How Ironic

I find it rather amusing that two of the main players in the on-going saga that is Rangers FC have the surnames 'Whyte' and 'Green', with the latter emerging as the would be 'saviour' of THE Rangers FC.

I'm sure the irony is not lost on only me.

EU Cookie Law

The new EU cookie law came into force this week, making it compulsory for website owners to make it clear to their users whether or not they use cookies.

Refer to my post on my business website for more details.

Maths For Lay Dutching To A Fixed Liability

This evening I 'Googled' for the maths behind lay dutching to a fixed max liability and found loads of links to on-line dutching calculators and little else. There is of course lots of trading/betting software out there that also has dutching calculators, but as I needed the maths for a bot I'm developing, I wound up working it out for myself.

Requirement: Calculate the individual stakes required based on a fixed overall maximum liability.

Looking at the correct score market of the Arsenal v AC Milan match to be held tomorrow night (6th Mar 2012) we see the lay odds for the 0-1, 1-1, 2-1, 3-0 and 3-1 scores are as listed in the table below. Note, those scorelines have been picked at random for illustration purposes and do not indicate any thoughts I may have on the game.

Trigger Happy

I came across this technique the other day, where back bets are triggered by falling odds in-running.

The trader was using Evo, which I don't. Fairbot is the only other trading application I've managed to get working under Linux - and the developers have vowed to continue supporting it under Linux. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a triggering mechanism like that shown in the video.

So, emboldened by the bot writing I've been doing, I decided to write my own 'trigger bot'. It's still a bit of a Heath Robinson, rough and ready beast, but I'll put it to the test today. It will only fire in the back bets. I'll use Fairbot to trade out initially, if at all.

Given that Fairbot will be running concurrently, there's a potential issue with data charges, but as the bot will be using the free API, I've calculated that I should be OK. Fingers crossed.

I'm more concerned that the throttling of the API calls by the free API will mean that the market will have gone well past my desired entry point by the time the code recognises that the trigger has been reached. Consequently, back bets might not be taken until the runner is drifting again.

A case of 'suck it and see' for the next couple of days.

Hope For Traders Using Linux?

I was recently browsing the Geeks Toy forum and came across a thread posted by someone who has managed to get The Toy working on Linux.

I gave it a quick go yesterday and although it installed OK, I kept getting an error when trying to log on. As I do not scalp the markets these days and arguably have no need for such software, I haven't bothered to investigate the reason. I suspect it may be something to do with the version of Wine I am running - the latest stable release, version 1.2.3. The original poster is using version 1.3.28 which is a development version.

I have other applications running that I do not want to risk breaking by installing a development version of Wine, so any future attempt will have to wait.

Anyway, I thought I'd bring it to your attention, if you haven't seen it already.

About Bloody Time!

Happy New Year to one and all!

It's been a while since I felt the urge to put fingers to keyboard. Apparently, I've been very busy flipping burgers. Not sure in which Quantum universe that's been happening. Here in this universe I've been very busy developing systems that could be automated. It's a never ending process as ideas pop up quicker than I can code them.

Over the years I've done lots of database applications using MS Access and programming/scripting in a variety of different languages. I haven't done much for a while, simply because I'm not a very efficient coder and I find the whole process pretty tedious. However, creating some bots has given the impetus to learn MySQL and PHP programming.