Scalping or trade betting

Scalping, sometimes known as trade betting, is a form of short-term betting that aims to profit from the minute-to-minute changes to odds as in-play football games or other sporting events such as horse racing, progress.

Explaining arbitrage

Arbitrage is a strange-sounding noun describing a betting system that ‘guarantees’ a small profit on certain wagers. It is time-consuming and rarely gives big returns, but it does work, though not without exceptions.

Using the Kelly Criterion

The Kelly Criterion is a mathematical guide devised for people who bet with their brains more than their gut. Essentially, this money management principle helps punters spread bets to improve their chances of winning over time.

Betting at the best price

Winning a bet is great, but getting the most money possible from a win is even better. Punters can increase earnings significantly by signing up with more than one bookie – so why not shop around?

Value betting: improving your odds

Although many punters bet on a ‘gut feel’ or any number of other unscientific influences, the best way to decide which football team to back comes from an assessment of each bet’s ‘value’.