Being a professional sports bettor has its advantages and drawbacks too. While as a smart bettor you are making good profits from betting, you face several obstacles.
One of the biggest problems of bettors is getting their accounts limited or banned.
I’ve been betting as a professional bettor for almost 7 years. Throughout these years, I have faced different kinds of limitations and tried to avoid them as much as possible.
In this article, I would like to share my experience on how to delay being banned or limited at bookmakers.
I think it is more realistic to call it delay because, in the long run, you do not stand a chance to avoid being limited and banned by bookmakers if you are a winning player.
Why is it important to avoid the limitation of your bookmaker account as much as possible?
For smart bettors like value bettors or arbitrage bettors, bookmakers are the most reliable resource. Soft bookmakers are the base of making money fairly easily from sports betting.
Depending on which country you are from, the number of bookmakers is limited.
Getting your account limited at a bookmaker means:
- You have to find another bookmaker with similar odds, market, and line to continue your smart betting activity
- You have to find friends, family, or other people who can give you their accounts.
Getting and using other people’s betting accounts can be hard sometimes. After a longer period of time it is getting a less and less sustainable way of making money from sports betting.
Down below I’m mentioning most of the tips on how to delay the limitations on your betting accounts.
How to avoid getting limited/ gubbed?
Do not deposit too much for the first time
Arbitrage bettors are used to placing bets with bigger stakes. When a new betting account is registered it is desirable to start your betting strategy at full speed.
For this most of the strategies need more money than a normal deposit. Most of the bookmakers are offering bonuses for the first deposit with a maximum amount of 100 – 200 euros.
Keeping this in mind, the first deposit of 500-700 euros would be unusual. Normal bettors are not depositing that much money for the first time.
It is more common to deposit the maximum possible to get the whole bonus. Depositing that much money for the first time can even flag you from the start.
There are a lot of examples of bettors who had their account limited before even placing the first bet. Another unpleasant outcome could be banning your account without even placing a single bet.
I know it is hard to build up your balance from a smaller deposit, but getting limited this way is very painful. Imagine that you are an arbitrage bettor limited from the start and you have to complete the rollover requirements on blackjack or roulette.
Based on my arbing experience, I can say that depositing money gradually more and more is the best way if you want to avoid getting flagged.
Do not deposit too much in a short period at the same bookmaker
Arbitrage bettors are using fairly big stakes for most of the bets. While arbing you can experience big balance fluctuations.
Depending on the type of sport you are betting on, this could mean even bigger fluctuations. For example, arbing on live tennis matches I experienced a loss of almost 10k euros on the side of the soft bookmaker.
Depending on the country you are from it would be a wise decision not to deposit too much in a short period. For example, depositing 8-10k euros in 2-3 weeks could mean a flag on your account if you are from a less developed country.
From a country where the average monthly wage is 400-500 euros, that much deposit in the short term could cause trouble for you.
Bookmakers can ask for proof of income, which most of the time is not easy to get. This kind of problem is not a common one, but it is useful to keep in mind.
Do not start with big stakes, will get your account limited fast
Most of the soft bookmakers are sensitive about new customers. Starting your first bets with big stakes could lead your account to be limited in the early stage of your betting activity.
An average bettor, in the beginning, is placing bets with only a fraction of the balance. It requires a lot of patience to place bets with small amounts but after my experience, it is worth the time and energy. I would suggest using the 5% – 10% of your balance for the first 15-20 bets at least.
Avoid cashing out too often
If you are not arbitrage betting, thus not covering the other outcome of your bets, try not to use the cash-out option.
One of the best reasons not to use cash-out is that in the long run, it will reduce your winnings. In a lot of the cases cashing out could seem a very logical decision.
For example, if the value bet does not seem value anymore.
Every time I used this option in the long run I ended up with less profit than I would have without cashing out. The differences in my case were between 10% – 15%.
From my experience, most bookmakers tend to limit you faster if you are using the cash-out option too often.
In the beginning place average bets to delay the limitation of your betting account
A good practice to distract attention from your account is placing normal bettor kind of bets.
I am thinking about placing low-stake bets on big leagues and bets with more selections. Placing this kind of bet with stakes of 1-5 eur will not drive you into bankruptcy but your account will pass the early filters.
But arbitrage bettors said that it is wise to place arbs on only 1 sport, without mixing them.
Do not abuse promotions and bonuses
Even if your main activity is matched betting (taking advantage of only the bonuses), it is healthy to place bets when you do not have an active bonus.
Depositing and placing bets only when you have a bonus or any kind of promotion will get your account flagged. Abusing only the bonuses will lead to the limitation of your account.
Do not ignore bonuses and promotions if you do not want to get limited
This might sound strange but ignoring bonuses and promotions can lead to faster limitation of your account. Normal bettors are happy with bonus money after their deposit.
Even though they get double their money, they lose it fairly fast. A bettor who is not requesting any kind of betting bonus and is making profits can face limitations on the betting account.
Bonuses at sports betting sites are marketing tricks and a bettor who is not accepting a gift becomes suspicious.
Do not withdraw your money right after you completed the rollover requirements
Withdrawing your money right after you completed the rollover requirements is a direct sign that you are a bonus hunter.
Withdrawing money this way could lead to stricter security check and to the limitation of your betting account. Some additional bets are easy to complete, and you can avoid this kind of inconvenience.
Do not withdraw your money too often
Every time we withdraw our money, it goes through some inspection. If you are an arbitrage bettor, value bettor, or any kind of smart bettor, your first intention should be avoiding any kind of attention.
Staying under the radar at bookmakers is the only viable way of delaying any kind of limitation on your betting accounts.
Round your stakes on every bet to avoid fast limitations
Rounding your stakes is one of the most mentioned tips on how to avoid being limited and banned by bookmakers. Even though you come across this tip in every blog I have to mention that it is one of the most basic but still very important.
In my early stages of being an arbitrage bettor, I placed a lot of bets with stakes like 32.5 eur, 47.8 eur, and so on. I was lucky enough because back then not all of the bookmakers were advanced enough in catching arbitrage bettors.
These days making this kind of noob mistake will ruin a valuable account in a short time. Rounding your stakes is a must! For example: 32.5 =>32 or better to 30 or 35. The stake of 47.8 should be 48 at least, but better 50 or 45. You can cover your bets at sharp bookmakers with not rounded stakes.
Bookmakers like Pinnacle do not care about this, but the part of the soft bookmaker should have a rounded stake on your arbitrage bets.
Do not use maximum stakes
If you are not limited at all it is advised that your stakes on your bets should be a maximum of 70% – 80% of the max stake allowed by the bookmaker.
Placing bets this way will delay the limitation on your accounts. If the bookmaker already lowered your maximum stakes there is no other way to place bets than maxing the stakes out.
Avoid small leagues as much as possible
After opening a new account at a bookmaker, one of the most important steps in smart betting strategies is to avoid small leagues or tournaments.
In the beginning, bookmakers are very sensitive to bettors who are placing bets on small leagues.
This has several reasons:
- It is harder for the bookmaker to define sharp odds
- Pieces of information and stats are more often delayed so smart bettors like value bettors or arbitrage bettors can take advantage of it more often
In the early stage of an account, I advise you to stay away from lower leagues, but after a fairly large number of bets, you can place on some of them too.
For example, I’m starting to place bets on the second league, third league after 30-40 bets. If you are betting on tennis it is good to skip betting on itf tournaments.
Most of the bookmakers I used limited me in a short period of time after betting on them.
Do not bet on too big odd and line mistakes
Bookmakers are getting more and more advanced in being fast and giving sharp odds. No matter how fast they are, sometimes even the best bookmakers are making huge mistakes.
This kind of mistake could be not realizing a red card or a goal fast enough, being a little bit late in tennis, or missing a point in basketball. A mistake like this could mean a big opportunity for a smart bettor.
Most of us are using scanner services to spot good opportunities. An arbitrage that jumped up by 15% could seem promising, an almost guaranteed profit on your bet.
Occasionally taking advantage of these big mistakes can let you escape without any limitation on your betting account. But have in mind that bookmakers have serious algorithms to filter out bettors with these bets.
Betting on fairly big arbitrage opportunities can lead to being limited and banned by bookmakers. In pre-match arbitrage and value betting, I would not advise placing bets on arb higher than 3%.
Also, most arbitrage bettors are placing bets on the day of the match.
In Live betting, it is harder for the bookmakers to catch you as a smart bettor, but even this way I would advise avoiding betting on arbs higher than 6%. In the long run, you can make more money if your account stays without a limit.
Do not get caught as multiple account user
Smart betting strategies are very hard to sustain with your own betting accounts. It is known that smart bettors are using the accounts of friends and family at least after getting limited on their own.
Getting caught with multiple accounts is a direct way of losing your money. Personally, I do not know bookmakers who are giving you back your money if they flagged you as a multiple account user.
How to not get caught as a multiple account user at bookmakers
Even now some bookmakers do not have an advanced enough system to spot every multi-account user.
For some of them, it is enough to restart your router and get a new IP address and delete your cookies. But there are big players between bookmakers who have developed their security system to a new level.
Some of them can even check the size of your monitor, iesnare, and the type of system you are betting from.
In this case, reinstalling your windows is not enough all the time. Using a windows virtual machine and a good VPN with a dedicated Ip address could solve the case.
Conclusion: Avoid being gubbed and limited
In smart sports betting, we have to pay attention to a lot of rules to not get early limitations on our betting accounts.
Even though we can pay attention to these rules, totally avoiding limitations at soft bookmakers is almost impossible. When the balance grows too fast, you win too much it is not avoidable to get limited.
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