In terms of my own matched betting though, there are so many offers to get on that I'm making a healthy sum everyday. Every cloud and all that!
Friday The world cup is kicking off and Cameroon, my 2nd team since their 1990 heroics, get beat 1-0. I don't have anything much on this game but do back a correct score in the Spain match at Will Hill hoping for a 0-0 to win back my stake as a free bet (I've writen another piece on 0-0 matched betting, or bore draw insurance, can be a very profitable offer). Unfortunatley It's not 0-0 but was a cracking game all the same. I also get Spain at an improved price of 3.00 at Party Bets so the stuffing they take doesn't hurt my pocket as it's all more than covered with a big arb.
+£5 for the day
Saturday England kick off and lose. We always lose to first decent opponents so having Italy in first game is frustrating. Costa Rica shock Uruguay, Colombia smash Greece while ITV coverage is dire. I do a correct score bet on Uruguay 3-1, wish I had backed it the other way round! Find a decent arb at SkyBet on a price boost. Unfortunately my run of bad luck / stupidity continues as although it's money back if Uruguy lose it doesn't cover a price boost so don't get the refund, very annoying but one to keep your eye on if betting there. Get a close odds on a Colombia 1-0 correct score with a refund if 1-1 at BetFred. No refund there. Betfair have money back if England lose so back them at the Sportsbook and lay at Smarkets. Get a nice touch when they lose in that sense as get a free £25 at Betfair. I put this to immediate use getting an overnight arb on Colombia in the outright market so this just gets converted into cash at my World cup book.
+£25 for the day
Sunday I don't have loads on this Sunday but do bet on Argentina to draw with Bosnia for £5 laying £4 and that means I get a free £5 every goal. They score after 3 minutes but only manage one more in the next 87 minutes. £10 free bet at 888Sport added to book. Slow day though.
+£10 for the day
Monday Getting into my stride with the betting now, have to confess to being a bit overwhelmened by it up to this point, it's like every day is a Premier League Saturday! Top up Betfred, WillHill and Coral and start taking their offers on every day covering the 0-0 or 1-1 draw as a rebate and betting on close odds on the correct score. Partybets have Germany to win boost to 4.00 which I only get £10 on as it is limited, lay with a nice profit when they batter Portugal 5-0. I also take a hot combo on Germany and Nigeria both to win at odds of 8.00 this is more than it costs to lay both. To work out an arb in these cases you need to take the odds of both singles and times them together in this case 2.5 and 2.5 so 6.25 is true odds. I only get a tenner on at Party Bets. I lay £11 on Germany. After that has lost I am £23 down but due to win £80 if Nigeria win so I lay £30 on them. Surely they will beat Iran. No they can't manage to score and I'm up but not as up as I would have been. However as I have a bet at Bet365 on a correct score on that game and they refund me £25 as it is 0-0 so I finish the day well
+£50 for the day
Tuesday Visit to the folks so only get a bet on the Brazil game correct score of 3-0 they fail miserably drawing 0-0 and I have this on at BetVictor rather than Hills, bloody annoying. Wish I had taken a bore draw insurance one, but who saw Brazil drawing nil bloody nil! Lay the Koreans against Russia for 0-0 it's 1-1 which means I get a refund at Betfred +£25, all adds up on the book bets. Get a free £5 bet on Brazil game at Betfair as I backed them to win in the outright market pre tournament, back Dos Santos who does not score.
+£30 for the day
Wednesday I take on a Betsson offer where if a team is 3-0 up they pay out as a winner I back Croatia as 2nd team Cameroon play them. They destroy Cameroon 4-0 a comeback does not look likely as Song karate chops someone and gets sent off whilst the team fight eachother depressing but at least England are still in it tomorrow! I also get some free bets on payout at Betfair if Spain fail to win. I finally bet on something other than world cup football too, Betfair have a place £10 on outright market get a free £5 bet on Ascot. I back a 16-1 shot but it comes no where. It's annoying that Ascot is scheduled at same time as the footy world cup and I don't really have the float or energy to hit this. Get a tasty hit on Vargas as first goal scorer though.
+£50 for the day
Thursday Donning my classic England shirt I head to the pub full of hope, only to see us blow it as per usual. I know it's not really Stevie G's fault, but I need a scapegoat and he's the one for me! Backed with an underlay 2-1 Colombia v Ivory coast so get a nice win on that. I also get refunds as England have lost at Betfair and Coral
+100 for the day and a weekly total of +£265
Good week, lots more to come as well. Not sure if or when World Cup fatigue will set in, but if I keep making money and the games keep to the same high standard this is likely to go down as one of my all time favourite World Cups!