appigo NoteBook syncs all this data onto an iPod Touch so I've got it on me all the time.
Excel spreadsheet for the actual matching of bets- got this off MSE.
So that's my setup. Works pretty well for me and takes a lot of the headache out of tracking 4-5 offers at the same time.
Really interested to hear how others take care of business!
I'm also new - been going 10 weeks so far.
The tools I use are:
The goons ultimatcher spreadsheer - manages everything financial, banks, bookies, bets, stats etc. I've added an extra couple of tabs for charts etc.
Gmail Account (more if I need) - fresh account separate from personal account.
Rememberthermik - occasionally used to add things as a todo list or reminders
Blogger - used as a diary to try and keep me motivated and get me to keep plugging away at this venture.
Firefox portable - a few reasons (backup, stealth, portable)
Opera - used a couple of times for mobile bets - think I also may need to get a jar/jad emulator
Dedicated current account
Moneybookers acoun GBP
The other tools without a doubt are TGU and MSE (TGU are my fave though).
Yer right! 'Should have mentioned the most important tools: TGU and MSE!!!!!
I use a "Black n' Red (TM) polynotes A5 ruled notebook" with a Sainsburys own brand roller tip pen. All my details are scribbled in a chaotic mess.
I once downloaded the huge massive spreadsheet that logs everything you ever do but couldn't even work out how to enter any information as I'm not very good at electricity.
I still use the basic matcher spreadsheet as a guide, although constant digs from Andy is making me think for myself much more nowadays and now I have a bit more experience it's not so important to me to match stuff to the penny for no loss. The main thing TGT has taught me (as opposed to MSE) is the benefits of over and underlaying to varying degrees and that comes from experience and brainpower more than from a spreadsheet*.
*If you, like, know stuff about computers then I'm sure it's easy enough to do with a spreadsheet too!
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