Brazil being complete screw ups has cost me quite a bit of money. This is the first time I've created a 'book' of the different protaganists in a long term (well shortish long term anyway) market, and I was heavily weighted to Brazil at least making the final.
Haven't lost money, but Brazil's epic fail against Germany certainly has cost me money.
Last week I raised the idea of losing money being felt more than winning money, well this week the main feeling is the lost opportunity to make money!
Get enhanced odds at Partybets on Brazil to 4.00 and put on the usual measly £8.10 allowance (although who can blame them for limiting these lovely arbs) laying at 1.83 to £10 so am pleased when they win. Nothing else special, just the usual round of Betfred, WillHill and Betfair correct scores on the snoozefest that is Germany v France, None of these come in and the lack of extra time means no refunds. Win some small amounts off free spins at WillHill and Ladbrokes. And in other news Cavendish crashes out of the tour, falling off a bike always looks bloody painful.
Holland v Costa Rica does me a few favours on Saturday with free bets at Will Hill, Betfair and Bet Victor from the 0-0, extra time and penalties. Gutted when Costa Rica are knocked out though, I’m still holding onto the belief that had they won, England could claim to have picked up a point against the world champions! I’m on my free £5 bet per Argentina goal, and also got Messi covered in a good odds DD/HH. Again Argentina manage to score just once, and even worse it’s such a late goal but just in regulation so denies me any extratime refunds. Do a little bit of in play laying on the 0-0 but it is a poor return all round in that game. In general I’ve taken close odds wherever I can and it left me mainly with Argentina or Belgium needing to score 3 goals!
-£20 (with £60 of free bets to come)
With no football on the free bets get used on horse racing, underlay on all of them going with odds of around 8 to 8 on the 2 £25 underlaying to £20, and 11 to 11 on the £10. None of the horses pull off a surprise but convert the free bets into cash. Have a free £20 live casino bonus from spin and win at Will Hill but win nothing on Roulette.
Looking over my records, this was a dull day. £5 slots at Will hill and win 74 pence from 5 £1 spins (this however is much better than what happens tomorrow). I use my free 888Bet on a horse at 54/1 in a 4 horse race, it comes 2nd, I convert that into £3 and also use up my free £5 BetBright (still a £30 risk free sign up here as well) bet on Brazil
Bit of a disaster for Brazil. The Chat Box was bloddy funny though, never seen The Gambling Times betting forum lost for anything other than swear words!!!
Whilst incredible to watch, the 7-1 hammering is does me no betting favours at all, Unsuprisingly it didn't come up as a correct score win for me (think they reported 4 people globally went for it). The shock boost on Brazil at Party Bets does not come in, but more importantly I was due to win the most money if Brazil won the whole thing, and this result also ends a few pre tournament refunds I had set up. Didn't even hit anything despite Brazil's late goal. Finally I’d been incrementally laying on a double with them and Argentina to qualify which I got at 4.00 at Betfair, down on this as the rapid speed of the goals allow me no time to do anything in play. Estimating I’m down about £25 on the game alone with underlays, but the true figure is worse in terms of my world cup book. I do win £10 at Sky with an unlaid punt on Germany and also win a fiver on their festival of free bets promo so day is not all bad.
Dispondent is my feeling of the day, and the awful fare served up by Argentina & Holland does not help. Don’t even get a free £5 bet off Argentina as they fail to score! Quick calculation shows they have managed 8 goals against Iran, Bosnia, Nigeria, Belgium, Switzerland and Holland whilst Germany have hit 17 against Portugal, Ghana, USA, Brazil, and France. It’s been a good bit of fun but I wish I had picked up the £85 freebies from the Germans rather than £40 I've got on Argentina! In terms of results there's a free bet at Betfair for extra time and have also backed the 0-0 at Betfred with slight underlay so am up on the game. Not betting related but Froome retires from the Tour de France, I’ll still be watching (not betting) but a lot of the gloss has gone.
Use the free bet at Betfair, picking a horse at 8.0 to 8.0 but the horse is a non runner this is a complete nightmare and illustrates why if you are using a free bet on a horse you need to ignore the odds and do it nearer the start of the race, as you do not get your free stake back!! I put it on an hour and a half before the off, but it’s probably safer to leave it to half hour before. Luckily I recover £40 from roulette on live casino at William Hill via spin and win
Week Profit : £115
There's been so much going on, and have tied my float up a bit in long term markets, that I've not been signing up with new sites. Will hit some new sites next week and try to get myself back in the zone for primarily non football betting in the break before the premier league starts again. Certainly going to miss the World Cup, but be good to have a break from it.
Learned a couple of lessons this week and starting to get to grips with certain small points but still feel that I need to do more if I’m going to be able to make a living out of this full time (given the result this week that is definitely the case) however that is the aim! The world cup has helped me get confident on how to lay a bit in play and work offers into matches to my advantage as well as also having my first book on an event so overall ben productive.