A big question in the arbitrage community: Which alert service should I use?
Unfortunately, there is no standard answer. There are many alert services in the market. Probably more than 35. Also, many professional arbers are constructing their own alert services, but I really cant help with that. Here, you can see the list http://www.sportsarbitrageguide.com/blog/blog/components/alerts and as you understand, you can’t try all of them.
I tried most of them. The best way to compare alert services is to put them side by side, and see what happens. From this big list, I chose 7 alert services and I compared them, side by side. I will inform you about the results, but keep in mind that the comparison goes together with my personal arbing style. Each and every arber has a personal style. Even though it is easy to copy ones style, it is better to find your own, that suits you best.
These are among the best alert services, and I intend to review 1-2 more that I suspect have something to give. Alert services go together with basebooks. So when you choose an alert service, you are pushing yourself towards a specific style of arbing. A huge bankroll might allow you to use 2-3 basebooks and use more than 1 alert service. This is for experienced arbers. Major markets such us Euros and World Cups, require that you use 2 or even 3 alert services, so there will be not even 1 second lost.
Keep in mind also, that when you gain some experience, the alert services will show you the way, so you could grab arbs from not covered bookmakers or markets.
For the time being I choose BeatBookies as the best alert service, and ArbExpert as a supplement. If you can’t get BeatBookies, then you should look for RebelBetting.
This is the best alert service in the market. This is the best tool in the hands of an arber. Why?
The list of bookmakers that it covers is the most complete, and probably there are only 1-2 bookmakers missing, a number very small compared with the competitors. It covers perfectly almost every bookmaker. Putting BeatBookies side by side with every other alert service, you will see that in most of the occasions, it will find arbs that nobody else could find. Beatbookies is offering a big variety of Cross Market Arbs that you can find in the market. The combinations are complex, offering arbs that no other alert service will find. Speed is great. The filters that it offers makes arbing “tailor made”.
Beatbookies alert service is available only for 35 clients, meaning that the competition among them is not tough. Arbs are there waiting for you to come for many minutes. No need to run in order to grab an arb before somebody else does. The arb will be there 95%.
Another strong point of Beatbookies is that it makes arbing possible, even if you are limited by the vast majority of bookmakers. You can maintain a high level of profits, even if you still have 8-10 bookmakers available. Also, when you find your self trapped, trying to finish a tough roll over requirement, Beatbookies will find even the smallest arb position to help you with it. Even if this is not possible, BeatBookies can find negative arbs close to 0%, so you could escape with small damages.
On the other hand, a big problem with Beatbookies is that there is a waiting list till you become a client, because the number of clients is limited strictly to 35. There is a choice every now and then for clients, to offer the highest bid, but this an unpleasant situation.
To sum up, I believe that Beatbookies alert service is the best service that an arber could get in the free market. It is not for a newbie. A newbie should start with RebelBetting, or BetOnValue, get some experience there, and then come back here.
The fee for this service is very low for the service that you get. Consider it as a great deal.
ArbExpert is an alert service that everybody should have. The price is very low, and it will pay you back for sure. That is why I choose ArbExpert as the best supplement.
Even if you don’t get it as your primary alert service, you could always get it as a supplement. Believe me, it can pay back many times the fee that you pay. Clearly, it can’t be your main alert service if you are a Betfair fan, but it can be your #1 choice if you use the asians very much. Pro arbers use many basebooks at the same time, so ArbExpert has a value here. The list of bookmakers covered by ArbExpert is very much complete. Almost 90 bookmakers.
ArbExpert, covers perfectly 2 Asian basebooks, Bet188 and SBObet, making it a great tool for those who prefer these basebooks instead of Betfair. Also, it covers perfectly those Costa Rican bookmakers. Costa Rican bookmakers offer some great bonuses and many players find themselves trapped there, trying to finish with the tough roll over requirements. ArbExpert can help you finish with them and pocket those bonuses fastly. Cross market arbs are presented here and the variety of them is really big. In some occasions, the cross market arbs that you see here are not presented anywhere else. This alert service offers a stable service, since it finds arbs even when the rest of the competitors are slow. Also, the speed of finding/supplying arbs is one of the best in the market, and the best in certain markets.
On the other hand, ArbExpert presents a limited number of lay bets from Betfair, and that means that many arbs might escape. In general, Betfair is not covered perfectly. Also, sometimes the arb will continue to be shown for some minutes, when in reality it is not there any more. Some very sophisticated markets are missing, and those with huge bankrolls will immediately notice it. To sum up, I would get ArbExpert at any time as a supplement. Since ArbExpert is not well known from the vast majority of arbers, (that prefer more advertised brands) this alert service keeps a good value. The fee is very low and it guarantees that you ll get your money back, multiplied.
When RebelBetting appeared in the market, it was a revolution. It was the most automated service in the market, and as a result, the fastest. It had a great potential, and it showed the way to the rest of the alert services. Unfortunately, the list of bookmakers covered by RebelBetting was short from the very beginning and it remains short, even though the need for a longer list is big.
The bookmakers covered are almost 25, when some of the competitors cover 90+ bookmakers. This is an important problem that RebelBetting guys should solve. On the other hand, this software is doing almost everything automatically. Showing arbs, taking you to the right page immediately and calculate everything also immediately. It helps arbers to save these important seconds so when you arrive there, the arb will still be there waiting for you. Time means money and Rebelbetting is helping you save time and earn money.
It also shows you warnings in case there is a possibility of a void bet or a palp. Also, if you don’t like the idea of going to the bookmaker’s page via RebelBetting, you still have the option to do it manually. My opinion is don’t do it manually. To sum up, this is a great service and it covers perfectly those 25 bookmakers. But until this number goes to 40, the competition will be hard for RebelBetting.
ArbitragePro alert service is a good tool in the hands of a professional arber. That means that if you are starting your career in arbing now, you should leave it for a later time. It is the fastest to present arbs and the most sensitive to odds movements.
One of the advantages of ArbitragePro is that it covers very well 3 basebooks. Pinnacle, SBObet and Bet188. As a result, a huge number of arbs with Asian handicaps appear here, since these 3 basebooks are targeting Asian handicaps markets. I really can’t say that it covers Betfair or Betmate/Betdaq the same way, since many markets are missing, and there are no lay bets.
On the other hand, ArbitragePro is the fastest way to become limited. The number of covered markets is not big, and as a result, hundreds or thousands of arbers are running to the same bookmakers and the same odds at the same time. Also, this alert service is not covering markets such us: first/last goal scorer, HT/FT, exact score, etc. These are markets very essential for someone with a big bankroll. Another bad point of this alert service is that there are many bookmakers missing and also, there are no Cross Market Arbs. The fee of almost 200 Euros per month and it is very expensive for this service.
To sum up: A very stable service for many years now, but I believe it is time for ArbitragePro to present an updated version.
BetBrain alert service, after it’s new shape BetOnValue, lost much of it’s reliability. Even though, BOV has one of the best market coverages in the industry, still, many markets are missing compared with the old service and that makes you ask why they did it? This is the alert service that many arbers started. It can help all types of arbers. From the very new, to the most experienced, this alert service will offer great profits. Small bankrolls, big bankrolls, it suits everyone.
The biggest advantage of BetOnValue is that it covers almost perfectly Betfair. Why is this so important? Because Betfair is the best basebook. It is the exchange with the depth that a professional arber needs. It offers a huge variety of markets, and of course, the possibility to trade. Betfair is the exchange that offers the biggest profits. BetOnValue presents lay arbs from Betfair, and I can say that no lay arb will escape from it.
BetOnValue also covers Betdaq/Betmate. This exchange has the characteristics of a basebook, but in reality it can’t compete with Betfair. It works as a supplement.
The number of markets covered by BetOnValue is really big. That means that it will take more time till you get limited, because arbers are running in a large number of directions in order to place arbs. That means that your accounts will not get labelled soon. For those who are trying to finish with tough roll over requirements, BOV gives you the option, when selecting a conditional bookmaker, to impose the minimum odds that you need, and this is useful for those who need to meet bookmakers’ conditions in regards to the minimum odds required in their promotional offers.
Also, BetOnValue is covering some very unreliable bookmakers, so you have to be very cautious when you choose a new bookmaker. Another good point of BetOnValue is that it offers Cross Market Arbs, and that makes it stronger against the competitors. No free trials here. Also, the price is very high for this service.
SportsPunter alert service is targeting the professional arber. That means that if you are starting your career in arbing now, you should leave it for a later time, just like with ArbitragePro.
One of the big advantages of SportsPunter is that it offers Cross Market Arbs, mixing handicaps with 3 way, and 2 or 3 way bets. For example, AH +0 combined with 1X2 result.
Speed is good here, so you will be one of the first to see arbs.
It also covers a big variety of markets. The possibility to be limited from bookmakers exists here also. SportsPunter is sending arbers in various directions, due to it’s great variety of markets and that guarantees that limits from bookmakers will not come fast.
OddStorm alert service is not covering Betfair at all, and this is a big problem for an alert service against the competition. Oddstorm needs urgently to cover Betfair. On the other hand, it covers very well the Asians basebooks and you also have a direct live chat with the webmaster. The fee for this service is 150 euros, and I believe that it is very expensive for what you get.
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Nikos is the creator of Arbusers.com and an experienced arbitrage trader of many years. See all of his alert service reviews and much more on Arbusers.com