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Frequently Asked Questions (Advanced)

  1. Which alert service should I use?
  2. How long does the average arb last?
  3. Which bookmakers should I use? How can I find more bookmakers?
  4. How can I avoid or prevent bookmakers limiting (limitations on) the maximum amount I can place on a bet?
  5. Why should I use just one single major currency?
  6. Is there a kind of bot or some software that will automatically place arbs for me?
  7. What can I do when a bookmaker won't pay me out or let me withdraw?
  8. How can I avoid bookmakers cancelling my bets under their obvious or palpable bookmaker error rules?

Other questions? Check the other FAQ section, for the Introduction section of the Guide or Contact Us .

Which Alert Service should I use?

Which ever one suits your needs best.

I don't like recommending any particular alert service over any other because I am not intimate with how they all work, nor am I able to tell how the alert service will work in with your particular style of trading. The good alert services are constantly being updated and improved and worked on, and I have attempted to highlight ‘the good ones’ on the alert services page by keeping the 'Inactive' alert services separate from the active ones.

You will also find that the list is roughly in the order of the alert services with which I have the most contact with. If I am able to easily and readily make contact with an alert service owner, than that strongly indicates to me that they are reliable and readily available to help out their customers and improve their product.

How long does the average arb last? How fast should I be to guarantee arb placement?

Arbs can last anything from seconds to days. Most arbs will be gone within 2 minutes. One problem with timing arbs, is that you really don’t know when the arb was actually created – all you can know is when your alert service alerted you to it, or when you found it. There is a technological limitation to how often alert services can scan each individual bookmaker and how often the updated odds list and calculations can be done and sent out to their users.

Sometimes arbs are gone before you receive the alert. Sometimes arbs never even existed, it’s just that it downloaded the odds from one bookmaker seconds before that bookmaker changed their odds, and then downloaded the already changed odds from another bookmaker. Because their is a gap between the odds feed from each of the two bookmakers, it looks like an arb, but the odds never actually existed online at the same time.

There is no such thing as a perfect arbitrage alert service because there is no such thing as a perfect bookmaker or perfect odds data feed. You simply have to work with the tools available, and when it comes to having a realistic time from to ‘guarantee’ placement of an arb – you cannot. There is only one answer to how fast you need to be – As fast as you can be.

Which bookmakers should I use? How can I find more bookmakers?

In order to answer this question you must figure out whether the bookmaker in question is firstly desirable, and secondly, reliable.

We address how to do this, and walk you through the entire process from finding bookmakers to systematically arbing with them in Finding and Setting Up With Bookmakers in the Advanced Section of the Guide.

How can I avoid or prevent bookmakers limiting (limitations on) the maximum amount I can place on a bet?

Ultimately bookmaker limitation is somewhat challenging to avoid... but ultimately the answer breaks down understanding what characteristics bookmakers like, and don't like, in the players and to avoid making it obvious that you are a 'sharp' player or arbitrage trader.

We have an article that discusses this at length, as well as Tips and Strategies for Avoiding Bookmaker Limits in the Advanced Section of the guide.

A full detailed answer to this question can be found in Setting up E-Wallets in the Advanced Section of the Guide.

Why should I use just one single major currency?

A full detailed answer to this question can be found in Setting up E-Wallets in the Advanced Section of the Guide.

Is there a kind of bot or some software that will automatically place arbs for me?

Do you mean a bot-like software that will place arbs automatically for you?

Well, then no... And yes!

I'll start of this answer by explaining that I really don't think such software exists... Past that, and having a background in software engineering I can definitely say that the technical challenge of creating such a program is freaking huge. As in, for now at least (and as far as I can predict the future) it is nearly impossibly hard to do this.

And while it is the case that no software will actually place bets for you arbitrage alert service gets pretty damn close! We go in to some detail on this topic in a article on the blog for Sports Arbitrage Guide.

What can I do when a bookmaker won't pay me out or let me withdraw?

This is a rarely encountered problem but can be one that is very frustrating and can be a difficult problem to understand how to do deal with. A full detailed answer to this question can be found in What to do when a Bookmaker Won't Pay Up in the Blog articles section of the guide.

How can I avoid bookmakers cancelling my bets under their obvious or palpable bookmaker error rules?

A full detailed answer to this question can be found in Palps and Obvious Bookmaker Errors in the Advanced Section of the Guide.


Do you have a question about Sports Betting Arbitrage?

A lot of your questions will be addressed in the 'Advanced' section of the guide which you can find under "How do I do it?" in the menus.

Besides that, if you have any questions at all about anything at all that is not addressed here, please do not hesitate to Contact Us because we're always more than happy to help you out!