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Arbitrage is 100% legal and well practiced in every sort of financial market around the globe.
However, the only way in which Sports Betting Arbitrage is different to other financial arbitrages is that it involves betting. Is gambling legal in your location? Is online gambling legal in your location? These are the two questions that you actually need to worry about.
The USA has some legal issues with online gambling, but otherwise, most of the major countries around the world are completely open to online gambling, and therefore arbitrage trading is completely legal. You will also find that not only is it legal, but often 'gambling winnings' are completely tax free.
The laws here definitely vary from country to country, and you should speak to a real accountant before deciding whether you should declare your profits as taxable income or not.
There are a number of companies and organisations which offer eBooks, DVDs and other stuff which is supposed to teach you all that you need to know about sports betting arbitrage. I have never used any of these E-books, so I can’t say with certainty that they aren’t worth having. I can however, note that not having them hasn’t adversely affected my trading, nor have I heard any of the other full time/professional/skilled traders I’ve met ever talked about any of these books helping them out at all. By spending enough time looking around the internet, I believe you can find everything you need to know for free.
The very purpose of this website is to provide a complete guide for Sports Betting Arbitrage. This website is intended to replace the need for those E-books.
Many people have told me that they wish they had found SAG before they paid for “X” E-book, because SAG covered everything that was in the book.
The second advantage the free internet and this website has over an eBook, is this website (and many others) is interactive. We have Forums where many users ask questions, exchange stories, and provide help for each other. Arbitrage trading is an experiential learning process. No static text will ever provide you with everything you need to know.
Nonetheless, in the interest of provide a complete guide which covers all aspects of arbitrage, SAG still provides links to all of the arbitrage E-books which are known of on the E-Books page.
Absolutely. Some people do it casually, in their spare time in order to make some extra money. Other people invest a lot of money and trade as a full time job so that they can work from home. Sports Betting Arbitrage is not an underground secret society activity, it is well known, well practiced and very public. To meet people who actively trade, just visit our forum, or check out ArbForum.co.uk for one of the more well established communities. Even online gambling forums regularly have conversations between the veteran gamblers about arbs they have placed.
I provide it for free in the hope that you appreciate my work enough to use the links from this site to the bookmakers, the arbitrage alert services and to the websites advertised in our “sponsors” panels. We have affiliate relationships with many of these programs (not all offer them) and we earn a commission upon sales, registration, deposit or betting revenue. All of these can be done without any cost to yourself, often include a bonus or incentive to use our link, and will earn you my greatest appreciation.
So that is my motivation. In order to facilitate that outcome we are doing our best to provide the best website we can. If you appreciate the information we provide, then please consider supporting SAG by simply registering your interest with one of our sponsors, providing a link to the site from your own blog/website/facebook/forum, or simply telling your friends about the site. We promise to continue to provide complete access to all of the information in this site free, which we will continue to improve upon, while maintaining it in an unbiased objective manner.
A very appropriate question for the frequently asked questions page – the question everyone wants to know the answer to. Well, the answer is $10,365.24 per month.
Or, more seriously, experienced skilled arb traders can make up to an average of about 10% of their trading capital per month. This varies a lot though depending on numerous factors including your skill, how new your identity is (i.e. have you been limited by bookmakers, and can you still claim sign up bonuses?), and how much capital you are trading with. Often newbies can bring in 20% in their first few months if they get lucky and avoid making any mistakes!
This 10% is compoundable only up to a certain volume. Most of the ‘experienced skilled arb traders’ are trading at maximum capacity and will spend their profits as they want to because trying to compound past that maximum capacity is pointless – there are only so many arbs available, so much money bookmakers will accept on those bets, and so much time in a day.
A full time experienced trader can bring in over £8,000 GBP per month (usually tax free) if they really want to. Gaining larger profits than this will usually come from flukes, luck and good sporting events brining in major arbitrage opportunities.
I would guess the bare minimum bankroll to get started in arbitrage would be around $500, but I wouldn’t want to start with anything less than $3000.
Either way you are going to be scrimping, limited to only a few sportsbooks, and you will need to be very very clever with your money management and your bonus hunting. Ideally you would have over $10,000 so that you have enough money to cover all of the major sportsbooks and have a few thousand spare to resupply books as they run out of money.
Starting out with very little money (less than $3000) would be impossible if it wasn’t for one thing – Sign Up Bonuses.
These one time offers are the only saving grace you have if you lack initial capital. A very clever arber can quite quickly double their money from all of the 100% sign up bonuses offered by the various bookmakers if they manage their money and bookmaker accounts really well.
So if you are in the 'less than $3000 in capital' boat, then pay real close attention to what bonuses are on offer. and make sure you get as much out of them as possible without getting your money stuck in a large rollover requirement! (More on this in the Arbitrage Trading section, under Claiming Your Bonus Money)