Archive | September, 2010


I hate bingo. It reminds me of crap holidays when I was younger by the seaside. When it rained there was nothing else to apart from play bingo for crap prizes.  I’ve seen a few of the modern day online rooms when I’ve been bonus hunting and on a few occasions I haven’t been able to resist putting stupid comments in the “chat boxes” . Every sentence (if you can call them that) is written in text speak and ends with “lol x”.Mind numbing in the extreme. So what has this got to do with this blog? Well tonight I was completing  a sign up bonus at a well known online bookie […]

“massive gamble landed”

The above is phrase that you here from time to time on various commentaries and gets the racing pundits giddy with excitement as it normally means that a massive amount of money has been put on a horse forcing the odds. When it comes home you hear all sorts of racing talk about “connections in the know” etc etc but they don’t tend to go on about it so much when it comes nowhere. Why do I mention this ? Well today this bit me in the arse somewhat during my laying trial as Pocketwood had been backed in from 30-16 and I laid it. At one point it was 100 […]

Panning for gold

An interesting day today and again one where I dug a lot but didn’t find anything conclusive hence the title. First off I carried on with the trail of laying the field at 1.5.  13 races and 5 winning trades left me down £7.04. I’m really not sure about this but will carry on so I have a better body of evidence to make my conclusions. I could spend a bit of time just trawling through the Internet but would rather see the evidence for myself. Ap McCoy also had three rides today so I carried on with the trial of laying him. 2 out of3 won (the third was […]

Testing testing…

Well so much for all my talk in previous posts about sticking with a controlled rigid test for the theory about laying the the field in sprints. I decided to “up” the race distance to a 1m6f max (no real reason apart from that was the next race) and bingo!- I had a winning day. 12 races 7 winning 5 losing gave a £17.41 return and although it was pleasing it still feels a bit too much like a “coin toss” to have any sort of long term future. Tomorrow I will be be laying every under this distance and we will then see what happens although it will probably just confuse […]

Crazy Scores

Bookmakers up and down the country must have been laughing their socks off today as Premiership scores were all over the place. the wildest result was Arsenal losing at home 3-2 to lowly West Brom who at one stage were 3-0 up. Chelsea lost their first game of the season away to man City and Liverpool were held to 2-2 draw by Sunderland who are normally very poor away from home. Of course typically I choose today to have a little dabble on some football trading with the main game being Arsenal with goals expected. Combine that with a recommended trade on the Birmingham game that finished goalless and it […]

Keep the faith

Came back from yesterdays course full of ideas about various strategies. One was laying the field at 1.5 in sprints with the rationale being that in a close race you only need two to get matched and you had a profit. I did this for £10 stakes for 11 races and so far the results have been disappointing in that only 3 races returned a win and I’m therefore £27 down. If I learnt anything useful from today it was that you always should try out new ideas with very small stakes . I’m not sure what a good size sample would be but at a potential £5 loss per race its […]

To gamble or to bet?

Today was an early start as I had been invited by Betfair to attend an advanced Sports trading course. The invite had arrived about 4 weeks ago just as I was thinking that it was time to really get serious about the sports trading side of things. When the email arrived I decided it was fate and immediately signed up. I was first to arrive and the offices at Centaur trading  were very impressive , I was a bit concerned when I was told that today was the first course of its kind as Guinea pig with a 6am start is not what I like. In fairness the course was […]

Run off my feet!

This is quite a long post as it was quite a busy day and also lots of offers/services that I haven’t yet mentioned. Firstly Paddy Power mailed us both to say that that hadn’t heard from us for a while and would we like to take advantage of an exclusive “welcome back offer”, thought that this was bit strange as we had bet on their correct score offer yesterday but got involved anyway. The offer was a max £50 refund (each) on all the usual markets if there were more than 3 goals in the Scunthorpe Manchester United game later- This was always going to happen so backed and laid a 0-2 […]

The second time around

Well I suppose the first thing to say is that I’ve made it back for day two and have been quite looking forward to writing this update all day- now I’m sat here I’ve got writers block! Spent a good hour today watching some more of the Trading Football Videos and think I have understood enough to get involved in some light trading tomorrow night so more of that then- as I said previously the videos are excellent and combined with the chat room should make for a good experience- I suppose the real question is will I be satisfied with small stakes while I’m learning? Lets hope so. Nice […]

First post

So this is the first of what I hope will be hope will be many posts and I’m all too aware that the average life of a blog is about 60 days. At that point apparently people get fed up with posting and the regularity of the posts becomes less frequent. So whats going to be different here then? I think firstly I ought to set some goals for myself and use these as a remainder to refer back to when I’m struggling to keep going and losing focus. So what am I trying to achieve? Posting every day that I’m in front of my laptop shouldn’t be that difficult. […]