Saturday’s aren’t getting any better for traders and gamblers who use Betfair for placing their bets. Yet again yesterday (Saturday 31st March), there was another outage on the site on a Saturday afternoon, during the football fixtures.
It’s obviously not just the football gambling that gets affected, the main bulk of the day’s horse racing takes place at this time of the day as well.
It’s also nothing new, this sort of thing has been going on for a long time now. It’s got to a stage now where I wouldn’t dare risk getting involved in a big football trade, or bet, on a Saturday afternoon.
The reaction on Twitter was as to be expected. Lots of people claiming they will be opening Betdaq accounts as soon as possible. For my part, I would definitely recommend having a Betdaq account.
It’s not a perfect solution as depending on which market you are trading, the liquidity on Betdaq can be very low, or in some instances non existent.
It would give you the opportunity to potentially cover a bet though, if it was a big TV game or a main market (outright winner betting, etc), there could be an opportunity to cover your bet.
It stands to reason that the more punters who use Betdaq, the better the liquidity will get. Reading my Twitter feed yesterday, there would appear to be a whole host of traders wishing to jump ship if there was more liquidity and markets.
There looks to be a great opportunity for Betdaq to exploit if somebody wishes to take the bull by the horns.
Betfair can’t go on like this, they really need to get their act together in my opinion, they need to remember they are not the only betting exchange in town.
I believe it is a great product that works really well, but it is currently being ruined by basic elementary stuff. It’s not too much to ask for, to expect a website to work!