Another instalment of my blog as I continue my journey into the world of matched betting. A bit of a slow week in fact, and it's just one big bet taking up all my float. With the end of the football season rapidly approaching I’m looking to take advantage of some offers for the weekend games – (although my Skrill account is currently locked awaiting ID verification!). In more news, I’ve been gubbed at Seanie Mac, BragBet and Boyles(!), more details on that to follow next week!
It’s the bank holiday weekend I have a night out at Fontwell races, I can’t pick a winner and lose every race, without the luxury of laying anything. I only bet small amounts though so £30 down – and entry and drinks all paid for as it is the pool team’s end of season boys night so probably not down at all on reflection! Although if I had been clever would have worked out picks and laid them all before I went!
I back and lay the £10 free bet from champions league offer at 888Sport on a nice little arb at the Punchestown festival. Really need to get more involved on that next year as missed price boosts everywhere. The horse of course loses, in fact I think it's a faller, but the odds are in my favour and I pocket £9.50 on an aggressive lay.
Day Profit: +£9.50
Saturday , Sunday, Monday
I play in a hockey festival which means I’m nowhere near a laptop for a couple of days so I set all I achieve is to move money about so I can open a Bet 365 account in the week.
I struggle with snooker withdrawal symptoms after watching the world champ for 3 weeks. The free bet from Seanie Mac comes in which I start to punt out using their limited stakes. In general struggling to get more than 20p on anything! I had written this money off so just punting it out seeing anything I get back as a bonus.
Day Profit Loss: £3.65
The big one (for me anyway!) I’ve structured my float so I can cover the massive Bet365 opening offer of a £200 matched bet. I stick in the first £200 and claim the bonus which is instantly credited to me a real touch. This means I can get it all on the one game, and I’ve picked a beauty. Find a small arb on the Sunderland West Brom game being a draw at both half time and full time (backed for £200 at 5.5, layed £185 at 5.3), and then also add in a secondary bet just on the draw. My float runs out on the 2nd £200 free bet so I underlay quite bit (£200 at 3.1 and layed £140 at 3.15). Sunderland and West Brom both need just a draw to relegate Norwich and live to see another day in the premier league, so it's an absolute given that this is what will happen. I’ll be around £400 up if it’s a draw all the way, or £300 if one team draws after being behind at half time. I head to the pub confident I’m going to be seeing nice pay day.
Well what do you know! The albatross strikes again! West Brom show no interest in the game and get a 2-0 beating. That leaves me £120 up, but it feels like a small loss. On the plus side all my money filters back into exchanges (Smarkets & Betfair) so no need to work through the Bet365 bonus wagering and it puts me in a good position to attack a new set of offers.
As an aside I get £2 free at Paddy Power and 888Sport to play on the games, I win with neither
Day P/L = +£119
I spend some of the morning placing the rapidly reducing stake Seanie Mac bets. It has become a small obsession and point of principal to get this completed just to come away with something. I get a ticket for Brighton’s playoff semi final, I don’t tell the large contingent of Seagull fans I’m sat with about the bad luck charm sitting in the middle of the stand with them, and sneak out the stadium at full time having seen them lose 2-1
Day P/L = +£3.00 (Seanie Mac)
Week Profit Loss: +£136
Sorry there is not lot of gambling content this week! I’ve come out over £130 up though and for me the movement of funds to cover Bet 365 meant I had to pretty much use every spare penny of float in the exchanges
I find the Bet365 site easy to use and navigate and also they seem to have some good offers, definitely an account to be careful with and try to look after. They have a new customer £50 free mobile bet as well which is good news and will be done next week. 188 still needs a couple more bets to get my free bet back too.
I have a proper look over the Vernons site this week that I opened last week I’m not overly impressed with it to be honest not a lot going on offer wise and their odds are pretty tight so lack of arbbing opportunities