This week I have been mostly betting on the World Cup.
Bit of a jumble this week as there's been so much going on, so let's start with a run down of the type of things I've been doing this week in the hope it will be of use to someone out there in the internet.
Party Bets – Shock Boosts & Hot Combos
Cashpoint - £50 sign up bonus
Sky Bet – Boosts & Money back if for losses
Betfred - Money back if 1-1
Betsson – Disaster insurance
Bet365 – 0-0 insurance
Bet Victor - Red card and penalty insurance
Coral – Bet & Spin and refunds on certain markets
Will HIll - Bore draw insurance and Spin and Win
Stan James - Risk free
BetFair - Lays and refunds
Smarkets - Lays and 0% commission
The World Cup has been all encompasing recently, taking over aspect of my betting and social life, and I've bloody loved it!
England have cost me by being completely toilet, but at the same time they generate a lot of extra liquidity and interest so I'd rather they were still in from a betting point of view, if not a kidney point of view.
Hungover and still fuming about the complete shambles that England's defence were I spend the day with an icepack on my head wishing my plan to go through the world cup sober had continued. Refunded commission of £1.60 at Smarkets on the England result does nothing to lighten my mood. At this stage still confident Italy will do us a favour and the dream can continue. Do my normal round of betting at Will Hill and Betfred with refunds on 0-0's and 1-1's on correct score results as well as banging through another Cashpoint bet at close odds, need to do eight bets there at the same rate each time to get my instant bonus! Bang on two today covering the tight game that will be Swiss v France with a score of 1-0 to France. Seven goals later and I realise I'm not much of a judge on these things! Take 2-0 Honduras against Ecuador, which is closer but still not right as it ends 2-1, and no chance to lay in play as Honduras score first. But the game that really upsets me has already happened, Italy losing to Costa Rica. I've underplayed everything here to varying degrees and not only are England boarding a plane home I'm about £20 down for the day!
Profit / Loss -£20
Coming to terms with England not being part of the World Cup anymore is tought. are not part of it anymore there is money to be made! I've slept off the vast quantity of alcohol consumed on Thursday and I'm on the hunt for some offers!! I have a pretty fruitful day, Sky treat me to a £25 reload bonus when I bet £50, manage to back a horse that actually wins so up on that then plug my free £25 into my World Cup book backing a couple of outright world cup arbs. Top tip, if you're arbing, go for them at night when the lines are not being updated! I still have a fair bit of cash at Will Hill and Betfred but don't withdraw at these in the hope of eventually hitting a correct score refund. Party Bets hot combo falls in my favour, the accys here are perfect as you have time inbetween games to lay them and the 2 teams winning earns me about £30 even though my stake is limited to £10. With these I lay incrementally per match and work out odds after each game has finished if the bet is still on. In this case Argentina winning meant I had odds of around 4.00 on Nigeria when they were only 3.00 to lay so covered the stake with small profit and hoped they would win. Finally my 888Sport nominated team Argentina are playing Iran, £5 for each goal, and that mismatch should mean goals.............They manage one goal. One poxy goal against Iran! Thems the breaks.
Profit / Loss +£60
Still can't get a correct score bet right, nearly done at Cashpoint now, only won one out of four bets there so far! The win today covers the previous small losses though so pretty much even and if I lose another £20 in qualifying then the £50 bonus will mean I'm nicely up. Worth noting (as I'm big on T&Cs at the moment!) is Bet365 and Betsson's offers must be placed in the pre match section not live in play. Take them up on the 0-0 moneybacks and also Betsson's disaster insurance where you get paid as a winner if your team throws away a 3 goal lead (Algeria nearly do it to Korea weirdly later this evening). Another tip, with SkyBet do not try to combine a price boost with an offers, the boost is considered an offer so you won't get the refund. End the day with a nice £22 playing Sensible Soccer risk free at Stan James (another reason for me to consider Sensible Soccer to be one of the finest games of all time).
Chile 2-0 you little beuty! Finally a correct score bet hits! Nearly has disastrous consequences as a back of £25 on Chile to win 2-0 and due to some misreading, and the odds being the same (17s), lay £22 on Holland to win 2-0. Re-checking realise my error before kick off and immediately lay at smarkets on Chile 2-0 as intended and as it is 10 mins till kick off decide not to risk a bet not being matched and stick £25 on Betfair at the same odds. I could have let it ride as would have been ok if it was not 2-0 Holland or 2-0 Chile well up. But it's a bloody good job I did lay because of course this time that correct score comes in. End up £20 on my Betfair bet which is a handy result for an adverted crisis. Could've covered the back at Smarkets but the odds were better at Betfair. Cheeky spin and win at Will Hill adds £2.50 to the pot.
My betting day gets even better as I pull a rabbit out of the hat I've got 2-1 as correct score on Portugal USA, this is coming in but I start to get nervy and start laying against 2-1 from the last 10 mins in play. With just seconds to go Donovan is holding the ball up in the corner and odds have dropped to 1.06 I smash down an extra £25 lay that costs me £3 of profit, then celebrate wildly as Portugal bang in a last gasp equaliser. My bemused flatmate cannot work out what is going on, but I'm £60 up there so I couldn't give a monkeys!
Backing and laying so much on these games now that I am beginning to lose track, Ivory Coast fail miserably to win the group and so my pre tournament arb pays me £1. England's attack show less bite than Luis Suarez and the draw there ends my hopes of my 8 group winners bet coming in as I had Uruguay in that group. Got 6 out of 8 so a gamblers trixie or similar would've made a profit, but that's the old me! Unsuprisingly none of my correct scores come in and I again lose at Cashpoint twice more. My money back if there is a red card at Bet victor does not come in during England game, there is no penalty, the sky refund if they lose does not kick in and I can't lay anything in play either as watching it out with my dad. Even worse I have not for once, somehow, covered 0-0 insurance. At least this is the last time Engalnd can upset me.............until the Euro 2016 qualifying begins of course.
Time to relax sit back and watch Argentina smash a few goals in for my free bets and I'm pleased when they hit 3 putting me £15 freebets up for the game (loaded into outright back and lays) £30 up on this now with the Argies potentially with 4 games left in the tournament. This has been my favourite ongoing bet to be honest! Again I have the wrong game covered for 0-0 insurance who the hell saw the Swiss hitting 3 against Honduras and France being 0-0. I come out slightly up as get a straight arb on a draw at France though between Betfair and Smarkets which nets me £40
I open a Dafabet account and do their 50% deposit bonus, this works out well as it is immediately credited and I immediately bust out. £120 in £60 bonus, all backed and layed on Ghana to win. Also do a Party Bets shock boost on USA / Germany to be a draw, a result that sees them both through. The Germans as usual decided to upset me but not down as over laid £10 to the £8.10 restriction limit! I finally complete my cashpoint wagering with another losing bet 1 out of 8 return on these and mainly on odds of 2.00 to 3.00 but the £50 straight cash bonus is gratefully received
Weekly total +£282.
And that's the week that was.