Very much like my ebay reselling journey, Matched Betting was something I quickly dismissed in my head as a means of making money for me. Great – it was working for hundreds of others, but the trouble was, I knew I couldn’t make the same profits.
You might think that it was because I was dubious about how it worked, or that I wouldn’t be able to understand it (the latter was kind of true), but the main reason was I already had lots of bookmaker accounts already, so my offers were already used up. (or so I thought….)
Before we go any further…What is Matched Betting?
Put simply, Matched Betting is risk free betting. This is because for every bet you make, (e.g. Man Utd to win against Liverpool), you can use a betting exchange such as Betfair or Smarkets to “lay” the bet, or bet against it. It is not as simple as betting for Liverpool to win, as there may be a draw. Instead we bet “Against” Man Utd. This covers the possibility of a loss or a draw all in one bet. Profit Accumulator includes a calculator that tells you exactly how much to bet and lay in order to ensure you don’t lose any (or a very small amount) of money, whatever the outcome.
So how does it make me money?
We make money using the free bets that bookies offer customers to either sign up or bet again with (reloads). If we have a £10 free bet to play with, we are using “free” money to make the bet. If we lay it to cover all results then we will definitely make a profit with our £10 free money. We will either win money on the bookies’ website, or we will win on the exchange and end up with more money than we started with. Laying the bet means you need to cover it with a larger amount of money than £10 (this is called your liability) again. This is why you need to have some money available to “Invest” risk free into Matched Betting. I would recommend starting with £100-£200 but it could be done with as little as £60.
If this all sounds very complicated, you are not alone! It took me weeks of reading and watching tutorial videos before I was confident enough to place my first matched bet. But profit accumulator membership includes guides of how to complete each offer along with video tutorials.
Back to my story…
My husband first heard about matched betting three years ago. At this time he worked from home so had more time to dedicate to it, and we had a newborn baby so I had no time or energy to even begin to understand it. He made around £1000 for us using sign up offers on his own and then on my behalf. I was happy to let him to this, and once the easy sign up money stopped, so did he. I thought this was because there was a finite amount of money to be made and he had hit the ceiling with it.
So when I began to read posts about people making hundreds of pounds from matched betting, I quickly dismissed them as an option for myself as we’d already “used up” all our offers. It was only when I started to ask questions and leave comments for bloggers that I found out there was still plenty of money to be made each and every month!
My husband was dubious about this as when he did matched betting originally he did it all off his own back rather than signing up to a site such as Profit Accumulator, so he didn’t have the time or the resources to find more offers. Now he is the one with the time constraints and a much more demanding job so I knew if I wanted to prove myself right, I had to get on with it myself! The trouble was, I now found myself doubly disadvantaged as I had very little gambling experience, even less interest in sports, and all the easy sign up offers that Profit Accumulator suggest doing first were not options for me.
Thankfully I persevered and in my first month I made over £200. I know this could be achieved each and every month if I can put the time, effort and (risk free) money in, so I plan to make this one of my targets going forward.
In the meantime, here are my tips for anyone starting out in a similar position to myself. Maybe you are a gambler with existing accounts who is new to matched betting, or perhaps you signed up to betting accounts to get a cashback bonus from sites like Quidco. Whatever the situation, you can still make some money!
Do your research first. Watch video tutorials if you learn best visually (like me), read blog and forum posts about matched betting and decide if you think it is something you would be confident in doing.
New bookmakers appear regularly. Practice with the sign up offers that are available to you and build up your confidence and skills. In the time since my husband stopped matched betting, I found there were easily 10-15 new betting sites with sign up offers waiting for me. Some of them may not have been as lucrative as the initial offers but there is still good money to be made, and you are gaining some practice in placing and laying the bets.
Move on to reload offers – Now obviously this was what I found trickier as I didn’t have the same amount of experience as most people moving onto this area, but once I had got my head around the sign up offers, I have moved on to the offers I could do easily. These offers don’t always look like you are going to make much from them (which is why my husband stopped at this point), but if you are consistently making around £5 per bet and doing 20+ per week then this money quickly adds up.
Use free spins on casino offers – you might not feel confident enough to move on to the casino and bingo offers yet (this is my next area to look into), however if you check the dashboard regularly there are often free spins that require no deposit.
Use the forums or support groups to help with issues you can’t get your head around. Membership to Profit Accumulator includes access to the forums and there are also free support groups on Facebook. I have asked many a “silly question“ but also got lots of tips and help just reading other people’s queries and the respective answers.
Don’t be afraid of skipping some offers. Currently there is an offer on for one bookmakers to bet £300 and get £75 cash. Unfortunately I don’t have the funds available for this at the moment, but it is one I hope to come back to when my pot is a bit bigger!
More time & effort = more money. There are plenty of posts out there that make it sound like Matched Betting money just falls into your lap with a few minutes work a day. This is simply not true – especially in the beginning. Just like any side hustle, the more time and effort you put in, the more money you will be able to make. Be prepared to put 1-2 hours a day in at the beginning – it will be worth it.
Want to get started? Sign up to Profit Accumulator here. Even if you have already got accounts with the first 2 signup offers, you can still sign up for a free account to see how it works before deciding if you want to upgrade.