If there’s one thing I love about betting, it’s the ease with which you can experiment.
I test other people’s systems all the time — it’s kind of the point of the site! — but, like everyone else probably, I always like to think I could do as well if I applied myself. 🙂
So: there’s an idea that’s been playing around in my mind forever. That I never quite got round to trying out before.
I’ve no idea if it will work of course.
But I’m intrigued as it came from a very odd source.
In fact, possibly the single most unlikely source you could imagine.
Someone from Betfair rang me up and suggested it!
The point of the call was, ostensibly, a standard customer service affair.
Would I mind giving ten minutes of my time to give my views in response to a questionnaire? And did I like the new Betfair interface? (Well, it was new then).
I didn’t know Betfair did this.
I’d not had a call like it beforehand and I’ve never had one from them since.
And frankly, for the first few minutes, I found it all a bit wooden and awkward.
But then it happened.
The guy on the phone got to the end of his spiel and started ‘freewheeling’. Asking what I was betting on these days, that kind of thing.
I wondered for a bit if he’d been reading the website but he didn’t mention it.
Anyway, I couldn’t help myself. So I asked him…
“Are staff at Betfair allowed to place their own bets?”.
And, somewhat to my surprise, he said yes, they could. And, in response to my inevitable follow-up, yes, he did.
And he was making a lot of money with his own little system.
Seriously, it would have been rude not to.
So I asked him… would he tell me about it?
And, little by little, he did.
What he went on to describe was the world’s simplest trading system.
In a sentence: the idea is to find football teams that meet certain criteria (which I won’t go into at the moment) then trade the Over 4.5 Goals market.
So I’m going to give it a go.
How could I not!?
I’ll do ten trades to start with, assuming I can find teams that match his criteria.
And I’ll start tonight… with Swansea City v Stoke City.
I’ve just layed Over 4.5 Goals for odds of 8 with the grand sum of £2. Meaning I have a liability of precisely £14.
I will aim to make 30% on average per trade.
And I’ll record my results as comments below this article.
Let’s see if my Betfair guy was really on to something… 🙂