Matched Betting vs Arbitrage betting: Find out Where to start!

Finding the best betting strategy for your bankroll and possibilities sometimes can be challenging. Both matched betting and arbitrage betting have their advantages and downsides too. In a lot of cases, only one of them can be suitable for you.

Let’s find out which one can be your next step.

What are the advantages of matched betting?

Both strategies are based on similar possibilities. The bookmakers are offering something that can be exploited and turned into guaranteed profits.

The average people are hard to be convinced to deposit money to a bookmaker. Betting, in general, is judged as a guaranteed route for losing money.

But every time a bookie offers a good bonus, free bet for your deposits, the resistance seems to get weaker.

For the average bettor, this bonus offer means more money to play with. On the other hand, for a smart bettor, it’s a guaranteed profit opportunity.

So, let’s see the advantages of matched betting:

  • Easy to learn

You can learn the basics in even one hour. In a very short period like 1-2 days of practicing it you can know almost 90% of the information you would need in the long run.

Like in almost every job/business you need constant learning and researching to make more profits and keep it going.

But this amount will be fairly low in matched betting.

  • You don’t have to work all day long

Generally speaking, the more you work in matched betting the more you can make. But with this strategy, you don’t have to stay in front of the PC all day long. If you have free time only on weekends, for example, it is still possible to make a decent profit.

  • Good profits in a short time

Completing the roll-over requirements for most deposit bonuses is fairly easy. But in most cases, beginner matched bettors are focusing on free bets.

These are offering the fastest payouts without too much hustle.

Basically, you have to place 2 bets at the bookie with the bonus and cover both of them at another bookie like Betfair or Pinnacle – Pinnacle Sports Review.

With 10-15 minutes of work, you can easily make 10-30 Euros. After completing these bonuses, your only task is to upload the required documents for the KYC (Know Your Customer) verification and withdraw your profits.

  • Matched betting services supporting your tasks from A to Z

If you are from the United Kingdom a lot of services will guide your steps. No matter how much knowledge you have about sports their betting tutorials will help you.

I think the best and most popular services like Profit Accumulator or OddsMonkey won’t make you disappointed. You can read my review of both of them by clicking on the following links:

  • Your account lasts longer

With matched betting, your average bets won’t be placed on overpriced markets.

Most bonus hunters are looking for betting opportunities where the loss is close to 0% on a pair of bets.

This fact by itself is helping your account to last longer.

Is arbing better than matched betting?

There is no simple answer to this question because it depends on multiple factors.

  • Arbitrage betting will generate more profits

As I already mentioned, you can make a decent income from matched betting (even over 1000 euros in the first month) fairly fast. But the biggest disadvantage of this technique is the number of available bonus offers.

After completing the welcome bonuses and free bets, your monthly profits will be significantly lower. You will get new free bets and recharge bonuses here and there, but not enough to maintain your monthly income on the same level.

What is the situation with arbitrage betting?

The amount of profit you can make with arbing is way higher. But not necessarily right from the start.

At the start arbitrage betting needs way more money. If the bettor can’t use thousands of euros for arbing, then in most cases the profits are smaller.

Right at the beginning, you might make more profits with matched betting, but later down the road arbitrage betting is the winner.

  • Starting capital: matched betting vs arbing

I already mentioned in other articles that bonus hunters don’t need too much to start this technique. If you don’t have thousands or even hundreds of euros, don’t be afraid.

For example, I started matched betting with around 60 – 70 Euros. I think if you are thinking about sports betting with smart strategies, you don’t need much, but at least that amount.

Arbing, on the other hand, requires more resources to start. After some weeks of matched betting, I succeeded to make enough to start arbitrage betting too.

  • Time investment

Making bigger profits requires more time investment. This is true for both strategies. But unfortunately, arbing will take more from your free time.

With matched betting, you can hedge your bets with a minimal loss. You can find a lot of these opportunities.

Arbitrage betting is a little bit different. If you prefer betting before the start of the match, you can take advantage of the actual sure bets.

But these opportunities are coming and going in a fairly small timeframe. So, if you want to catch the majority of these bets you have to invest more time.

Pre-match arbitrage betting is getting harder and harder. The majority of bookies can easily spot smart bettors.

Placing 5 – 10 bets on overpriced markets can mean an instant limitation of your account.

For every experienced bettor, I advise switching to in-play sure betting. This way the risk of getting limited is reduced. Of course, you will need more experience and focus too.

But in the long run, live betting is a better route.

The biggest downside is that you need to invest far more of your time. You have to stay in front of the PC every time there is a good match.

This means that your weekends will no longer be free.

You have to make a decision about your goals in arbitrage/matched betting. Do you want to take it seriously or it is just a side hustle, a bonus income source?

Matched betting vs arbitrage betting? Which one you should start first?

After my experience, no matter how much money or time you have, starting with matched betting is the best option.

The amount of tutorials and resources you can get for free is insane. Even without any experience, you can start earning money by following simple instruction videos.

Profit Accumulator and OddsMonkey are the perfect solutions for this.

After getting comfortable with this betting word and covering bets at different bookies, you can start with arbitrage betting. (if you have the starting capital for it – I suggest having at least 1000-1500 euros)

Conclusion: Matched betting vs arbitrage betting (arbing)

  1. How much do you need to learn: Matched betting is way easier to learn. It requires less knowledge in general. Arbing is the strategy where you will find out new things almost every day
  2. Time investment: Arbitrage betting is time-consuming. If you are planning to practice it as a full-time job or an important income source, you will work 10-12 hours a day. It is possible to work less, but in general, it will take more from your time
  3. Profitability: In the long run arbitrage betting is several times more profitable than bonus hunting
  4. Starting capital: Arbitrage betting requires way more money to start it properly. On the other hand, you can start matched betting even with 100 euros.
  5. Getting limited: If you start with matched betting after being gubbed (taking your bonus offers away) you still have the chance for arbitrage betting. Limitations are coming way later with matched betting.

Sam @ Sportssmartbetting

I have been a professional sports bettor for almost 8 years. This blog was created to share my experience and knowledge. I started building up my betting capital with matched betting, followed by arbitrage betting and switched to full-time value betting. Each software and betting strategy I promote was tested or used for a longer period by myself.