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SPORTS BETTING INDEX was founded in 2000 to help punters with all aspects of internet betting as the phenomenon of online gambling took off.
Whilst the site has changed and developed over time the core beliefs remain the same: being independent, honest and open.
Newsletter 9
First of all a quick apology for the blank week on the Newsletter front last week and the lack of an email - I had a family funeral to attend and must admit I forgot all about the newsletter. Hopefully some of you made some good money on the London marathon the week before and will excuse me!

When I gave up work thirteen years ago to gamble for a living apart from betting on golf I used to concentrate on betting on Arbs. In those days it really was very easy you just switched on the computer hunted around for a few hours and made £50 - £100 in next to no time. Sadly along came odds comparison sites and betting exchanges which in my eyes effectively killed things.

Last week I thought I would look around to see if people were still doing it and was rather surprised at the amount of websites there were selling the “dream” and and the amount of “bots” programmed to trawl the internet for Arbs that you can buy. I really struggled to see how people can make money doing this as the one thing bookmakers really hate are arbers - they hate the idea of people profiting with no risk! With my bookmaker accounts as they are these days there is no way I would be able to operate but during a quiet spell I set myself half an hour to find something. In the end it took me ten minutes to find a healthy arb purely by looking at limited markets on the Olympics. The market in question is Womens Field Hockey where you can back the Netherlands at 12/5 at Skybet and they won’t win at 11/20 at Unibet giving a 93.9% book and a healthy 6.1% profit.

Now I haven’t placed the bet as I want to preserve those accounts for golf betting but it did make me think that maybe backing one side would be the best way to go. If I was to make a choice then I would have to weigh up which bookmaker is right and given the fact that Unibet price up field hockey on a regular basis then the Skybet price is probably wrong. Anyway - food for thought - maybe I will start looking at it again but by making an informed judgement I might just play the one side.

I received an email from Ladbrokes this week saying that they were withdrawing my Best Odds Guaranteed facilty - a bit daft really as apart from the odd flutter at Cheltenham I don’t actually back the horses! One thing it did prompt me to do was to update the Sports Betting Index guide to Independent Bookmakers. If you are struggling getting on at B.O.G then this guide could be invaluable as it includes over twelve bookmakers that offer this facility. It does cost £49 but we point you in the direction of over £200 worth of free bets and covers free updates for life. To give you a clue as to what is involved it highlight lots of smaller books but also ones such as Setantabet who currently offer a free £20 football bet to new clients. To subscribe to the guide simply click here.
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