Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Spot(land) of bother

I've had a very busy week - with no time for any betting or trading until late last night when I had a losing trade on the tennis.

Laid YH Lu a service break up at 2-1 in the first set against Mannarino at Delray Beach. Lu is a poor server according to the stats I have and so the lay made sense at that stage of the set.

Unfortunately Mannarino was unable to break back - indeed he was broken again serving at 3-5 and so there was no pressure on Lu to serve out for the set.

I duly exited for a loss on the trade and decided to call it a night at that point and went to bed - I checked back this morning and Mannarino won the next two sets 6-1 6-1 !!

Still got a lot to learn on the tennis but I'm sure it will become a mainstay of what I'm trying to do on here.

Onto today and just had one bet on the football - same as last week, an accumulator on the over 1.5 goals market. Picked out five games for combined odds of 15/8.

Exactly same result as last week - 25 minutes waiting for one more goal which never came (at Rochdale this time). I managed to find the only one of the 12 games in league one which didn't have more than 1.5 goals !

Maybe third time lucky next Saturday...

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Caught on the Boundary

The title of this post has nothing to do with England's pathetic effort in the cricket World Cup this morning, rather it's a reference to the home ground of Oldham Athletic which is where today's football bet foundered.

It is reputed to be the coldest football ground in England, and that's certainly how I remember it from a couple of visits many years ago.

Anyway, the Oldham v Colchester game was one of six matches I selected for an over 1.5 goals acca - which would have returned 7/2 had it been successful.

Colchester scored in the second minute, the goals duly arrived in all my other games and left me to wait half an hour for one more goal at Boundary Park, and of course it never came.

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to get back into tennis trading, and I've placed a few tentative trades over the last couple of days.

I'm happy to report that I have made a small profit, but that's incidental to the valuable experience I've gained from observing and venturing into the markets again.

There's no substitute for hard cash when it comes to learning how to trade, and even though the amounts involved have been small, I have already learnt a great deal just from taking a few positions in the market.

I'm pretty busy weekdays most of the time but looking at the schedules for the ATP and WTA for the next few weeks, there should be plenty of evening action for me to get my teeth into and hopefully start making some progress.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Well that was fun...

So just one, very late, goal in the two games I picked out tonight and the first losing bet I've had in this little bankroll challenge.

As I said before, just having a play around in the markets at the minute but I'll be looking for other opportunities in the football as I go along.

I also want to get back into the racing again - this is always an exciting time of the year with the Cheltenham Festival only a month away now.

It's been a while since I made the trip down there for a day out so I might well do that this year - however I won't using the same stakes as I used to in festivals gone by ! It's quite amazing what I used to do when I look back.

Tennis trading is another thing I've looked at in the last couple of years - I did get quite into it for a while. I certainly saw a lot of potential for trading tennis, and I'm looking forward to having another crack at it.

There's a load of other stuff I can take a look at - I used to love betting on the golf for example, but all in good time.

It's good to be back.

A little roll play

Been a few weeks since my latest comeback post,  a mad busy work schedule through January has left me with very little time for any betting or trading.

Things are settling down now and I’m planning on being much more active in the markets and on here from now on.

In the last few days I’ve been looking at the over 1.5 goal markets on Betfair – just simple outright bets, doubles or trebles etc.

It’s only been small scale - a bit of a challenge to see if I can put together a decent bankroll from very little starting cash, and also as a way of getting back into things.

Started last Sunday and my pot of £20 has grown to £141.89 with 10/10 winning picks so far.
Tonight I’m just having a £20 double on over 1.5 goals in the Chelsea and Southampton games in the Premier League – the double pays 4/6.