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Obviously this was such a good deal that it was costing BGO more than it was attracting new profitable punters. This is a huge blow for value players looking for decent welcome bonus without the hefty wager multiplier.
Unfortunately the news is a double whammy as it affects all BGO products including Power Spins.
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There’s a lot of misconception as to what IEsnare actually is and for good reason. There really is not a lot of credible information out there on the web, many sites draw conclusions from personal experiences without strong evidence.
“In most cases the list of information that Iesnare gathers is of no relevance to bookmakers.”
To add further confusion the company that created the product Iovation no longer advertises Iesnare on their website. But when they did the information was pretty vague and obscure unless you were one of their customers who could afford the extremely high price for the software.
What is IEsnare?
IEsnare is an analytics tracking tool used by online companies to monitor “device anomalies” and help accurately detect any fraudulent risk. It collates information from the users device such as geographical location, IP/MAC address and web browser history to create a profile of the user and track their activity.
It’s been around for quite some time, while doing a search on the web there is some talk on moneysavingexpert forums going as far back as 2006, so well over a decade.
To give you a better understanding of Iesnare’s intended application and capabilities, here’s a promotional video from Iovation themselves. While the company no longer “promotes” the name Iesnare, it gives you an idea of it’s potential use.
The list of information that Iesnare collates is exhaustive, with more than forty data registers.
Suffice to say we’re not going to list every one as most of these registers are of no use and irrelevant to bookmakers, but the ones that are important are those listed below.
IPs and ISPs from high risk locations
Identify proxy use
Devices MAC ID
Multiple device access per account
Geo-location and IP address mismatch
Orwellian Nightmare? Not Quite…
So as you can see this script is NOT tracking your every move and watching you on your webcam, it’s just not that intelligent.
The script collects meta-data (cookies) from your computer and stores this on Iovation’s mainframe servers. Bookmakers are then alerted by the analytics software of irregular user activity.
Bear in mind that most bookmakers will have +100k accounts to manage and it’s their responsibility in accordance with the Gambling Commission to ensure that no money laundering is involved.
Here are two ways bookmakers could use this tool effectively:
1. If one account was being accessed by multiple devices, this could imply that the account has been hacked. In which case the bookmaker would want to know this to alert the customer and possibly instruct them to change their password.
2. The bookmaker identifies that a proxy server is being, this would also infer that the end user is trying to hide their identity i.e IP address and location, which could mean fraudulent activity or the end user is in breech of their terms and conditions.
So if you look at things from the bookmakers prospective, they have a pretty difficult job ensuring accounts are not being misused while not behaving like a fascist dictator.
It’s not just Bookmakers that use Iesnare
Companies such as PayPal and Adobe also use this analytics tool for it’s intended purpose – to detect fraudulent activity.
Most online users will use at least one if not both of these services. So if you happen to find iesnare on your computer there’s no guarantee which application is using it.
Can bookmakers use iesnare to sniff-out matched betting players?
Cookies are nothing more than pieces of meta-data which allows you to store values on websites so the next time you go onto Amazon, your basket will still contain the same items to selected during the last visit.
The cookies of one website cannot be accessed by the cookies from another site. So in theory iesnare cannot access the meta-data from another bookmaker and betting exchanges, so far so good.
The only issue I can see is if you are using proxy’s for match betting while you are on holiday as an example. It’s quite likely it will detect proxy use of well-known VPN IP addresses, so this is something match bettors and arbers need to consider.
Is IEsnare legal?
There is still some grey area as to it’s legality and whether it breaches Data Protection laws, as it circumvents this by collecting data about the device and not you.
Some punters have not taken this laying down and are taking bookmakers to court over the matter. If fact there’s a petition that you can send to the ICO for you to raise your concerns.
Why you should NEVER remove or block IEsnare
So the first reaction to this would be to find a way to either block or remove IEsnare altogether and there are a lot of pundits out there that will suggest just that.
But I believe this is the wrong approach and will more than likely raise a red-flag, resulting in your account being restricted/gubbed soon after.
Don’t let them know that you know what they’re up to.
So what should you do?
That’s right, the best thing punters can do is to leave things just as they are.
If you follow our guide on the ultimate match betting setup you already have separate devices, such as a laptop for your bookmaker and mobile phone for betting exchanges. Using such practices will minimise the chances you being caught out.
This is contrary to what most experts will tell you, but this approach make perfect sense to me as it makes bookmakers believe they have the upper-hand by snooping on your web browsing movements while you are cautious about what you’re doing.
Should I be worried?
The truth is that bookmakers will do anything in their power to ensure punters are playing by the rules, even if this involves tabs on your web movements.
But the reality is that there is only a limited amount of information that they can legally extract before they are in breach of Data Protection laws. Provided punters stick to the methods we highlighted above and remain mindful of their online activities, iesnare becomes just another cookie.
While contract negotiations are in stale-mate between promoter Eddie Hern and Deontay Wilder’s camp, Anthony Joshua continues getting the rounds in and further develop his skill-set.
This weekend’s fight against Russian Alexander Povetkin will be no walk in the park and arguably his most fierce opponent since that night in Wembley last year, where the Brit incredibly brought down Wladimir Klitschko.
Alexander Povetkin is a standout Olympic champions and professional heavyweight with only one loss to his scorecard in 35 fights.
The Russian has an extremely dangerous left hook and likes to drop into opponents and throw an over-head right which has been very effective and caught-out previous opponents.
Joshua needs to keep the Russian at the end of his jab and take opportunities later on.
Povetkin believes it will be quite an event, he says: “I’m glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event. Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all.”
Joshua has had a stellar career to date and is undefeated in 21 fights. The Brit has the length, range and power needed to beat Povetkin but he needs to control the fight early on as Povetkin will been more than likely
What we think…
I think Povetkin is a more formidable opponent than Parker was back in March, so Joshua really needs to be at the top of his game for this fight. The Russian will be very dangerous in the first five rounds, but Anthony should have the experience and composure to minimise the risk early on.
Joshua has the range and needs to keep Alexander Povetkin at the end of his jab.
The brit has been prone to making mistakes in the past so making an outside hedged bet of Joshua hitting the canvas in the first five rounds is a decent shout.
Ultimately this is Anthonys’s to lose and he should cruise through and take out Povetkin in the later rounds (6-9) which I wouldn’t be surprised to see him achieve.
Joshua v Povetkin Betting Tips Summary
Joshua to go down in the first 5 rounds
Joshua to win KO in rounds 6-9
What time will Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin start?
Live TV coverage starts from 6pm, but the ring walk and main event will more than likely start around 10pm.
Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin
Date: Saturday 22 September
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Coverage: Live on Sky Sports box office 6pm and Radio 5 Live 8pm.
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Genesis Casino has re-written the rule book on how to create a simple yet power user interface for a modern casino site.
So lets take a peek into the cosmos to see what’s in store.
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Unlike most casino’s you come across that are part of a bigger holdings company, Genesis Casino is completely independent, which is why some of their welcome and bonus offers are not as “earth shatteringly” great.
With that said you can’t complain about Genesis Casino’s first deposit bonus of 100% up to £100 plus 300 bonus spins on top, it’s certainly enough for any die-hard casino player a few hours of table-time.
If you’re a regular casino punter you will really appreciate Genesis Casino’s Weekly Bonus. Simply deposit £50 or more throughout the week (Monday – Thursday) and receive a 25% bonus up to £100 on Friday.
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Caveat Conditions to consider…
Having read through Genesis Casino’s terms and conditions, there’s nothing in their that surprises us.
The 40x wager requirements is a little on the high side but at least it’s only on the bonus amount and not the deposit.
Minimum deposit of £10 and a maximum bet of £5 using your bonus is now the norm. But be aware that the bonus is only valid for 14 days, after that it’s gone. The same applies to the free spins which are only available for 72 hours, so we recommend you use them immediately after you deposit.
For reasons that only god himself knows, players will receive their free spins in a daily allowance of 30 spins per day for 10 days after the deposit has been met.
It’s goes without saying but make sure you read Genesis Casino’s full terms and conditions, so you have a clearer understanding before placing a bet.
It appears that Genesis Casino have a fairly straight-forward weighting system when it come to wagering. Some categories of games have a lower wager percentage rating than others and include the following:
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Classic Slot games – 75%
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Blackjack games – 5%
Games and Jackpots
Given how new this casino site is Genesis has a wide variety of games for you to enjoy.
Get stuck into comical mayhem with Reactoonz, glacial adventures with Troll Hunters and set sail for Nordic chaos in Vikings go Berzerk.
What really impressed me was the selection of table games on offer, with a couple of gems you rarely see anywhere else. Spanish 21 Blackjack and Multihand Vegas Downtown were two personal favourites that I strongly recommend.
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Initial loading times were very quick for Genesis Casino, due to it’s cunning ability to hide most of the slot game icons (which we’ll come back to later on).
We used 888 Casino as the benchmark as it’s recently had a complete overhaul of it’s site to make it more responsive for mobile users.
As you can see from the chart loading times were near identical even though Genesis Casino had over three times the data to download (7MB compare to 2.5MB for 888 casino).
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What makes Genesis Casino stand out from the multitude of online casino’s out there had to be it’s design and layout, which may not be that ground-breaking but certainly does deserve a round of applause as we’ll explain.
Careful consideration has gone into the layout, from game drop-down menu’s that list all categories available, to subtle show more buttons underneath each group of slot games which optimises load-time for users.
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You may have heard of term gnoming on betting forums, with some players boasting they have doubled or even tripled their winnings though multiple accounts.
Sounds too good to be true…
But the reality is far from this with most punters eventually being banned by bookmakers.
Gnoming isn’t for the faint hearted!
In this article we aim to separate fact from fiction, to let you make up your own mind if gnoming (which can be lucrative) is worth the effort.
So what is Gnoming?
Gnoming is a phrase mainly used in matched betting communities with win-win strategies, which involves having multiple accounts with the same bookmaker. The advantage is that it could multiply 2x, 3x or greater of any winnings you make.
With matched betting any winnings tend to be small in the early stages. So any way to multiply those earnings would be appealing to anyone.
In principle it sounds easy, but bookmakers have a zero-tolerance on the use of such practices to the extent that they will close all accounts if they have evidence of punters gnoming.
Why do bookmakers close gnoming accounts?
It should be obvious why bookmakers take cloning of accounts so seriously.
Imagine you are professional punter that is consistently winning each month and one of the major bookmakers allows you to open-up ten accounts. Provided you placed the same bet/stake in each account, you would now have 10x revenue you had previously.
It’s clear from this example that if every punter had the opportunity to do the same thing, it wouldn’t take long before that bookmakers would go out of business.
And they go to extraordinary lengths to to identify if you are creating duplicate accounts – which we’ll discuss later on…
In fact if you read their terms and conditions they make it clear that gnoming or having multiple accounts will lead to account closure.
Here’s an except from Paddy Powers T&C’s
If Paddy Power believes that an entrant has tried to enter by using more than one username or where multiple entries/accounts have been used.
Paddy Power reserves the right to cancel these accounts and withhold payment of the prize/bonus or any other promotional benefits.
So there you have it. One of the largest bookmakers in the country will not only close your account but seize any winnings. And they are no alone… If you read the terms of every online bookmakers you will find similar clauses.
Is Gnoming/ Multi Accounts Illegal?
The definition of fraud is as follows…
“The wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain”
There’s no question that gnoming is for financial gain and changing your details during application would certainly be deemed as deceptive. So technically gnoming is fraudulent according to the letter of the law.
Even if you aren’t locked up and thrown away the key, the implications could be far worse for your gambling accounts/profile in the industry. Bookmakers will put you on a blacklist banning you from opening any new accounts in the future – in effect your excluded from any form of online gambling.
To set-up and maintain multiple accounts is no mean feat.
Not only do you have to consider creating multiple identities and banking methods but also have experience in IT as we discuss below.
The real question is whether it’s worth all the agro?
How can bookmakers tell if you are gnoming
Identical billing addess
It’s not just a case of using a different name and home address to avoid being caught out. Bookmakers will use a number of parameters to compare one account to the next. One of the biggest giveaways is using a different bank card with the same billing address.
Choosing to use another bank card that you own will not work. As this card has the same billing address as the original bank card on your first account, so this won’t work.
Even if you decide to deposit using an ewallet such as PayPal or Neteller, they are both connected to your main bank card. So unless you decide to move home and change your identity altogether it’s almost impossible to create a unique second account.
IP Address and MAC ID – Get your geek on!
Ok so your friend agrees to setup an account in his name and you use his bank details to circumvent the identical billing addresses. So now you can access his account on your laptop/PC right?
Wrong!Hidden within the information sent between you and the bookmaker are identification data packets which are used as a way of confirming where the data has come from. Imagine that the bookmakers servers handle thousands of requests a second from users across the world, at it lowest level there needs to be a way of identifying where the data has come from and that’s where IP Address and MAC ID’s come into play.
Think of an IP Address as the first section of a postcode (area code) which is assigned by your home router and the MAC ID as your house number. With both of them together it is possible to find your exact location.
One way of avoiding having the same IP address would be to use a different local network, but this makes it less convenient. The only alternative which would allow you to access a different account under the radar, would be to use a VPN or virtual private network.
VPN’s act as a proxy to redirect traffic from you the client to the bookmakers server, so the server only receives data packets with the VPN’s IP address. In effect it hides your IP address from the bookmaker.
Return of the MAC
But this won’t get around the issue of having the same MAC ID which is embedded in the network card in your laptop. The simplist solution would be to have two laptops each with their own MAC ID.
By now you can see how complicated this can get and without a checklist to ensure you have your VPN proxy enabled, you’re sure to give the game away.
So far we’ve discussed the things you can control, but what about the things you can’t such as bookmakers tracking your every move on the web?
OH yes it’s time to get the tinfoil hat on!
In the past bookmakers have been accused of secretly installing tracking software (iesnare) onto customers computers following registration. This software allows them to monitor your web activity such as the sites you go to and the date and time of when you accessed those websites.
It’s real intention is to track your activity allowing Bookmakers to see what other bookmaker/ betting exchange sites you have accessed, which could divulge your strategy if you are matched betting.
Hang on this can’t be legal right?
Unfortunately it’s completely legal as you agreed to this once you accepted their terms and conditions… you did read this right?
We won’t go into the specifics of what Iesnare is capable of leaking in this artcile, you can find out more by reading what is Iesnare. Sufficed to say once this sneeky little app is installed onto your laptop it remains there under the radar, feeding information back to the bookmaker.
It IS possible to remove this app permanently from your computer but this adds yet another layer to what is already a very complex setup. Your time could be best spent researching more matched bets to place.
I hope we’ve convinced you that the downside and negative impact on your profile with not just one but all bookmakers significantly outweighs any short term upside when it comes to gnoming.
Any account with a bookmaker or betting exchange that is steadily and consistently generating monthly earnings should be wrapped up in cotton wool and punters should avoiding doing anything that could jepordise this.
It’s easy to get carried away with wanting to reach certain financial goals by taking short cuts but real sustainable wealth cannot be achieved overnight.
Add to this that bookmakers stipulate in their terms and conditions not to create multiple accounts, it’s fair to say that gnoming is a mugs game.
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So far so good…
Now it’s time pop-open the hood of this bad-boy and check out what offers they have available.
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But this bonus comes at a price…
Lord Slots Casino Welcome bonus comes with a HUGE 50x wager requirement on the bonus before you can withdraw it, which is an obscene multiplier by any standards.
This means that you need to deposit over £10k before you can with draw that bonus amount, which is just insane!
Not only that but the requirement must be met within 7 days of the bonus being credited to you. For this and all of Lord Slots terms check out their T&C’s provided.
Twice Wicked is a fantastic deal where players receive special offers twice a week (Monday and Thursday). Each bonus is unique to the customer so you could receive anything, be sure to keep a look out on those days.
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Thoughts of Manchester City facing a tougher start to the season with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne sidelined for three months were quashed on the weekend, when City demolished Huddersfield town 6-1.
De Bruyne suffered a knee injury during training last week following a vital 2-0 victory over Arsenal in their opening game of the season. Although the Belgian does not require any surgery he will be on the bench for at least three months
The Belgium international was arguably one of the best players in the EPL last season and instrumental in Manchester City lifting the Premier League title. Pep was cautious about their prospects without him.
“He will be a big miss. We are going to do our best without him and try to be there by the time he returns.” – Pep Guardiola
Even with De Bruyne out until xmas Pep Guardiola has some formidable reserves at his disposal, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sané ready in the sideline.
Riyad Mahrez who signed from Leicester City for a club record £60M deal in the summer has come on for both games for City. Mahrez already looks settled within the team and almost scored on his debut against Arsenal from a free-kick but was saved by Petr Cech.
Not to be out-done by City’s new-boy Raheem Sterling put Manchester City ahead in the opening game against Arsenal, smashing a belting 20 yard shot which cut through two defenders.
When asked whether De Bruyne’s injury would give Liverpool an advantage, Jurgen Klopp dismissed the idea and went on to say that given Manchester city’s depth of squad, it would not derail them one bit.
Klopp appears to have been proven right following the result at Huddersfield but it’s too early to say just how much of an impact it could play. Liverpool currently sit second in the table on equal point with City.
If I had to pick one thing that accelerated my knowledge of matched betting which significantly boosted my earnings, it had to be joining matched betting forums.
While matched betting isn’t rocket science it certainly isn’t fool proof. So why wouldn’t you want to consume all the wealth of knowledge from forum members with decades worth of experience?
I can’t tell you the number of times a member has corrected me from laying the wrong side, saving me a small fortune!
Not only that but you get a chance to speak to like-minded people who are all on the same wavelength.
Still not convinced?
Here are just a handful of reasons for joining matched betting forums.
Benefits of match betting forums?
Cover yourself – Get someone to check your place/lay strategy before you bet
Pick-up tips on how to avoid being gubbed (account restricted)
Find new bookmaker offers you weren't aware of
Check new existing customer offers from bookmakers you are already with
Find niche match betting market offers i.e. greyhound racing
The list goes on…
Contrary to belief, while matched betting is risk free if executed correctly it is NOT idiot proof – mistakes can happen.
While I’m not trying to scare you away from matched betting it is important for punters who are new to this that you can accidentally place the wrong bet meaning you lose money.
So why have I mentioned this?
It points out the significance of using matched betting forums and communities.
There are hundreds of experienced players on the forums eager to help you out. All you need to do is post the matched bet you intend to place and within minutes you’ll have a number of members either confirming whether the bet is correct or not.
This will at least give you some reassurance before placing the bet.
So which matched betting forums and communities are the best?
Well for the past year I’ve flirted between many matched betting forums to try and grasp as much insight and knowledge on the subject as possible.
I’ve joined about a dozen matched betting and arbing forums, but have whittled it down-to the top 5 forums plus i’ll give you my top choice of matched betting forums for beginners and seasoned professionals.
5 Best Matched Betting Forums and Communities – In no particular order
1. Team Profit – Best for newbies (admin support)
When it comes to actively managed forums with experienced administrators Team Profit wins hands down.
I was blown away by the level of support they provide their 7500+ members. From beginners who post questions on the best way to take advantage of bookmaker promotions, to veterans who want to maximise their returns.
As well as this you also receive daily posts from Tom’s Lunchtime Profits, with a list of the best returns you can get from the main bookmakers.
But what really impressed me was Buschra’s Newbie Power Hour. This is a live Q&A session on the forum for anyone new to matched betting that’s available Monday-Friday from 7pm.
It’s this level of community support that puts Team Profit head and shoulders above the rest.
2. Martin Lewis (Moneysavingexpert)
The maestro of money saving has been matched betting from the very start. Infact the first matched betting specific post we found went all the way back to 2004.
While MSE forum members are allowed to share betting recommendations they do stress that contrary to belief matched betting is not without risk. For more details on this we have a post explaining why matched betting is not risk free.
While the site is packed with decades worth of experienced members, the forum isn’t sub-sectioned into further categories, which means you spend all of your time trawling through pages to find any specific content you want.
With that said, most MSE members are money savers so are more than likely trust worthy with their suggestions.
For me the forum is quite dated and not dedicated to match betting, but they do have some useful “sticky” posts at the top of the page for anyone new to this gambling strategy.
3. MatchedBettingBlog Forum
Matched Betting Blog is relatively new (just over a year) but within that time it has already gained pace and attracted a decent following. The forum is looks sharp and to the point with no spammy banners ads and works straight from the browser (so no need for an app).
This definitely appears to be an active forum with hundreds of live members on at any one time and tons of posts placed daily.
The sub categories are well structured with one for new players, general chat and more specific match betting events such as the World Cup 2018. They also have an Archive section which I think is handy for previous major events should you need to look back at previous conversations with members.
From a pure matched betting prospective this is more suited to experienced matched bettors i.e. less reliance on match betting tools.
4. Odds Monkey Community – Best veteran forum
As you would expect with a tool that’s dedicated to finding you the best matched betting odds across multiple bookmakers, Odds Monkey community is in a league of it’s own!
With over 40,000 members all willing to hand-out advice it is by far the best matched betting forum to join.
What really stands out for me are the topics they cover in niche areas which I haven’t found elsewhere, such as matched betting abroad which we’ll also cover in a future article.
Bear in mind this is a forum for premium members only i.e. paid subscribers to Odds Monkey’s matched betting platform so created by the same team that built what is arguably one of the best matched betting comparison tools in existence. With over 300k posts to date we’re sure that any questions you may have about matched betting has already been covered and easily found.
5. Profit Accumulator Forum – Enhanced Features
Not to be out-done by it’s main rival, Profit Accumulator equally has an impressive forum design with over 60k users and near to 2k active users at any one time, they do have a stronger user-base than oddsmonkey, but not by much.
The forum has some nice features such as a post preview on the right-hand sidebar, so you don’t have to open that page up to read the latest comment.
The user interface appears to be identical to Odds Monkey, so much so that I wonder if they paid the same app developer! When you get to the paid subscription level it’s swings and roundabouts and really down to your own personal taste.
If you’re a premium PA member it makes sense to use their forum, especially if you’re new to this as they will certain help you out with any software issues.
Best for newbies – Team Profit
This is purely down to the level of support you receive and the response time from the admin team, which is important for new players especially if you end up making a mistake.
Best matched betting forum for professionals – Odds Monkey
It’s really difficult to differentiate between the bigger players but I prefer the layout and the way it’s categorised. There also appears to be more punters on the OM forum at any one time, with their own matched betting suggestions.
Overall matched betting forums are a wealth of resource and great way for newbies to get up to speed on complexity of matched betting. For veteran professionals they are a source for finding new offers and of course bragging how much you made on the weekend!
Do you agree with me?
Let me know your experiences with any of the forums we discussed in the comments section below and be sure to mention any you’ve found that deserve a mention.
Having your account gubbed by a bookmaker is the worse outcome for arbers and matched betting players, it simply means game over…
With bookmakers now using algorithms to track and sniff-out “smart punters” the chances of being caught has significantly increased.
The only option is to fight back!
So in this guide we’re going to show you 10 trick’s to avoid being gubbed by bookmakers.
Gubbing – A fate worse than death for gamblers
So what is gubbing and how can I avoid it?
Being “gubbed” is when you have you’re account limited by a bookmaker, this can mean you no longer receive free bet or enhanced odds promotions – which matched betting is based on.
In most cases this means you are unable to take advantage of free bets and enhanced offers that make matched betting possible. Worse case you’re limited to placing less than £1 bets on any event, making the account useless.
The rules of the game have changed
Unfortunately the degree in which the odds are stacked in favour of the bookmaker is ever increasing.
With the rise of betting strategies (e.g dutching, matched betting) that provide consistent risk-free returns, bookmakers have been forced to play dirty!
In the past bookies used software algorithms to track and monitor players for suspicious account activity, but more recently they have introduced AI (Artificial Intelligence) which not only monitors account activity but will now aim to predict punters next bet and learn from your gambling patterns.
How can I avoid being gubbed or account limited by bookmakers?
If you spend enough time on match betting forums or community pages, most users will tell you that eventually most player accounts will get gubbed (or restricted), gubbing is not only unavoidable but inevitable.
But there are a small group of match betting professionals with 5+ years experience that STILL have their accounts intact.
How do they do it?
By stick to a set of rules that we have listed below!
We can’t guarantee you won’t have any of your accounts gubbed, but what we can say is that by using the rules below you will reduce your chances or even avoid being gubbed altogether.
10 Top Tips to avoid being Gubbed –
1. Have a Mug Bet strategy
Most punters hate the idea of deliberately losing money, but to keep your account open for longer you need to give the bookmaker a big fat “mug steak” to throw him off the sent.
The best way to do this is with a Mug Bet.
This means placing a bet on your favourite sport or team that is likely to lose. Try to think like the average mug punter with bets that they are likely to place.
It may not stop you receiving the usual account restriction email we’re all used to. But it will help keep that account open for longer and in the mean time you can maximise your monthly winnings in the process.
Just make sure you lay the same team at a betting exchange, that way you keep your loses to a minimum.
2. Clear your web browser cookies
Could cookies be giving the game away?
Cookies are small text files on your computer that contain information and preferences of websites.
An example is items in basket that you have yet to purchase. That information will be stored in a cookie, so the next time access the site the items are STILL in the basket.
While there is no proof that bookmakers use tracking scripts to allow cookie data to be shared between themselves, there has been evidence of them installing monitoring software in the past (see section 6 below).
I personally prefer to edge on the side of caution and delete cookies after each session as standard practice.
If you prefer to keep your cookie data enabled you could use a separate web browser for gambling such as Firefox or Brave. Go to Preferences and set all cookie data to be cleared each time you close the browser.
3. Avoid going into obscure markets
Nearly all of the match betting pros we spoke to agreed that punters should stick to major markets, that means sport events that the most of mug punters will bet on such as; English Premier League or Championship, PGA Golf, Tennis, Boxing, major Horse and Dog racing.
The key is to stay under the radar of bookmakers algos. Betting on a U21 Romanian football match will almost certainly catch you out and put your account up for review.
4. Don’t always go for the Big Fish
When you first start matched betting, it’s all too easy to get carried away by chasing the biggest returns possible using match betting comparison sites.
The issue with this is that bookmaker will also have access to the same information as you do. So if you continue to use offers that return the biggest rewards, it could result in your account being gubbed.
Try choosing matches that are mid-table on oddsmonkey so your not going for the big pay-off.
5. Steer clear of social media
OK so I do not mean avoid Facebook or Twitter altogether… who under 30 could do that anyway?
What I’m suggesting is not to post any matched betting games or odds. You don’t need to be Cambridge Analyitica to scrape social media for punters planning on placing a matched bet.
I would also go on to say that if you plan to join an arb or matched betting community via social media, that you do this anonymously with another fake/ alias account.
6. Avoid downloading Bookmaker apps
The ability to open an app and quickly access betting markets may be convenient, but can you really trust bookmaker apps?
In the past there has been strong evidence of bookmakers installing so-called Iesnare software, that track punters activity on their computer.
When was the last time you read the permissions/terms agreement before accepting and installing an app?
Without knowing it you could inadvertently allow a bookmaker access to information on your phone legally. It doesn’t take much, something as simple as searching for other bookmakers or betting exchange apps which would be enough to raise a red flag.
I’m not saying you should be paranoid, just prudent. Why give them an opportunity to snoop round your phone?
7. Do NOT open multiple accounts
It goes without saying but one of the easiest ways to have your account restricted is by having more than one account with the same bookie. Even though you may have a second account in a different name i.e. partner, your banking details (including your home address) with be the same.
This is a huge red flag and will automatically put both accounts on the watch list if not gubbed immediately. The key takeaway here is don’t give them an excuse to close your account!
8. Mix things up – Play like a Mug
By now you’ve got the gist of this.
The aim is to behave like the average punter without taking the huge losses associated with it.
Make sure you use other areas of the bookmakers site such as casino and slot games that are available. Take advantage of the free spins and other promotions they throw at you, but keep your losses to a minimum.
The more genuine a player you look, the longer your account will stay intact.
9. Keep to round numbers
Placing or laying exact value amounts (e.g €/£10.54) is a dead give-away to anyone monitoring your account.
It’s much smarter and safer to round up/down to the nearest €/£1. It may not be as lucrative but the amount you miss out on is minimal while still preserving your account.
10. Last Orders!
Last but not least place your bets as close to the event as possible.
Most strategic bettors will place/lay well in advance to get the best returns. Betting shortly before a sports event will suggest it’s a spur of the moment thing and help you blend into the crowd of other mugs.
Before you go…
I’m interest to know your experiences, have they worked for you?
Tell us about your experience with any of these strategies by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
When it comes to gubbing accounts, some bookmakers are more notorious than others. So much so that we’re decided to take action by naming and shaming them by placing a Gubber Poll for users to vote for their top gubbing bookmaker.
The winner will be crowned “King Gubber”. The poll will be released shortly to vote, so watch this space…
I think it’s inevitable that arbers or matched betting punters that consistently make a profit will sooner or later have at least one account gubbed – it’s a fact of life.
Bookmakers monitoring software has become so sophisticated with the (introduction of AI) that it’s almost impossible to stay under the radar for a prolong period of time.
With that said there are a number of players that have adopted the strategies discussed above that avoid being gubbed and keep a clean-sheet after match betting for many years, so it can work in some cases.
Our advice is not to stress about it too much, avoiding gubbing can work in the short to mid-term but if it happens there plenty of bookmakers to choose from begging for your custom. Just try to look after the bigger players such as Bet365, William Hill and Paddy Power as they will generally hand out more free bets and offers than the smaller ones.
In some cases it’s not the end of the road if your account has been gubbed. Check out our guide to making money from gubbed accounts.
First is to log into your online account and register, bear in mind that it could take 3-4 working days to receive the card and PIN in the post.
The simplest and quickest way is to pop into your local branch. Provided you have your online login username and password, the person on the counter should issue you a brand spanking new card there and then to use.
As part of security you may be asked to provide a valid proof of identification such as a passport or drivers licence. This is merely to prove you are the main account holder and not someone trying to scam or hack into the account.
Before you go, here are some caveats to consider…
This goes without saying but to save punters any embarrassing confrontations at the counter, any winnings from matches/casino need to be cleared first into your cash balance before they can be paid out.
This can be frustrating for some and in most case the funds are automatically loaded on to your account balance. But we stress that you need to check your balance before going in store to withdraw any cash.
As we explained before William Hill want to make sure that the funds do not end up in the wrong hands and as such you will more than likely be asked to provide photographic proof of ID when requesting withdrawal of cash in store.
WH Plus Card Features | Pro’s and Con’s
Withdraw online winnings as cash in shop
Instant access to your winnings
Cash in shop bets on your mobile
Transfer in store winnings to online account
Bet online with funds deposited in shop
Need a William Hill account
Online account needs to be open for more than 30 days
What are the differences between William Hill Cash Direct and Plus Card?
A few of you may have heard of William Hill Cash Direct and wondered how does this compare to William Hill Plus card?
Well essentially they are the same thing… But with a huge difference!
With William Hill Cash direct you can deposit and withdraw winnings from your online account over the counter in-store, without the need of a card.
But to withdraw winnings you need the print a voucher at home and take this to your local William Hill shop. So although it saves you the process of registering the card it’s not as straight forward as the plus card.
The vouchers are considered as cash and will not be refunded by William Hill if lost. They also have a 3 month expiry date so you should cash them in as soon as you print them.
In my opinion if I had to pick between the two I’d go with the William Hill Plus card, purely out of convenience.
Lets be honest, this is nothing more than a clever marketing gimmick to lock punters into the William Hill ecosystem.
With that said I do think its a good idea if you are already a regular William Hill customer that wants instant access to their cash.
But for me I don’t really have a problem waiting a few days before it gets transferred to my bank.
For punters wanting faster access to their cash without the need of registering a William Hill Plus card, you could of course use e-wallets such as Neteller or PayPal, which are generally twice as fast (1-2 days transfer) compared to standard bank transfers.
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