Correct Score Dutch Picks 2nd/3rd Nov

A veritable smorgasbord of picks available this weekend...

Newcastle v Chelsea -  1-2
Fulham v Man Utd - 0-2
West Ham v Aston Villa - 1-1
Arsenal v Liverpool - 1-1
Everton v Tottenham - 1-0
Cardiff v Swansea - 0-1

The above scores are my 'seed' scores. I'll dutch those and the other two where one goal is added to the home score and one added to the away score.

Performance is monitored in the forum at SoccerLotto.

Back Or Lay 31st Oct

Just the one for tonight. A short priced lay which may be wiser to trade than to let run. For the purposes of this trial, I'll be letting it run.

ROMA

These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

Dear Betfair

Dear Betfair,

If you are kind enough to offer me promotional bonuses would you also be kind enough to fork out for enough postage so that it reaches me before the offer expires rather than the day after?

Kind Regards

 
This arrived in the post this afternoon.... (Apologies for the quality of the image. It was taken using my mobile).


Back Or Lay 25th/26th/27th Oct

All over Europe for the latest selection of picks

HACKEN
READING
RAITH
GUINGAMP
TOULOUSE
LEVERKUSEN
STROMSGODS

These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

Ladbrokes Enters The Exchange Market

Ladbrokes enters the exchange market
Announcement from Betdaq
It's an announcement that has been common knowledge for some time, but how will Ladbrokes involvement in the Exchange industry affect traders and the markets in general?

There is no doubt that a major liquidity boost at Betdaq will help to reduce, if not breakup Betfair's monopoly. Something that traders in particular have been screaming out for particularly since Betfair introduced their infamous Premium Charge. Having got away with the initial incarnation of the PC, they've gone on to grab more and done so with relative impunity.

Fortunately (or should that be unfortunately?) I've never been hit by the Premium Charge, though I've never agreed with it. I make a point of avoiding any kind of monopoly as much as I can, irrespective of the industry. So, in terms of trading/gambling, I pass as much of my custom to Betdaq as is possible.

While the breakup of any monopoly is a good thing, I fear that the art of trading is in for a bumpy ride and all traders will need to adapt. While a liquidity boost at Betdaq will undoubtedly be welcomed by all traders I think long term both exchanges will converge in liquidity levels, reducing at Betfair and increasing at Betdaq and becoming more 'balanced'.

Having other options can only be good for the customer, but we are likely to end up with two exchanges with liquidity levels less than the monopolistic Betfair currently have. Unless the pool of traders and punters can be increased significantly - and let's face it, that particular pond is limited in size - I don't see it happening.

It will be interesting to see how the markets on both sites change in the long term. There are certain to be new trading opportunities for those who are able to respond to those changing conditions.

Correct Score Dutch Picks 27th Oct

I only have the one selection for this weekend... the Tyneside derby on Sunday.

Sunderland v Newcastle - 0-1

The above scores are my 'seed' scores. I'll dutch those and the other two where one goal is added to the home score and one added to the away score.

Performance is monitored in the forum at SoccerLotto.

Back Or Lay 22nd Oct

While everyone is watching the Champions league this pair will be making a fool out of me yet again :)

PETERBOROUGH
NORTH FERRIBY

These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

Using BetTrader Evolution From Any Device

RacingTraders
Please note that I do not use BetTrader Evolution so this is not intended as an endorsement or recommendation. You should make up your own mind if this software meets your trading requirements by downloading the BetTrader Evolution software and trying it yourself.

These instructions are for the installation of the software on a Linux based server, specifically, one running Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS. The instructions will be much the same for other versions of Linux. Also, the basic principle of using Evolution in this mode will apply to any Windows based installations - just note that I have no intention of testing this on Windows.

1. Log in to your Linux server either directly or through an SSH terminal session.

2. Download the software by typing in the following command:

wget http://application.racingtraders.co.uk/_evolution/linux/3.0.5/bettrader_ubuntu.tar

3. Type the following and press ENTER:

tar -xvf bettrader_ubuntu.tar

(Note that you should change ubuntu to the Linux distro name you have downloaded if different)

The software is now installed on your server, however, you may need to modify one of the javascript files that make the software work.

4. Open the following file in your favourite text editor:

~/.BetTraderEvolution/htdocs/scripts/bettraderevolution.js

5. Using the find and replace commands, search for all occurrences of 127.0.0.1 and replace it with the IP address of your server then save the file.


Before you can access BetTrader Evolution from any device on your network, you must start the Evolution server service. This can be done from your SSH terminal session

1. Type in the following and press ENTER:

cd ~/BetTraderEvolution

2. Type in the following and press ENTER:

./bettrader

You should get the following message appearing in your terminal window:

BetTrader Evolution is running.
Launch your browser and visit http://127.0.0.1:9080 to start trading.


You are now ready to run Evolution from any device on your network by loading up its web browser. However, don't use the http://127.0.01:9080 as indicated by the above message. Instead, substitute the 127.0.0.1 with your server's IP address.

Note, to save you the hassle of having to start and stop the BetTrader Evolution service on your server each time, you could, theoretically have it running permanently. Just remember to log off when you are done trading.

Any device with a web browser installed and remote access to your server should be able to use BetTrader Evolution. Just keep in mind that screen real estate on a smart phone or tablet will be severely limited.

Back Or Lay 20th Oct

Saturday's selection was a bust unless you were trading. Hopefully this pair will do a little better...

INV. CT
VPS VAASA

These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

Chat Room

The chat room has been quiet for sometime for a number of reasons, not least of which is the extensive renovation work I've been doing on my house since May. I simply haven't been trading and therefore I've not been venturing near the chat room.

Having decided to throw in the towel with regard to the horses, I now find myself looking at other sports for my trading fix. As such, I'll be able to spend a little more time in the chat room than I have been able to recently.

It might still be hit or miss whether you find my there but if you follow me on Twitter, I'll endeavour to tweet when I'm heading for the chat room.

Correct Score Dutch Picks 19th Oct

Newcastle v Liverpool - 1-2
Swansea v Sunderland - 1-1
Stoke v West Brom - 0-1
West Ham v Man City - 0-1

The above scores are my 'seed' scores. I'll dutch those and the other two where one goal is added to the home score and one added to the away score.

Performance is monitored in the forum at SoccerLotto.

Back Or Lay 19th Oct

A somewhat cosmopolitan selection for Saturday...

B. MUNICH
GEFLE
ARSENAL
CHELSEA
INV. CT..... (Ooooops, playing on Sunday)
MOTHERWELL
EBBSFLEET

These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

Trading App For Android

Having read an excellent review in the latest edition of the MicroMart computing magazine, I've just ordered one of the new Hudl tablets from Tesco. At £119 for a 7" tablet purchasing a Hudl was described as a no-brainer by the reviewer.

To be honest, I've never had any intention of buying a tablet. Having played with my daughter's Samsung, I cannot say I've been struck down in excitement. Complete hype if you ask me.

So why have I relented?

The clincher was that the Hudl qualified for Tesco's double up voucher scheme. I had £45 worth of unused Clubcard vouchers sitting in my account, so, in effect, I got it for £74 - an even bigger no brainer. I just need to find some sensible uses for it now other than catch up TV.

There's one thing that I will use it for; a replacement remote for my smart TV. It will make it much easier to use the TV for browsing the Internet thanks to the LG Android app available in the Google Play Store.

The other obvious role, given that this blog is supposed to be about trading/gambling rather than consumer electronics advice, is to put the tablet to use as a tool for betting in-play while I'm watching live sports.

To that end, if anyone can recommend any Android based trading apps for Betfair and Betdaq I'd be grateful.

What A Twit!

Will wonders never cease? I've finally got around to creating an account on Twitter.

I guess I'll have to start thinking of things to twit about. The most obvious of these will be a record of my various football strategies. How long will it last? Who knows?

To be honest, I've never really had the inclination to get involved in the World of Twitter. From what I've seen and heard, it seems to stuffed to the gunnells with idle tittle-tattle. Nothing more than a huge waste of time. Still, I'm not one to knock something unless I've tried it so here I am.

Look out for my correct score dutch picks. At the moment, I concentrate on the EPL, so there won't be anything for a week thanks to the Internationals being on this weekend.

You can find me at https://twitter.com/BetYourLifeST and I look forward to seeing you there.

Back Or Lay 12/13 Oct

I won't be near my computer much this weekend so posting these early. All the usual caveats apply.

MONTROSE
PRESTON
BRADFORD
LUTON

These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

Back Or Lay 6th Oct

I made that a small profit from yesterday's efforts. Hopefully the lays have turned the corner. I'll soon find out with today's picks which are both short odds. Note the early kick off in Spain.

TOTTENHAM
ATH MADRID


These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

Back Or Lay 5th Oct

As usual, a bigger selection for a Saturday. Again, treat the lays with caution.

STUTTGART
WOLFSBURG
QPR
PORT VALE
OXFORD U.
ALTRINCHAM
HEDNESFORD
EASTLEIGH

These picks should be backed if you can get decimal odds of 2.00 or over.
They should be laid if their odds are at 1.90 or under.

A Change Of Direction

After many years trying to master the art of pre-race horse trading, it's time to call it a day.

Since May I've been spending all my spare time renovating my home and simply not had the time or the inclination to sit at my computer all day getting involved in the horse markets. I cannot say I've missed it.

Although throughout that time my data gathering and analysis bots have been running, I've decided to switch them off as well. I just don't have the time to look at the data.