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 – 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 – May Results

Sports are gradually returning and things are looking up from a sports betting/trading perspective.

Again my main focus this month was on casino offers but the return of German football has been a welcome one!

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Looking ahead June promises the return of the Premier League along with other football. 

This brings more value betting opportunities and also matched betting opportunities which in turn should mean there is more profit to be made.

But for now let’s take a look at results from May in the ongoing making a million from the sports betting markets challenge.

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Let’s start with where most of the profit came from in May.

In May I did 235 offers.

A total profit £1372 was made. 

Another solid month of profit from casino offers and I got the chance to check out a new service Bonus Accumulator, which I was impressed with. They highlighted pretty much all the offers that I been previously manually working out and seem on top of finding as much value as possible from casino offers.

So going forward that will be the service that I use to exploit casino offers.

Casino Offers May

If you are still not taking advantage of casino offers and interested in leaning more.

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

Bonus Accumulator (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

There were a few matched betting offers around and I managed to pick up some value bets.

Although it didn’t seem like the market was able to adjust to there being no crowd. So relying on the market price to indicate value might not have been the best idea.

You could see this as starting prices in football didn’t seem to mean much and there were massive adjustments made in-play after 10 mins in the match odds market.

During May I made 59 bets.

A loss of -£127 was made.

Services Used

Oddsmonkey (Click Here For The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Bookie Bashing

Sports Betting Results

In May I made a total of 24 bets.

A loss of £45 was made.

During May I had a look through my long term betting results as for the last year I have been a losing sports bettor.

I also delved deeper into my long term stats dating back to 2017.

Betting Results

From the graph I can see that I am performing well betting MMA and also in-play MMA/Football over the long term (This is shown as No Sport on Bettin.gs.)

Although the sample of bets isn’t huge it looks like my pre match football bets (red line on the graph) are not really making any money. 

It makes sense going forward to increase my bet size on Mixed Martial Arts and leave betting pre-match on football alone. I am very confident in my edge betting MMA markets but obviously football markets are a lot sharper.

Hopefully this change should see a decent profit made over the coming year.

Services

Previously I had been using Trade On Sport and FTS Racing. I won’t be using these services until sport resumes in normal form. Both are good services and I am confident long term they will be profitable but during this period I want to be cautious. 

My main focus is going to be on area’s that I am confident I have a large edge in ( Casino offers, mma betting, pre-match trading.)

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£-127

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1372

Trading Results

-£46

Sports Betting

-£45

Total Made In May

£1156

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£83,537

Remaining Target

£916,463

Thoughts Going Forward

Got to admit I have been pretty disappointed with results this year after doing really well last year, I hoped that momentum would continue.

However at the end of the day it is only betting and with everything that’s happened I should really be grateful for everything that I have already. For a lot of people that live on this world there is no opportunity to make money from the sports betting world. 

In fact there is very little opportunity for them at all.

Puts things into perspective, anyway moving on to June.

The return of the Premier League is sure to bring more matched betting offers to the table and should be some good pre-match trading opportunities.

Thanks for reading, hope you have a profitable June.

 

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!

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – January Results

2019 was a really solid year betting wise and I felt that I ran pretty well overall.

The start of 2020 however has given me a stark reminder about the realities of betting, sometimes your going to lose.

Lets take a look at the results for January!

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

It felt like January took a while to get going after Christmas and New Year.

Results were poor for matched betting and value betting. Didn’t get a sniff of a 2up and things just felt pretty flat throughout the whole month.

Despite in the last report writing that I was going to hammer some accounts with arbitrage betting I didn’t do a whole lot of sports arbitrage in Janaury.

Still did some arbitrage on restricted accounts but left money on the table by not taking advantage of newer accounts that are unused.

In January there were 381 matched betting offers and value bets.

A total loss of -£122 was made.

Services Used

Oddsmonkey (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

On to the casino offers and despite a lot of casinos choosing to leave the UK recently there were a decent amount of offers in January.

In January I did 214 offers.

A total profit of £952 was made.

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Sports Betting Results

My own betting hasen’t been going well for a while as little progress has been made in the last 7 months.

Well January was the worst month I can remeber from a betting perspective.

Pretty much everything lost.

Felt like I had a reverse midas touch where everything just turned to s***.

Man City came back from 0-1 down to go 2-1 up at home to Palace and blew it, Inter were dominating Lecce finally found a goal but then gave one back pretty soon after.

Pretty annoying but it is what it is, you just have to shake your head and move on.

In January I made 20 bets in total.

A total loss of -£852 was made.

My long term betting results still look pretty good (This graph starts from April 2017.)

But I am not going to lie this recent run of results has got me questioning my approach to football betting.

Trade On Sports

Not a great amount of volume for the Trade On Sports selections in January with NFL winding down and football being quieter then normal.

Lets take a look at the results from the 3 systems that I follow.

Staking between £50-£100 per selection

Tennis Results – 16 selections in January, a profit of £40 was made ( I mistakenly bet selections in the majors which is no longer the criteria for tennis bets)

NFL Results – 5 selections a loss of -£192 was made.

Inplay Football Results – 13 selections a profit of  £33 was made.

Total – -£119

Service Used

FTS Racing

Next up is FTS racing whch focuses on betting in the horse racing markets.

I was away early January so I started following selections from the 3rd of January.

Here are the day to day results which also include horse racing selections from the FTS podcast.

FTS Racing Results – £11

Service Used

 

 

 

Trading

My trading this month wasn’t great. I started off by making a mistake which cost me £200 as I forgot to close a position on a horse racing selection.

The football markets seem to be a bit more volatile this season, thankfully I have other good pre match traders to talk with and they feel the same. So I know that its not just me trading poorly.

Not sure if its manipulation or a big syndicate prepared to go against the rest of the market.

However there used to be certain scenario’s in football where you could pretty guarantee where the odds were going to move.

One of those scenario’s was when a fringe player who hadn’t played for a team was in the starting line up for the first time.

When Tottenham played Liverpool there was a new name on the Tottenham teamsheet  “Tanganga.”

In previous years you could guarantee that on the back of this news Liverpool would get backed in pretty hard and it would be a pretty easy pre match trade.

This did not happen however Liverpool surprisingly drifted from 1.64 out to 1.7 and then came back in to 1.64 about 40 minutes later.

Really bizarre and there have been a few market moves this year that have left me kind of puzzled. 

At the end of  January I had made a total profit of £330 from trading.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

-£122

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£952

Trade On Sports

-£119

FTS RACING

£11

Trading Results

£330

Sports Betting

-£852

Total Made In January

£200

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£78,305

Remaining Target

£921,595

Thoughts Going Forward

There is always the urge to change things up when results are poor.

But the truth is I am doing nothing differently to the 12 very profitable months that I just had in 2019.

I have been looking at other services and tipsters but there is still a lot more I could be doing with the FTS and Trade On Sports services.

February has started well and poor results in January have given me the motivation to put in more volume this month.

How has your start to 2020 been?

Decent profits? Struggled to get going?

Let me know in the comments below

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – November Results

Huge Casino Win

Only one month remains in 2019 and so far its been a pretty good year.

The betting landscape keeps changing.

Matched betting offers seem to be drying up however there is still money to be made in the sports betting markets.

Lets take a look at results from November.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

When I started this challenge I was mostly matched betting, doing some arbitrage and a little bit of value betting.

Two years in and that has completely flipped. The majority of my volume is value betting with some arbitrage betting and very little matched betting.

I wrote last month about having a decent think on the best way to utlise soft bookmaker accounts. Different bookmakers offer different opportunities but with the Unibet group I think just hammering arbs over a weekend is probably the best strategy there.

Bet365 seems like the only account worth saving for matched betting purposes at the moment.

Value Betting November

In October there were 296 matched betting offers and value bets.

A total profit of £972 was made.

Service Used

Oddsmonkey (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Huge Casino Win

The casino gods continued to be kind in November.

However it seems like Bet365 are cutting back on there casino offers which isn’t good.

There are still plenty of decent offers around and always new casino’s popping up.

Casino offers do offer some of the best roi in return for your time in the current betting climate. 

If you have the bankroll and can handle the swings its a good way of making money long term.

Advantage Play Results

In November I did 136 offers.

A total profit of £1248 was made.

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

 

Sports Betting Results

Not a great month for my own sports betting.

Followers of my free betting and trading service will have also hit a bit of a downswing.

Long term however I am very confident we will be profitable.

Just have to ride out these losing periods.

A few of the selections from November

In November  I made 15 bets in total.

A total loss of £210 was made.

Trade On Sports

A much stronger performance from Trade On Sports this month.

With the service now showing a healthy profit in overall profit and loss.

I follow three of the models within the Trade On Sports service.

Staking between £50-£100 per selection

Tennis Results – 5 selections  a loss of -£27 was made.

NFL Results – 34 selections a profit of £220 was made.

Inplay Football Results – 16 selections a profit of  £347 was made.

Total – £540

Service Used

Trading

My own trading went very well this month.

I started looking much more at the horse racing markets and found a decent edge.

Can’t go into too much detail as it will only erode this edge and create competition for myself. It should allow me to increase profit from pre event trading.

However what I will say is it is pretty much about finding patterns that repeat themselves in the market.

In total a profit of £1341 was made from trading.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£972

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1248

Trade On Sports

£540

Trading Results

£1341

Sports Betting

£-210

Total Made In October

£3891

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£74,265

Remaining Target

£925,735

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – October Results

2019 seems to be flying by and its another month in the bag.

October was a good month in terms of profit and I also started creating more content for my youtube channel.

Lets take a look at results from October in the long running journey to making a million.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

Things seem really quiet on the matched betting front these days.

Bet365 2ups are still the best offer out there. Will Hill seem to have cut down on golden goal and its pretty slim pickings elsewhere. Still money to be made but I have been thinking about just loading my accounts up and hammering arbitrage bets until their rendered useless.

Going forward I am going to have to have a look at the best way to utlize soft bookmaker accounts in the current climate.

The vast majority of my volume this month came from value betting. This is mostly with softbooks but I have also found that with 0% commission (from being a member of Oddsmonkey) you can get value bets on both Matchbook and Smarkets. If you focus on getting money matched on the lay side of the book.

Making A Million From Sports Betting

In October there were 281 matched betting offers and value bets.

A total profit of £1124 was made.

Service Used

Oddsmonkey (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Making A Million From Sports Betting

Having done thousands of advantage play offers I have found that you get the odd month where it seems like you just can’t lose. Then you go through a period where it seems like all you can do is lose.

What is funny is that your mindset adjusts to this and you go into every offer with the expectancy that you are going to win (good periods) or destined to lose (bad periods).

This is why the majority of people really struggle with the higher risk casino stuff. 

October was a good period with a few decent sized wins in succession allowing a really good profit by the end of the month.

In September I did 145 offers.

A total profit of £1937 was made.

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Sports Betting Results

In October  I made 30 bets in total.

A total loss of £226 was made.

Some bets from the end of October

Not a lot to write about here. It was just a month where it felt like we were on the wrong side of variance.

Split decisions went against us in MMA and in football poor finishing seemed to cost us.

If you want to get access to the majority of my bets. My free betting and trading service is still accepting members. This service is currently in profit by 8 points after staking 91.75 points. If your interested in betting/trading as a long term investment then this will suit you.

Trade On Sports

Trade On Sports has struggled to deliver any profit so far.

Did things pick up in October?

Lets starts with the in-play football bets which have historically been very strong.

In-play football 19 bets were made staking £103 per bet 

a loss of -£634  was made.

There were 67 prematch tennis selections 

profit of £162 was made.

In NFL there were 18 selections

A profit of £396 was made.

Combined loss of -£76 was made following TOS selections.

I should note that these results will not be the same as TOS official results. This is because for the in-play football selections bets can be send out at any time early morning or late at night. So I miss these due to sleeping. Other times they don’t hit the criteria of matching odds of 1.6 before 70 mins.

Honestbettingreviews?

(On a side note honestbettingreviews.com have been running a review of this service  and have included several wins in their results that never hit odds 1.6 before 70 mins. However they record them as winners at 1.6 which they are not, so these results are not correct.)

So yeah very honest of them to do that.

NFL I struggle to match the quoted odds for all selections but I am able to get bet better odds often for the selections I can get on.

Its fair to say that Trade On Sports is stuttering at the moment. I do worry that VAR could have a big impact on the in-play football bets. Given that its based on historical data and we don’t know the full impact that VAR will have on goal expectancy going forward.

Whilst we see more penalties given for handball, marginal offsides which would have once been fine are causing goals to be ruled out.

I am sure someone cleverer then myself will have some data on it by the end of the season.

Going to look at how TOS has performed up until January and then reassess whether to keep it as part of the portfolio or not.

Service Used

Trading

October was a solid month for my own personal trading without being spectacular.

I created a few videos on my overall approach to pre-match trading which have gone down really well.

In total a profit of £252 was made from trading.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£1124

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1937

Trade On Sports

£-76

Trading Results

£252

Sports Betting

£-226

Total Made In October

£3011

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£70,374

Remaining Target

£929,626

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – September Results

September felt like a month where I put in a lot of volume but by the end of the month results showed it payed off.

I did a lot more arbitrage this month but the big positive was that it allowed me to notice some recurring patterns in odds movement. Which have allowed me to develop a decent strategy for trading the horse racing.

Lets take a look then at results for September.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

It was nice to see the two best earning matched betting offers return in September. 

William Hills Golden Goal offer and the Bet365 bet £50 get £50 in-play are always good low risk offers.

The majority of my volume has been value betting and some arbitrage. I looked more at the guaranteed lay to lose offers that some bookmakers offer on horse racing. Not every race has an opportunity but I managed to find at least a few each day.

In September there were 259 matched betting offers and value bets.

A total profit of £656 was made.

Service Used

Oddsmonkey (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Next up is casino offers and September was a really good month.

There wasn’t one stand out win it was just a month where there was consistent winning periods which really added up at the end of the month.

In September I did 143 offers.

A total profit of £1284 was made.

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Sports Betting Results

In September  I made 29 bets in total.

A total profit of £731 was made.

A decent run of results at September.

Trade On Sports

In September I started to record seperately my results from  Trade On Sports.

I currently bet the football In-play overs selections in the second half, pre match tennis selection and the NFL bets.

Here are the results.

Inplay football 24 bets were made staking £105 per bet 

£7 profit was made.

There were 28 prematch tennis selections 

A loss of -£158 was made.

In NFL there were 38 selections

A profit of £205 was made.

Combined profit of £54 was made following TOS selections.

I should note that these results will not be the same as TOS official results due to a few missed selections and also a difference in odds taken.

Service Used

Trading

My own personal trading has been gone pretty well and having found a nice edge in the horse racing markets I am excited to see how far I can push it going forward. 

I traded football the same as usual reacting to team news mostly. Also traded a few games in play going back and using my first half trading strategies as I found myself with the time to do so.

In total a profit of £458 was made.

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£656

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£1284

Trade On Sports

£54

Trading Results

£458

Sports Betting

£731

Total Made In September

£3183

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£67,363

Remaining Target

£932,637

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – August Results

August was a stange month where I logged in way more losing days then usual.

There were more losing days then winning ones and I will admit that logging a minus into my overall P/L day after day was disheartening.

However profit and loss for August was actually ok due to to one mega Saturday where everything went right.

Lets delve into the results.

Sports Betting and Trading Challenge

Matched Betting – Sports Offers, Arbitrage, Value Betting

With the return of the big football leagues came a lot more value betting opportunities. Matched betting offers still seem pretty slim compared to the past but its just a case of evolving and taking what opportunities there are.

Its clear that the golden days of matched betting are gone and it had to happen as matched bettings popularity sky rocked and it started to have a bigger impact on bookmakers profit and losses.

This month I got more use out of my limited accounts hitting value bets on horses and football for whatever I was allowed to get on. I didn’t log these down as often they were £5-£10 bets and I spend enough time in front of my laptop as it is. Bet365 in particular are a good bookmaker for this if you find yourself limited.

In August there were 333 matched betting offers and value bets.

A total profit of £1948 was made.

Service Used

Oddsmonkey (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £12.50 a month (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

Bookie Bashing

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Onto the advantage play methods where I look to make a profit by taking advantage of casino bonuses.

So again in order to free up in time I have stopped recording offers with an EV of less then £4. I still do offers with an ev of less then £4 because they usually take 2-5 minutes and its a decent return for your time.

In August I did 116 offers.

A total profit of £634 was made.

Service Used

Profit Maximiser (Read The Review)

Subscription Cost – £9.60 a month  (Annual Subscription)

Betting And Trading Results - June Report

 

Sports Betting Results

Its fair to say August was not a good month for my sports betting results or for anyone following the Smart Sports Trading Service.

In total I made 13 bets.

A total loss of -£501 was made.

My betting is pretty low volume month to month so I can’t expect to have winning months all the time.

Long term though with a 14% roi over 610 bets I am pretty happy that this is an area which will continue to bring profit.

Trading

Starting from September I will seperate my own trading results with the results I get following Trade On Sports.

Again due to looking to spend less time on my computer I have put all trading results together but I will be honest alongside my own trading and the amount of strategies on offer with Trade On Sports it makes sense to seperate them.

My combined profit and loss for my own trading and the selections from Trade On Sports produced a loss of -£413.

The majority of these losses came from the in-play football selections from Trade On Sports. It went through a rough period in August and although it recovered by the end of the month. I missed a lot of winning trades due to being out with the family over the school holidays.

These things happen with betting and I am sure the variance will even out.

Alongside the football bets, I follow the tennis selections and will be adding the NFL selections to my portfolio.

In future updates these will all be recorded seperately.

Service Used

Results

Matched Betting – Sports Offers

£1948

Advantage Play – Casino Offers

£634

Trading Results

-£413

Sports Betting

-£501

Total Made In July

£1668

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£64,180

Remaining Target

£935,820

 

Thoughts Going Forward

August didn’t feel like a great month although results ended up being decent enough.

One thing that I did find tough was managing my trading and betting around spending time with my children whilst they are off. There has to be a balance where I can’t just take a month off but I also want make sure I am not stuck to my laptop most days neglecting time with my kids.

Happy enough with my overall portfolio of strategies and services that I am using. I have thought about trading horse racing again. This was something I used to trade and had some success with but again its tough to do everything and  its important to find the right balance.

Hope your August went well and if your interested in joining the free Smart Sports Trading Service there is still space available.

Till next month!