Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – April 2021 Results

2021 had started really well with strong profits in Jan, Feb and March.

Jan – £3209

Feb – £2825

March – £2295

However this month was frustrating at times and also a reminder about the reality of betting.

It’s not always going to go your way.

Let’s break down the results for March.

Value Betting, Matched Betting And Arbitrage 

In March it was basically 95% value betting and 5% matched betting.

The grand national was great from a value betting and matched betting perspective. Bet365 ran a great offer paying back 50% of your stake on each way betting.

I know a few people that multi account on a large level who cleaned up on this offer and sat back for the rest of the month. It was a reminder of the golden days of matched betting.

Personally I managed to land a nice win on Balko Des Flores each way at odds of 101 which propped up the profits for the month.

Overall Results

In April there were 402 bets.

A total profit of £1473 was made.

Learn About Matched Betting And Value Betting Below

Matched Betting Guide

Value Betting Guide

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Casino Offer Results

Another month of low volume on the casino offers.

The last few months things have really dried up with there being less weekly recurring offers available.

Due to this my focus has more been on the betting and trading side of things.

Hopefully things will pick up again but if not then its just a case putting more time into where the opportunities are.

There were 49 offers completed in April

A total profit of £214 was made

Sports Betting Results

My sports betting results have been really solid for a number of years now.

One of my big weaknesses in betting is not adjusting stakes appropriately, I am pretty happy to win or lose a few hundred pounds in a day. Its the norm and I am comfortable with it.

But when daily losses start to creep closer to the thousands its uncomfortable. If you want to start winning more though you have to also accept that there will be be bigger losses.

This month I decided that I really should be betting much more on spots where I am extremely confident I have a decent edge (mma betting.)

Sports Betting Results

Well this month didn’t go well.

I thought there were some big value opportunities during April. Timofey Nastyuhkin was big value in my eyes at odds 5.5, when in reality I had him closer to 3.0.

He went on to get wiped out in about a minute by Christian Lee in a One FC bout.

Usman to beat Masvidal by decisoon at 1.95 was another spot that had a lot of value, coming off his KO of Burns it seemed that Usman’s finishing ability was being a bit overrated. Especially given how durable Masvidal had been in the past.

Usman KO

That was the story of the month really.

Was happy with the bets I made it was just an inevitable run of losses that came in the month I decided to stake a bit more aggressively.

During April I made a total of 28 bets.

A total loss of -£1376 was made.

Free Tipster Experiment

There have now been 603 total bets for the free tipster experiment and things had been going really well up until April.

The idea is to take the best free tips available from a number of different sources and see if its profitable long term.

Staking is very simple, I look to win around £50 for each selection.

Free Tipster experiment

(Graph says March but these are results from April)

It was pretty much a steady decline for the most of the month.

Before a slight recovery at the end.

There were 62 selections.

A total loss of -£354 was made.

I withdrew my money out of Betmarkets during April which meant that the number tipsters I followed dropped quite considerably.

Below is video discussing my results and overall thoughts after using Betmarkets for 5 months.

So the tipsters I now follow are mainly from the smart betting club’s roster of free tipsters.

Along with –

Nigel Seeley – Twitter, Trademate Podcast.

George Gamble – Twitter, Trademate Podcast.

Mark O,Haire – Twitter, Matchbook Podcast.

Below are the results since the start of the free tipster experiment.

Neil Macdonald Results

April saw a new addition to the portfolio.

Having followed and bet Neil’s selections on Betmarkets for a while. I then started to follow his official service.

I have been betting his selection to £25 a point, which in hindsight is too low.

Going forward I will be increasing that to £50 a point.

Neil Mac

It wasn’t the strongest month for Neil’s selection and there were a few missed bets on my part.

At the end of the month a very small profit had been made.

There were a total of 55 bets in April

A profit of £30 was made.

Click Here To Read More About Neil Macdonald’s Football Service.

Trading 

In April I really made a renewed effort to do more trading.

Probably due to the fact that I knew the month wasn’t going too well and with the slump in volume  on casino offers. I needed to start looking at other areas more.

The month started well with a decent profit trading the grand national, I managed to profit pre fight trading most UFC main events. Jake Paul vs Ben Askren was another market that traded well.

When watching football live there were a few opportunities that looked fairly obvious.

Chelsea Trade

The Real Madrid game was good example of when the market got things pretty wrong. As the under 2.5 goals market was 1.6 pre match.

However the game started really open with Chelsea getting 2 or 3 great chances early on. Two goals were scored in the first half and I hedged out for a nice profit.

Overall some renewed motivation to start trading again worked out this month.

During April I made a £757  profit from trading.

Results For April

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

£1473

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£214

Trading

£757

Sports Betting

-£1376

Neil Macdonald

£30

Free Tipster Experiment

-£354

Rolling Betting

Total Made In April

£770

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£112,230

Remaining Target

£887,770

Thoughts Going Forward

Although not the best month in terms of profit made.

I put a lot more thought into my betting and trading over April. In previous months where bigger profits were made I felt pretty much on autopilot.

Value betting and casino offers is very much just clicking buttons without that much thought process.

So this month when things weren’t going great it was refreshing to have a deeper think about other area’s that I could find a profitable edge in.

Greyhound Tips

At the start of May I also started following Premier Greyhound Tips on the advice of a friend.

It is a service that has been running since 2014 which is a good sign. Has been very profitable long term and so far I have found the odds quoted to be achievable.

Hopefully alongside Neil Macdonald’s service it will start to bring it some extra profit and I can continue to add more profitable tipsters whilst gradually increasing my turnover.

If you made it to the end thanks for reading I will be back with an update in June.

(Also if you want to take a look at the services I use to make money long term you will find them below.)

Services Used

In this section is a list of the services that I have used this month. To be transparent I do have affiliate deals with these services.

Which means should you subscribe to them through a link on this site I will receive a commission.

This does not come at any additional cost to you. In fact with some of these services I have negotiated discounted prices for readers of smartsportstrader.com.

Recommended For Matched Betting/ Value Betting/ Arbitrage

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For A Free Trial)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

If you comment “Smart Sports Trader” in the chat when you sign up for a Trademate Sports trial. You will get an extended two week trial and also a 10% discount off your first month.

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software –   Click Here For A Two Week Trial

Subscription Cost – £105 a month (Monthly)

Recommended For Exploiting Casino Offers

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – March 2021 Results

Making A Million Challenge

This year started strong with January and February showing decent profits.

The sporting schedule is jam packed at the moment, with Euro 2021 this summer its going to be an interesting year.

During March we had Cheltenham festival which in previous years had been very profitable.

March brought me to exactly four years of running this challenge.

Although still far away from the £1,000,000 target it does show that having a few solid strategies does pay off in the long run.

Making A Million

Let’s take a look at results from March.

Value Betting, Matched Betting And Arbitrage 

This month saw the Cheltenham festival which a few years ago was like Christmas for matched bettors. There were offers all over the place. Online and in shops, there were people that would make thousands of pounds in profit from Cheltenham when I first started.

Well I got crushed this year.

There were some decent offers available with Speadex in particular running a nice offer.

However I chose to value bet everything. Rather then cover the other side on the exchanges, in the hope that I would trigger a free bet.

Value Betting Results

A slight recovery was made at the end of the month.

But overall March was a pretty flat month for this set of strategies.

In March there were 407 bets.

A total profit of £157 was made.

Learn About Matched Betting And Value Betting Below

Matched Betting Guide

Value Betting Guide

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Casino Offer Results March

The second month in a row were volume was pretty low.

A few recurring offers were not running such the “Double Your Winnings” offer that Bet365 normally run.

Only got a few cashback and reload offers.

So overall things were pretty quiet on the casino offers front.

Again this month I didn’t branch out and actively look for new sign ups, however it does seem like there has been a reduction in decent offers the last two months.

Hopefully things pick up in April.

There were 61 offers completed in March

A total profit of £371 was made

Sports Betting Results

It was my own sports betting results which saved this month from being a pretty poor.

I continue to run well betting on MMA and was profitable with some in-play betting on football this month.

During March I made a total of 20 bet.

A total profit of £983 was made.

The Basketball Geek Results

March will be the last month of following the Basketball Geek.

Whilst it has been profitable following his selections.

He seems to be focused almost exclusively now on very small leagues.

Betting on women’s Russian basketball, Senegal basketball and Polish second division is going to burn accounts pretty quickly.

This month I did try following only the larger league selections and matches that were available on Betfair.

But as you can see volume was pretty low.

There were 18 selections in total.

A profit of £56 was made

Read Our Review Of The Basketball Geek Below

Basketball Geek Review

Free Tipster Experiment

March saw the continuation of the free tipster experiment.

The idea is to take the best free tips available from a number of different sources and see if its profitable long term.

Staking is very simple, I look to win around £50 for each selection.

It was an up and down month for the free tipster experiment but overall it ended in profit.

There were 212 selections.

A total profit of £296 was made.

Below is a list is a list of the tipsters used.

Nigel Seeley – Twitter, Trademate Podcast.

George Gamble – Twitter, Trademate Podcast.

Mark O,Haire – Twitter, Matchbook Podcast.

Demtrio Giotti – Smart Betting Club Free Tipster.

Lucky Pucks – Smart Betting Club Free Tipster.

Bassie Bets – Smart Betting Club Free Tipster, Betmarkets.

Neil Macdonald – Twitter, Betmarkets.

Lehotka Botond –Twitter, Betmarkets.

Miguel S – Betmarkets.

Sergio P – Betmarkets.

Trading 

MMA trading

March was a decent month on the trading front.

Managed to build up a decent position on Francis Ngannou pre fight in his fight against Stipe Miocic. The idea was then to reduce my liability after round 1. Then completely exit the trade after round 2 were he was likely to start slowing down.

Ngannou put on a spectacular performance and ended up finishing the job in the second round via knock out.

Overall a total of £432 was made from trading.

Thoughts Going Forward

This year has got off to a great start, if things continue this way it looks like I could get over £30k in total profit made within a year.

Which would be a nice mile stone to get over.

Although things can change very rapidly in betting and a few poor months could make that look pretty unrealistic, time will tell.

There will be a new addition to the portfolio next month.

Which will be Neil Macdonald’s football picks.

Been tracking these since the 17th of February and also using Neil’s picks from Betmarkets for a while.

He tips in major European football leagues which have big liquidity.

So unlike the Basketball Geek odds don’t get hammered in minutes and I can use the sharps/exchanges to get my bets on fairly easily.

His long term record is excellent.

So I do think that going forward this will be a profitable addition.

Click Here To Read More About Neil Macdonald’s Service.

Results For March

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

£157

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£371

Trading

£432

Sports Betting

£983

The Basketball Geek

£156

Free Tipster Experiment

£296

Making A Million Challenge

Total Made In March

£2295

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£111,460

Remaining Target

£888,540

Services Used

In this section is a list of the services that I have used this month. To be transparent I do have affiliate deals with these services.

Which means should you subscribe to them through a link on this site I will receive a commission.

This does not come at any additional cost to you. In fact with some of these services I have negotiated discounted prices for readers of smartsportstrader.com.

Recommended For Matched Betting/ Value Betting/ Arbitrage

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For A Free Trial)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

If you comment “Smart Sports Trader” in the chat when you sign up for a Trademate Sports trial. You will get an extended two week trial and also a 10% discount off your first month.

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software –  Click Here For A Two Week Trial

Subscription Cost – £110 a month (Monthly)

Recommended For Exploiting Casino Offers

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – February 2021 Results

After a strong start to 2021.

I was hoping February would bring more of the same.

Kids are returning to school, vaccines seem to be rolling out pretty well.

It looks like we could start to see some form of normal life return in 2021, fingers crossed.

Let’s take a look at results for from February.

Value Betting, Matched Betting And Arbitrage 

A stronger month for this set of strategies, the results from value betting had not been great the last few months.

However things picked towards the end of the month.

Didn’t do much arbitrage betting, made a few quid from a limited accounts on weekends. The majority of the volume was from value betting.

Took advantage of the bet £50 pre match get £50 inplay offer from Bet365 this month which is always a good earner and one that I hope they continue with.

The end of the month was capped off nicely when Betbull gave me a £10 risk free bet that came in.

In February there were 277 bets.

A total profit of £1162 was made.

Learn About Matched Betting And Value Betting Below

Matched Betting Guide

Value Betting Guide

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

The good run with casino offers continued in February.

A lot of bonuses I do are cash before bonus.

The strategy is double the deposit on blackjack and withdraw, or lose and hope to make a profit turning over the bonus on slots.

February was a month where the wins came easy and I didn’t have to rollover the bonus. Won 7 times in row doubling the deposit on blackjack. (Writing this March the 1st the streak ended and I lost £200 today.)

Something that did stick out this month however was a pretty big drop in volume.

Homeschooling has probably impacted this.

Also I have just not really felt like putting in the hours on casino offers this month.

Didn’t look at any new account offers and just stuck with the regular recurring ones (Mecca Bingo,Bet365, Betfred etc.)

However I know this lucky run will come to end soon, so its an area where I need to pick up the volume again in coming months.

During February I did 70 casino offers.

A total profit of £1071 was made.

Sports Betting Results

My own selections had a good month in February.

The biggest profit this month came from backing Britain Hart to beat Paige Van Zant in bare knuckle boxing.

Managed to get £200 on this at 2.25, which were silly odds given PVZ was making her debut and had never really been known as good boxer from her time in UFC.

In total there 22 bets made in February.

A total profit of £553 was made.

A few bets from February

The Basketball Geek Results

The volume of selections I got on this month dropped massively.

It was a combination of waking up a bit later then normal and odds just being way off advised.

The Basketball Geek also isn’t sending selections the likes of the NBA or WNBA where it pretty easy to match prices. Tends to be focusing much more on smaller more niche markets at the moment.

Which isn’t great the account life of soft bookmakers accounts but has been pretty profitable.

This month I did post some odds up on Betfair after missing the advised odds, however the majority of times bets were not matched.

In total I bet 38 selections from the Basketball Geek.

A total profit of £122.

Read Our Review Of The Basketball Geek Below

Basketball Geek Review

Free Tipster Experiment

The free tipster experiment continued in February.

It’s a simple idea, I have looked to find some of the best free tips available and I stake to win around £50 each time.

It was an up and down month that eventually ended in a loss.

There were a total of 108 bets.

A loss of £38 bets was made.

Below is a list of the free tipsters used.

Nigel Seeley – Twitter, Trademate Podcast.

George Gamble – Twitter, Trademate Podcast.

Mark O,Haire – Twitter, Matchbook Podcast.

Demtrio Giotti – Smart Betting Club Free Tipster.

Lucky Pucks – Smart Betting Club Free Tipster.

Bassie Bets – Smart Betting Club Free Tipster, Betmarkets.

Neil Macdonald – Twitter, Betmarkets.

Lehotka Botond –Twitter, Betmarkets.

Miguel S – Betmarkets.

Sergio P – Betmarkets.

Below this are the overall results since the free tipster experiment began.

Free Tipster Results

Trading 

Trading in February was a bit of a blur to be honest.

Made some profit pre match trading Chelsea vs Atletico but overall lost money on some in-play methods.

Not much more to add really, it was a pretty low volume month for trading.

In February a loss of -£45 was made from trading.

Thoughts Going Forward

Results were good this month.

Felt like I have found a good balance between spending time with the family and working on betting related stuff. The opening of schools in March should give me at least an extra 20 hours a week.

Which should enable me to put more time towards casino offers and betting related stuff. (Or possibly just give me 20 extra hours on the Xbox.)

Running two reviews at the moment on services that both have good reputations.

Following Neil Mcdonald’s tips using sharp bookmakers and exchanges. Also trialing Ron Williams horse racing tips using betting exchanges.

Ron W Results

Hopefully these will prove successful and add one or possibly two more profitable methods to the making a million challenge.

Results For January

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

£1162

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1071

Trading

-£45

Sports Betting

£553

The Basketball Geek

£122

Free Tipster Experiment

-£38

Total Made In January

£2825

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£109,165

Remaining Target

£890,835

Services Used

In this section is a list of the services that I have used this month. To be transparent I do have affiliate deals with these services.

Which means should you subscribe to them through a link on this site I will receive a commission.

This does not come at any additional cost to you. In fact with some of these services I have negotiated discounted prices for readers of smartsportstrader.com.

Recommended For Matched Betting/ Value Betting/ Arbitrage

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For A Free Trial)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

If you comment “Smart Sports Trader” in the chat when you sign up for a Trademate Sports trial. You will get an extended two week trial and also a 10% discount off your first month.

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software –  Click Here For A Two Week Trial)

Subscription Cost – £110 a month (Monthly)

Recommended For Exploiting Casino Offers

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

 

 

 

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – January 2021 Results

It’s been a good start to 2021 on the betting front.

Nearly everything made a profit and I continue to run well on casino offers.

Not much else to add really, with lockdown things are pretty boring but having betting stuff to do on a daily basis keeps things ticking over.

Let’s take a look at the results from the first month of 2021.

Making A Million From Sports Betting

Value Betting, Matched Betting And Arbitrage 

Last month was a losing month for this set of strategies and value betting especially struggled again early on.

I do very little matched betting now apart from Bet365 offers and a small amount of arbitrage.

Which is much less now as the account I was mainly using for arbitrage has put a loss limit of £200 a month on my account.

This bookmaker normally gives very small arbs which I had been happy to take. However now I can only stake £200 for example on a 1.33/1.32 arb. Which is pretty annoying especially if it loses and I have to leave the account alone for a month.

My hope is that this does not becoming the norm for sports betting in the UK.

So its pretty much 90% value betting at the moment which opens you up to variance.

The upswing at the end was due to winning a 2up bet on Kilmarnock (This is when Bet365 pay out if a team leads 2-0, if the team blows the lead which Kilmarnock did you get paid out on both your win bet and lay bet.)

This is a matched betting strategy, click here to learn more about matched betting.

In January a total of 303 bets were made in.

A total profit of £538 was made.

Learn About Value Betting And Arbitrage Below

Arbitrage Betting Guide

Value Betting Guide

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

The casino Gods were kind again this month despite a drop in volume.

I do feel like I am running pretty well at the moment with casino stuff and imagine that a correction will happen in the near future.

However when the good times come you have to enjoy them.

There were no major wins this month, just a few similar to the one below which all added up at the end of the month.

During January I did 101 casino offers.

A total profit of £1007 was made.

Sports Betting Results

January was a really good month for my own personal sports bets, which focus mostly on the MMA markets.

Again I felt like I got some good luck this month.

Split decisions went my way and a few prop bets with big odds came in.

In total there were 22 bets in January.

A profit of £858 was made.

The Basketball Geek Results

I like the Basketball Geek but it is becoming harder and harder to get close to the quoted odds.

The Basketball Geek sends selections at 8.00, I am normally betting them within 10 minutes at most but it does not seem quick enough at the moment.

Going to continue with this tipster because results have been excellent and perhaps start looking to leave prices up on the exchanges or see later in the day if prices bounce back.

This month I bet 60 selections.

A loss of £112 was made.

Read Our Review Of The Basketball Geek Below

Basketball Geek Review

Free Tipster Experiment

The free Tipster Experiment continued in January and results were good.

It’s a simple concept, I have looked to find some of the best free tips available and I stake to win around £50 each time (Not always exactly £50).

Always taking at least the recommended odds.

The tipsters that I am following tip selections that can be bet on using Asian Connect or with the betting exchanges.

Not choosing any tipsters that are using solely soft bookmakers as I want to be able to get on bets without the worry of restrictions.

The hope is that if its shows to be profitable, I will be able to scale it up.

Most of the profit came from a strong last weekend of the month.

Nigel Seeley from the Trademate podcast had a cracking end to the month and Demetrio Giotti from SBC was another tipster that did really well.

I am also taking bets from a few football tipsters on Betmarkets that tip in the bigger leagues. Who also finished the month strong.

Be interesting to see if this will be a profitable long term strategy. Would like to get to at least a thousand bets before I break things down into average odds, roi etc.

I often miss bets and its not the most refined strategy yet but next month I will write up a list of all the tipsters I am using.

In total there were 128 bets in January.

A profit of £716 was made.

Trading 

Didn’t do a whole lot of trading in January.

Home schooling is taking up a lot of time during the week and at the weekend I am normally pretty busy value betting.

Made some profit trading Mcgregor vs Poirer in the days leading up to the event as it was pretty much one way traffic on Mcgregor up until fight day.

Overall it was a pretty uneventful month on the sports trading front.

In January I made a profit of £202 from trading.

Thoughts Going Forward

Overall it was a really good start to 2021, with the monthly profit being above average.

My long term plan is and has been for the last several years to use sports betting and trading as a way to reach financial independence. 

Fingers crossed that regulation doesn’t get in the way and this goal continues to look achievable.

In terms of strategies and services used I don’t intend to change much. 

Like I wrote earlier I will carry on with the free tipster experiment and assess things after a few more hundred bets. 

All the other strategies are proven to be profitable so its just about getting as much turnover in these area’s as possible.

Betmarkets Results

I have a long term investment in Betmarkets which isn’t doing very well at the moment. 

My £1000 initial investment is down around £200.

However I have seen with my own value betting drawdown periods and the people behind Betmarkets have made it clear Betmarkets is a long term investment. That should be looked at in a similar way as an index fund would.

So its not something to tinker with every month and dip in and out of.

Happy to leave it for now and then revaluate things in a few more months.

Results For January

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

£538

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1007

Trading

£202

Sports Betting

£858

The Basketball Geek

-£112

Free Tipster Experiment

£716

Total Made In January

£3209

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£106,340

Remaining Target

£893,660

Services Used

In this section is a list of the services that I have used this month. To be transparent I do have affiliate deals with these services. Which means should you subscribe to them through a link on this site I will receive a commission. This does not come at any additional cost to you. In fact with some of these services I have negotiated discounted prices for readers of smartsportstrader.com.

Recommended For Matched Betting/ Value Betting/ Arbitrage

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For A Free Trial)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

If you comment “Smart Sports Trader” in the chat when you sign up for a Trademate Sports trial. You will get an extended two week trial and also a 10% discount off your first month.

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software –  Click Here For A Two Week Trial)

Subscription Cost – £110 a month (Monthly)

Recommended For Exploiting Casino Offers

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – December 2020 Results

2020 is done and dusted.

Been a very strange year with majority of people I imagine looking forward to 2021 and a return to some form of normality.

In betting terms it was a weird one also.

Pretty much all sport came to a halt and the Belarus league became the focus of some.

The UFC was one of the front runners in having sports return and then gradually the sporting calendar started to fill up.

Let’s take a look at results from the last month of 2020.

Value Betting, Matched Betting And Arbitrage 

It was a poor month overall here.

Didn’t do a whole lot of arbitrage and matched betting is resigned to 2ups with Bet365 and the odd in-play offer they run.

On the value betting front it was frustrating, there were plenty of near wins that just fell short. Boosted accas losing on the last leg, big value BTTS bets not coming in and just generally felt like things weren’t going my way this month.

This month a total of 450 bets were made in December.

Oddly I made exactly the same number of bets as November although the outcomes were different.

A total loss of -£509 was made.

Learn About Value Betting And Arbitrage Below

Arbitrage Betting Guide

Value Betting Guide

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Had a good run on casino offers to end the year.

December used to be a great time for exploiting casino offers. You used to have multiple bookmakers running calendars and offering plus EV offers daily. It was pretty slim this year compared to previous but there was still enough to make a decent profit.

Added a video of the biggest win of the month, which was on the Big Bad Wolf slot.

I know some people like to watch these, plus I think it adds some transparency to the blog.

This month I took part in 139 offers.

A profit of £962 was made.

Learn How To Exploit Casino Offers

Casino Offer Guide

Sports Betting Results

It was a really strong month to end 2020 for own personal bets.

I made a total of 24 bets.

A total profit of £490 was made.

Some of the bets made in December

Looking at the stats over the whole year I made £922 profit after 188 bets.

My ROI was 5%.

Looking at individual sports, I would have had a much better year just sticking to MMA.

No sport equals betting in-play on both MMA and football.

The Basketball Geek Results

It was another good month for the Basketball Geek after a profitable November.

I have a slight concern that in the last week or two. Odds seem to be dropping much quicker the previously meaning more missed bets. 

However I can’t complain too much as results this month were very good.

After 66 bets.

A total profit of £592 was made.

Read Our Review Of The Basketball Geek Below

Basketball Geek Review

Free Tipster Experiment

In December I started something that I had been thinking about for while.

Finding the best free betting tips that I could. Aiming to win a set amount per bet (in this case £50) and seeing if it would be successful.

I took tips for a number of sources.

Some free tipsters on Blogabet, free tipsters from the smart betting club. The best bets from the Matchbook podcast and also from the Trademate sports football betting podcast.

Along with a few other sources.

Early days yet with this and a slight profit has been made.

In theory this should work long term, the majority of sources I am using have a verified history of being profitable. Others such as from the Matchbook and Trademate podcast have very sound logic behind them.

Time will ultimately tell if this will be profitable.

186 bets were made in December

£78 profit was made.

Trading 

December was good month for trading.

It was mixture of my own and following the advice of a few other people.

My biggest win was on the Lazio vs Napoli game.

I watched this game in-play and just thought the odds seemed very wrong.

Also I started following someone on twitter who knows his Italian football and he had also pointed out that the Lazio odds seemed way too big pre match.

I had added his twitter link here if you wish to follow him.

In total a profit of £650 was made from trading.

Thoughts Going Forward

Heading into 2021 I feel pretty optimistic about things.

At times in 2020 I felt jaded with sports betting/casino offers/trading and considered doing something else with my time. Someone wrote on twitter a few days ago that successful betting can be very boring.

In truth some of it is very monotonous, however there is still a lot of opportunity to make money from it. Having not really taken advantage of matched betting fully when I discovered it around 2010. 

I don’t want to be looking back 10 years from now saying the same thing.

 

Betmarkets is a product that I am really enjoying using. Although my first month with the platform has not been profitable. The tipsters that they have on board have long term winning records and beat the closing line. I look forward to seeing where I am in a year.

I will put out a video next week with more detail on how Betmarkets works and my approach. Looking to update it reguarly on youtube.

Click Here To Learn More About Betmarkets

In terms of my own goals for next year.

Obviously I would like to have another profitable year from betting. I said the same last year but I would also like to be a bit more active with Youtube and also this website.

As I mentioned earlier betting can be monotonous and having other projects to look at can help make things a bit more interesting.

Results For December

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

-£509

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£962

Trading

£650

Sports Betting

£490

The Basketball Geek

£592

Free Tipster Experiment

£78

Total Made In December

£2263

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£103,131

Remaining Target

£896,869

Services Used

In this section is a list of the services that I have used this month. To be transparent I do have affiliate deals with these services. Which means should you subscribe to them through a link on this site I will receive a commission. This does not come at any additional cost to you. In fact with some of these services I have negotiated discounted prices for readers of smartsportstrader.com.

Recommended For Matched Betting/ Value Betting/ Arbitrage

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For A Free Trial)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

If you comment “Smart Sports Trader” in the chat when you sign up for a Trademate Sports trial. You will get an extended two week trial and also a 10% discount off your first month.

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software –  Click Here For A Two Week Trial)

Subscription Cost – £110 a month (Monthly)

Recommended For Exploiting Casino Offers

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – November 2020 Results

This month I crept over the 100k in total profit since the challenge began.

The moment I went over 100k profit fireworks went off, a marching band came into my office and Tony Bloom arrived in my back garden. Got out of his helicopter and gave me the double thumbs up through the window before flying away.

Well none of that happened but it was pretty cool to get over that milestone.

It’s taken me a total of 44 months to get over that mark. 

So if I keep going at this rate it’s only going to take another me 396 months or 33 years to hit the goal of making a million.

Let’s take a look at where the profit and losses came from in November.

Value Betting And Arbitrage 

Not a whole lot to say about the value betting and arbitrage side of things.

The amount of volume was decent this month. I hit a rare 2up win at the end of month which is always a bonus.

Didn’t do a whole lot of arbitrage betting, got whatever I could on a few limited accounts and found a casino with a sportsbook which seems to offer regular arbitrage opportunities. Will see how long it lasts.

November results

This month a total of 450 bets were made in November.

A total profit of £789 was made.

Learn About Value Betting And Arbitrage Below

Arbitrage Betting Guide

Value Betting Guide

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

After crushing casino offers last months the casino gods decided to put the brakes on things this month.

At the end of the month I seemed to be losing every hand of blackjack and slots just weren’t paying out.

Not much you can do when this happens, just have to trust in the process and keep putting in volume.

This month I took part in 159 offers.

A loss of -£484 was made.

Learn How To Exploit Casino Offers

Casino Offer Guide

Sports Betting Results

It was a winning month for my own personal betting.

Although I did get dragged back into betting on football which is something I told myself I wouldn’t do.

However a positive was that it wasn’t pre match(where I know I don’t have an edge) it was all in-play. I have tracked my in-play football but its also combined with in-play MMA using bettin.gs.

It is tracked under the no sport category.

So although I haven’t broke it down in-play betting into individual sports, I don’t bet MMA in-play as much as I would like to due to the time its on in the UK. So betting on in-play on football seems to be holding its own.

Got a lot of time off this month so it’s something I can go through and break down properly.

Overall I made 24 bets in November.

A profit of £346 was made.

The Basketball Geek Results

This was my second month following the Baskeball Geek.

My staking strategy was staking to win around £40 (rounding up stakes) as the odds can be anywhere from 1.8 to 20.00.

A huge £2 profit was made last month.

This month the service performed better.

After 85 bets.

A total profit of £261 was made.

Happy with these results, I did find that I was using a Bet365 account for a lot of selections which might not be good for longevity. However there were still selections that can be taken on Pinnacle and odds don’t immediately plummet like other profitable services.

Going to continue with the service for the foreseeable future.

Read Our Review Of The Basketball Geek Below

Basketball Geek Review

Trading 

A much better month for trading in November compared to the last few.

Did some pre fight and in-play trading on both boxing and MMA this month which paid off.

Also made money following the football advice from the free FTS group along with some of my won pre match trades. When everything else was losing at the end of the month this helped to maintain some of the profit.

A total profit of £1023 was made from trading this month.

Thoughts Going Forward

After a really good month in October, November returned to what amounts to a fairly average month.

It was good to get over the 100k total profit mark as this was a minimum target I set at the beginning of the year.

This month I also started with automated betting this is something that I wrote about months, I finally found a platform I was happy with.

I invested £500 into betmarkets. Which is being marketed as the “etoro of betting” it is a platform that allows you to follow tipsters.

You set up a bankroll for each tipster, set your staking level and then it’s all automated.

I am naturally pretty wary of products like this but having done a decent amount of research and seen the tipsters that they are working with. For example Nishikori the tennis tipster from Pyckio, Neil Macdonald from Bookie Insiders and several guys proofed by the Smart Betting Club.

They are all reputable and having spoken to the people behind Betmarkets the whole premise of the platform makes sense to me.

Had a few weeks on the platform now and really impressed with it all. Planning to invest some more this month and get a proper portfolio set up.

I will do a more depth review in a month or two once I have had more time on the platform.

You can visit Betmarkets here

 

Results For November

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

£789

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

-£484

Trading

£1023

Sports Betting

£346

The Basketball Geek

£261

Total Made In November

£1935

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£100,868

Remaining Target

£899,132

Making A Million

Services Used

In this section is a list of the services that I have used this month. To be transparent I do have affiliate deals with these services. Which means should you subscribe to them through a link on this site I will receive a commission. This does not come at any additional cost to you. In fact with some of these services I have negotiated discounted prices for readers of smartsportstrader.com.

Recommended For Matched Betting/ Value Betting/ Arbitrage

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For A Free Trial)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

If you comment “Smart Sports Trader” in the chat when you sign up for a Trademate Sports trial. You will get an extended two week trial and also a 10% discount off your first month.

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software –  Click Here For A Two Week Trial)

Subscription Cost – £110 a month (Monthly)

Recommended For Exploiting Casino Offers

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – October 2020 Results

At the beginning of the year I gave myself a minimum target to get over the £100,000 in total profit.

I don’t like to make short term targets but it seemed that this would be very doable and I just wanted some kind of monetary goal for this year.

Then in March obviously the pandemic hit and things didn’t look too promising.

Well October has gone about as well as it possibly could and it does look like that overall profit target will be reached this year. 

Let’s take a look at where the profit came from in October.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Value Betting And Arbitrage (Matched Betting)

It was sad to see the Betsafe/Betsson group leave the UK market this month. Had been finding a lot of value betting and arbitrage opportunities with them recently. They also seemed happy to take my money and I was able to get down decent amounts down.

However for whatever reason they left the UK market this month. I had a fair bit of money left in my accounts and thought It was most likely going to be a pain to get that money back.

Like I said earlier, this month went about as well as it could have. It only took a few days to get the money back in my account. Also the BML group paid out unsettled bets as winners. So I received just under £500 in unexpected profit from them.

So overall that’s pretty much the best case scenario when a bookmaker decides to close.

The majority of my value bets placed were using Trademate and Oddsmonkey. My results also include using money back on 2nd place with Will Hill and any value to be found from extra place offers.

This month a total of 354 bets were made in October.

A total profit of £1672 was made.

Learn About Value Betting And Arbitrage Below

Arbitrage Betting Guide

Value Betting Guide

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

The casino gods were really kind this month.

I visited my local witchdoctor this month and he told me to sacrifice 3 goats and a pig on day when the moon was full. That seemed to appease the gods this month and they rewarded me handily.

(Just to be clear the above is a joke, Rest assured that no animals have ever or will ever be harmed as a result of me trying to make money exploiting casino offers. Nor do I mean any offence to any practicing witch doctors. It is a noble profession and one I respect)

Casino Offer Results

You can see from the graph above that the majority of October’s profit was from two big wins.

One of those wins I recorded as it happened on a bonus round, the other win was less expected.

People seem to enjoy these videos and it also helps to add some transparency to my results. If you want to view the biggest win of the month, the video is below.

This was on the slot Gonzo’s Quest slot. It was with a casino called Genesis casino that have a reputation of being difficult. However they recently had their UK licence reinstated and they paid me out in full within a few days.

During October I did 203 offers.

A profit of £3001 was made.

Learn How To Exploit Casino Offers

Casino Offer Guide

Sports Betting Results

October was a solid month in terms of sports betting.

I avoided (for the most part) betting on football and stuck with betting on MMA.

The one football bet I did make was Atalanta to beat Midtjylland in the Champions League at 1.69. A lot of people that I respect the opinion of, had this as value so I was pretty happy to take it.

My biggest winning bet for the month was a £200 stake on Brian Ortega at odds of 2.7.

Sports Betting Results

Overall I made 22 bets in October.

A profit of £750 was made.

The Basketball Geek Results

After tracking results of this service for a few months and being impressed with it.

I have added it to my overall betting strategy/portfolio whatever you prefer to call it.

For this strategy I used a variable staking strategy looking to win £40. Although I do round off my stakes so its not exactly £40 every time.

Basketball Geek

After 93 bets I ended up pretty much where I started.

A total profit of £2 was made.

Not much to report here. It wasn’t a disaster by any means just a month where things didn’t get going.

Previous results with this service have been very promising and I do think long term following the service will be profitable.

Hopefully we will get some momentum going next month.

Read Our Review Of The Basketball Geek Below

Basketball Geek Review

Trading 

This month I made £216 from trading.

The majority of the profit came from this trade.

Laying Dynamo Kiev when they were leading 2-0 away at Ferencvaros. The game ended up finishing 2-2.

I have wrote about this previously but trading is something I have been doing a lot less off. 

For a long time I was content to spend long hours in front of the computer however this year I have put a lot more focus on exercising regularly. Making sure I spend a lot of time with my kids and generally just leading a more balanced life style.

So my time trading is pretty minimal and I often just get involved when I see something that looks like obvious value (in my estimation).

Thoughts Going Forward

So obviously it was really good month where I was very fortunate.

If you do stick with casino offers then you will run into these months every now and again. It is just a case of putting in the volume and going through the bad periods.

I often get emails asking if casino offers are still worth doing. 

In my opinion yes they are, just get started. As we have seen with the matched betting/poker/arbitrage boom, these opportunities don’t last forever and usually diminish with time.

Going forward I don’t really plan on doing a huge amount more then what I am already. I have added one tipster and will look to add more in the future but currently happy with the workload and profit.

In the next week I do plan on making a video on youtube as its been neglected for a little while.

If that interests you, you can subscribe here https://youtube.com/c/SmartSportsTrader

Planning to go through this year’s results and talk about where I think the best opportunities are going forward in the sports betting markets.

If you have any questions or anything you would like me to discuss.

You can add it in the comments or send me an email at [email protected]

Services Used

In this section is a list of the services that I have used this month. To be transparent I do have affiliate deals with these services. Which means should you subscribe to them through a link on this site I will receive a commission. This does not come at any additional cost to you. In fact with some of these services I have negotiated discounted prices for readers of smartsportstrader.com.

Recommended For Matched Betting/ Value Betting/ Arbitrage

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For A Free Trial)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

If you comment “Smart Sports Trader” in the chat when you sign up for a Trademate Sports trial. You will get an extended two week trial and also a 10% discount off your first month.

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software –  Click Here For A Two Week Trial)

Subscription Cost – £110 a month (Monthly)

Recommended For Exploiting Casino Offers

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Results

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

£1672

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£3001

Trading

£216

Sports Betting

£750

Total Made In September

£5641

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£98,933

Remaining Target

£901,067

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – September Results

After a really good set of results in August.

I was looking to build on this in September and try to get over £100,000 in total profit before the end of 2020.

Let’s take a look at September’s results.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Value Betting And Arbitrage (Matched Betting)

In terms of matched betting offers there is not a lot going on at the moment. Betfair exchange throw out a fiver a week and if you are not limited from Bet365 they still have the occasional decent offer.

The majority of my betting volume is in the form of value betting.

This is betting boosts, accumulator promos, extra places, single bets.

I am still betting at the exchanges where 0% throws up opportunities and also been looking at the Asian bookies and finding value.

(I have been using the Trademate Sports software this month. To gather results for an updated review of the software. This has contributed to the profits this month. It should be noted that I am running well above EV for this month and an 18% roi is not to be expected long term.)

Trademate Sports

When it comes to arbitrage I am hammering my limited accounts. Also I do find opportunities for in-play arbitrage and some small arbs between sharp bookmakers and betting exchanges.

A lot of people think that arbitrage betting is dead in 2020, however this isn’t true there is still money to be made.

Value Betting September

I made a total of 481 bets in August.

A total profit of £2106 was made.

Recommended Services 

RebelBetting Value Betting Software (Readers Of This Blog Can Get A Free Month Trial If You Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £61 a month (Monthly)

Trademate Sports Value Betting Software (You Can Get A Free One Week Trial Of Trademate Sports If You Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £110 a month (Monthly)

Oddsmonkey Matched Betting And Arbitrage Software (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

On to the casino offers and all in all, this month was pretty average.

Mecca Bingo seem to be throwing out more offers then usual which is always good to see. Cashino were the latest to leave the UK market however won’t really miss them. As their reload offers tended to pretty poor.

Here is an epic bonus I had on Rainbow Riches Cluster Magic.

Haha exciting stuff right?

That’s pretty much advantage play in a nutshell. The majority of the time its very boring and then now and again you pick up a big win which makes it all worthwhile.

This month there were a few medium sized wins but nothing of note.

Casino Offer Results

During September I did exactly 150 offers.

A profit of £694 was made.

Service Used

(Readers of smartsportstrader.com can get the first month half price using the review link below)

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Sports Betting Results

My own betting was poor this month.

It is the same pattern that rears its head again and again, make money from MMA and lose it betting pre match football.

Below are my long term stats over the last 3 years.

(No sport equals live bets in both football and MMA)

Betting Results

I have written previously that I should stop betting football pre match. Whilst I still had a very small positive long term roi up until this month. It’s been steadily decreasing for a while.

I don’t give football enough attention to warrant betting it and should have cut it out completely a while ago. 

It’s a tough market to beat in general and to think I can just profit from it with a very brief analysis is pretty stupid on my part.

Time to knock these bets pre match football bets on the head finally.

This month I made 14 bets.

A total loss of -£555 was made.

Trading 

Trading has been ok this month with no real standout trades.

When I see something obvious in the market, I will open up a position. It doesn’t always go to plan but over the long term its been profitable.

Horse Racing Trade

Unfortunately with work, family life, value betting, casino offers etc.

I don’t have a lot of time to trade.

This month I have spent time looking at automation and bot services.

If anyone has any feedback on Mercurious or Exponential bet I would love to here from you either via email or in the comments.

In total I made £102 from trading this month.

 

Thoughts Going Forward

A solid month where a profit decent was made.

There is a part of me that is pretty content with just carrying on with what I am doing and making between £1k-£4k a month. But there is another part of me that wants to push on and see if I can make much more.

However to do that would mean increasing stakes and taking on more risk.

When it comes to matched betting, arbitrage and casino offers, I can’t really scale these much more.

If I want to up my staking levels. I have to look at value betting, my own personal betting and adding services which make money from the exchanges or sharp bookmakers.

Which would mean taking on more risk and variance. Probably meaning that I would endure more losing months and larger swings in my profit and loss.

Something that I need make a definitive decision on………….

At the end of this month I did start following a tipster called the Basketball Geek. Having followed this tipster for a few months for review purposes (Which I will write up in the next few days). I am confident that he is profitable long term.

Although I have issues with the way they record odds and the quoted odds they use for his results are not obtainable. He is a good tipster that beats the closing odds regularly and can be be followed using Asian bookmakers (not all selections however.)

 

Results

Value Betting, Arbitrage, Matched Betting –

£2106

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£694

Trading

£102

Sports Betting

-£555

Total Made In September

£2347

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£93,292

Remaining Target

£906,708

 

 

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Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – August Results

Matched Betting results

August was the month I had been waiting for.

Everything seemed to go right, I was on the right side of variance for casino offers and my own trading/betting went well.

At times this year I had questioned whether I should look at putting my time into other things.

This month though validated that if you have profitable methods and solid staking. Then so long as you put in the volume, the results will come eventually.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

I did my usual matched betting, arbing and value betting with soft books and continued betting in the Asian markets.

Betting in the Asian markets has gone well the only annoying part is actually funding the account. This is due to fees using an ewallet and then fee’s that the broker I use has added to depositing and withdrawing.

However given there is no commission on bets, very tight margins and often superior odds then Betfair (after commission.)

It is still worth while, it just means that I have to avoid moving money in and out of the account to often. 

I will look at putting up a review of the broker that I use soon.

As I know betting in the Asian markets is something a lot of people are interested in. But much like myself have been or are still wary of using brokers.

Matched Betting results

I made a total of 377 bets in August.

A total profit of £1049 was made.

(This month I managed to negotiate a free one month trial of Rebelbetting’s value betting software. So if this interests you, use the link below. This software usually costs £61 a month.)

Services Used

RebelBetting Value Betting Software (Readers Of This Blog Can Get A Free Month Trial If You Click Here)

Subscription Cost – £61 a month (Monthly)

Oddsmonkey (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

 

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

I had an interesting email this month. From someone that had lost money doing casino offers. They wrote that I fabricate my casino results and I actually work for bookmakers and casinos. Apparently all of the strategies are bulls*** and you will lose money doing any of them.

So yeah obviously that’s not true (no bookmaker affiliate is advising matched betting or arbitrage for example) and I think that most people that read this blog understand variance and advantage gambling in general.

But because of that exchange I have thought it wouldn’t hurt to add some more screenshots of doing offers this month and a video.

Just to show that I am actively doing casino offers and although you can lose money short term. In the long term there is still a massive edge doing these.

The video below is where I hit 20 free spins with a 10x multiplier doing £2 spins on Halloween Fortune.

I was pretty excited when this hit and thought that it could have lead to one of my biggest casino wins ever. If the casino gods decided to favour me.

You can see the result below.

So despite the casino gods not handing out a mega win on Halloween Fortune. I still ran very well on casino offers this month and a decent profit was made overall.

Last month I lost over £1000 pounds doing casino offers, so it was a good feeling to have a month where it flipped the other way.

Casino Offer Results

In August I completed 157 offers.

A total profit of £2439 was made. 

(Another deal I have for readers of this blog is a half price month with Bonus Accumulator. This is the service I use to highlight and exploit profitable casino offers. The link below will take you to my review of Bonus Accumulator. This will give you more information about the service and also give you the first month for half price.)

Service Used

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Sports Betting Results

Sports betting went well this month.

The biggest individual bet that I had was on Marlon Vera to beat Sean O,Malley in a UFC bout.

Again fortune favoured me this month as O’Malley’s leg gave out early in the fight (Due to a leg kick) and he folded pretty quickly after that.

This month I made a total of 20 bets.

A profit of £810 was made.

Below are the majority of bets made in August.

Sports Betting August

Trading

Trading also went well this month.

Not a huge amount of volume but I did some pre event trading on the UFC this month. Alongside a little bit of pre match football trading.

I ended up hedging the above for a profit across all outcomes just before the fight.

A total of £126 was made from trading.

Thoughts Going Forward

August was a really good month overall in terms of profit made. I am always mulling over adding new tipsters or services and I am still tracking results for a few that look promising.

However at the moment and with my venture into the Asian betting markets. I am happy to keep doing what I’m doing and reassess things in a few months time.

This month I put out a new video on Youtube which you can view below.

Youtube is something that I have not really focused on, I made a few videos just out of interest really to see how they would do.

But despite not really doing that much with the channel, it has grown organically. So in the future, I want to be more consistent with content output. Put videos out on a weekly basis and see where it goes.

My plan would be to also branch out of just creating content related to the sports betting markets but also talk about creating other income sources (this blog for example.) Then using these revenue streams to work towards financial independence and earlier retirement.

If any of that interests you, you can subscribe to the channel in the link below.

Smart Sports Trader Youtube Channel

Let me know in the comments how you get on in August.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£1049

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£2439

Trading

£126

Sports Betting

£810

Total Made In August

£4424

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£90,945

Remaining Target

£909,065

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – July Results

July was a frustrating month at times but also a productive one as I found a new edge in the sports betting markets.

We are now into August and looking at my results I am way under last years profits.

Last year after 6 months I had made a profit of £19,549.

In 2020 after 6 months my profit for the year stands at £7152.

I haven’t really done anything different from last year so the disparity in profits is probably a lot to do with variance.

Obviously the Corona virus has also been a factor. I do think however that I have not really grown as a sports bettor/trader with my trading in particular not being great this year.

Anyway enough rambling let’s take a look at the results and see if a decent profit was made in July?

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

As I wrote earlier although at times this month was frustrating, I also found a decent edge in the markets.

This was in relation to arbitrage and value betting.

In July I spent lot of time betting with the Asian bookmakers and working out if I could find an edge in these markets which I did.

Also having access to Asian bookmakers opened up a lot more arbitrage bets which I took advantage of. I plan to write an article about how to bet with the Asian bookmakers and also will go into some of the value betting strategies that I found.

Value Betting Results

I made a total of 529 bets in July.

A total profit of £1473 was made.

Services Used

Oddsmonkey (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

The casino gods decided to flip the switch this month and for the most part it felt like I was just donating money.

On the last day of the month I managed to get a decent win to limit the damage.

However for the majority of the month it really did feel like I wasn’t allowed to win.

But if you are looking to make money from casino offers or sports betting for that matter. You have to accept that these losing runs are going to happen.

It’s beyond your control so there is no point in getting annoyed by it because its an inevitability that its going to happen.

Casino Offers July

In July I completed 142 offers.

A total loss -£1003 was made. 

Service Used

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Sports Betting Results

Sports Betting Results

Only 15 of my own personal bets were made in July.

At the end of the month a profit of £640 was made.

Sports Betting results 2

Misc

In this section I will include profit/loss from other methods that I don’t record in as much detail as the above. It gets added to my daily P/L but I don’t record them separately.

This included some trading that I do on the exchanges. Along with bets that I have made for tipster reviews. (I covered two of these tipsters here)

Once my children are back at school in September I do plan on spending much time sports trading. But at the moment my approach is a bit scattered. 

This month I made £135 in profit.

Thoughts Going Forward

Another month where profit was made but way below last year’s average.

On one hand I’m a little disappointed by how things have gone this year. But on the other I have spent a tonne of time with my family and taken way more days off.

A big part of being happy in life is about balance.

Having two young kids at home 24/7 since April does mean I have spent way less time in front of the computer then I normally would. 

However that’s time that I can easily get back when they are older and less likely to want to spent time playing “Tig” with the dad.

So ultimately even though at the end of the year I imagine profits are going to be much lower then last years total. It’s easy to become short sighted and think that this profit figure is more important then it actually is.

At the end of the day its only a number and nothing in my life will drastically change because of it.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£1473

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

-£1003

MISC

£135

Sports Betting

£640

Total Made In June

£1245

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£86,502

Remaining Target

£913,498