Matchbook Exchange: Interview & Review – Better Than Betfair?

It promises to be a fantastic few days for betting with a full set of football fixtures, the York Ebor festival and the Mayweather – McGregor fight coming up this weekend.

And if you are having a bet on football, racing or boxing this weekend, then I want to explain why you need to consider placing them on the betting exchange, Matchbook with an exclusive extract from our recent interview and feature on them.

Matchbook offer great value odds on many sports, which alongside their low commission rate (significantly better than their main rival Betfair) is why more and more shrewd punters are placing bets with them.

After all, the simple act of taking the best odds on your bets can make a MASSIVE DIFFERENCE to the profits you make betting.

Matchbook were one of the 4 best places to bet we featured in our recent Exchange & Broker Guide and to showcase how this guide can help you, today I want to share an extract from it – including our review and interview with them.

Read on for full details of just why you should bet with Matchbook!

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SBC Exchange & Bet Broker Guide Extract: Matchbook

In Brief: The Matchbook exchange is another must-have account for any punter seriously betting on sports such as horse racing, football, tennis & the US markets. Offers low commission rates, excellent liquidity and a genuine alternative for punters unable to hold accounts with the likes of Pinnacle Sports.

Matchbook Welcome Offers: Open a Matchbook Account, and you can earn up to £500 cash back in your first 5 weeks based on the amount you bet. For every £5 you pay in Matchbook commission, you will receive up to £500 back within your first 5 weeks. This offer is available for new Matchbook customers up to the 27th of August.
 
SBC View: Matchbook offer extremely competitive odds and low commission rates for those of you betting on the likes of horse racing, football, tennis and all the major USA based sports.
 
If you haven’t got a Matchbook account yet and you bet on any of these sports, it’s imperative you open one and start to use them for your bet placement.
 
The Matchbook exchange operates in a similar way to that of Betfair and Smarkets, two of their main rivals and will be familiar to anyone who has bet on an exchange before.
 
Over the past year, Matchbook have continued to expand the markets and sports they offer with significant additions for football and tennis punters in-particular. The markets for both these sports plus all the major US offerings: NBA, NFL, MLB & NHL offer hugely competitive odds, often at similar odds you will see over in Asia. Compare the odds on offer from the likes of Pinnacle Sports with Matchbook and you will see they are very closely matched even after commission.
 
Horse Racing Now A Major Matchbook Market

Horse racing is also now a major market for Matchbook customers, which is all the more impressive considering it was only first introduced back in July 2016. They now offer competitive odds for both win and place betting in each UK and Ireland race at low commission rates, alongside a burgeoning international racing presence. Look out as well for their regular 0% commission offers for horse racing, which are well worth taking advantage of.
 
There is however, one fundamental difference between Matchbook and the likes of Smarkets and Betfair that it is wise to be aware of.  Whereas Betfair only charge commission on winnings, Matchbook take a (smaller) commission on all bets, regardless of whether the bet wins or loses.  This is because Matchbook operates a “per transaction revenue model”, identical to many financial exchanges. 
 
Depending on the amount you trade and your location, this commission rate will vary with the base rate starting at 1.5% and rising to 1.75% if located in the UK or Ireland. Your activity levels on Matchbook will determine if you may also be charged a withdrawal fee. Do read our interview that follows for more detail on all of this.

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Handily, Matchbook also features on two of the most popular odds comparison websites – Oddsportal and Oddschecker, allowing you to compare their odds (with the option to add in your commission rate on Oddsportal to get the true odds) across several major sports.
 
We have also been impressed by the Insight section of the Matchbook website now available, which features tips, advice and education on how to bet. Whether it be guidance on the type of bettor you are, the best betting films or interviews with experts like Neil Channing, there is plenty here to sink your teeth into. Make sure you also check out the regular Matchbook podcast.

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Positives: Large number of markets/sports available. Horse racing markets now offering very competitive odds. Similarly strong odds on tennis, football & US sports. Low commission rate on winning bets. Excellent ‘insight’ section full of advice for aspiring gamblers. Included on Oddschecker and Oddsportal.

Negatives: Commission charge on stake of losing bets and different rates per country. Some customers need to pay a withdrawal fee. No in-play for horse racing yet.

Recommended For: All punters – another must-have account.

Our Interview With Matchbook

To understand more about the Matchbook service, they were also good enough to answer a series of our questions in this exclusive interview….

SBC: For those unfamiliar with Matchbook, can you explain in general a little bit about your exchange and what it offers punters?

Matchbook: Matchbook is a sports betting exchange community. We’re in the business of providing the best prices, the deepest liquidity, and the most advanced technology in the industry to our customers. This provides an alternative to the wide margins and hidden costs that come with some of the other companies in the industry.

What are the advantages of betting through Matchbook, especially in comparison to other exchanges and bookies?

Being a betting exchange, Matchbook provides numerous benefits that you won’t find at a traditional sportsbook. We will never limit winning bettors, no matter how hot your winning streak is! And because you’re not betting “against the shop” like you would with a traditional sportsbook, we actively encourage winning bettors with in-depth analysis and betting trends from some of the industry’s brightest minds at Matchbook Insights.

Our cutting-edge technology and innovation allows us to provide our customers with the best prices and value, which can be evidently seen when looking at any odds comparison sites. Our best-in-class platform ensures users can have the ultimate online gaming experience while continually growing our community and liquidity pool.

What are the most popular betting markets and sports on offer at Matchbook?

Traditionally Soccer has been our most popular sport on Matchbook with games in the big 5 leagues regularly reaching over $1m in liquidity. However, since the launch of Horse Racing in 2016, it has become our most popular sport offering and we expect this trend to continue as we expand the Horse Racing offering (South African Racing has just been added). We continue to be a very popular betting platform for US Sports with MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL offering deep liquidity and the best odds in the business

Are there any new sports, markets or innovations that Matchbook have introduced over the past year to be aware of?

In the last 12 months we have moved our Tennis and Soccer offering to the BetGenius platform. This has allowed us to offer more markets for both pre-game and in play. It has also allowed us to massively increase our live offerings in these sports. For Tennis we now offer Doubles and Challenger games dead-ball and in play as well as every ATP and WTA event. In Soccer we now offer a huge amount of live games from around the word every day.

We also launched the insights section recently which is a very useful tool designed to educate customers on how to be successful on a betting exchange. In addition to this we also produce a weekly podcast featuring experts in the betting world which has proved a huge hit for our followers.

The key for any betting exchange is the amount of money traded on it  – AKA the ‘liquidity’. Specifically, on football, how has the liquidity grown over the past 12 months both in pre-game and in-play markets?

Liquidity has increased overall for Matchbook in soccer due to an increase in client base, increase in market makers and an overall increase in market offering for soccer. The average amount of markets per game for soccer has increased from 6.86 in Q2 2016 to 11.7 for Q2 in 2017. This is expected to increase massively again in Q3 with a projected minimum of 25 handicap and total lines on offer for the major leagues. The increased offering and options has facilitated extra liquidity on site by attracting more customers and market makers.

One of the most popular markets on Matchbook for football fans are Asian Handicaps, especially for UK punters unable to bet with Asian bookmakers. How do your Asian Handicap odds compare to the large Asian bookies?

Matchbook’s set-up is very similar to Asian books in that we offer half-ball, whole-ball and quarter-ball (popular in Asia) type markets. Matchbook’s odds on soccer has been consistently strong over the last few years and we were best priced for soccer in 2015 as per oddschecker.com

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Briefly touching on other sports – in 2016 you launched Horse Racing on the Matchbook platform. How has the liquidity grown there and what markets do you offer?

As well as the typical Win market, we offer Place markets on all races. We also offer ante post betting, top jockey & top trainer markets for the bigger festivals. As for liquidity we are always growing as we constantly offer industry best prices in our markets. As mentioned already we recently launched South African racing and we will be expanding our international offering even more in the near future.

Do you have any plans to introduce in-play betting for Horse Racing on Matchbook?

We have trialed in play betting on Horse Racing a few times so far, and it will be eventually offered consistently once our in house technology is implemented fully. It is hoped once this is in place it will take our Horse Racing offering to another level!

Can you explain the commission fees for using Matchbook and how they work?

Because Matchbook is a betting exchange, we offer our users the chance to bet against each other while in a traditional sportsbook you would be betting against the shop. As a result, Matchbook provides the platform on which users can place these bets and takes a small commission fee when doing so. Our current commissions fees are: 1.5% for Matched bets and 0.75% for Posted Offers. You can find out more about commission here

How do the commission rates and fees change for UK and Ireland customers and why?

Since 2015 laws in both Britain and Ireland require Matchbook to pay an additional 15% tax on all betting exchange commission payments received from its customers to the respective governments. This is generally called the Point of Consumption Tax. Because of this, Matchbook has to factor in the POC tax into our commission rate for customers from the UK and Ireland. This works out at 1.75% for Matched Bets and 0.80% for Posted Offers.

I understand that for most customers, withdrawing money from your Matchbook account is free, yet for some users, there is a fee. Can you explain what this and how this all works?

Each Matchbook account has a payment rating attached. Once this rating is 1.1 or greater, than withdrawals from that account are free. Matchbook prides itself on having the lowest commission rate in the industry, and in order to do that we must keep our processing costs to a minimum. Sometimes a Customer’s funding activity will actually cost Matchbook more than betting activity generates. To ensure we keep our commission rates low for everyone, Customers falling into this category are charged a small fee of 2% to cover processing costs based on a payment rating calculated for each Matchbook account.

To make sure the charge is fair and consistent, all relevant funding, play and fee details are taken into account to calculate the payment rating.

Get The Lowdown On The BEST Places To Bet

So there you have it – revealing insight into just 1 of the 4 firms as recommended in SBC’s Exchange & Bet Broker Guide and the difference they can make to your take home profits.

If you are keen on learning more about Matchbook and the 3 other firms included within this guide, make sure you grab a copy of it right away.

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Parts 1 to 5 Essential Football Compendium 2017/18 Season Now Available

The 5th and final part of SBC’s 2017/18 Essential Football Betting Compendium is now available – our exclusive review of the Football Tipping Expert profitable across all 4 major English leagues.

With a record of 1047 points profit as generated from 2700 bets across the past 5 seasons in the Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2 – this expert has really grabbed our attention.

Our review explores the profits made by this service, including a look at some intriguing compound staking options and details on the exclusive subscription options for SBC members interested in joining.

You can read this review and the other 4 parts of our new football season guide the instant you join the Secret Betting Club.

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Also – Grab Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4 Of Our New Football Season Compendium

Alongside instant access to this English Tipster Review (Part 5), you can also access Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4 of our 2017/18 Essential Football Compendium the instant you join the Secret Betting Club.

Part 1 is our Sports Tipster Report which features updates on 24 of the best sports betting experts we continually monitor. Including details on the new Hall of Fame Tennis tipster hitting a 10.5% ROI from 1480 tips AND the Baseball expert averaging 133% betting bank growth each year.

Part 2 is our 17/18 Football Tipster Guide, which features our take on 12 of the very best football tipsters we monitor with updated ratings, rankings and recommendations for the new season. You can also read detailed interviews with several of the expert tipsters included on their strategies for the coming season and how best to maximise their advice.

Part 3 is our in-depth review of The Football Guru service from the Betting Gods tipster network. We examine their pre-match and in-play tips from this popular expert to gauge exactly how their performance stacks up. For those interested in the service, there is also a free 60 day trial available.

Part 4 is our Exchange & Bet Broker Guide, providing the rundown on 4 of the best firms to bet with both this coming season and for other sports such as Horse Racing, Golf & Tennis. It also includes an interview with each of the firms on what they offer, the advantages of using them and who they are suitable for. A must-read if you want to get better value odds!

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Sign-up for either a Gold or Platinum membership and if you don’t like what you see, you can get your money back at any time during your first 90 days as a member.

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If you sign-up and don’t like what we offer for any reason, email us and we will process a full refund. It’s that simple.

Best of all if joining the Secret Betting Club today you can also save up to a whopping £38 on the usual cost of membership.

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Asian Handicap Betting Guide: What Are They & How To Use Them!

One of the most popular (and shrewdest) forms of football betting is Asian Handicap betting and in today’s blog post I want to explain what they are, how they work and why you should start using them.

Loved by football betting syndicates and many shrewd punters alike – Asian Handicaps can be rightly off putting for those of you baffled by its terminology and talk of half goals, quarter goals and other strange phrases.

So with that in mind, I have prepared this special updated guide to Asian Handicaps – full of tips for beginners and hints that even experienced bettors will benefit from, so I hope you find it of use!

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Asian Handicaps: Just What Are They?

The Far East’s interest in football is matched by an almost insatiable appetite for gambling on the big games, especially the Premier League. The difference between Asian punters and most European punters is their preferred means of having a flutter. Asian gamblers prefer to level the playing field by covering the draw, through the use of handicaps while most European punters prefer the straight home or away win.

There are essentially two main reasons to use an Asian Handicap:

1. Cover the draw: With Asian handicaps, you will see two lines on offer instead of three. This is because the draw is incorporated into the bet. Depending on the handicap used, this might refund your money on a draw or even return a profit.

This first example shows the odds for a (0) handicap on a Man U v Man City game. This would have provided a refund (whichever team you backed) if the game had ended in a draw. The number 1 is always the home team (Man U) and 2 is always the away team (Man City).

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2. Level the playing field: In most leagues, there can be some very lopsided games with the favourite very small odds and the underdog given very little chance. To make the game a little more interesting, you can give either team a multiple goal handicap. The aim is then to predict the number of goals a team might win or lose by.

This next example shows the (+2) handicap for a Malaga vs Real Madrid game, with the +2 handicap applying to the home team and the -2 handicap applying to the away team.

Madrid were 1.50 to win the match, but the -2 handicap had odds of 3.20. As the favourite, -2 means Real Madrid had to win by 3 goals or more for you to win. In fact they won 4-nil. A Real Madrid victory of exactly two goals would have returned your stake unharmed.

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One of the best things about Asian handicap betting isn’t necessarily the type of betting but the bookmakers who specialize in this field. Bookmakers such as Pinnacle and Bet365, plus Exchanges such as Matchbook and Betfair offer huge limits and excellent odds.

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Asian Handicaps: What Do All The Numbers Mean?

If you use our recommended football odds comparison site www.oddsportal.com, and click on the “AH” tab for the Asian Handicap odds for any game, you’ll see that with each game has a number of handicaps on offer.

The screenshot below is from a Zaragoza (1) vs Valencia (2) game that showcases a large number of handicaps:

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The ‘main’ handicap is the one with the most bookmakers pricing up. In the example above, the +0.25 handicap is the most popular with 23 bookies pricing up, with the +0.5 also popular with 19 bookmakers putting up odds. The main handicap might change based on team news or weight of money. You don’t have to take the ‘main’ handicap, but more bookmakers pricing up usually means more competition and higher odds generally.

Handicaps are expressed as half or quarter goal numbers to eliminate the tie option. For example the -0.5 handicap is the same as a standard home win. The home team has to win by one goal to beat the half goal handicap. The away team is given a +0.5 goal advantage cushion, meaning you still win if there is a draw.

I could write reams about Asian Handicaps, but best way for you understand them is to look at the odds for some upcoming games and cross reference this page to double check you are understanding them correctly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_handicap

Here are the most common Asian Handicaps taken from the page above:

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Note: The quarter ball handicaps such as -0.25 might also be expressed as -0.5, (0) because these bets are half a (0) handicap and half a -0.5 handicap.

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Asian Handicaps: Why They Are More Familiar Than You Think?

One of the quirks of Asian Handicap betting is that they can be exactly the same as other bet types, just with a different name.

Confusing I know, but it’s worth being aware of the differences!

For example, the -0.5 handicap is exactly the same as backing a team to win yet you’ll sometimes find different odds on what is effectively the same bet. This often happens if some bookmakers cut the win odds, but other bookmakers don’t move the -0.5 handicap as quickly.

The (0) handicap is exactly the same as a Draw No Bet and again you can get different odds from the same bookmaker despite this being the same bet.

The +0.5 handicap is the same as a Double Chance Bet and exactly the same as laying the opposition on Betfair. Laying the team you don’t fancy is a very popular bet on Betfair, but in our experience you can get better odds 90% of the time by using the +0.5 handicap if it’s the main line.

Summary:

  • -0.5 Handicap: AKA Win bet
  • (0) Handicap: AKA Draw No Bet, AKA ‘Pick’.
  • +0.5 Handicap: AKA Double Chance, Lay opposition.

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Asian Handicaps: Why Bother?

Using an Asian handicap on a football match is similar to the reason you might use an Each Way bet in horse racing. 

You think that the selection might ‘go close’, but being realistic it’s still a long shot. By using an Asian Handicap you can still profit from a game even if the team you backed didn’t win.

Asian handicaps can help you reduce the volatility in your betting returns and shorten losing runs by allowing you to profit or get a refund if an underdog ‘goes close’.

On the other hand, if you think the favourite is going to smash the underdog, then you might want to juice up the odds by giving the favourite a handicap of a goal or two.

For example, in this game below featuring Liverpool and Norwich, you might have fancied Norwich to get something from the game, but with best odds of 13.50, a Norwich outright victory was something of a long shot. A good option might have been the (+1) handicap with odds of 3.06. This meant you would have won your bet if the game ended in a draw and even had a refund of your stake if Norwich had lost by just one.

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Asian Handicaps: When Not To Use Them

Sometimes covering the draw and adding ‘insurance’ to your bet is not actually to your benefit and it’s worth being aware of when this is the case.

Think of it in similar terms to say, buying a new fridge at £100 and being quoted a three-year warranty for £45. Just as you would have to question whether taking this ‘insurance’ is in your best interests, so to do you need to when Asian Handicap betting.

That is because if you always cover the draw when you don’t need to, you’re going to be out of pocket.

In most leagues across the world, the draw odds are generally bad value, because most bookmakers push the out the odds on the home and away team to attract business. They don’t compete on the draw as much because there is less interest in this outcome. After all, how many people do you know that back draws? Not many!

So yes, using a handicap might provide some comfort of a returned stake or profit in the event of a draw, but your bottom line might suffer if you use them all the time regardless of the match.

There is a price you pay for your insurance and that is lower odds. If you always pay for insurance when you don’t need it or over pay for it with poor odds, then in the long run you will lose out even if you do have shorter losing runs. It’s about getting the balance right.

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Asian Handicaps: In Summary

Like many things in life, once you start to fully understand Asian handicaps, you can quickly discover that they are not that complicated after all.

Once you get to grips with the terminology of what +0.25 or -0.75 means for example, it will quickly start to make sense and it can really add a major string to your betting bow.

After all, the Asian Handicap markets are loved by betting syndicates and professional punters for one simple reason – they can be very lucrative if you get it right.

This is because Asian Handicap markets are very competitive with low bookmaker margins and great odds. All told, they are ideal for shrewd punters.

I hope this article furthers your understanding of this field and ultimately improves your bottom line – which after all is why we are here – to help you make money betting.

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Smarkets Exchange: Interview & Review – Why They Offer Punters Better Value

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Wednesday saw the release of our special ‘Exchange & Bet Broker Guide‘ – dedicated to exploring 4 of the best places for you to bet and get the best value odds.

After all, the simple act of putting your bets on with the right exchange, broker or bookmaker can make a MASSIVE DIFFERENCE to the profits you make betting.

So to showcase exactly how this guide can help you choose the right place to bet, today you can read our interview and feature on the betting exchange: Smarkets

Smarkets offer a low 2% commission rate (much better than the 5% base rate from their main rival Betfair) alongside great odds on several sports and markets. Its just one example of how betting away from the main bookie suspects can make your money go further!

You can pick up your copy of the Exchange & Bet Broker Guide the instant you join us at the Secret Betting Club.

Not Just For Football Punters! Although this guide has been timed to coincide with the start of the new football season, the firms examined inside also offer great value odds on several other sports including horse racing, golf, tennis, cricket, politics, NBA, NFL, MLB & NHL

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In Brief: Smarkets is a highly recommended betting exchange and a must-have account for all serious punters, especially those active on horse racing and football. The low 2% commission rate, coupled with improved website access both via desktop and mobile has seen a huge increase in betting volume.

Smarkets Welcome Offers: Open a Smarkets Account, deposit a minimum of £20 and you will receive a £10 free welcome bonus.

Refer a friend £10 bonus: Smarkets have also just introduced a refer a friend scheme, whereby you can get a £10 bonus for each friend that uses a referral code on sign-up. Full details supplied when you open a Smarkets account.

SBC View: The Smarkets Betting Exchange continues to go from strength to strength with significant inroads in terms of market share and volumes of money traded over the past 12 months. They have quickly established themselves as a major competitor to the likes of Betfair, primarily through their outstandingly low 2% commission rate.

For even the smallest punter, the appeal of paying a simple 2% commission compared to Betfair’s starting 5% rate can make a major difference over time. Coupled with Betfair’s site stability issues and premium rate charge for larger punters, it’s easy to see why Smarkets has grown so fast.

Smarkets is an exchange the SBC team have been using extensively over the past 12 months across various sports, including for horse racing. Those of you reading our review of the *** ******** service in Part 2 of our 2017 Best Tipster Guide will have observed how closely we matched their advised prices, simply by taking the best prices on Smarkets.

The introduction of asian handicap football lines has also improved their offer – essentially mirroring many of the markets punters in the UK can no longer obtain through the likes of Pinnacle Sports. The in-play markets for both football and racing have also seen increased volume and usage, marking them out as further options for shrewd punters.

Away from football & racing, Smarkets also offer markets on all other major sports and events including but not limited to: tennis, American football, baseball, basketball, cricket, golf, rugby league & politics. You can also bet in-play on many of these markets.

We also like the fact they take betting seriously and don’t offer the usual casino, bingo or poker games that so many other bookmakers and exchanges also offer.

All told, we are fans of Smarkets and can recommend them as an exchange account to have not just for racing and football but all forms of betting.

Positives: Genuine alternative for punters looking for a high volume, low commission alternative to Betfair or bookmakers who restrict. Ideal for horse racing and football betting. Stable easy to use website. Strong liquidity on several other sports & markets. Improved website design and mobile betting options.

Negatives: Non-runners void any bets yet to be matched – can be a major annoyance for horse racing punters requesting odds.  Asian Handicap lines need expanding further. Odds not included in comparison tables at Oddsportal.com or Oddschecker.com

Recommended For: All types of punter – a very useful exchange account!

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Our Interview With Smarkets

To understand more about Smarkets, they were also good enough to answer a series of our questions in this exclusive interview….

SBC: For those unfamiliar, can you explain a little bit about the Smarkets Exchange and what it offers football punters specifically?

Smarkets: Smarkets is a betting exchange with a primary focus on price and technology, not entertainment and gambling. You won’t find casinos, poker or slots on Smarkets, just a sleek exchange that provides fair prices on sports, politics and current affairs.

Football is one of our most popular sports and we offer a host of markets on leagues and tournaments across the world.

What are the advantages of betting on football through Smarkets as opposed to using other betting exchanges or bookies?

With a commission rate of just 2% on net market profits, Smarkets often has the best odds in the world across its markets. Exchanges naturally provide better odds than bookmakers because there is no margin built into the odds and with Smarkets, you get the simplest and fairest commission rate of all.

Do you have any stats on how your lower commission rates and better odds can help punters betting on football? 

Whether you’re picking your value bet pre-match or trading an outright market live in the middle of the season, our low commission rates mean that your return will be better on Smarkets.

We did some research ahead of last season’s FA Cup final and it showed that a winning £10 bet on all FA Cup games in 2017 would have returned you as much as 10% more, or £146, with Smarkets.

The key for any betting exchange is the volume of money traded on it – AKA the ‘liquidity’. Specifically on football, how has the liquidity grown over the past 12 months both in pre-game and in-play markets?

Our liquidity and trading volume is increasing across all markets and as football is one of the most popular sports, we often see seven-figure volumes in the biggest matches.

As we continue to improve our in-play offering with fast data, liquidity is also improving there.

Since we last spoke in August 2016, you have introduced Asian Handicap and Over/Under goals line markets for football. How have these new markets been received?

Increasing our market offering is one of the priorities we have at the moment, so adding things like Asian Handicaps and First Goalscorer markets are a way to improve the offering we provide for customers. We had a lot of great feedback when we added these new markets.

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You also now offer a trade-out facility for users to cash in bets both pre-game and in-play. Can you explain how this works?

It’s a quick way to exit your position on a certain bet. Say you’ve backed Chelsea to win at 2.0 and now they are down to 1.5 after scoring the first goal, you can lock in a profit by selling your position. You can also trade out to cut your losses if the market doesn’t go your way. More on this in our help centre article: https://help.smarkets.com/hc/en-gb/articles/214274825-Trade-out-button-on-Smarkets 

Are there any other new markets or innovations introduced over the past year to be aware of?

It’s been a big year of product innovation for Smarkets, with our new platform, first apps launching and other features like two-factor authentication for increased account security.

There’s plenty more exciting developments on the horizon, but we can’t reveal too much as that would be telling. Keep your eyes peeled!

Can you outline what you offer customers interested on betting in-play on football?

For top competitions, we provide lightning-fast in-play data and also our ‘Instant Match’ feature, where you don’t have to wait for an in-play delay for your bet to be matched. If no material event occurs in the ‘pending’ stage after your bet matched, then you will be matched at that price and not potentially frustrated if the market moves. More on this in our help centre article: https://help.smarkets.com/hc/en-gb/articles/212106249-Instant-Match 

You have been working hard on the Smarkets mobile website and app in recent times. Can you outline what features are available to users betting via a mobile phone or tablet?

The release of our first apps was a big thing for us and we are keen to keep improving them. Our mobile site and apps offer full exchange functionality and you can use features like keep bets in-play or trade out on your device.

Finally, what kind of offers do you have for new customers keen to sign up?

There is a special £10 welcome offer for all new accounts. Simply sign-up, deposit a minimum of £20 and you will receive a free £10 welcome bonus. You can also earn an extra £10 by referring your friends to Smarkets. Full details and terms for each offer can be found on the Smarkets website.

Get The Full Lowdown On The BEST Places To Bet

So there you have it – revealing insight into just 1 of the 4 firms as recommended in SBC’s Exchange & Bet Broker Guide and the difference they can make to your take home profits.

If you are keen on learning more about Smarkets and the 3 other firms included within this guide, make sure you grab a copy of it right away.

As soon as you join the Secret Betting Club, you can download your very own copy and start placing your bets where the professionals do.

Best of all if joining right now, you can also save up to a whopping £38 on the usual cost of an SBC membership.

This is because we have slashed the price of joining to ensure as many people as possible have access to our reports, magazines and guides.

We know we can make a difference to your punting – so why not sign-up right away and get started immediately. (There is a 90-day money back guarantee available after all!)

Best Regards,

Peter Ling
Secret Betting Club Editor


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Betting Exchange & Bet Broker Guide: The Best Places To Bet

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Discover the best places to bet this coming football season with SBC’s brand new ‘Betting Exchange & Bet Broker Guide’ – available now for instant download!

IN FACT – whether you bet on football or other sports like horse racing, golf, tennis, cricket and any major US sports like NBA, NFL – this guide will help show you the best firms to bet with.

Tackling 4 of the best firms we have found and examined ourselves – the guide avoids all the usual bookies you already know about and focuses on the lesser-known firms that the professionals use. You can also read our exclusive interviews with each firm on what they offer.

They might not be household names or have a bookie shop open in every town, but what they do offer you is the chance to get better value odds on your bets.

Combined with much lower commission rates if using the exchanges we recommend, it all adds up to more profit when you win!

Sign-up now to gain instant access (and the entire SBC back catalogue) or read on for more…

The SBC Betting Exchange & Bet Broker Guide

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Also – Grab Parts 1, 2 & 3 Of Our New Football Season Compendium
(PLUS Part 5 When Released Shortly!)

Alongside instant access to the Exchange & Bet Broker Guide (Part 4), you can also access Parts 1, 2 & 3 of our 2017/18 Essential Football Compendium the instant you join the Secret Betting Club.

Part 1 is our Sports Tipster Report which features updates on 24 of the best sports betting experts we continually monitor. Including details on the new Hall of Fame Tennis tipster hitting a 10.5% ROI from 1480 tips AND the Baseball expert averaging 133% betting bank growth each year.

Part 2 is our 17/18 Football Tipster Guide, which features our take on 12 of the very best football tipsters we monitor with updated ratings, rankings and recommendations for the new season. You can also read detailed interviews with several of the expert tipsters included on their strategies for the coming season and how best to maximise their advice.

Part 3 is our in-depth review of The Football Guru service from the Betting Gods tipster network. We examine the pre-match and in-play tips from this popular expert to gauge exactly how their performance stacks up.

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You can also now join the Secret Betting Club with the full peace of mind provided by our full 90-day make money guarantee.

Sign-up for either a Gold or Platinum membership and if you don’t like what you see, you can get your money back at any time during your first 90 days as a member.

No questions asked!

If you sign-up and don’t like what we offer for any reason, email us and we will process a full refund. It’s that simple.

Best of all if joining the Secret Betting Club today you can also save up to a whopping £38 on the usual cost of membership.

This is because we have slashed the price of joining to ensure as many people as possible have access to our reports, magazines and guides.

We know we can make a difference to your punting – so why not sign-up right away and get started immediately.

See you on the inside.

Best Regards,

Peter Ling
Secret Betting Club Editor

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Why Backing All Home Teams Made 81 Points Profit Last Season

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Never mind pre-season friendlies, this weekend sees the return of ‘Proper Football’ with the start of the Championship, League 1 and League 2 seasons (alongside a whole host of others) and with it the hopes and dreams of many a football fan and punter!

Yet, did you know that last season was one of the strangest on record as anyone backing each and every home team in the main UK leagues would have made a fine profit?

It sounds bizarre, but it is true with a profit of 81.7 points at 3.4% ROI if backing all 2416 home teams in the top 4 English Leagues and the SPL last time out.

Check out the full stats below:

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This table is based on the results as taken from the football-data.co.uk website, which tracks the best early odds from a panel of 3 bookmakers.

Conversely as you might imagine, this also meant that those of you backing the Draw or the Away side also make a serious loss with 168 and 177 points lost respectively…

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Away Team Stats Over The Last 5 Seasons

For many punters, such a statistic is like a dagger to the heart as the biggest priced bets are often found when backing the away team.

The away teams are therefore usually taken as offering the ‘best value’ when considering who to bet upon.

Although when I say best value it’s important to understand I don’t mean ‘most likely to win’ – its vital to separate out a need to pick out a winner, versus taking a value price.

Again the 2016/17 season away bias is neatly reflected by this next graph which showcases the returns if blindly backing all away teams with Pinnacle Sports over the past 5 seasons.

Taking the closing odds (those available just before each game kicks off), you can see how the 2016/17 season compared with a huge loss of nearly 200 points. The previous ‘worst’ season for backing away teams only was the 2014/15 season, which dropped just over 25 points.

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What Has Changed For Us Punters?

For punters this kind of seasonal bias can cause all kind of challenges, raising questions such as…

  • Why is it happening?
  • Will this home side bias continue this season?
  • Should you avoid backing all away sides altogether?

Looking at the stats objectively and with an understanding that nothing has changed across the wider football world to give home sides an extra hidden advantage…the logic has to be that this is just a short-term pattern in play.

Short-term might seem a strange term to suggest when looking at 2416 games and a full season, yet we have seen similar patterns before.

A glance at the Pinnacle graph above from the 2012/13 season tells us that backing all away teams blindly made almost a 70 point profit that year…yet since this date such a strategy will have made an overall loss of over 200 points.

One Football Tipster Bucking The Seasonal Trends

Such seasonal trends also impact tipsters, so it takes a particularly talented expert or system to navigate them and still show a profit.

Take for example, one of the top rated football system-based tipsters here at SBC, who despite the home-team bias, still managed to make strong profit with a 17.1% ROI last season.

Due to his strict filters, he was able to filter out several potential (ultimately losing) away bets and end up with such a fine profit. Although his systems advised less bets than usual in an average season, it ensured his members were unaffected by this bias.

His success last season was no fluke either as this system has made a profit in each of the last 5 seasons – averaging a 12.7% ROI across the board.

You can read more about this tipster and several others in the recently released Football Tipster Guide for the 2017/18 season..

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The Best Tipsters For All Seasons (And Sports)

If you want to know about the best football tipsters (Plus horse racing, tennis, golf, nba, nlf and darts) then why not subscribe to the Secret Betting Club today and gain instant access to all these reports and more!

Best of all if joining the Secret Betting Club today you can also save up to a whopping £38 on the usual cost of membership.

This is because we have slashed the price of joining to ensure as many people as possible have access to our reports, magazines and guides.

We know we can make a difference to your punting – so why not sign-up right away and get started immediately. (There is a 90-day money back guarantee available after all!)

Best Regards,

Peter Ling
Secret Betting Club Editor


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The Football Acca Tipster Up 55% ROI In 2 Seasons

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A few months back I released details on the recommended football tipster making outstanding profits from his football acca (accumulator) tips.

Well the good news is this football guru has continued to ramp up the acca profits and he has just released a guide for the new football season to reveal all about his methods. (which you can download for free – details follow…)

The tipster in question is called Matchday Profits and as as one of the featured experts in our brand new 2017/18 Football Tipster Guide, its a great example of just how you can make money betting if following the right experts.

So far, Matchday Profits have made 133 points profit at 55% Return on Investment from acca betting alone with a 63% strike-rate of success! 

Download The Free ‘How To Win With Football Accas’ Guide

Matchday Profits is the brainchild of football betting guru, Paul Ruffy and we have been proofing his winning acca advice since the start of the 2015/16 season.

To showcase his profitable acca acumen, Paul has put together a free 12-page guide on his betting strategy for you to download.

>> Click Here To Get Your Free Guide <<

Within this free guide you can read:

  • How he has turned the tables on the bookies (who view acca punters as cash cows);
  • Why his method is safe to follow (he is not bonus bagging)
  • His ‘Bankers & Base’ acca strategy and how you can replicate it;
  • His performance with and without acca insurance;
  • The best ‘acca’ bookmakers to place your bets with.

 

133 Points Profit @ 55% ROI Last 2 Seasons!

I am happy to recommend Paul and his Matchday Profits service, having proofed and reviewed it on behalf of SBC members since it began.

I have been hugely impressed by his unique and sensible strategy to make a profit betting on football accas, which traditionally have been viewed by bookmakers as a very lucrative market (It attracts what they term ‘mug-punters’).

Paul has turned this on its head as his table of results below prove (presented both with and without the of ‘acca insurance’)

  • With Acca Insurance (whereby bookies refund your stakes if 1 leg of your acca loses) he has made 133.09 points profit at 55% ROI from 240 accas.
  • Even if betting without Acca insurance, you will still have made 73.29 points profit at 31% ROI.

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You can read much more about his approach to acca betting and exactly why we rate his service so highly in his free guide.

Its a simple 12-page PDF that could make a massive difference to your football betting profits this season!

>> Click Here To Get Your Free Guide <<

 

Save 25% On Matchday Profits With SBC (Limited Offer)

In an exclusive deal, all Secret Betting Club members can now also save 25% on the cost of a year’s subscription to Matchday Profits.

Instead of the usual price of £127 for a year, through the special discount link provided to you as a Secret Betting Club member, you can join Paul’s service for just £95.25

But be warned – Paul tells me that he can only offer this discount for a limited time only. Due to demand, he expects to have to remove this offer in the very near future.

So if you want to follow him in – NOW is the time to act.

As ever, this special saving is ONLY available to Secret Betting Club subscribers as part of the unique ‘Tipster Discounts‘ we negotiate on their behalf.

Due to the way SBC is funded by member subscriptions – we are able to negotiate these unique deals and pass 100% of the savings onto you as a member. Helping line your pockets, not ours!

Once you have signed-up for your Secret Betting Club subscription, simply visit our members area, click on the ‘Tipster Savings’ link and you will find full details on how to take-up this special discounted Matchday Profits subscription (plus several other major trials and discounts unique to SBC!)

<< JOIN THE SECRET BETTING CLUB TODAY >>

See you on the inside.

Peter Ling
SBC Editor

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