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Why trading works so well – On football

Why trading works so well – On football

With the champions league football starting up again, I thought I’d take a look at football at a simple level and explain why trading works so well, using football as an example.

First off a simple maths lesson.

Finding value

When you look at odds on Betfair, they refer to the implied chance of that event occurring. If we saw Manchester United priced at 2.00, we simply divide one by those odds and it produces the implied probability of that …

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What does value look like, on a bigger scale

What does value look like, on a bigger scale

I did a post some time ago called, ‘What value looks like’. Here is the same effect but on a much grander scale, though you should not the familiarity between the two. Finding value is one of the hardest things to do in any betting market because usually the market is hyper efficient. But probably the biggest issue is the wild swings you can get and how they affect your psychology.

In the graph you can see we start …

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Australia moves to restrict live betting

Australia moves to restrict live betting

News from down under today that the government is ‘encouraging’ a ban on live betting odds during sports broadcasting in Australia. That great big stick of legislation is being waved to ensure implementation.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said it was good news for Australian families, who were becoming “increasingly frustrated” with the spruiking of live odds on their television screens.

Full story here: –

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/5/26/politics/pm-unveils-plan-ban-live-betting-odds

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Finding value in football matches

Finding value in football matches

Value is created where the odds on offer don’t reflect the true reality of the underlying event. If you back when you think value is high and lay when it is low you should, over long periods of time, profit from this discrepancy. The key question of course is, what is value and how do you spot it?

Let me give you some scenarios: –

Match one description

  • The home team is ranked 1st in the division and is
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What Betfair traders have forgotten

What Betfair traders have forgotten

Back in the ‘good old days’ when gambling meant just backing only, your objective was clear. Back then, excuse the pun, you had to back something that won more often that the odds would suggest.

Participate in these modern markets and you would think that this quaint old fashioned strategy had long since completely died a death. Everybody seems to be doing all manner of things in the market and you could be forgiven for thinking you couldn’t do anything …

22/09/2012 | By More
Nuts, lightly roasted

Nuts, lightly roasted

I’ve been experimenting with a new strategy recently. I’ve learnt from past experience that data mining can be statistical deja vu. So whenever I make the transition from theory to practical, it always pays to be cautious. So on this occasion I have hedged my position on separate accounts to understand how the main strategy performs but without putting myself at too much risk.

Immediately the strategy started working, with a couple of glitches, so the main account started to …

18/04/2012 | By More
A question of scale (part one)

A question of scale (part one)

I got a phone call from the Financial times the other week about the collapse of Centaur. They wanted to know how I knew it would collapse long before it did, they originally phoned me for an opinion when Centaur first started up and I told them then what I repeated recently.

When you looked at the proposition there were in fact many, many flaws in there; but the top one for me was one of scale. Mainly because I’ve …

04/02/2012 | By More
FA Cup – Round four winners

FA Cup – Round four winners

Rather than a prediction this is a glance back. A look if the ‘romance’ of the FA Cup is still alive.

At the start of the third round, premier league teams made up 93.69% of the market. They now make up 80% of the market, the romance of an outsider winning the cup is still alive it would seem.

However, top flight four teams met each other in round three so we will have to delete these for the purposes …

28/01/2012 | By More
Give your football 150% this weekend

Give your football 150% this weekend

I love those throw away phrases where people say they are going to give it 150%. Of course you can only give it 100%, or can you? Not when trading.

In a betting market the market is framed at 100%. A football team can only win, lose or draw a match. There is a 100% chance of that happening. But when trading, you are trading how volatile those odds will be and that is always over 100%, whatever sport you …

17/12/2011 | By More
Automation – Major new release of Bet Angel

Automation – Major new release of Bet Angel

We are delighted to announce a new version of Bet Angel!

This morning we have released a new beta version, 1.30, which includes a brand new feature.

The new feature focuses on automating your betting or trading activity and builds on the work we have done with Guardian and the Excel spreadsheet link. In fact you can use this new feature along side any activity in your core market and / or any activity you have in a spreadsheet.…

18/11/2011 | By More
That’ll do nicely

That’ll do nicely

I had a feeling Saturday would turn out to be an interesting day, so I pulled out all stops to take advantage. I did well and it was a real pleasure to net my best day ever (At least before commission).

I managed to pick up a lot of decent results from a wide spectrum of events on both exchanges. Thanks to favourable commission rates and favourable liquidity conditions on Betdaq, it meant I found it pretty easy to beat …

17/10/2011 | By More
Dilemma

Dilemma

It’s just gone 08:30 on Wednesday morning and I’m up over £700 on the day already. On Saturday, I sat down to do a decent days work on the exchanges. Across both I earned somewhere between £3.5-4k which was similar to last year, slightly higher as Betdaq is contributing more than it did in prior years. What’s my point?

As you are probably aware I’ve been doing this for over a decade now, have collected a ton of data and …

12/10/2011 | By More
In-running confusion

In-running confusion

From today new rules come into play for Jockeys and their use of the whip, new rules must also come into play for in-running punters. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

For example, if a jockey has ‘used up’ all his in-running whip chances before the last fence and is desperate to edge out a close rival. In theory, he will be unable to do anything and this may bring what was a previously short price …

10/10/2011 | By More
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

When my first daughter was born I planted an acorn. Since then it has grown to the proverbial Oak Tree. This year it is 14 years old and yielded its first crop of Acorns.

My point?

When I was in a ‘normal’ job I was always planting metaphoric acorns. My hope was that some would grow to Oaks, and so they did. So I suggest you always keep planting Acorns. Not just in the context of building for the long …

05/10/2011 | By More
Bet Angel for Betdaq

Bet Angel for Betdaq

Somebody emailed me yesterday asking when we will be upgrading the Betdaq version of Betdaq. For those that were not aware, we did this in July; hence this post this morning!

Bet Angel for Betdaq is available free of charge and we were the first vendors to release a Betdaq version of our product way back in 2008. The upgrade in July was the first major upgrade we have done in a while. There are still some differences between products, …

04/10/2011 | By More
Traders of the De l’arc

Traders of the De l’arc

Once a year I will tuck into French racing like a connoisseur drinks French wine, with a sense of appreciation but with the gusto of a true enthusiast.

I don’t tend to trade on Sunday’s or on French racing, but the richest race in Europe always draws my attention as it and the companion races are nearly always a great opportunity. It has to be said that most of the other stuff on today is not the greatest quality. So …

02/10/2011 | By More
Passive Tennis trading

Passive Tennis trading

Missed most of the US open last night as I opted to play Tennis rather than watch it, but I still profited on the matches last night.

I also had a nice reminder of how using stats can show a different version of the match than the score. I won 6-4 6-4 last night, but the first set was quite tight and I effectively won it with a break of serve in the ninth game. The second set was not …

02/09/2011 | By More
Back the draw

Back the draw

I’m going to put up some information on Saturday’s about football / soccer.  Some of it may seem contradictory for some of you and some logical, but it’s all based on years worth of research and application in the market.

For starters: –

If you backed the draw, pretty much at random, last weekend; you would have have netted a cool profit. I know, because I did exactly that and suffered a 60% thumping as a result! I was doing …

27/08/2011 | By More
How to win the lottery

How to win the lottery

Caught this article the other day and it tickled me. I think we all dream of finding a way to make money from things like this. When I was young I dreamt that maybe, just maybe, there was a way to make money from betting on sport, never dreamt it would actually come true!

http://moneyland.time.com/2011/08/01/how-to-make-1-million-or-more-per-year-playing-the-state-lottery/

If you are into this sort of thing then read the book the Newtonian Casino, or watch the film “21“.

10/08/2011 | By More
Kick off

Kick off

The English football season kicked off in earnest last night with Blackpool nudging a 1-0 win against Hull. Today league football gets underway properly and the hopes and aspirations of many will re-ignite across the nation. How appropriate that the financial markets are crashing under the weight of false hopes and huge amounts of debt just as the football season starts up! If you are looking for excess then there is plenty to find on and off the football field, …

06/08/2011 | By More
Another new strategy

Another new strategy

Sat the in bath the other night pondering a number of things. Of all the things I do, looking for new things and trying to solve the puzzles that any market throws at me is the thing I find most interesting.

I came up with a way off thought based upon what I had seen from recent market data. Basically that the market has been tightening and less money than ever is lost to one side of the book or …

04/08/2011 | By More
Good approach

Good approach

Looks like it will be the last day before the glorious weather breaks in the UK so went out to play some Golf with my son this morning.

A good approach on the seventh left me in the middle of the green but with a tricky put for an birdie. Almost the perfect put, but the ball stopped just short of falling in the cup. No amount of stomping on the green would make it fall in, so I had …

03/08/2011 | By More
Betfair International Stakes

Betfair International Stakes

Couldn’t resist posting up this P&L on this race from yesterday. OK I got more on Betfair, a bit, but nowhere near the same when if deduct a 60% commission.

You should always do what is best for you, especially in a trading market, but look at my circumstances. It’s a strange feeling to only be able to earn 40% what others can earn by doing exactly the same thing. I can teach people how to do similar things and …

24/07/2011 | By More
Betfair – Cross matching

Betfair – Cross matching

Cross matching has slowly been implemented across many sports markets on Betfair and earlier this year on the big one, horse racing.

There are still some odd things with cross matching. Prices for the API and for the Betfair web site are different. This is because cross matching is not exposed via the API. We put the cross matching algorithm into Bet Angel, but quite a large number of API applications still show the ‘wrong’ prices. Betfair also never tell …

22/07/2011 | By More
60% Premium charge

60% Premium charge

On the first day of trading on 22nd October 2010 Betfair shares closed at 1550p. At the time of writing this post the shares are trading at 627p or down nearly 60% from that closing high. How ironic!

I don’t want to feed that hand that bites me, to reverse the common metaphor. So, for me at least, action speak louder than words. Whether volume decreases or increases on the Betfair exchange, why will be the most pressing question. Volume …

18/07/2011 | By More
Grass is for cows

Grass is for cows

Wimbledon is the only grand slam on grass, but it wasn’t always that way. Two other tournaments were played on grass on the grand slam circuit. The US Open, was played on grass until 1974, and the Australian Open, was played on grass until 1988.

Very few players would not admit that a win at Wimbledon would be a career defining moment. But it’s not through trying that players fail; it’s generally down to how each surface plays. Research by …

20/06/2011 | By More
Royal Ascot / Open Golf Thursday

Royal Ascot / Open Golf Thursday

Another good day in the bag for Royal Ascot, but I left it late today. I didn’t get a real blockbuster race till near the end of the card. I had to work much harder than yesterday and I took my foot of Betdaq, as working harder meant I couldn’t keep focus on two exchanges effectively. I did broaden my activity out on Betdaq though to other races and they worked well. So after Ascot I’m going to continue my …

17/06/2011 | By More
Match of the season

Match of the season

A tantalising match this afternoon between Man Utd and Chelsea and the market is being cautious by pricing up Man Utd at 2.34 for the win. I would have priced Chelsea near 4.00 for a win here, but with so much at stake; its probably right for the price to be a bit shorter. The market is priced for 2.50 goals with 1.30 going to Man Utd.

Home advantage is historically 0.40 goals so if you take that out, the …

08/05/2011 | By More
Busy day

Busy day

Looking forward to a busy day today.

Promotion and relegation battles will be settled on the football pitches today, that always throws up opportunities. There is nothing like career death to focus the mind of a highly paid footballer. I’m looking for an outside chance today. I’ll probably spread around my options to even things out. Did you know that Bet Angel can monitor and fire in bets across multiple markets almost simultaneously? This is ideal for football where matches …

07/05/2011 | By More
Royal wedding bets

Royal wedding bets

Yes, you can punt on the Royal wedding as well!

I doubt this market will interest me much, but I do like the idea of ‘your sex is on fire’ being the first song the couple dance to.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12999090

26/04/2011 | By More
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