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Still, reporting of these betting scandals are as always, uninformed. The same source also suggests that these courtsiders "take advantage of websites that allow bets to be laid on individual events such as whether a player faults on serve" - really? You certainly can't do this on Betfair and even if you could, liquidity would be almost non-existent and no bookie that set up this market would allow any substantial amount to be accepted.
But in what way does it influence the outcome of a match? It doesn't! In what way is it corrupting the sport? It isn't! But that's not the line they are taking in the Australian media. It was perhaps a bit naive of him to courtside in Australia considering this. Firstly, it's a country that has banned in-play betting.
Secondly, it's one of the biggest tournaments in the world and it's well known that the ITF and ATP have officials who are specifically trained to catch courtsiders - so doing it on a main court in broad daylight during a high profile match is always a risk. That said, I'm sure he knew the risks and was prepared to take them, especially if flying all the way to Australia.
Then they will simply press on a series of buttons. So this man was probably not placing bets at all and someone at Sporting Data in Surrey would've been responding to the button press signal and placing any trades. He got caught and paid the price - though pretty sure he would not have expected talk of jail time!
The biggest topic of discussion this week has been the man caught courtsiding at the Australian Open, which I commented on myself see previous post below. Such is the prolific nature of Cassini's posts, even though I check every day for new posts, I would have missed this entirely had I not been on Twitter and read a tweet about it from another sports trader. Many of you will know this trader as Matt who used to write the superb blog Punt.
His tweet about Cassini lead me directly onto Matt's timeline, where I noticed he had just tweeted this:. I've just written my first article for Betting Expert. You can read it on the following link: The Sultan's French Open Preview Hope you enjoy it, expect to see more in future! Eugenie Bouchard:. So, this is weird! I'm sat at my keyboard about to start regular, hopefully daily blogging for the first time in over 2 years.
When I started the blog, it was intended to be a daily log of what I'd done on the ladders and I managed that for the first 2 months. That was easy because I was so bad at trading, I had a lot to write about! So I'm not sure how this is going to go but I will try to get as many posts as I can done each week. It's week 2 of Roland Garros and as with the second week of any Grand Slam, it's one of the quietest weeks of the year for us regular tennis traders.
There simply aren't that many matches to trade and for someone like me, who relies on a good quantity of matches to make my money, it's often a frustrating week. Actually, it's not so much the number of games that is the issue but more that many of them are complete mis-matches. You will almost always have at least 3 of the big 4 men's players still in the competition going into week 2, so that means a fair few matches will have odds sub 1.
This doesn't often leave you with many options for trading the match, other than the obvious lay. The same thing seems to be occurring on the ladies side in recent tournaments, with Serena, Sharapova and Azarenka. It's why when I watch any major tournament now, I am always routing for the top players to get knocked out so we can have more even match-ups.
I think people who don't trade tennis would assume these big tournament quarter and semi final matches are the ones where I'm going to be involved more than any other but in reality it's probably the complete opposite. Yesterday's men's quarter final matches I barely watched at all and didn't enter the market once, as Nadal and Djokovic breezed past Haas and Wawrinka.
And today, I only traded Sharapova v Azarenka as Williams hammered Errani in the second women's semi. What this does mean, is that we'll get a great semi final tie between Djokovic and Nadal and potential for a decent women's final. But I will always be much busier during a standard week, where on a Friday usually quarter final day I'll have tournaments to choose from and 4 matches in each one to trade.
That's a massive difference to tomorrow, where the second Friday of Roland Garros will only have 2 matches for me to trade. Of course, quality is more important than quantity but having quarter finals to select from means I'll always find at least a couple worth trading; no guarantee of that when there's just two. The truth will probably surprise a lot of people. I actually spend very little time placing any trades. The Sharapova v Azarenka game lasted over 2 and a half hours today.
I watched most of it but only entered the market on 3 occasions. That is pretty standard for me. If there had been another game I could have switched to during the final set, I would've done. The vast majority of my time is spent waiting and doing nothing.
For the 2 and a half hours of Shazza-Aza, I spent approximately 20 minutes where I was seriously involved in the market and highly focused on what was happening. That's over two hours where I was either just watching and waiting or keeping an eye on things from a distance aka, eating a cream cake with a cuppa whilst lying with the sun on my back!
So not far from Pareto's rule. Roll-on the men's semi finals, which promise to be absolute crackers and both should produce some trading opportunities for me. Sorana Cirstea:. OK, technically he hasn't won it yet but I think we all know that his semi final victory over Djokovic yesterday was the real final.
The Serb pushed him all the way, just as I expected but in the end my Outright Winner bet was cruelly destroyed after an epic 4 and a bit hour battle. In fact, both matches ended up frustratingly for me, as Tsonga barely put up a fight in his straight sets defeat to Ferrer.
Thankfully, with the Nadal match having so many twists and turns Nadal was broken twice when serving for the match and Djokovic was ahead in the final set despite looking dead and buried both physically and mentally I was able to recoup much of those losses. I won't be trading either final as I expect Nadal and Williams to win pretty easily, so that's all from me for this week.
I'll be posting again next week for the start of the month-long grass court season, as the tour comes to England for Queen's Club, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. That said, the switch to a faster surface didn't make a huge difference last year to my profitability.
I tend to stick even more to WTA during this grass swing, as whilst men's games can become serving stale-mates with few changes in momentum, the ladies still tend to throw up plenty of breaks if you pick the right match-ups. I definitely do make small changes to my strategy for matches on quicker surfaces but value is still value and opportunities will still be available.
I find that I just have a to be a little more patient in finding them, which doesn't really suit my personality but I've learnt to deal with that over the years. Actually, a swift look at the calendar shows there is actually a new WTA clay event in Nurnburg starting today - bonza! In fact, looking at the weekend in-play tennis list shows a total of over 50 qualifying matches taking place on Saturday alone, for next week's tournaments.
This is a fairly recent addition to Betfair's weekend tennis roster, which rarely used to put these weekend qualifiers in-play. It now means that tennis is tradeable pretty much every day right through the day for over 10 months of the year - though you'll be hard pushed to get matched on most of these weekend games, as all the money will be on the big finals. I'm currently watching a match between two German women, Ozga and Witthoeft ranked and , attempting to qualify for the main draw in Nurnberg.
It certainly is still thriving on Betfair. To finish on, I found an excellent article by Ben Rothenberg on Slate. It obviously does go on and it's not surprising but in the case of Rebecca Marino who was an excellent young player it should really make everyone think about what they are saying to others on Twitter, professional sportsperson or otherwise.
And if you are reading this and have ever slated a player after you've done your bank - don't be a moron all your life. Unless it was a Janko Tipsarevic fixed special. Then I say, "fill yer boots". Ana Ivanovic:. Aaaahhh, lawn tennis. The smell of freshly cut grass, the polite applause of the middle class, the excuse for an afternoon supping of alcoholic beverages But it has its benefits.
Matches tend to be shorter on average certainly than on clay , so I tend to be able to wrap up trades much sooner. Today was a case in point. After the first 3 hours, I'd already traded 4 matches, with minimal time in the market. The games just whizzed by due to the shorter rallies and greater dominance of serve. Plus, the markets tend to over-react much more to breaks of serve on grass, which is exactly where I come in to take advantage. In fact, looking back over last year's June profit, it's clear that the change to grass didn't affect my profit much at all.
As I mentioned in my previous post, there is a clay WTA event on this week but Nurnburg has been washed out all day, so I had no choice but to trade Queen's Club, Halle and Birmingham grass events. It was actually a very enjoyable day it's nice to have that change of pace and scenery and I particularly liked watching Grigor Dimtrov almost throw away his match against Dudi Sela in London, right in front of his watching girlfriend.
For those who don't know, her name is Maria Sharapova. She's OK at hitting the ball over the net too, I've heard. The funniest bit was watching the teenage hormones flying around amongst the watching ball girls, one of whom was actually crying as Dimtrov was two points from defeat.
Apparently, he's a bit of a 'dream-boat' but I wouldn't know about that, being all masculine and shit. It does make you wonder how much of an influence having strong support in the crowd actually has on player performance. Would Dimtrov have gotten out of that game had Sugarpova not been a few feet away?
Could be a trading system in there somewhere I was considering watching some live tennis this week. There is a Challenger Tour next level down from ATP event taking place in my home town of Nottingham this week, which always attracts a strong field with several top players in the draw. One of the most well known names is Donald Young. The American has been touted as the next big thing in US tennis for a number of years, after a fantastic junior career.
It seemed, after a great where he reached a high of 39 in the world, that he was finally living up to the promise. That was until , where he went on what I believe was the 4th longest losing run in the history of the ATP World Tour - 17 defeats in a row 16 first round losses in a row stretching from February to August. It would be a new low for Young to lose this match and I'd quite like to be there to witness it!
Young's story just goes to show you how quickly lack of confidence can destroy a sportsperson, just as it can a trader. I saw some of those losses during and he actually started most of them looking like the talented player he is but as soon as he was pulled back or missed a few shots, he completely lost all confidence. If you don't have confidence in your strategy and self-belief in your ability to stay mentally strong during a bad period, you can spiral out of control much faster than Donald Young's career, that's for sure.
Dominica Cibulkova:. I'm sure you've all read Cassini's latest post on Green All Over. It's a long one but a section of it is devoted to having a dig at yours truly based on my previous post - casting aspersions about the way I make my money in the tennis markets.
A few things need clearing up here and as it's too long to go on his comments section I thought I'd respond here instead. Firstly, I do not have fast pics and never have done - I use Bet streaming. My trading is based on my own knowledge of tennis and the markets and finding value - end of. When I said on this very blog "ordinary betting syndicates, such as Sporting Data, which are legitimate businesses that make their money from sports trading - just like the one I traded for" Cassini has either deliberately twisted my words, misinterpreted or misread them.
I meant that the syndicate I traded for were a legitimate business that make their money from sports trading. As are Sporting Data. I never said anything about exactly how they did that. To set the record straight, they had models for betting on cricket - nothing to do with courtsiding and nothing to do with tennis. I was brought in as a trial to see if they could do something similar to what they did with cricket, with tennis trading.
I didn't do anything differently to what I've always done - they knew nothing at all about tennis! The excerpt from my blog in Jan which had nothing to do with the syndicate I traded for for one month in was exactly as it reads: someone offered to give me money to trade for them - end of.
It didn't even go ahead, though it did with another offer later in the year. My "turnaround in fortunes" were purely because I had a bigger bank. I was actually consistently profitable well before any of these offers, which is why I was getting them in the first place! In fact, I actually said these people "have a distinct advantage over the rest of us in terms of man-power, time and capital. He seems to have an issue with my belief that anyone can be successful in the sports markets, regardless of the competition.
Why he would find this a problem is beyond me. I do think "Mr Normal" has less chance of success but that does not mean it's impossible. I choose to be positive about this on this blog, rather than focus on the negative but that's my personality - if anyone views this as "suspicious", I feel sorry for them.
I've never "hinted" at anything suspicious, always just tried to tell it exactly as it is and hoped people would respect that honesty. I'm surprised that Cassini would start to read anything negative into a few very innocuous things I've said.
It sounds as if he is desperate to believe that I couldn't possibly be doing well by myself, yet somehow this doesn't apply to Matt from Punt. Must be something afoot! Well there really isn't. Just a quick post today to tell you about my first ever interview! Andrew Brocker from the brilliant free betting community website Betting Expert.
Things have continued so far in May, in a similar vein to the April results shown in my previous post below , only now, I have finally reached a situation where things can build much more quickly. This will hopefully mean me reaching new levels of success and I'm very excited about the upcoming French Open, as I feel this could be a watershed tournament for me. I'm deliberately keeping this quite cryptic for now, so all I will end on is "watch this space" We are at the halfway stage of Wimbledon and so far, not only has it been my best ever week of trading, it has turned June into my best ever month of trading.
I hope none of you loyal readers of this blog stuck any money on Nadal because I did give you forewarning that he would not win Wimbledon and that he would be put under a lot of pressure by underdogs if you read my Wimbledon preview on Betting Expert - so you've only got yourself to blame if you did!
I will admit that I did not expect Steve Darcis to be the man to knock out Nadal, as I never saw him as having a big enough game to out-hit Rafa. But if Darcis did, it just goes to show how much of a problem Nadal is going to have on any surface other than clay.
His knees just cannot handle the pounding they will take on harder courts. I was amazed to see Nadal's price at 1. It turned out to be my biggest ever win on a tennis match and has made up a large chunk of my Wimbledon profit. I have to admit that I've had a fair amount of luck this Wimbledon so far. The now legendary day 3 or Wipeout Wednesday as it's been nicknamed , really was a spectacular day for me.
Seven withdrawals 4 before the match even began , and 7 huge upsets Jankovic, Hewitt, Ivanovic, Sharapova, Federer, Tsonga, Wozniacki made it the most exciting day's trading I've ever known, both from a gambling and a tennis-lover's perspective. Not only was I on the right side of the two biggest upsets, with Federer and Sharapova being ousted, I also managed to be on Gulbis when Tsonga retired and Cetkovska when Wozniacki took a tumble and injured herself.
I like to see it as reward for daring to lay the favourite but I doubt I'll have a day like that for quite some time. Who is to blame for all the slips and upsets? No one! If the underdogs had slipped and exited the tournament, no one would be talking about the state of the grass, that's for sure. Just before Wimbledon started, I was very surprised to find several bookies offering money back on outright winner bets if Andy Murray wins Wimbledon.
I jumped at the offer to back Djokovic, which I felt at the time was as good as a free bet, as I expect either him or Murray to win. With Nadal, Tsonga and Federer all out early, I'm sure a few bookies are going to be sweating come the end of this week. Nothing has really changed though as far as I'm concerned. Murray and Djokovic were faves to make the final and both still are. Same with Serena Williams despite the loss of Azarenka and Sharapova.
The great thing about all of this is that week 2 will see many more even contests with these big guns knocked out, than you would normally get in the second week of a slam and so better prices to trade with. As you can see, I've not done too badly on the old soccerball either, for the second month in a row. The Confederations Cup turned out to be a fantastic spectacle and a great tournament to trade if you were looking for goals.
The Italy 4 Japan 3 match was the best international I've seen in many a year and a big chunk of my profit came from this and also laying under 9. Spain just hit their 10th and final goal with a minute or two to spare but it was a fairly low risk bet around 1. I figured that after a dire Nigerian side still managed to put 6 past the admirable Tahitians who played the game as it should be played , the Spaniards would have little trouble hitting double figures.
Aside from a little bit of bragging, I do have a reason for notifying you of these larger wins. Someone recently asked me how I coped with over-confidence, as I "never having losing days". I replied with a wry smile, that I often have losing days. The truth is, I actually have more losing trades per month than winning ones. So that shows you that trading isn't about picking loads of winners. It's about maximising your wins and minimising your losses. I still get emails asking for a copy and I feel a bit bad having to turn them down!
You never know though, this may well change one day Mandy Minella:. I'm going to reveal something now that might surprise many of you. Back at the beginning of the year, I wrote about how I had traded for a betting syndicate in October and how I had a few offers from potential investors to do something along similar lines. There was much debate amongst the blogging world at the time, about the merits of what I was doing and not long after, there was even more talk about the negative side of entrusting someone else with your money, as the 'Betfair King' aka Elliot Short , was found to be a fraudster.
Very few people had a good thing to say about the pluses of such a deal but then, very few people will have experienced the pros of a successful mutual trading agreement. But I have. Because of all the negativity, I decided to stay tight-lipped and not write about this subject any further but I can now reveal that the main reason that I am experiencing such great profit over the past few months, is because one person who will remain un-named decided to take a chance on me.
It wasn't a particularly large sum of money in fact, it was the smallest amount that I'd initially discussed of all the offers I've had but I always insisted that I didn't need a large amount; just something to kick-start me and enable me to reach a stage where I can compound on my own.
I have now finally reached that stage. So my investor has made back all his money and several times that, in just a few short months. Had he not taken the plunge and trusted me, I would not be in the position that I'm now in and I am extremely grateful for that. So much so, that although I no longer require his investment, I want to reward him for giving me an opportunity where most others wouldn't all the other potential investors I spoke to elected not to get involved and in fact, a couple of them disappeared without a word, mid-discussion, which I find extremely rude.
So I'll be continuing our partnership for a while longer yet and hopefully making both of us more money.
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