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

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – June Results

June was a good month.

It seems like things are getting back to normal and the return of regular sport was a welcome one.

I did miss it, its nice to have busy Saturday’s back where I’m firing off value bets everywhere and tallying everything at the end of the day. Might be the degenerate gambler side of me that still remains but I do like having lots of action on.

Horses, football, UFC I love it when the weekends are packed.

Anyway lets take a look at the results from June.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

June saw the return of the Bet365 bet £50 get £50 in-play offer.

Which is one if not the best recurring matched betting offer that still gets thrown out from time to time. 

The Ascot horse racing festival was also in June and helped a poor start to the month turn around.

I made a total of 495 bets in June.

A total profit of £1247 was made.

Value Betting June

Services Used

Oddsmonkey (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

I did nearly 100 less offers in June compared to May.

Which I was quite surprised about when I went over the results for the month.

Didn’t do many sign ups this month and the increase in sports probably was a factor.

As a result the month end P/L was solid without being spectacular.

 

Casino Offer Results

In June I completed 145 offers.

A total profit £341 was made. 

Service Used

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Sports Betting Results

During June I made 11 bets and made a total profit of £235.

Not much to say really other then I need to stake more on MMA betting (Which I stated in last months update but didn’t apply.)

I know that is where my biggest edge is and has been for a years. After using some of my bankroll for building work for my house. I have been overly cautious with my staking and that is something I need to address.

Misc

Looking at my day to day results and the one recorded here.

I am -£123 less, not sure why to be honest. At a guess it is probably from following a few unrecorded tipster bets.

Thoughts Going Forward

As things return to a more normal state.

I will look to resume with the services I was previously using, which were Trade On Sports and FTS Racing. Have also been tracking a few tipsters that look very promising in the past few months which should also be solid additions.

Have to admit have the kids at home 24/7 has lead to a less structured approach with my betting and trading. Personally I thrive on structure so things do seem a little scattered at the moment and is one of the reasons I haven’t done any trading.

However overall I am happy with this month’s results.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£1247

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£341

MISC

-£123

Sports Betting

£235

Total Made In June

£1720

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£85,257

Remaining Target

£914,743

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – April Results

So the lock down continues, with very little sport going on.

There is still football in Belarus and Nicaragua, horse racing from Australia and America.

However opportunities have been few and far between this month with casino offers being really the only way to make some profit this.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

May does look like it might improve on a sporting front. 

The UFC are running 3 events this month, Bundesliga could return. Looks like the Korean football league will be going ahead.

So there should be some more opportunities for matched bettors, sports traders and value bettors.

Hopefully things will return to some sort of normality in the near future.

Speaking of normality on to the monthly results.

(If you prefer video, I did an update this month on Youtube)

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

In April I did 213 offers.

A total profit of £1022 was made.

Not a lot to comment on really.

Did quite a few reload offers and 10-20% cashback offers. Unibet and Betvictor have been pretty generous this month with low risk/low value offers.

Happy with the results and the volume.

April Casino bonus results

If you are still not taking advantage of casino offers and interested in leaning I have linked a video and article below which should be helpful.

Article – Make Money From Casino Bonuses

Video – How I Profit From Casino Offers

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Results

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1022

Total Made In April

£1022

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£82,381

Remaining Target

£917,619

Thoughts Going Forward

Like I wrote earlier it does look like May will improve on a sporting front.

Not thought really too much about my own trading and betting.

Opportunities still might be quite limited in the near future however at the end of the day this challenge of mine is pretty irrelevant with everything going on right now.

There are and will be a lot of people struggling with a variety of issues going forward. 

So on that note keep safe and thanks for reading.

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – March Results

March 2020 what a month.

At the beginning of this month things were pretty normal. There was a bit of a worry about this virus in China but there has been rumblings of this type of pandemic before. 

And it never happened.

However by the end of March it all became pretty real. 

My own approach has been to try and carry on as normal as possible. 

Which means the monthly update is due, Lets take a look at March’s results.

In the making a million from sports betting and trading challenge.

 

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

Its pretty crazy to think that Cheltenham happened at the beginning of this month.

Feels like a long time ago now.

Although Irish racing did carry on for a little while there wasn’t much to bet on by the end of the month.

So despite Cheltenham it wasn’t a huge month for me although results were still pretty solid.

In March there were 351 matched betting offers and value bets.

A total profit of £700 was made.

Services Used

Oddsmonkey (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Next up is casino offers.

Which is probably going to be my only focus until we get some news on sport returning.

I did think with pretty much all sports being cancelled we might see an influx of decent casino offer. If I am honest though I haven’t seen a huge difference. There does seem to be a few more lower value offers coming up though.

In March I did 200 offers.

A total profit of £1378 was made.

If your interested in profiting from casino offers I put up two new pieces of content this month.

Article – Make Money From Casino Bonuses

Video – How I Profit From Casino Offers

 

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

 

Sports Betting Results

There has been a pretty clear pattern emerging with my sports betting results.

That pattern is that I am losing pretty consistently.

I don’t bet a lot of volume and it could just be that I am running bad (which is what I want to think.)

Or could be that I am losing my edge on the markets that I was beating pretty consistently in previous years.

This month I made 10 bets.

A loss of -£730 was made.

Trade On Sports

Short month for the Trade On Sports service.

Currently my subscription to this service is on hold until football and tennis resume.

Lets take a look at the results from the 2 systems that I currently follow.

Staking £50 per selection.

Tennis Results – 4 selections in January, a profit of £223 was made.

Staking £102 per selection.

Inplay Football Results – 4 selections a profit of £88 was made.

Total – £311

Service Used

FTS Racing

After a really poor February I was hopeful that FTS Racing might find some form in March.

Unfortunately it was another bad month for FTS racing which got cut short due the cancellation of racing.

After losing £885 last month this was a bit of a kick in the balls.

But I know that these draw downs can happen in betting although I can recognise it can happen it still stings a little.

FTS Racing Results – -£584

Service Used

 

 

 

Trading

Traded very little this month with football being abruptly stopped.

Managed to get a few trades on at Cheltenham when I thought there were a few obvious opportunities where the risk vs reward ratio was very good.

A profit of £163 was made from my own trading.

Whilst things were quiet this month I got a chance to read the new cricket trading guide released by Caan Berry.

If your interested in cricket trading you can read my thoughts here.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£700

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1378

Trade On Sports

£311

FTS RACING

-£584

Trading Results

£163

Sports Betting

-£730

Total Made In March

£1238

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£81,359

Remaining Target

£918,641

Thoughts Going Forward

For a while now I have been thinking about trying to automate more of my betting.

In my 20’s I was fine which grinding out day after in front of the computer. Now though in my 30’s and with a young family I feel like to want invest less time in front of the computer.

So when sport does return that is going to be a focus of mine.

The current lock down has given me a lot of time with my kids and I do realize that whilst they are young and enjoy spending time with me. I really should make the most of that.

Because I know that if future years that’s probably not going to be the case.

How did your betting/trading go in March and how do you plan on going forward when this is all done with?

Let me know in the comments?

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – February Results

Last month wasn’t the best start to the year as a very small profit was eeked out by the end of January.

It was nice to start a new month, February was a month where I was determined to make some progress towards the £1,000,000 profit target.

Lets take a look at how things went.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

Its been a really good month from a value betting perspective.

Again very little matched betting going apart from the Bet365 inplay offer.

I did ramp up my sports arbitrage betting this month hammering a Mr Green account.

Didn’t land any 2ups with Bet365 which are always a good earner.

In February there were 348 matched betting offers and value bets.

A total profit of £2023 was made.

Value Betting Results

Services Used

Oddsmonkey (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

On to the casino results.

Got to admit this month I to start to feel quite jaded about grinding out casino offers.

It just becomes pretty mindless and unfulfilling when you do it day after especially when you go through tough periods.

On the flip side though you can still a get a decent hourly return. There are people in this world  doing hard labour for much much less and I am/was probably being a bit of a pussy.

Imagine telling some poor guy working in North Korean labour camp about feeling jaded making £25+ an hour playing casino games. 

That thought quickly puts things in perspective.

In February I did 256 offers.

A total profit of £1192 was made.

Advantage Play Results

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

 

Sports Betting Results

Sports Betting Results

Very low volume of sports bets this month. 

Which was probably a combination of being unwell for a few weeks and the fact that I can’t seem to turn this bad run around at the moment.

Only 11 bets were made in February for a total loss of -£57.

 

Trade On Sports

Coming up to nearly six months with the Trade On Sports service now.

Its a service that I like but my results haven’t been the greatest lately.

Lets take a look at the results from the 2 systems that I currently follow.

Staking £50 per selection

Tennis Results – 39 selections in January, a loss of -£677 was made.

Staking £102 per selection.

Inplay Football Results – 22 selections a loss of  -£248 was made.

Total – -£925

So overall I am pretty much breakeven with TOS after a really strong NFL season where a profit of £920 was made.

(Trade On Sports official results will be different to mine due to missed bets, different prices taken on tennis.)

Below are the results in graph form since starting to follow the service.

 

Stick Or Bust?

Despite going through a rough period of results, I still intend to stick with Trade On Sports.

My initial plan was to go with the service for a year and then reasses things.

There is a plan in place that will enable the automation of the strategies that I follow.

Which would be a big plus for me and put aside the issue of missing out on selections due to family commitment etc.

Plus I know from the excellent blog daily25 that in sports betting there will be losing periods.

Even with services that are profitable long term. That’s just the reality of betting and something you have to come to terms with if you want to win long term.

Service Used

FTS Racing

Next up is FTS racing service which provides Betfair SP selections.

I have also included Ian’s horse racing podcast selections in the results.

Not a pretty graph.

Still early days with this service but a bloodbath in February puts the service into a negative overall now.

However again my plan is to stick with it for a full year and see things out before making any changes.

I think a lot of people jump on and off services very quickly. But your never going to time things perfectly and hit the good patches of variance each time.

Just got to ride it out and look at things over the longer term.

FTS Racing Results – -£885

Service Used

 

 

 

Trading

My own trading this month was solid if not spectacular.

I mentioned being unwell for a few weeks and from experience have found its best to leave the markets alone if your not feeling very sharp.

A profit of £488 was made from trading.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£2023

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1192

Trade On Sports

-£925

FTS RACING

-£885

Trading Results

£488

Sports Betting

-£57

Total Made In February

£1836

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£80,121

Remaining Target

£919,879

Thoughts Going Forward

It was nice to get a decent winning month in after January.

Hopefully the services that I follow will have stronger months going forward, which could push me through the £100k in total profit mark before the end of the year.

Happy with the amount of volume I put in this month.

Another high point was that I had the opportunity to write an article for Asktraders.com which was really cool.

You can read that article here.

Not much else to add really my betting/trading has become pretty rigid and boring nowadays but thats probably a positive.

Listened to a few interviews with Harry Findlay this month.

Thought it was interesting as he talks a lot about getting a “buzz” from betting still.

I’ll will be honest that something that i don’t get at all anymore.

Compared to when I started and every bet seemed to really matter.

Lets see what March brings, how has your betting been going on in 2020?

Let me know in the comments below!