Making A Million From Sports Betting (Dec Results And 2022 Year Review)

2022 Results

December marked month 69 in the “Making A Million Challenge” and we also saw the end of 2022.

Although the world seems to be in a constant state of chaos with inflation, war, climate change etc. After the lockdowns and previous years it did seem a bit more normal.

Still enjoying the betting and trading on a daily basis, overall it was a very positive year!

In today’s post I will quickly go through Decembers results, then take a look at the strategies/results used for 2022.

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December Results

Alright let’s quickly go through the results for December.

December Results

 

December was an odd month. It started off very well and I continued to make good trading decisions in the world cup and value bets were winning. Then in the knockout stages things seemed to go pear shaped, everything just started losing and some bias crept into my in-play trading as the bigger named teams squared off.

By Christmas it looked like I would probably have a small losing or winning month depending on the next few days. However the return of “regular” football saw a big increase volume and the last few days of the month exploded in profit.

Which meant that December finished with a decent profit totaling £3632

2022 Review 

Let’s take a look at the year as a whole, breaking down which strategies/services performed well.

2022 Results

2022 was a record year in terms of profit with a total of £39,845 being made. Which was a great total and by March I had run through all pretty much all my bookmaker accounts and focused on using purely the exchanges and betting shops.

One perhaps concern was that the majority of the profit was made in the first 6 months with £27,475 being made at the end of June. The latter 6 months produced a profit of £12,370 which was more in line with previous years.

Obviously one factor was no more soft bookmaker accounts and of course there is always variance with betting/trading. Last year might be just end up being an outlier, guess I’ll find out.

Let’s dig into the results!

 

Horse Racing Betting

Horse Racing Results 2022

Disappointing year for the horse racing portfolio and by December I had knocked it on the head. Due to the fact that it didn’t seem to be warranting the time spent on it.

The year started fairly well and Beth Bet ( A horse racing value betting tool) continued to do very well and was bringing in the majority of the profit. Unfortunately early in the year (Sometime in Feb/March I think?) they discontinued the service without any reason.

It’s likely they were bought out by either a bookmaker or a syndicate. They seemed to be growing in their customer base and pretty much everyone I spoke to was having success with it.

After that I used some free tipsters from the Smart Betting Club, tried out Hansbury Racing and did some of my own betting. However results just went south for pretty much the entire second half of the year.

I’m not completely throwing horse racing betting away and might revamp things for 2023. However other strategies were proving to be much more profitable, meaning it was better to put more time into those.

Total made – £550

FTS Ultimate

FTS Ultimate is a service that gives you access to historical data and a few different models to use. It isn’t a service that provides selections, the service allows you to dig into the data to find your own edge.

I joined Ultimate for the 2022/2023 season, setting up four different systems that will be followed for the entire season. Exact details of the systems can’t be given out as it wouldn’t be fair to FTS however I can give brief labels to what they are.

System 1 (Lay Draw), Stakes – £50 lay bet,  Results = £2608

System 2 (Form based system) £50 to £100 lay bets, Results = -£335

System 3 (Backing under 2.5/under.3.5) £50 to £100 back bets, Results = -£1200

System (Underdog System) £10 to £30 back bets, Results = £162

Total – £1235

Bets And Beers Telegram Group

A service that I used for the last 2 months of the years was “Bets And Beers.”

Which I know sounds like the muggiest group ever or maybe even the start of a shitty rap song “Give me bets, beers, boobies and bitches, stacking cash backing players on pitches!”

I wonder what Vanilla Ice is up to, maybe we could team up…….

However the service itself though is very solid and has a few years of results backing it up. It’s a very simple laying service, where you lay the draw or lay horses.

Bets And Beers

I started the service on the 3/11/22 and by the end of the year a profit of £924 had been made.

This was staking £20 on the half time lay selections, then laying £50 in second half should that bet lose. For the horse racing selections I was risking £200 per bet.

If you are interested in the service you can find it here, along with long term results.

Bets And Beers Twitter

Value Betting And Trading

The next section is a couple of strategies that I record on one spreadsheet as it saves me a lot of time. However I will break down the strategies involved.

In 2022 this is what brought in the biggest amount of profit and where I found the largest edge.

Value Betting

That’s a pretty nice graph and although there are some £1-2k downswings. The amount of volume and lack of volatility makes it look like it was plain sailing. Although it never really felt like that on a week to week basis.

The strategies used were pre match trading, value betting and what I would say is advanced value betting or what I have heard be called “The top down approach.”

Pre Match Trading

Pre match trading is something that’s been covered a lot on this blog and I’ve also made videos about it. 

Your aim with pre match trading is to be in and out of the market before the start of the event, backing at a higher price then you lay or vice versa.

Pre Match example

Here is a video which explains what pre match trading is with examples.

Value Betting and Top Down Approach

Value betting again is something else that been written about a lot on this blog. The aim is to beat the closing odds at Pinnacle or on the betting exchanges. This has been shown long term to be very profitable with very big sample sizes of data showing this.

Here is our guide to value betting if you want to learn more.

Due to running out of soft bookmakers the opportunity to do standard value betting was pretty limited this year. After listening to many successful American bettors talk about using a “top down approach.”

Which is reading odds movement and basically predicting where the market is going to move. Basically making a prediction on what the value side is likely to be.

I started to try and figure out if this approach would work for myself.

Arsenal bet

For example tonight Arsenal are playing Newcastle and looking at the market a few days earlier, there were signs that Arsenal would get backed in. I placed a bet at 1.87 and its currently moved in to lay at 1.82. (An indication of value, lay odds being lower then back odds.)

With value betting although I tend be right more then more then I am wrong. I stake smaller and leave it as a value bet (leave it to go in-play) as opposed to pre match trading. For pre match trading I am usually more confident in my read so stakes used are higher.

Also there are some smaller markets where you can’t get too much money down, which makes pre match trading difficult.

Aberdeen

Hybrid Approach 

The third strategy is a hybrid of the first two. If my confidence level is fairly high I will stake a higher amount and then as the market moves in my favour reduce the liability. This is done by laying at a lower amount and leaving 20 – 30% of my stake as an enhanced value bet.

Hybrid approach

In the above example the lay bet is now at effective odds of 2.25. Crystal Palace are priced at 3.8 to lay. So by reading the market, laying then backing its enhanced what was already a value bet but lowered the stake.

The reason for this approach is that it lowers the volatility of straight value betting. Which means that you don’t have to deal with as much variance. 

How To Read A Market

How do you read a market?

That’s probably the biggest question and unfortunately if I gave out every detail it would either kill my edge or greatly reduce it. Which means I can’t give everything away however I can give some helpful advice.

First off you want some odds comparison software, value betting or arbitrage software. This enable you see odds movement in the market. (In real time)

Personally I use Oddsmonkey, Trademate and Oddsportal (comparison site).

This allows you to see what’s getting backed in with bookmakers, exchanges and sharp bookmakers. Then your basically looking for recurring patterns in the markets. There are some teams that I call “Market favs” you see them time and time again getting backed in.

Perhaps it’s 3 days out and you see money coming in on Sheff Utd for the 3rd week running. It’s fairly likely that the money is going to keep coming.

Next up you need to think about the market in different time frames

What happens 5/3/2 days before a game is due to start?

If there isn’t Pinnacle odds, which is the sharpest bookmaker?

When a team wins 5-0 what happens to the price in their next game immediately after the current games finished. 3 days before the game, morning of the game?

You will see overreactions in market where odds move too far, looking at time frames you might start to get a hint on when the market reverses.

It’s more advanced then straight up value betting, requires more work. However that’s likely why its more profitable. (Unless your a big multi accounter that can hammer through soft books without worry)

Overall from value betting and trading a total of £33,942 was made.

 

MMA Betting

Booked in my first losing year of mixed martial arts and boxing betting. The MMA markets have definitely become sharper over the last few years.

Whether it was just variance or I need to change my approach time will tell. 

95% of bets are on underdogs and a sample of 107 bets isn’t massive. However it did suck out a lot of the enjoyment that I get from watching MMA seeing bet after bet lose.

This is the nature of betting though and downswings can happen. We all know this we just don’t it to happen to us, 2023 should provide some answers on if things need to change or not.

MMA Betting 2

 

A total of -£1314 was lost betting MMA.

2022 Totals

Horse Racing – £550

FTS – £1235

Bets and Beers – £924

Value Betting/Trading – £33,942

MMA Betting – -£1314

Misc/Everything Else – £4508

 

(Misc/everything else accounts for in-play betting on UFC, in-play football trading, casino offers and some free tipster bets. Whilst I account for these in my daily profit and loss sheet, I don’t track them on separate sheets as there isn’t a massive amount of volume. Overall it cuts down on the amount data input I do on a daily basis)

Total Made In December

+£3632

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£168,308

Thoughts Going Forward

Very happy with the overall results for 2022.

In terms of goals it would be good to push towards £50,000 profit in a year. However I could have just run very well in 2022 and profits could drop off. Have to be realistic and keep that in mind.

The UK betting scene does seem a complete fucking mess at the moment, which is a slight worry but completely out of our control. What we can control is to keep learning, finding edges, putting in the time and hopefully the profit continues to come.

Thanks for reading, hope you had a good 2022 and wish you all the best for 2023!

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – November 2022 Results

Month 68 in the Making A Million Challenge was an interesting one. The major European leagues took a winter break and the Qatar 2022 World Cup began.

During this month I also started following a new tipster that has some solid long term results and continued with a couple of FTS Income systems.

Let’s dig into the results from November!

 

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Value Betting/Pre Match Trading

The World Cup throws up a lot of value betting opportunities on a daily basis.

Player shots on target, win and both teams to score, first goal scorer bets, were pretty popular boosts on a daily basis.

Value Betting

After 264 bets a profit of £929 was made from value betting.

 

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

It’s not been the best year for my MMA betting.

My focus is usually on finding value on underdogs but whether its variance or my own analysis is getting a little bit lazy. It’s not been profitable this year, looking at results I am down around £1500, which given 1 unit is £200 isn’t a massive amount.

However it will be the first year I’ve lost betting MMA

MMA Betting

In December there were 5 bets a loss of -£30 was made.

 

Horse Racing Tipsters

Towards the end of the month I took up a black Friday offer on Kieran Ward’s morning value service. Mainly to see whether or not I could use the service backing solely on the exchange.

Ever since the closure of Beth Bet, the horse racing portfolio has stayed static most months and steadily lost money on the other months.

Horse Racing Results

This month followed a similar pattern and I think its time to knock it on head for now. I do think the horse racing markets offer decent opportunity and plan to spend some time looking at trading.

A loss of -£451 was made from horse racing bets this month.

 

FTS Systems

FTS is a subscription service that offers a wide range of data to help you develop profitable betting strategies. It is a run by professional bettor Ian Erksine.

Currently I am running 4 season long strategies. The systems are designed for specific leagues and with the World Cup currently on, there were less selections this month then usual.

Lay The Draw System = +£378

Back Unders System = +£86

Match Odds Form System = -£442

Big Underdogs System = +£232

Overall a profit of £252 was made from FTS Ultimate.

Bets And Beers Selections

I started following someone on twitter under the handle of Bets and Beers. After following them for a couple of years and keeping an eye on his results.

Bets and Beers sends out horse racing lay bets and lay the draw selections. You can have a look at his long term results here.

Bets And Beers

It was a pretty solid month of selections. I follow the half time lay the draw selections and then if that bet loses look to lay it again in the second half. My staking is £20 on the initial lay bet, then £40-£50 if the second lay is triggered.

I am also following his horse racing selections risking £200 per lay bet.

A profit of £382 was made from football, £310 was made from horses.

Total Profit = £692

If interested a monthly sub costs £5 and you can contact Chris on Bets and Beers via twitter

 

In-Play Betting (Football and UFC) And Misc Bets

Had a really strong start to the World Cup and did well picking out some in-play value spots on the UFC also. The group games were really good for trading with big corrections happening inside the first 20 mins in many games.

Which meant that you could get in and out of the markets without a lot of risk or leave yourself with big value bets. If you were able to read the markets relatively quickly.

Betfair Profits

 

Overall a profit of £1216 was made from trading and in-play betting.

Overall Results And Thoughts

Good month overall, was slightly disappointing to go from nearly 4k profit to below 3k on the last day of the month. This is the game we play though and it’s out of our control , just got to try and keep making the right decisions.

Nov betting

 

This year overall has been very solid and barring a terrible December should be a new record high P/L. Which is a good sign and shows some progression as for most of the year it’s been solely using the exchanges.

Hope you all a decent month, thanks for reading and enjoy the festivities.

Total Made In November

+£2734

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£164,676

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – September 2022 Results

September Results

September was an interesting month.

Enjoyed football being back in full flow until the dreaded international break. There were some exciting UFC events to bet on and I spent much more time looking at live betting/trading football.

Let’s take a look at how things went in Month 66 of the challenge!

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Value Betting/Trading

Not a great month for value betting which hit a pretty bad losing streak pretty early on. Didn’t find any really big pre match trading opportunities either to counter the down swing.

The international break also meant a reduction in the amount of bets compared to last month.

Value Betting

In total there were 176 bets made in September.

A total loss of -£1197 was made.

Overall a disappointing month for value betting and pre match trading. However long term the strategy is solid, I know it works just got to continue to put the work in.

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Been a while but finally hit a decent win on a casino offer.

Betfair had been running a bet £25 get £5 bonus promotion for a few weeks, which was plus ev. Managed to hit a bonus round whilst staking £5 and won £651.

Casino Win

Overall I took part in 13 casino offers during September.

A profit of £697 was made in total.

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

Booked in a losing month for MMA betting.

One bet that I was really confident in was Jake Collier to win inside the distance. This looked like it was going to cash in the few minutes as Collier put a beating on Barnett for most of the opening round.

However props to Barnett, he was incredibly tough and came out to finish Collier in the 2nd.

UFC Bets

Overall I made 6 MMA bets this month and a loss of -£392 was made.

Horse Racing Tipsters

Down to following one horse racing tipster at the moment. That horse racing tipster is Kieran Ward’s Value Tips (free SBC tipster.)

Occasionally I also have my own horse racing selections which are based on market movement.

From the start of September horse racing bets were in the red. This continued throughout the month and there were many days where no selections were placed.

Overall a loss of -£227 was made from horse racing.

FTS Systems

FTS is a subscription service that offers a wide range of data to help you develop profitable betting strategies.

Currently I am running 3 season long strategies. One strategy focuses on laying the draw, the second strategy is goals based backing unders. The third strategy is again a lay strategy on the match odds markets.

During September these three strategies combined made a profit of £699.

In-Play Betting (Football and UFC) And Misc Bets

Last month I started looking a lot more at the in-play betting markets for football. This is something I have looked at previously but this month I approached it slightly differently .

The video below outlines an in-play trading session on football, discussing some of the strategies used.

Alongside the in-play betting, I also follow selections from a few podcasts and articles.

The football guys at Matchbook Insights are worth a listen with Mark O’Haire in particular being pretty sharp.

A total of £1553 was made from in-play betting and misc bets.

Results For September

Value Betting – –£1197

Casino Offers – £697

MMA – –£392

Horse Racing Tipsters – –£227

FTS Income – £699

In-Play Betting/Trading And Misc – £1553

September Results

Total Made In September

£1133

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£162,252

 

 

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – August 2022 Results

August was a good month.

The major football leagues returned, which meant a big increase in trading and value bets.

Spent a week in the beautiful Greek island of Corfu with the family. Which was a welcome break after a couple of years of covid making traveling abroad difficult.

Simplified my betting this month by removing the golf bets and trimming down the horse racing portfolio. This month I came to a similar realization as Steve from https://www.daily25.com/.

That the majority of my profit comes from one source. Which without sounding too much like an arrogant prick is from my own betting and trading. Over the years I have used multiple tipsters but outside of Beth Bet and Trademate (Which aren’t strictly tipsters) the time spent hasn’t really been worth while.

Early on in the month I decided to focus more on my own approaches, (scaling them up, improving them). Spending less time on getting tipster bets on.

Let’s take a look at how things went in Month 65.

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Value Betting/Trading

Big increase in the volume of bets this month with the major football leagues kicking off. This also meant more pre match trading opportunities cropping up.

Fafabet

The biggest single winning bet I had on was with Fafabet. They gave out a nice 50% refund on a max bet of £200 which is very rare these day.

I took a straight bet on the draw in Leeds vs Everton game as it looked like it had some value, fortunately the draw came in. Likely that is the last offer I see from them.

Value Bets August 2022

It was a really strong month for value betting and trading. After 2 consecutive months that had been below par. Was nice to get some reassurance that the methods are still working.

In total there were 302 bets made.

A total profit of £4157 was made.

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Did a few more casino offers this month and the daily bet £25 get £5 free on Fishin Frenzy, from Betfair was nice addition.

Betfair Fishin

Not sure why they started throwing offers my way again, after a year or two of nothing. Hit a few nice wins this month and a profit of £242 was made.

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

A low volume month in August for MMA betting. However more importantly is was a profitable one.

MMA Bets August 2022

It wasn’t looking too good for Leon Edwards going in to round 5 of his fight with Kamaru Usman. That was until he landed a picture perfect head kick that Mirko Cro Cop would have been proud of becoming the new Welterweight champion of the world.

Capping a profitable month of mma and boxing bets.

A profit of £280 was made this month from 6 bets.

Horse Racing Tipsters

As mentioned at the start of this article I cut down on the horse racing tipsters I was using.

Hansbury Racing has an excellent long term record however I realized I wasn’t comfortable with the long losing runs you get betting at higher odds. Which is a similar reason to why I stopped betting golf. Missing winners at big odds is very frustrating and can extend those losing runs that your bound to go through even more.

From the 10th of August I decided just to follow Kieran Ward’s Value Tips (free SBC tipster.)

Not as regimented as before, but when I see the email come through and I am at my computer I’ll place the bet.

Horse Bets August

Alongside this I also bet horses using one of my own methods, which is based around odds movement.

A profit of £305 was made from horse racing bets this month.

FTS Systems

August saw the first month for the FTS systems to kick in. Things didn’t get off to a great start as I was around £1k in the red at one point. However a recovery was made by the end of the month.

It’s been really interesting using the FTS database and confirming some bias’s that exist in the market. Using that I have also been able to see some trends for pre match trading.

Very optimistic that I can use this data to profit more from the exchanges going forward.

Overall a profit of £138 was made from my FTS systems.

 

Misc And Thoughts

Profit/loss was misc bets/trades this month was £308.

These are bets/trades that I haven’t recorded in any other section but are added/removed from the daily totals.

A strong month to kick off the new season. Feel like I have made a good decision focusing more time on my own methods over tipsters.  Time will tell I suppose.

Overall very happy with everything this month, excited to see how things look at the end of the year.

Thanks for reading!

Results For August

Value Betting – £4157

Casino Offers – £242

MMA – £280

Horse Racing Tipsters – £305

Misc – £308

Total Made In August

£5292

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£161,119

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – June 2022 Results

June P and L

On to month 63 in the “Making a Million Challenge.”

Overall from a betting perspective it was a slower month then usual. My plan at the beginning of the month was to be super productive, get more blog posts done, look at other ways to make money online and get shit done!

Writing this at the end of the month. I spent a lot of time going out for walks, running, playing football with my son, playing computer games and catching up on a few Netflix series (Umbrella Academy and Ozark). 

Although I did fail to be productive in the sense I set out too.

When I think back to when I started this blog more then 5 years ago. I was working a 60 hour security job. Having to work every weekend. Working nights and missing a lot of time with my family.

Looking at it that way, this month was pretty damn good. Having the time to do the things you want to do, with the people you want to do it with. Is real wealth in my opinion.

Hopefully I can keep progressing with betting and keep creating free time for myself and more time with my family going forward.

Let’s take a look at results from June.

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Value Betting/Trading

A lot less volume in June with most of it coming on the Nations League. Where England performed really poor and my biggest bet of the month on Kane to register 1 shot on target when down in flames.

Really frustrating watching a game where you just need one shot on target.

Buddha, Jesus, Odin, whichever god I prayed too, Kane couldn’t find the target!

Recovered at the end of the month with a good run on the horses at the end of the month. That did kill the last remaining Bet365 account was I had however. Which pretty much brings me to the end of betting with soft books.

As time has gone on I have been using the exchanges more and more. However its a shame that the money train that is Bet365, is now over. At least for the near future anyway.

June Value betting

In total there were 113 bets made.

A total profit of £1246 was made.

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Barely worth mentioning casino offers this month.

In total I did 3 offers.

A total of £18 was made

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

Been a rough run this month with MMA betting. Two wins in the last 13 bets hasn’t felt good.

If Bet365 had offered a ridiculous price on Curtis to win by decision things would have been much worse.

Watching some of the fights it has been frustrating. With fighters being so close to getting finishes only to find themselves getting finished a few minutes later (Baudot,Emeev) but it’s just the volatility of the sport. The same volatility that presents value over the long term.

MMA bets June

Overall there were 13 bets in June.

A total of -£700 was lost betting on MMA.

Horse Racing Tipsters

A decent month for the horse racing portfolio. Which could have been much better had a not missed the day that the tipsters”No Photo Needed” hit a few winners.

Hansbury Racing was the standout tipster of the month providing a nice 74.9 winner.

Hansbury Winners

The current racing tipster portfolio consists of 3 tipsters.

June Horse racing results

Overall a profit of £340 was made from horse racing.

Golf

Golf bets performed poorly this month with nothing but consistent losses.

To save time I have grouped bets into their markets. (Winners market and top 5.)

A loss of -£766 was made.

Not a lot to say really, betting at higher odds so there is bound to be more volatility. Will keep putting the bets down and hopefully catch an upswing soon.

Misc

Misc includes profits or losses made from anything that is noted down on the previous headings. This is usually from following from bets from free tipsters. That I don’t individually record.

Total made from misc £45.

Thoughts

Going forward I will be pretty much using the exchanges exclusively. Apart from the odd local shop bet.

So I have been looking at services which look at profiting from Betfair, Smarkets and Matchbook. FTS Income is one of those services and hopefully should be joining their Ultimate service for the coming season.

Other then that I will continue value betting on the exchanges and trading. The last few months of the main leagues produced a lot of profit. I have tried to use the same methods on the summer leagues however it hasn’t worked as well, with the differences in liquidity.

Looking forward to the women’s Euro’s coming up. As that should produce some value betting opportunities and decent liquidity.

June P and L

 

Results For June

Value Betting – £1246

Casino Offers – £18

Golf – –£766

MMA – –£700

Horse Racing Tipsters – £340

Misc – £45

 

Total Made In May

£183

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£155,962

 

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Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – May 2022 Results

May Profits

Month 62 is done in the “Making a Million Challenge” and it was another very good month with Golf and Horse racing tipsters chipping in with decent profits.

Things will be a bit quieter now we are in June and the majority of the football leagues take their summer break.

Let’s take a look at results from May.

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Value Betting/Trading

There was a bit more volatility in value betting this month. With it being the end of the season and varying motivations for teams. Odds movement in football becomes much more volatile.

Whilst a lot of my value betting looks at recurring patterns in the markets, it was a little bit different during May. I couldn’t just rely on looking at odds movement as the markets behaved pretty differently.

60% positive and negative edges are usually pretty rare.

 

I often use Trademate to keep track of closing line. You can see from the above image that there were some big swings in prices by the time games kicked off.

Overall however it was another very good month. The gravy train that was Bet365 odds boost has slowed but they still offer decent value now and again.

One of my long term Bet365 accounts was limited which is always frustrating however had it had lasted about 2 years. So can’t really complain.

Using the exchanges as much as possible as long term there are only a limited amount of people I can work with. In terms of getting bets down on soft books.

In total there were 325 bets made.

A total profit of £3813 was made.

Not Familiar With Matched Betting Or Value Betting ?

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

In total I did 9 offers during May.

A profit of £148 was made.

Not much to write about here, there are more offers that I could be doing. However I just don’t really have the motivation to grind casino offers like previously. Sticking to doing higher value reload offers when they come through.

If you are looking to build a bankroll then doing lower value offers is worthwhile. Looking through Oddsmonkey’s casino reload offers you can still make £50+ a week from casino offers, fairly easily.

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

A profit of £856 was made from pre fight MMA bets this month.

MMA Bets May

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Horse Racing Tipsters

Rejigged the horse racing portfolio this month, after things had been a little flat for a while.

In came the highly touted Hansbury Racing, along with the free SBC tipster “No Photo Needed.”

Along with the long standing tipster in the portfolio Kieran Ward’s Value Tips (Another free SBC tipster.)

 

Horse Racing Results May

Results were really strong this month with Hansbury Racing having some big winners early on in the month. Before giving a decent amount of the profit back. Whilst Kieran Ward and No Photo Needed had strong second half’s of the month which maintained a decent profit overall for the month.

During May a profit of £581 was made from stakes ranging from £10 to £30.

Golf

PGA Profit came good this month in pretty emphatic fashion. Hitting 3 big priced winners over the course of the month. Tipping Sam Burns (34.0 winner), Justin Thomas (17.0 winner) and Max Homa (46.0 winner) which recouped all losses from the year and put the tipster up just under 100 points for the year.

Unfortunately for me. I completely forgot to place my golf bets the week Max Homa won. (Which is  the first week this year that this has happened.)

Only realizing on the Friday when golf had already started. Which meant I missed out on a 46.0 winner, buts that’s betting sometimes these things happen.

Overall a profit of £466 was made from golf

Misc

A profit of £167 was made following bets from free tipsters and misc bets.

This section basically includes profit on my daily P/L which is not accounted for in any of the other sections.

One free tipster that I think is worth a follow comes from Asian Connect. If you register your interest with them as broker you get sent free tips.

AC Tips
Example of Asian Connect tips

I don’t bet every selection but I think the break downs usually make sense. In this case Poland did shorten pretty significantly before the game started.

Thoughts

This year has been excellent so far. Profit made so far in the first 5 months is around what I normally make in a year. I am aware that I am running really well and expect things to slow down in the next two month. With a lot less football available to bet on, alongside the fact that I am clinging on to the last few soft books I have available.

In contrast to how well this year has been for me betting wise. The UK betting industry does seem to be on its arse, with over regulation and silly affordability limits. Looking like it could ruin the game completely or force all serious bettors into the black market.

Time will tell!

Given there is a lot less to bet on this month. Going to take a look at other ways to make money besides betting. Just in case it becomes no longer viable.

Looking at freelance writing jobs, creating another website. Always thought trading the financial markets could be interesting. Similar to sports betting it seems like the majority of people get burnt trading however there are those that are doing it successfully.

Thanks for reading will be back with the next report in July.

May Profits

 

Results For May

Value Betting- £3813

Casino Offers – £148

Golf – £466

MMA – £856

Horse Racing Tipsters – £581

Misc – £167

 

Total Made In May

£6031

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£155,779

 

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Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – April 2022 Results

Value Betting Trading

Month 61 has been and gone in the “Making A Million Challenge.”

Building on a record month in March where for the first time a fix figure profit was made.

April was going to be interesting, let’s take a look at the results.

Making A Million

Value Betting/Trading

Another strong month for value betting and trading.

Although with football nearing the end of the season, my usual strategy wasn’t as straight forward. Some teams have bigger motivations then others with potential relegation/promotion. Whilst other teams had little to play for.

This means more volatility in the football markets.

Bet365 also seemed to have settled down a little with their boosts. Initially they seemed to be offering value on almost every game, however now they are being a little bit more selective.

Value Betting Trading

In total there were 512 bets made.

A total profit of £3042 was made.

 

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

It was the lowest volume month in years for me when it came to completing casino offers. Just doesn’t seem to be as much around as there was. However I will also admit that I am not actively looking every day.

Let me know in the comments if your still doing a lot of casino offers?

During April I did 10 offers.

A profit of £190 was made.

Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

A profit of £690 was made from 9 bets this month on the pre fight MMA selections.

 

MMA Bets April

I also bet in-play on MMA using Betfair but I added these results to the value betting/trading section. The pre fight bets I send out for free on Discord.

If your interested in receiving them email at [email protected] and I will send you the link.

Horse Racing Tipsters

The horse racing tipsters are holding steady at the moment.

CD Systems is having a a pretty bad year but has a stellar record behind it.

I always find it tough following tipsters, as you always wonder whether the downswings are due to variance.

Has something changed in the market?

Do they still have an edge?

The other two horse tipsters made a profit this month.

Quentin Franks Racing – Betting odds 5.0 or above using only exchanges (Click Here For Our Review)

Kieran Ward Value Service (Free Smart Betting Club Tipster)

A total of £354 was made from horse racing.

Staking £10 on horses above odds of 10.00 and £20 stakes on odds below 10.00.

A New Tipster Emerges

Hansbury Racing is a tipster that readers have emailed me about. It’s a service that multiple stellar reviews. Including the Smart Betting Club who recently showed in their review that the service is very profitable even betting at Betfair SP.

So it made sense with football winding down to look at adding more on the horse racing side. Hansbury Racing looks like it should be a good addition.

Hansbury Racing
The headline stats look very impressive.

Click Here To Read More About Hansbury Racing

Golf

It was a poor month for Golf betting.

PGA Profit has not performed very well this year, my own value selections (based on what the markets is doing) also under performed this month.

Golf Betting

Overall a loss of -£463 was made betting on golf.

Misc

Misc includes bets from free tipsters such as Matchbook Insights.

Along with other bets/trades that I don’t track in any of the above categories. For example live bets if I watching a game. However I do add these to my daily P/L at the end of every day.

From this section a profit of £506 was made.

Thoughts

Overall it was another strong month. With football winding down and no big international tournament in the summer profits are likely to drop.

The horse racing markets are still something I would like to get more involved in. From talking to people it seems like one of the sports where following tipsters is a good option.

Other then that I think its just a case of continuing to scale what is working at the moment. Which is mostly value betting and a few strategies of my own that are based on beating the closing line.

I do want to keep this blog interesting, as I realize just writing profits from strategies I am not willing to give away will become tiresome. So if you do have any interesting tipsters or services, you would like me to trial let me know.

 

Results For April

Value Betting- £3042

Casino Offers – £190

Golf – –£463

MMA – £690

Horse Racing Tipsters – £354

Misc – £506

Total Made In April

£4319

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£149,748

 

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Subscription Cost – £105 a month (Monthly)

 

 

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Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – March 2022 Results

March marked the 60th consecutive month in treating betting as a business.

After a really strong February I was really hoping to finally break over 5k profit in month.

Let’s take a look at results from March to see if it that happened.

Making A Million

Value Betting/Trading

Value betting and trading went like a dream in March. I continued to develop an edge that had been working really well. Staked more aggressively when I was confident, traded positions that I thought had a high likely hood of shortening in price.

Had some big in-play UFC bets which came off as during March we had some earlier start times.

During March there were 505 value bets.

A profit of £10,716 was made.

This month was pretty ridiculous in terms of profit. It was way bigger then any previous month. As much as I would like to go into more detail about the exact strategies I am using.

Giving too much away would only be detrimental to my own betting and create competition for the bets I get on. What I will say is that it is all based on looking at different ways to beat the closing odds.

Below is a video showing proof of results (screenshots are very easy to fake). Although I can’t give away all my strategies, I still want to be transparent and give people motivation to see what is possible if you stick with things.

 

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Solid but unspectacular results for casino offers. Only really doing weekly offers now from Bet365 and the occasional reload offers. Could do a lot more but would rather spend that time looking at sports betting as the moment.

During February I did 48 offers.

A profit of £248 was made.

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

It’s been a breakeven year so far, for my pre fight MMA selections. Which I’m not overly concerned about as my volume is low and still pretty confident long term I cam beat the markets.

In March a small amount of profit was made.

UFC Bets March

12 bets were made in March.

A profit of £134 was made

Horse Racing Tipsters

Cheltenham festival came and went in March. I managed go without a single win over the whole festival.

Came close with a few seconds, CD Systems also tipped up Corach Rambler which was a winner. However for some reason my bet was only partially matched on Matchbook. Which meant I missed out on a decent winner.

Overall the horse racing portfolio still feels a little flat. With no big international football tournament this summer, doing more on horse racing is something I will look at.

A small profit of £292 was made from horse racing.

These are the current horse racing tipsters I use.

CD Systems Daily Bargain

Quentin Franks Racing – Betting odds 5.0 or above using only exchanges (Click Here For Our Review)

Kieran Ward Value Service (Free Smart Betting Club Tipster)

 

Golf/Free Tipsters/Misc

From everything else which includes some bets from matchbook insights, golf tips from PGA profit.

A loss of -£403 was made.

Thoughts

Breaking £10k profit in month having previously never won over £5k was pretty f***ing awesome not going to lie. But it didn’t change anything.

Kind of half expected a fireworks display and some C list celebrity knocking on the door with a giant cheque. 

What It did prove however was that going all in and actively looking at developing my own edges. Rather then relying on tipsters. Was something I should have done probably much sooner.

Whilst I don’t think that every month will be as good as March. I am pretty confident that this year should see a new year high in profit for betting.

Still looking at joining FTS Income for next season. Will probably look also at Tradeonsports during April as it looks like they have made some new developments. Would really like to develop my in-play betting, the edge I have in pre match isn’t going away any time soon. But I still think its important to keep finding new edges where possible.

Overall it was a stand out month. April’s results should be interesting as it should be a good indicator of whether I just ran extremely well in March ir things will continue this way.

Results For March

Value Betting- £10,716

Casino Offers – £248

Free Tipsters/Golf/Misc – –£403

MMA – £134

Horse Racing Tipsters – £292

 

Total Made In March

£10,986

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£145,429

 

 

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – February 2022 Results

Feb Total Profit Betting

For the last few months the recurring thought has been “pivot or go all in.”

The betting landscape in the UK doesn’t look the best at the moment. So it did make sense to look at what other opportunities there are to make an extra income.

Investing, cryptocurrency, blogging, affiliate marketing, Amazon fba, youtube. There is an endless amount of ways to look at making an extra income.

However in February I decided to focus entirely on betting/trading for the rest of the year. Its the old adage of being a “jack of all trades, master of none.”

Let’s take a look at results from February to see if it paid off.

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Value Betting/Trading

January was a tough month for value betting however February more then made up for it.

From looking at the markets over a longer period, something I noticed was recurring patterns that happen pretty consistently. A positive from this is that I can normally get down on exchanges and add a trading element rather then straight up value betting.

For example with Young Boys you can see I get odds of 2.42, when they are trading at 2.06. By trading out half the stake or more. It creates a larger value bet.

This doesn’t pan out every time however I am able to read the markets well enough to be right about 70% of the time.

Still also value betting a lot with bookmakers and in shops, but this strategy has been working well so far. Plus has the benefit of not having to worry about limitations.

Value Betting Feb

This alongside Bet365 putting out several value bets everyday meant there was a decent increase in volume for February.

During February there were 433 value bets.

A profit of £4768 was made.

 

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

Not much to see here.

Casino Offers

A low volume, low profit month for casino offers.

During February I did 59 offers.

A profit of £44 was made.

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

Not a very good month betting on mixed martial arts in February.

Feb UFC results

Generally betting on underdogs so these runs are going to happen.

Not a lot to add really, not betting a lot of volume over the course of the month.

Long term results are still good.

There were 12 bets in February, a total loss of -£787 was made.

Horse Racing Tipsters

Beth Bet closing up shop left quite a gap in the horse racing portfolio.

CD systems daily bargain was brought it and a few other free tipsters were used.

All in all though it was bit of a car crash for the month of February as everything lost.

Horse Racing Results Feb

Not a good sign to lose nearly 50 points in month. Especially considering the amount of volume is much less now that Beth Bet is not providing 20 -30 selections. Generally betting somewhere between 2-7 selections a day currently.

These are the current horse racing tipsters I use.

CD Systems Daily Bargain

Lucrative Racing (Daily free selections)

Quentin Franks Racing – Betting odds 5.0 or above using only exchanges (Click Here For Our Review)

Kieran Ward Value Service (Free Smart Betting Club Tipster)

Overall a loss of -£931 was made following horse racing tipsters.

Golf

February was a strong month for the selections with a few big priced winners.

My staking is pretty simplified for the golf, aiming to win around £200 per bet.

Currently using PGA profit and the free Smart Betting Club Tipster Rainmaker. Along with some other free selections from Ben Coley and value based selections.

Golf Betting Results

 

Overall a profit of £718 was made from golf.

Trading/Free Tipsters/Misc

Everything else which includes some in-play betting, trading and a few bets from free tipsters accounted for a profit of £847.

Traded a few positions on the UFC and a few profitable in-play football bets accounted for the majority of the profit.

Thoughts

After a poor start in January, it was nice to rebound with my best ever month in February. At one point I was £5k in profit which would have been a cool barrier to break. But a downswing at the end of the month prevented that.

Overall pretty happy with how things are going. Making a firm decision to go all in with betting, alongside still working full time. Payed off well in the short term.

Edges come and go, but I do think I have found a new value betting approach that is going to work long term.

I am always looking for new ways to make money from sports betting. Looking at joining FTS Income for next seasonHaving listened to Ian (the guy that runs FTS) podcasts on and off for a few years. It’s clear to me that he is legitimate and has made good money from betting/trading.

So learning his process and approach is only going to benefit me going forward.

If anyone is a long term member and has any feedback I would love to exchanges messages.

Feb Total Profit Betting

Results For February

Value Betting- £4768

Casino Offers – £44

Free Tipsters/Trading – £847

MMA – –£789

Horse Racing Tipsters – –£931

Golf – £718

 

Total Made In February

£4654

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£134,443

Making A Million From Sports Betting And Trading – January 2022 Results

Betting January

First month into 2022 and it was a rocky one from a betting perspective.

Value betting went through a period were it was just constant losses for a couple of weeks. Didn’t matter what the odds were or how much I beat the closing line.

Just seemed like the god of betting, enjoyed seeing me lose day after day.

Let’s get into the results from January!

Making A Million

Value Betting

Value betting was a bit of a roller coaster this month. Went through a losing period that I never experienced before early on in the month. For around 100 bets it seemed like 90% lost, whilst it was very frustrating. I wasn’t doing anything different from the last few years.

It’s a proven strategy, the staking was fine. It was just a case of riding out the storm(Was what I told myself to stop me launching the computer through the window.)

On the plus side found a few new angles this month to get on more value bets on. Started staking more and trading the bets I was confident would shorten.

Value Betting Mansfield

This is something I have been doing for quite a while. Value betting day in day out has meant that I have looked at thousands of betting markets. Because of this there are a few patterns that occur over and over. Some of these can be bet using the exchanges, along with local shops.

Trading these selections should reduce variance with value betting. Effectively your just getting even larger value bets. For example getting Mansfield at 4.7 when the true odds were 2.7.

 

Value Betting Jan

During January there were 250 value bets.

A loss of -£1083 was made.

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Advantage Play – Casino Offers

A small winning month for casino offers in January.

Not a whole lot going on with casino offers at the moment. There are a few recurring Bet365 offers week in and week out. Casumo had a decent 30% cashback offer on live casino games. Overall however not getting a lot of volume at the moment.

During January I did 52 offers.

A profit of £504 was made.

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Smart Sports Betting Community/MMA Results

UFC Bets January

Only 7 bets in January as there wasn’t the usual weekly UFC event. With only two events happening.

Overall a profit of £789 was made

Horse Racing Tipsters

The horse racing tipsters delivered again in January. With Beth Bet being a big part of that and providing the majority of the selections.

So it was it was a surprise to get an email in the last week of January. Stating that they would be closing the service.

Not sure why, there was no reason given. However it has left quite a hole in the horse racing tipster portfolio. Which will really effect the turnover.

Horse Racing Results

Overall a profit of £1268 was made.

The staking plan for horse racing is very simple – £10 on horses odds of 10.00 above and £20 on horses at odds of below 10.00.

Beth Bets exit leaves two horse racing tipsters at the moment.

Quentin Franks Racing – Betting odds 5.0 or above using only exchanges (Click Here For Our Review)

Kieran Ward Value Service (Free Smart Betting Club Tipster)

New Tipsters

Beth Bet has opened my eyes to how profitable horse racing betting can be. I am looking to add some more tipsters and if anyone has recommendations please let me know.

A few that I am considering at the moment are.

The Value Machine

Looks like the closest service to Beth Bet however I am not sure how workable it would be with the exchanges.

CD Systems Daily Bargain

Has solid long terms results and is a service that is profitable on the exchanges.

Lucrative Racing

Have a few different services that look very promising.

If anyone has feedback on any of these services, let me know in the comments or send me an email.

Golf

The Golf portfolio came good this month, after stuttering along for a while.

PGA profit chipped in with some nice winners.

Could have been much better but I disappointingly missed the email (my own fault) sent from the Smart Betting Club’s free tipster Rainmaker. Who gave out the winner Luke List at odds of 80.00.

Overall however it was good to get a winning month from the golf betting.

There were 67 golf bets in January, a profit of £265 was made.

Trading/Free Tipsters/Misc

Everything else accounted for a loss of -£441.

Mainly down to some of the free tipster selections that I take performing badly. Last year using several different free tipsters was pretty profitable. Then when Betmarkets folded (which was where I was getting a lot of tips from) I just stopped doing it.

However there are a number of decent people to follow on twitter that give out good betting tips.

Below are a couple that I follow and recommend.

Harout Massoyan (Tennis)

Bet On Value (Football)

Skeeve (Lower League English football)

 

Thoughts

An interesting month were mid way through I had pretty much accepted it would be a losing one. One positive aspect of this month was despite when things were going really sh**. At no point did I consider changing anything that I was doing, as long term I know it wins.

Betting January

Which earlier on in my betting would not have been the case.

Caught in two minds when it comes to betting. As much I enjoy it, the future of betting professionally in the UK doesn’t look great. Single customer view (looks to be happening) and silly monthly deposit limits have already effected some of my accounts. In terms of scaling things up these issues do get in the way.

Whilst I am sure I will always bet whilst its profitable. I have for a while been contemplating about putting more time into something else. Just in case making a primary income from betting becomes something that’s not possible anymore.

But for now whilst there is still money to made, it makes sense to see how far I can take it.

Results For January

Value Betting- –£1083

Casino Offers – £504

Free Tipsters/Trading- -£441

SSBC/MMA – £789

Horse Racing Tipsters – £1268

Golf Value – -£265

 

Total Made In January

£1302

Overall Profit Since The Challenge Began

£129,789

 

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Subscription Cost – £105 a month (Monthly)

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I only recommend services I am using or have used in the past.