Football Betting Systems

Brazil head the World Cup Betting

Well, I don’t think I could have called it much worse if I had tried too. For those not sure what I am on about, my blog post on Sunday about the Confederations Cup Final Betting said… If they are back on form tonight, I expect another trophy will be added to Spain’s growing portfolio.

What happened after that, I don’t know. Why did Spain perform so badly? Even football gamblers who fancied a Brazil win surely didn’t see that result coming!

I heard one Match of the Day pundit say that Spain were on the plane home after a minute and a half of the game, have to say I totally agree with that analysis.

I’d still take Spain to come out winners if they play Brazil in the World Cup next year. Torres and Mata both started on Sunday, and I don’t see either of them as first choice starters for me.

I also do think del Bosque used the competition to see how Spain faired playing a conventional number nine, and he also used it to give Torres a chance to prove himself. That said, Spain definitely wanted to win the trophy, and nothing can be taken away from Brazil, who were excellent and surprised me.

The crowd were amazing and I know it’s a cliche, but they surely must have been like a twelve man to Brazil.

I did a few quid on the game. When Brazil went a goal up, I thought they looked like a great lay on Betfair, I then topped that lay up at 2-0. Not my night I’m afraid! Never mind.

Anyway, Brazil are now the 7/2 favourites with the online bookmakers to win the 2014 World Cup. They are followed by previous favourites Argentina, and Germany, who are both 5/1. And Spain are now out to 11/2 on the back of that thrashing.

I still think the Spanish are the better of those four teams, and I would still back them to beat Brazil in a world cup match. Can Spain win a fourth tournament running though? The law of averages alone suggests not.

It’s a probability that they will get beaten by someone at the world cup next year. We have seen it many times in the past, the best side doesn’t always win a knock out tournament. And although I still see Spain as the best side, I don’t think I could back them to win next year’s world cup.

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World Cup Qualifier £20 Free Bet from Titanbet

Earlier this week Japan became the first side to book their place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, thanks to a 1-1 draw at home to Australia.

This Friday sees some of the nations in the European groups play another round of fixtures in their attempts to join Japan in qualifying for Brazil… and to mark these fixtures Titanbet are effectively offering us a £20.00 free bet on any trebles placed on Friday’s matches.

If you place a treble (the treble is the minimum, you can choose more selections if you wish) on Friday’s matches and it loses – Titanbet will give you a free bet to the same value for the international fixtures to be played on Tuesday 11th June, again this will have to be a treble.

This offer is for a maximum amount of £20.00. To qualify for this offer you will need to enter the bonus code wcq13 in the my account bonus section. The three match selections have to be at odds of 1.5 or higher. This offer is available in GB pounds, US dollars and Euros.

If you do participate in this offer, and are unfortunate enough to lose on Friday, please be aware that your free bet can only be used as a treble on fixtures played on Tuesday night, if you fail to use it on these matches you will lose the free bet – and we don’t want that!

Titanbet are an up and coming bookmaker currently trying to make their presence felt in the marketplace, so I expect to see plenty more of these sort of offers over the coming months.

For more information about the free bet offer, please click here…… always be sure to read the terms and conditions, and be sure you know what you are doing before parting with any cash.

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Coral Free Bet

To open a Coral account and receive a £50.00 free bet, please click here…….

The Coral free bet is for £50.00 and is a ‘free matched bet’ which is ideal to use for matched betting. In the past Coral have generally only offered a £30.00 free bet, so I recommend grabbing this £50.00 free bet while it’s there (as there is no guarantee how long it will be there for).

To get the maximum £50.00 Coral free bet, you need to register and place your qualifying (first) bet within 28 days of opening the account. I can’t see anything about minimum odds at the moment, but I always look for a bet with odds of 2.00 (Even money) for my qualifying bet, just to be on the safe side in case something is in the general T+C’s.

Once you receive the Coral free bet, it is only valid for 7 days, so no time to waste here.

As this is a £50.00 free bet, I would be looking to get a minimum return of £27.50 (55%), although £30.00 plus should be easily achievable. If further help is required in cashing in free bets, it can be found in my article about how matched betting works.

Before placing any qualifying or free bets with any online bookmakers, please ensure you have read the terms and conditions and are confident in what you are doing. It is important you know exactly what you are doing before parting with any cash.

To open a Coral account and receive a £50.00 free bet, please click here…….

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Boylesport Free Bet

To open a Boylesports account and claim a £20.00 free bet, please click here……

The Boylesports free bet is for £20.00 and is a ‘free matched bet’which is an ideal free bet to use for matched betting.

The ‘free matched bet’ is where online bookmakers offer you a free bet based on the amount of your qualifying (first) bet, whether that bet wins, loses or draws – as opposed to some free bets which are only awarded if your qualifying (first) bet loses.

The Boylesport free bet has a maximum amount of £20.00. To get the full £20.00 you need to open an account and make sure your qualifying (first) bet is for £20.00.

The qualifying (first) bet has to be placed on the same day as you open the account, and it must be placed on an outcome where the odds are 2.00 (Even money) or greater.

The Boylesports free bet will then appear in your account the next day and has to be used within 30 days, or it will expire and you will lose it. This offer is only open to residents of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

If more information about matched betting is required, it can be found here in my article about how matched betting works.

As with all qualifying and free bets, always make sure you have checked the terms and conditions on the online bookmakers‘ website, and make sure you are 100% certain about what you are doing before you place any bets.

To open a Boylesports account and claim a £20.00 free bet, please click here……

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BetVictor Free Bet

To open a BetVictor account and receive a £25.00 free bet, please click here……

The BetVictor free bet is for £25.00 and is another of the ‘free matched bets’ which here at football gambler, I much prefer. The reason why I prefer a ‘free matched bet’ is because they are the ideal free bets to use for matched betting.

A ‘free matched bet’ is where you get a free bet to the same value of your qualifying (first) bet, whether that qualifying bet wins, loses or draws. It is in contrast to some free bets, which you will only receive if your qualifying bet loses.

To qualify for the BetVictor free bet you need to open an account and place a qualifying (first) bet of £25.00 on an event with odds at 2.00 (Even money) or greater.

You will also need to have your qualifying (first) bet placed and settled within 30 days of opening your account to qualify for this offer.

Once you have done this, you will receive a free bet in your account. It will appear in your BetVictor account as ‘Promo Cash’ and it also needs to be used in the next 30 days, otherwise it will expire and you will lose it.

As with all qualifying and free bets, please check the terms and conditions on the online bookmakers‘ websites before placing any bets. The reason why I always stipulate this, is because they can change the terms of the offer at short notice, and you should be sure of what you are doing before placing any bets for matched betting purposes.

To open a BetVictor account and receive a £25.00 free bet, please click here……

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William Hill Free Bet

To open a William Hill account and claim a £25.00 free bet, please click here……

The William Hill free bet is for £25.00 and is what’s known as a ‘Free Matched Bet,’ this is where you get a free bet up to the value of your qualifying (first) bet, whether that qualifying bet wins, loses or draws. These sorts of offers are ideal free bets to use for matched betting.

To qualify for the William Hill free bet you need to first open an account using a valid promo code, then place a qualifying (first) bet on an event at odds of 1.5 (1/2) or greater. The free bet is only available to residents of UK, Republic of Ireland, India, Canada and Netherlands, and is only valid for 7 days after you receive it.

I would be looking for a return of £13.75 (55%) from the £25.00 William Hill free bet, my article about how matched betting works explains in more detail how to achieve this.

Like with all free bets and betting offers in general, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions on the online bookmakers‘ websites and that you fully understand what you are doing before you part with any hard earned cash.

To open a William Hill account and claim a £25.00 free bet, please click here……

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Stan James Free Bet

To open a Stan James account and get a £10.00 free bet, please click here…….

The Stan James free bet is a ‘Free Matched Bet’ and is one of many ideal free bets to use for matched betting.

To qualify for the maximum £10.00 free bet you need to place a qualifying (first) bet of £10.00 on an event at odds of 1.8 (4/5) or greater. Once you have completed this, you will be credited with your Stan James free bet of £10.00 within 24 hours.

The Stan James free bet is only available to customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland and will be available to use for 30 days after you receive it, after which it will become void and you will lose it.

My article about how matched betting works will show you how to make the most of this and other free bets. I would be looking for a minimum return of £5.50 (55%) from the Stan James free bet.

As is the case with all free bets and bet offers from online bookmakers, please read through the terms and conditions on the online bookmakers‘ websites and make sure you know exactly what you are doing before placing any bets, free or qualifying. If you get Matched Betting wrong, it could cost you money, and we certainly don’t want that.

To open a Stan James account and get a £10.00 free bet, please click here…….

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Totesport Free Bet

To open a Totesport account and receive a £10.00 free bet, please click here…..

The Totesport free bet is what’s known as a ‘Free Matched Bet,’ this is where you get a free bet that matches your first/qualifying bet (up to a maximum amount), whether that qualifying bet wins, loses or draws.

It is also one of many ideal free bets to use for matched betting.

With it being a relatively small amount, it is the perfect free bet to start with if you are new to matched betting, or if you are working with a small betting bank.

Like with all the matched betting I do, I would be looking for a minimum return of 55% (£5.50) on the Totesport free bet of £10.00.

To qualify for the full £10.00 Totesport free bet you need to open an account and place a qualifying (first) bet of £5.00 on an event where the odds are 2.00 (Even money) or greater.

You need to use the Totesport free bet within 7 days of placing your qualifying (first) bet, otherwise it will expire and you will lose it.

Like with all free bets from online bookmakers, make sure you check the terms and conditions and fully understand what you are doing before parting with any hard earned cash.

To open a Totesport account and receive a £10.00 free bet, please click here…..

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Betting Exchanges

The innovation of the betting exchange gave the gambling industry it’s biggest shake up for years. The betting exchanges totally transformed the online betting landscape and forced the conventional online bookmakers to awaken from their complacency, as they realised that us mug punters no longer needed to continue hand feeding them our hard earned cash.

I now rely on a betting exchange for all of my football trading and some of my football betting. In my opinion, they are brilliant for online betting, and my football trading couldn’t operate without them.

I actually have accounts with two betting exchanges, Betfair and Betdaq. There is a good reason for this, I use my Betfair account for my serious football trading, and I use my Betdaq account for my speculative, bit of fun bets.

Betfair currently charge commission at a rate of 5%, while Betdaq charge only 3%. The reason why I use Betfair and their 5%, is because they have more markets and far more liquidity, and for the markets I currently trade in, I need plenty of liquidity.

The 3% commission from Betdaq is great though, and as a result I am happy to use them for my speculative bets. The big games is where I have an opinion (that is usually wrong), and there is generally just about enough liquidity to get my ‘mug punter’ small bets matched in running on these games.

Unfortunately though, there is just not enough liquidity with Betdaq in the markets for my Over/Under 2.5 goals pre match trades, and Assured Soccer Profits, so I have to lump the 5% commission and stick with Betfair to trade these markets.

If you do prefer football trading to football betting, then a betting exchange account is a must. This is highlighted by the fact that Assured Soccer Profits and the Pre Match Trading, have both built and sell their trading products based on Betfair usage.

A betting exchange account is also needed for matched betting. With how matched betting works, without a betting exchange account it would be virtually impossible to implement this system.

While I’m on the subject of matched betting, Betfair offer a £20.00 free bet if your first bet loses, while Betdaq offer a £30.00 free bet if your first bet loses.

Cashing out these sort of free bets using the matched betting method is a bit of a pain in the backside. So an alternative to this is to open accounts with both, find an event with two ‘runners’ and back one with Betfair and one with Betdaq.

To qualify for the Betdaq free bet, your first bet has to be placed at odds of 2.00 (Even money) or greater. So basically find a bet at over 2.00 on Betdaq and put £30.00 on it. Try and find an event with odds of around 2.1 for this.

Then have £30.00 on the other runner with Betfair with odds of around 1.9 and have £33.00 on it. This way whoever wins, you will get back just over £61.00, and it will have cost you £63.00 to place the two bets.

But you will now have either a £30.00 free bet, or a £20.00 free bet, which you can now guarantee a profit with using the matched betting method.

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How Matched Betting Works

Following on from my article about what is matched betting, here I’m going to write about how matched betting works.

To start with, you will need a betting exchange account. I use Betfair, there is others, including Betdaq.

The reason why you will need a betting exchange account is to lay off your first (qualifying) bet, and a proportion of your free bets (this is how matched betting makes money).

I have written an article about the best free bets to use for matched betting, and from that article I’m going to use a £50.00 free bet to give you an example of how matched betting works.

Some online bookmakers have a minimum stipulation that your first (qualifying) bet has to be placed at odds of 2.00 (Even money) or greater in order to qualify for the free bet. So for the benefit of this example I’m going to work on that theory.

First (and like with all matched bets I place), I would select a football match or sporting event where the odds with the bookmaker is as close to the odds with the betting exchange, as possible.

Then I would place my qualifying bet like this…..

Back Team A @ 2.00 (Even money) with online bookmaker for £50.00.

Lay Team A @ 2.00 (approximately) or nearest price, ie 2.02 or 2.04, on betting exchange for approximately £50.00, to cover qualifying bet and get as close to £50.00 back as possible.

Once this is all settled and I have received my free bet, I would then use my free bet on a different football match or sporting event like this……..

Back Team A @ 4.0 (3/1) with online bookmaker for £50.00.

Lay Team A @ 4.1 (approximately) or nearest price, ie 4.2 or 4.3, on betting exchange for £37.00 (approximately), this guarantees me a profit of around £35.00.

It breaks down like this…… if the free bet wins I will receive £150.00 from the online bookmaker and lose £114.70 on the betting exchange – a profit of £35.30.

If the free bet loses, I get nothing from the online bookmaker (but don’t lose anything, as it was a free bet) and I get back £35.15 on the betting exchange – a profit of £35.15.

As I already stated, this is just an example of how I would do things. The prices I have quoted in my example can’t be guaranteed. As a rule of thumb, if I find a bet of 2.00 (Even money) with an online bookmakers, the chances are it will be somewhere between 2.02 and 2.08 to lay on Betfair.

Likewise with my free bet example. If I found a price of 4.00 (3/1) to back with the online bookmaker, the price on Betfair to lay the bet would probably be somewhere between 4.1 and 4.4.

This is why I quote ‘approximately’ in my examples. If the qualifying bet is placed at 2.00, and the lay bet is priced at 2.06, the amount needed to lay the bet (after commission) would be slightly more than £50.00.

It is important to be patient and take time when looking for a qualifying or free bet for matched betting, as the closer the odds are between the online bookmaker and the betting exchange the better, as it results in greater profits.

In general though, it is highly likely that when placing any qualifying bets a small percentage will be lost. From my own point of view, if I was placing a £50.00 qualifying bet I would be looking to get a minimum of £47.50 returned on it, meaning a small loss of £2.50 (5%), any higher and I wouldn’t do it.

When it comes to the free bets, I always look to make 60% profit (ie, £30.00 returned on a £50.00 free bet). After I have taken off any possible loss from my qualifying bet, I would want a minimum total return of 55% of my free bet value, although I generally get 60% these days.

This is a typical process I have followed while cashing in my free bets for matched betting. I hope I have explained things clearly, if anyone needs any help with matched betting, feel free to leave a comment and ask – I’ll be very happy to help out in any way I can.

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