How I keep my sportsbook accounts from getting banned or limited

Do sportsbooks ban legitimate, honest, winning players?

Sometimes, but they usually just limit the amount of money you can bet and won’t offer you free bonuses anymore.

It sucks, and it’s not really fair, but it is what it is. Sportsbooks are corporations, in business to make money. They can take our money all they want, but once we take too much of theirs, they don’t want our business anymore.

There are a few sportsbooks out there that realize that we’re not taking their money; we’re taking money away from other sports bettors. Sportsbooks are supposed to make their money from the vig, the juice. That’s what it’s there for.

In all the years I’ve been betting, I’ve had 2 sportsbook account shutdown. They didn’t even limit the amount I could bet. They just emailed me and said my account was being closed, management decision. Nothing I could do about it.

Ever since then, I’ve kept all of my accounts, and I still regularly receive bonuses from the sportsbooks that offer them. I’m smart about how I place my bets.

It costs me a little profit, but it’s worth it in just the free bonus money that I get.

Bet what everybody else is betting on

First, I try to come across as a lucky, recreational bettor. I only bet on big markets. NFL, college football, NBA, college basketball, MLB, NHL and MMA. I don’t bet on obscure college games in divisions that nobody cares about. In fact, a lot of the games I bet on are on TV.

You don’t want to stand out from the crowd. My sports betting systems have a lot to do with public opinion, so obviously I need a lot of data. As a result of this, I only have picks on games in big markets.

For my live betting system, sportsbooks only offer live lines on big games (for the American sports). You won’t be able to get a live bet down on a small game.

Don’t constantly withdraw your money

Second, I don’t continuously withdraw my winnings. I leave them in the sportsbook until the end of each major season and then withdraw my winnings from that season, leaving a balance there to continue betting with.

What I mean by this is that after the Super Bowl is finished, I’ll check my bet tracker spreadsheet and see how much money I made in the NFL. I will withdraw that amount via Bitcoin or Skrill.

Be a homer

What’s a homer?

A homer is a person that always bets on their favorite team. They don’t really have a reason for it; they just like to bet on their favorite team. A homer is the very definition of a recreational sports bettor. Sportsbooks love homers. Be a homer.

You see, I try to lose on purpose on certain games. I have my favorite teams. I bet on them at the sportsbook I want to lose at, and I bet the other side at the sportsbook I want to win at. I keep track of this through my bet tracker spreadsheet. Basically, I’m trading my balance from one sportsbook to another.

Sure, sometimes the bets win at the wrong book, and I have to do it again, but I keep careful track of this. Trust me, I was never a winning sports bettor before I got disciplined and created my sports betting systems. I know exactly how to lose.

The goal is to get my money out of certain sportsbooks (so that I rarely withdraw from them, only deposit) and into other sportsbooks (that welcome winning players).

Sure, it costs a little money to do this. I basically juice out, which means I lose the money from the juice. But like I already said, the free bonus money I get more than makes up for it.

Never open multiple accounts

Don’t be an idiot. You have no idea the amount of technology the sportsbooks are using these days. They have databases that share player information with each other, too. They know when you’ve created multiple accounts.

They may let you open a new account.

They may let you fund a new account.

They may let you bet on a new account for 6 months.

But just wait until you try to withdraw your winnings.

Ever read the Terms of Service for the sportsbooks you use? Once they find out you’ve opened multiple accounts, they have the right to close your accounts and take your winnings!

You take a huge risk by opening multiple accounts. You might think you can be sneaky and open it in your best friend’s name, or your father-in-law’s name, but nope. You’ll mess up somewhere along the way, and they’ll connect your fake account to your real account (or a previous banned/limited account), and bam!

It’s not worth the risk.

Don’t be stupid about it.

No multiple accounts.

You have to think corporate

Thinking corporate is something that my corporate job taught me. Sportsbooks aren’t shady rinky-dink operations. They’re ran by huge corporations, that have accounting departments, risk management departments, and fraud departments.

They have P&L (Profit & Loss) statements, and you’re just another number to them. They’re ran by a bunch of suits that have Casual Fridays where you get to wear a company-branded polo shirt and jeans.

You have to play their game.

Remember, this is your business. This is their business, too. Your best financial interest is to always consider what their best financial interest is, too.

Certain sportsbooks (like Pinnacle, Betfair, and Bookmaker) welcome professional sports bettors. These sportsbooks are the smart ones that realize they make their money from the juice, so they just want the action.

Remember, you’re not taking the sportsbook’s money. You’re taking the money from some random gambler that bet the other side of the game.

Be smart about it. Think corporate.

January 2017 Results: +$1,026.57 Profit!

My first full month is now over, and what a month it was! I know that it’s only been less than 2 months, but I had a winning December, and now a winning January. I know that after about 15 years of doing this, I finally have every thing dialed in. I’m incredibly optimistic that February will also be another winning month. Knock on wood!

Well, let’s get down to the numbers, shall we?
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How much money did I make in January 2017 from sports betting?

As you can see, in January I made a total of 248 bets. I won 141, lost 102, and pushed on 5, giving me a 58% win percentage. I put a total of $9,015 into action, returning a net profit of $1,026.57, producing an 11.39% ROI.

Those are just fantastic numbers, and I’m very, very pleased with that ROI. That just confirms to me that I’m on the right track, and that I just need to increase my turnover. What that basically means is that I need to make more bets (not increase the amount I wager per bet, beyond my standard 1% of bankroll per bet).

The only limiting factor for this is my own systems and the handicapper’s picks that I pay for. My own systems are maxed out; they can’t produce any additional picks. I already bet every pick that they produce. It’s the same for the 3 handicappers that I currently subscribe to.

I’m not going to change anything for February, but I’m thinking that in March I might be adding an additional handicapper. I have to be careful with adding handicappers too fast, because their fees cut into my profit.

Sure, I had a grand in income this month, minus my expenses (the 3 handicapper’s picks that I pay for). I’m still very much profitable for January, but to keep it that way, I have to balance my budget and add additional handicappers as I am able to do so.

I would love to bring on a soccer (football for the non Americans) and tennis handicapper, so that I could have my money in action as much as possible. Soccer and tennis are the most bet sports in the world, easily surpassing the popularity of the NFL in the United States. That’s too much opportunity to be leaving on the table.

My goal for 2017 is to bring on the 2 remaining handicappers that I’ve been tracking for awhile now (they both focus on the American sports), and then to find a soccer handicapper and a tennis handicapper, for a total of 4 new handicappers. That would give me 7 handicappers total that I would be paying for, which considerably adds to my expenses.

Anyway, back to the January numbers.

I made the most money in the NBA, and I did the worst in the NFL, taking a loss. As for how the sportsbooks have performed, I’ve blocked out the key identifying information, because I don’t want them to be able to identify my accounts.

I made the most money with BetOnline, followed by Pinnacle with a close second place. I lost the most money at Heritage Sports. I placed the most bets at BetOnline, and I made the least amount of bets at MyBookie.

As for each of my individual results, and the handicapper’s results:

  • FP System: I made 20 bets, and went 13-7 (65% winners). I put $701 into total action, returning a net profit of $164.84, producing a 23.51% ROI.
  • PR System: Even though I quit using this system towards the end of January, I’m still going to put the results here. I made 86 bets, and went 47-36-3 (56.6% winners). I put $3,046 into total action, returning a net profit of $304, producing a 9.98% ROI.
  • Live Betting System: I made 85 bets, and went 48-35-2 (57.8% winners). I put $3,142 into total action, returning a net profit of $284.75, producing a 9.06% ROI.
  • MMA Handicapper #1: I made 25 bets, and went 15-10 (60% winners). I put $910 into total action, returning a net profit of $203.53, producing a 22.37% ROI.
  • MMA Handicapper #2: I made 5 bets, and went 4-1 (80% winners). I put $190 into total action, returning a net profit of $60.86, producing a 32.03% ROI.
  • PCG: I made 27 bets, and went 14-13 (51.9% winners). I put $1,026 into total action, returning a net profit of $8.59, producing a 0.84% ROI.

The last data filter that I have available to me on the bet tracker spreadsheet is I can break down the results based on money line, spread, or total.

  • Money Line: I made 49 bets, and went 29-20 (59.2% winners). I put $1,784 into total action, returning a net profit of $286.70, producing a 16.07% ROI.
  • Spread: I made 184 bets, and went 105-74-5 (58.7% winners). I put $6,687 into total action, returning a net profit of $796.56, producing an 11.91% ROI.
  • Total: I made 15 bets, and went 7-8 (46.7% winners). I put $544 into total action, returning a net loss of -$56.69, producing a -10.42% ROI.

I love using this bet tracker spreadsheet, because I have so much data available to me. I can quickly see that the money line bets are producing a greater ROI, but the spread bets are making me almost 2.8x more money.

I can also see that the bets on the game totals lost me money in January. However, overall, they are still profitable for me to bet. It’s very important to have this kind of information available for us. Without it, you can’t possibly know how you’re truly doing. You need to know where you’re making (and losing) the most money. Without a spreadsheet, you’re shooting blind.

Just looking at January’s results, it’s really great to see that my discipline, dedication and hardcore obsession has given me a very healthy profit for the month. My business will continue to grow month after month, and I can’t wait to see where it stands after my first annual report I do a year from now.

I’ve designed this business to be completely scalable. I have an end goal in mind, and I’m completely following along the blueprint that I created. I know exactly what to expect. This process has been in development for years now; it’s only now that I’m actually putting my money on the line, and it’s been phenomenal so far.

I’ve really enjoyed doing the weekly update posts; they keep me fully updated as to how I’m progressing, instead of seeing the results once a month.

I know that it may look like I haven’t been writing a lot of posts this month (besides the weekly updates), but I’ve been working plenty on several articles that I’ve been posting, such as the How to bet on sports page that you see in the menu up top, as well as the various sportsbook review pages. 

As I said, I have an outline, a blueprint, that I’m following. I’ve laid everything out, so now it’s just a matter of me following the steps to be able to quit my job and do this for a living.

I really want to create a community of like-minded sports bettors that have the same goals that I do; to earn a reliable income every month from our wagers. I treat this as a business, because it is a business. I want to network with other people that do the very same thing.

I know you guys are out there; I just have to find you and bring everybody together into one place. And if you happen to know of a good soccer and/or tennis handicapper, let me know!

Week 8 Results: -$18.60 Loss

Another small losing week this week.

I added another handicapper’s picks to my arsenal. He’s been very well-tracked going back several years, and he meets all of my other criteria.

Total Results for Week 8
(1/23/2017 – 1/29/2017)

I made a total of 64 bets. I won 33 of them, and lost 28, giving me a 54.1% win percentage. I put a total of $2,353 into action, and made a net loss of -$18.60, producing a -0.79% ROI.

How much money did I make betting on sports this week?

Breaking it down by sport

I made the most money in the NBA this week, and I did the worst in college hoops.

Profit by Sport Breakdown

Breaking it down by sportsbook

I made the most money with Bovada, and I lost the most money at Heritage. I made most of my bets at BetOnline last week.

Individual System Results

Only my FP system was profitable, as well as the 2 MMA handicapper’s picks that I get. They prevented me from having a bad losing week. Losing weeks will always happen.

FP Results

I had 4 bets total. I won 3 of them, and lost 1, giving me a 75% win percentage. I put $114 into action, and won $32.73, producing an ROI of 28.71%.

FP Betting System Results for Week 8

PR Results

For now, I am putting my PR system on hold. It’s definitely a profitable system, but the problem is that it takes up way too much of my time to produce the daily plays. It takes several hours of work, and I just don’t have that time available to me anymore.

So for the foreseeable future, there won’t be any further results for the PR system. In the future, when I am able to quit my job and do this full-time, then I will be able to resurrect my PR system, but for now, unfortunately, I have to shelf it for the time being.

I made a total of 10 bets. I won 4, lost 4, and pushed on 2, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put a total of $339 into action, and lost -$46.03 giving me a -13.58% ROI.

PR Betting System Results for Week 8

LB Results

I had 20 bets. I won 8, lost 11, and pushed on 1, giving me a 42.1% win percentage. I put a total of $760 into action and I lost -$146.36, producing a -19.26% ROI.

Live Betting System Results for Week 8

MMA Handicapper #1 Results

This week, my MMA handicappers saved me from having a bad week. My first MMA handicapper had 10 bets. I won 7 and lost 3, giving me a 70% win percentage. I put a total of $380 into action and I had a winning week, making $109.58 in profit, producing a 28.84% ROI.

MMA Betting System Results for Week 8

MMA Handicapper #2 Results

This week, there were 4 picks; I had 3 winners and 1 loss, giving me a 75% win percentage. I put a total of $152 into action and made a net profit of $48.60, producing at 31.97% ROI.

MMA Betting System Results for Week 8

PCG Results

PCG stands for ProComputerGambler. I will do an article about him in the future, once I’ve collected more accurate data, but all of his plays have been tracked at different 3rd party bet trackers, so I completely trust his data.

We’ll see if going forward his picks are as profitable as his data says, but I am fully confident on this.

This week, from when I started my subscription, there were 16 plays; 8 wins, and 8 losses, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put a total of $608 into action, and had a net loss of -$17.12, giving me a -2.82% ROI.

PCG Results for Week 8

Cumulative Results

Since I started back on December 5, 2016, I’ve made a total of 429 bets. I’ve had 254 wins, 167 losses and 8 pushes, giving me a 60.3% win percentage. I have put a total of $13,076 into action, and have made a profit of $1,943.72, producing a 14.86% ROI.

My ROI will continue to drop every week until it reaches it’s true number (it was distorted because of all the bonus money I received on my deposits). The average odds of my bets are -105, and my average bet size is $31.66.

How much money have I made betting on sports?

I have made the most profit in the NBA, and college football produced the worst return for me (although still profitable).

Profit by Sport Breakdown

I made the most money placing my bets at BetOnline. I’ve lost the most money at BetDSI. I’ve made the most bets at BetOnline, with 5Dimes coming in 2nd.

As for the individual system/capper results:

  • FP System: 31 bets total. 20 wins, 11 losses (64.5% winners). $865 in total action, $192.03 in profit, producing a 22.2% ROI.
  • PR System: 160 bets total. 96 wins, 58 losses, 6 pushes (62.3% winners). $4,562 in total action, $964.14 in profit, producing a 21.13% ROI.
  • LB System: 137 bets total. 81 wins, 54 losses, 2 pushes (60% winners). $4,347 total bet, $468.05 in profit, producing a 10.77% ROI.
  • MMA Handicapper #1: 80 bets total. 45 wins, 35 losses (56.3% winners). $2,504 total bets, $275.76 in profit, producing a 11.01% ROI.
  • MMA Handicapper #2: 5 bets total. 4 wins, 1 losses (80% winners). $190 in total action, $60.86 in profit, producing a 32.03% ROI.
  • PCG: 16 bets total. 8 wins, 8 losses, (50% winners). $608 in total action, I’ve made a net loss of -$17.12 , producing a -2.82% ROI.

As you can tell, the ROI keeps dropping every week. This is exactly what I want. As I went over in an earlier article, this is entirely because of the massive winning streak I was on, combined with all the bonuses I got from my deposits and reloads.

I have been at this for 56 days now. That’s an average of 7.7 bets per day (again, distorted because of the large number of MMA picks on weekends, and well, just a larger number of bets on the weekends in general). My average daily profit currently sits at $34.71.

Week 7 Results: +$441.61 Profit

What can I say without sounding like a broken record? Yet another winning week, including the new MMA handicapper that I added to my arsenal. When I get more solid data on the handicappers that I’m paying for, I’ll make an individual post about each of them and show how they’ve done for me.

I’m also going to be adding another handicapper’s picks this week. He’s been tracked going back several years now, and I’m confident that my bankroll and money management can handle it. He’s a grinder, which is what I definitely prefer.

Total Results for Week 7
(1/16/2017 – 1/22/2017)

I made a total of 50 bets. I won 32 of them, and lost 18, giving me a 64% win percentage. I put a total of $1,844 into action, and made a net profit of $441.61, producing a 23.95% ROI.

How much did I make this week from sports betting?

Breaking it down by sport

I made the most money in the NBA this week, and I did the worst in college hoops.

Individual Sport Profit Breakdown

Breaking it down by sportsbook

I made the most money with BetOnline, and I lost the most money at BetDSI. I made most of my bets at BetOnline last week.

Individual System Results

All of my systems and all of the handicappers that I played this week produced a nice profit and return on investment (ROI). That’s about all I can ask for.

FP Results

I had 5 bets total. I won 4 of them, and lost 1, giving me a 80% win percentage. I put $184 into action, and won $103.49, producing an ROI of 56.24%.

FP System Results for Week 7

PR Results

I made a total of 23 bets. I won 13 and lost 10, giving me a 56.5% win percentage. I put a total of $844 into action, and made a net profit of $73.22, giving me a 8.68% ROI.

PR System Betting Results for Week 7

LB Results

I had 16 bets. I won 11 and lost 5, giving me a 68.8% win percentage. I put a total of $588 into action and I had a winning week, making $167.14 in profit, producing a 28.43% ROI.

Live Betting System Betting Results for Week 7

MMA Handicapper #1 Results

This week, my first MMA handicapper had 5 bets. I won 3 and lost 2, giving me a 60% win percentage. I put a total of $190 into action and I had a winning week, making $85.50 in profit, producing a 45% ROI.

MMA Betting System Results for Week 7

MMA Handicapper #2 Results

This is my first week adding in a second MMA Handicapper, and he’s started off great. He’s big on betting the favorites; I don’t see him take a dog too often, but I’m fine with that. Winners are winners.

This week, he only released 1 pick, and it was a winner, giving me a 100% win percentage and producing at 32.26% ROI. I put a total of $38 into action and made a net profit of $12.26.

MMA Betting System Results for Week 7

Cumulative Results

Since I started back on December 5, 2016, I’ve made a total of 365 bets. I’ve had 221 wins, 139 losses and 5 pushes, giving me a 61.4% win percentage. I have put a total of $10,723 into action, and have made a profit of $1,962.32, producing a 18.3% ROI.

My ROI will continue to drop every week until it reaches it’s true number (it was distorted because of all the bonus money I received on my deposits). The average odds of my bets are -104, and my average bet size is $31.20.

How much total money have I made from betting on sports?

As for the individual system/capper results:

  • FP System: 27 bets total. 17 wins, 10 losses (63% winners). $751 in total action, $159.30 in profit, producing a 21.21% ROI.
  • PR System: 150 bets total. 92 wins, 54 losses, 4 pushes (63% winners). $4,223 in total action, $1,010.17 in profit, producing a 23.92% ROI.
  • LB System: 117 bets total. 73 wins, 43 losses, 1 push (62.9% winners). $3,587 total bet, $614.41 in profit, producing a 17.13% ROI.
  • MMA Handicapper #1: 70 bets total. 38 wins, 32 losses (54.3% winners). $2,124 total bets, $166.18 in profit, producing a 7.82% ROI.
  • MMA Handicapper #2: 1 bet total. 1 win, 0 losses (100% winners). $38 total bets, $12.26 in profit, producing a 32.26% ROI.

As you can tell, the ROI keeps dropping every week. This is exactly what I want. As I went over in an earlier article, this is entirely because of the massive winning streak I was on, combined with all the bonuses I got from my deposits and reloads.

I have been at this for 49 days now. That’s an average of 7.4 bets per day (again, distorted because of the large number of MMA picks on weekends, and well, just a larger number of bets on the weekends in general). My average daily profit currently sits at $40.05.

Week 6 Results: +$173.91 Profit

NFL playoffs are here and we had a really great Sunday, going 6-0 and winning all of our bets, closing out another great week. That gives us another winning week. Who knows when this gravy train will end, but I’m going to ride it all the way to the very last stop.

Total Results for Week 6
(1/9/2017 – 1/15/2017)

I made a total of 55 bets. I won 31 of them, and lost 24, giving me a 56.4% win percentage. I put a total of $1,870 into action, and made a net profit of $173.91, producing a 9.3% ROI.

How much money I made this week betting on sports

Breaking it down by sport

I made the most money in college hoops this week, and I did the worst in college football.

Bets by sport profit breakdown

Breaking it down by sportsbook

I made the most money with Bovada, and I lost the most money at BetDSI. I made most of my bets at BetOnline last week.

Individual System Results

Overall, another profitable week. My FP system ended up splitting, basically juicing out and taking a small loss. All other systems and picks made me money.

FP Results

I had 4 bets total. I won 2 of them, and lost 2, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put $136 into action, and lost -$4.71, producing a negative ROI of -3.46%.

FP System Results for Week 6

PR Results

I made a total of 22 bets. I won 13 and lost 9, giving me a 59.1% win percentage. I put a total of $748 into action, and made a net profit of $116.02, giving me a 15.51% ROI.

PR System Results for Week 6

LB Results

I had 19 bets. I won 11 and lost 8, giving me a 57.9% win percentage. I put a total of $646 into action and I had a winning week, making $54.15 in profit, producing a 8.38% ROI.

Week 6 Results for LB System

MMA Results

This week, my MMA handicapper had 10 bets. I won 5 and lost 5, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put a total of $340 into action and I had a winning week, making $8.45 in profit, producing a 2.49% ROI.

How much did I make betting MMA this week

Next week, I’m going to be adding in a 2nd MMA handicapper. His stats look really great, and he’s been tracked going back the past few years, so I’m pretty excited to see how he does. He bets varying amounts based on how strong he thinks a particular play is, but his rules don’t apply to us.

I risk the same amount on all of my bets, so I’m quite anxious to see what his true stats are. I think it’ll still turn a profit but we’ll see. He’s pretty heavy on the favorites, which I’m fine with.

Cumulative Results

Since I started back on December 5, 2016, I’ve made a total of 315 bets. I’ve had 189 wins, 121 losses and 5 pushes, giving me a 61% win percentage. I have put a total of $8,879 into action, and have made a profit of $1,520.71, producing a 17.13% ROI.

My ROI will continue to drop every week until it reaches it’s true number (it was distorted because of all the bonus money I received on my deposits). 

How much money I make from sports betting

As for the individual system/capper results:

  • FP System: 22 bets total. 13 wins, 9 losses (59.1% winners). $567 in total action, $55.81 in profit, producing a 9.84% ROI.
  • PR System: 127 bets total. 79 wins, 44 losses, 4 pushes (64.2% winners). $3,379 in total action, $936.95 in profit, producing a 27.73% ROI.
  • LB System: 101 bets total. 62 wins, 38 losses, 1 push (62% winners). $2,999 total bet, $447.27 in profit, producing a 14.91% ROI.
  • MMA picks: 65 bets total. 35 wins, 30 losses (53.8% winners). $1,934 total bets, $80.68 in profit, producing a 4.17% ROI.

As you can tell, the ROI keeps dropping every week. This is exactly what I want. As I went over in an earlier article, this is entirely because of the massive winning streak I was on, combined with all the bonuses I got from my deposits and reloads.

I have been at this for 42 days now. That’s an average of 7.5 bets per day (again, distorted because of the large number of MMA picks on weekends, and well, just a larger number of bets on the weekends in general). My average daily profit currently sits at $36.21.

Week 5 Results: +$280.98 Profit

Well, what can I say without sounding like a broken record? Another winning week! We got back on track after last week’s small loss. That’s just crazy, but it’s incredibly awesome. As I’ve said previously, I really am anxious to have 1 or 2 bad losing weeks, so that I can finally get a true reading on what I can realistically expect going forward.

It’s hard to do that when I’m on this kind of winning streak. Granted, the results aren’t as strong as they were the first 2 weeks, but this has just been some phenomenal results.

Total Results for Week 5
(1/2/2017 – 1/8/2017)

I made a total of 51 bets. I won 29 of them, lost 20, and pushed on 2, giving me a 56.9% win percentage. I put a total of $1,922 into action, and made a net profit of $280.98, producing a 14.62% ROI.

How much money did I make from sports betting?

 

Breaking it down by sport

I made the most money in the NBA this week, and I did the worst in the NFL.

Breakdown by Sport for Week 5

Breaking it down by sportsbook

I made the most money with BetOnline, and I lost the most money at Bookmaker. I made most of my bets at BetOnline last week.

Individual System Results

2 of my 3 systems were profitable this week, producing a net profit for the week.

FP Results

I had 4 bets total. I won 2 of them, and lost 2, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put $153 into action, and lost -$1.43, producing a negative ROI of -0.93%. Can’t win em all, but you’ll see below in the Cumulative Results section that all of my systems are currently profitable.

FP Results for Week 5

PR Results

I made a total of 25 bets. I won 14, lost 10, and pushed on 1, giving me a 56% win percentage. I put a total of $925 into action, and made a net profit of $133.14, giving me a 14.39% ROI.

PR Results for Week 5

LB Results

I won money with my live betting system this week. I had 22 bets. I won 13, lost 8, and pushed on 1, giving me a 59.1% win percentage. I put a total of $844 into action and I had a winning week, making $149.27 in profit, producing a 17.69% ROI.

Live Betting Results for Week 5

MMA Results

No MMA action this week.

Cumulative Results

Since I started back on December 5, 2016, I’ve made a total of 260 bets. I’ve had 158 wins, 97 losses and 5 pushes, giving me a 60.8% win percentage. I have put a total of $7,009 into action, and have made a profit of $1,346.80, producing a 19.22% ROI.

My ROI will continue to drop every week until it reaches it’s true number (it was distorted because of all the bonus money I received on my deposits).

Cumulative Results for Week 5

As for the individual system/capper results:

  • FP System: 18 bets total. 11 wins, 7 loss (61.1% winners). $431 in total action, $60.52 in profit, producing a 14.04% ROI.
  • PR System: 105 bets total. 66 wins, 35 losses, 4 pushes (62.9% winners). $2,631 in total action, $820.93 in profit, producing a 31.2% ROI.
  • LB System: 82 bets total. 51 wins, 30 losses, 1 push (62.2% winners). $2,353 total bet, $393.12 in profit, producing a 16.71% ROI.
  • MMA picks: 55 bets total. 30 wins, 25 losses (54.5% winners). $1,594 total bets, $72.23 in profit, producing a 4.53% ROI. These kind of returns are much more realistic with sports betting, so I really like seeing these kinds of numbers.

As you can tell, the ROI keeps dropping every week. This is exactly what I want. As I went over in an earlier article, this is entirely because of the massive winning streak I was on, combined with all the bonuses I got from my deposits and reloads.

I have been at this for 35 days now. That’s an average of 7.4 bets per day (again, distorted because of the large number of MMA picks on weekends, and well, just a larger number of bets on the weekends in general). My average daily profit currently sits at $38.48.

Week 4 Results: -$16.87 Loss

This week, we had our first losing week. It happens. At least it was such a minimal loss, though. These kinds of weeks are to be expected. Actually, it gets much worse. I’ve had months where I won 3 weeks in a row and then on the 4th week, I ended up giving back all my profit and took a loss for the month. Losses happen, just be prepared for them.

Total Results for Week 4
(12/26/2016 – 1/1/2017)

I made a total of 79 bets. I won 39 of them, and lost 40, giving me a 49.4% win percentage. I put a total of $2,416 into action, and had a net loss of -$16.87, producing a -0.7% ROI. Much, much more realistic. It makes me nervous when results are so incredibly skewed. When I was getting 30-40% ROIs, while that’s absolutely phenomenal, it scares me a bit, because I know what’s eventually coming; I just don’t know when.

How much money I made this week betting on sports

Breaking it down by sport

I made the most money in college football this week, as well as producing the biggest ROI. I did the worst in the NFL.

Profit by Sport Breakdown

Breaking it down by sportsbook

I’m no longer going to provide exact numbers or screenshots for the sportsbook breakdown, because I need to protect my sportsbook accounts. I can’t risk a sportsbook figuring out which sportsbook accounts are mine.

I made the most money from Bookmaker, and I lost the most money at Pinnacle Sports. Bovada produced the largest ROI, while the worst ROI was from BetDSI.

Individual System Results

Overall, I made a profit this week, but these kinds of results are much more realistic. I’m happy with these results.

FP Results

I had 6 bets total. I won 2 of them, and lost 4, giving me a 33.3% win percentage. I put $126 into action, and lost -$68.73, producing a negative ROI of -54.55%. Can’t win em all, but you’ll see below in the Cumulative Results section that all of my systems are currently profitable.

Week 4 Results from my FP System

PR Results

I made a total of 28 bets. I won 14, and lost 14, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put a total of $815 into action, and made a net profit of $60.24, giving me a 7.39% ROI.

Now, you may be wondering how I made a profit if I had 50% winners. Since it’s football and basketball season, my PR system makes picks on the spread, so there weren’t any dogs. There are 2 reasons why I showed a profit. First, my bet size increased. I deposited money in a few different sportsbooks and took advantage of their bonuses, therefore increasing the amount I bet.

Second, and the main reason for the profit, was because of the bonus amounts that I got. With the spreadsheet that I use, it treats bonuses as free money. It’s not something that came out of my pocket, so the risk would be 0 for those bets that were made with the free play bonuses.

So since it’s free money, the spreadsheet doesn’t treat it as me risking anything, so when I lose a free play bet, it records that bet as I didn’t risk anything at all.

This is why I play it smart; bonuses are free money. They increase your bottom line so much. But you have to play it smart. I will be covering how I do this in a future article.

Week 4 Results for my PR System

LB Results

I lost money again with my live betting system this week. I had 21 bets. I won 11, lost 10, giving me a 52.4% win percentage. I put a total of $671 into action and I had a losing week, losing -$14.54, producing a -2.17% ROI.

Week 4 Results for my Live Betting system

MMA Results

This week, I made 24 bets. I won 12, and lost 12, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put $804 into action, and made $6.16 in profit, producing a 0.77% ROI. Such a tiny profit, but still a profit. Check the Cumulative Results section below to see how I’ve done so far with my MMA handicapper.

Week 4 MMA Results

Cumulative Results

Since I started back on December 5, 2016, I’ve made a total of 209 bets. I’ve had 129 wins, 77 losses and 3 pushes, giving me a 61.7% win percentage. I have put a total of $5,087 into action, and have made a profit of $1,065.82, producing a 20.95% ROI.

My ROI will continue to drop every week until it reaches it’s true number (it was distorted because of all the bonus money I received on my deposits).

As for the individual system/capper results:

  • FP System: 14 bets total. 9 wins, 5 loss (64.3% winners). $278 in total action, $61.95 in profit, producing a 22.28% ROI.
  • PR System: 80 bets total. 52 wins, 25 losses, 3 pushes (65% winners). $1,706 in total action, $687.79 in profit, producing a 40.32% ROI.
  • LB System: 60 bets total. 38 wins, 22 losses (63.3% winners). $1,509 total bet, $243.85 in profit, producing a 16.16% ROI.
  • MMA picks: 55 bets total. 30 wins, 25 losses (54.5% winners). $1,594 total bets, $72.23 in profit, producing a 4.53% ROI. These kind of returns are much more realistic with sports betting, so I really like seeing these kinds of numbers.

As you can tell, the ROI keeps dropping every week. This is exactly what I want. As I went over in an earlier article, this is entirely because of the massive winning streak I was on, combined with all the bonuses I got from my deposits and reloads.

I have been at this for 28 days now. That’s an average of 7.5 bets per day (again, distorted because of the large number of MMA picks on weekends, and well, just a larger number of bets on the weekends in general). My average daily profit currently sits at $38.07.

What’s the best way to deposit money?

Once you start treating this as a business, you’ll realize that you need to be able to move your money in and out of your sportsbook accounts for as little of a cost as you can. The US government makes this a bit harder for people living in the States, while the the rest of the world has a much easier time doing this.

If you live in the United States, the absolute best way to transfer money in and out of your sportsbook accounts is with bitcoin. If you live outside of the States, you have many options; I like Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) and plain ole fashioned wire transfers.

Many sportsbooks offer a variety of deposit and withdrawal options, such as credit cards, person-to-person (Western Union & MoneyGram), money orders, bitcoins, and bank transfers.

Person-to-person transfers have become much more scrutinized over the past few years. People have found that they’ve become banned from using Western Union and/or MoneyGram, even from the occasional transaction to send or receive money. The US government has cracked down hard, so funding options have gotten tougher.

Bitcoin is anonymous and easily accepted just about everywhere, plus they make it easier to move your money between sportsbooks (as you should be doing, to take advantage of better lines and better deposit bonuses). Never leave money on the table!

Another downside with other deposit/withdrawal methods is that some sportsbooks charge higher fees. If you’re a recreational gambler, sure, funding with a credit card or Western Union/MoneyGram is just fine, but as a business? Hell no. Keep it simple. Bitcoins for Americans, Skrill (or wire transfers) for everybody else (or whatever e-wallet is popular in your country).

Week 3 Results: +$112.42 Profit

Week 3 was a really slow week, because of the holidays. I didn’t work very much; I chose to spend most of the time with my family. As a result, I didn’t put in very many bets at all, but it was still a profitable week.

Total Results for Week 3
(12/19/2016 – 12/25/2016)

I only made a total of 11 bets. I won 8 of them, and lost 3 of them, giving me a 72.7% win percentage. I put a total of $286 into action, and made a net profit of $112.42, producing a 39.31% ROI. Amazing results. To be honest, I really expected this winning streak to be over with by now. I expected to be on a losing streak, but a 3 week winning streak only means that a bad losing streak is coming.

How much money I made betting on sports this week

Breaking it down by sport

Yet again, the NBA gave me my most profit, and highest ROI. College football produced the biggest loss.

Profit by Sport Breakdown

Breaking it down by sportsbook

Heritage Sports made me the most money this week, and produced the biggest ROI. 5Dimes lost me the most money.

Individual System Results

2 of my system made me a profit, while I lost money on the 3rd.

FP Results

I had 3 bets from my FP system, and I won all 3 of them. $78 in total action, producing a profit of $72.04 and a 92.36% ROI.

FP Betting System Results for Week 3

PR Results

I had 4 bets. I won 3, and lost 1, giving me a 75% win percentage. I put a total of $104 into action, and made a $47.16 profit, producing a 45.35% ROI.

PR Betting System Results for Week 3

LB Results

My live betting system lost me money this week. I had 4 bets. I won 2 and lost 2, giving me a 50% win percentage. I put a total of $104 into action and lost -$6.78, giving me a negative ROI of -6.52%. If this is as worse as it gets, I’d be ecstatic. Sadly, no, losing streaks get much worse, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Live Betting System Results for Week 3

MMA Results

The handicapper I use did not release any MMA picks for the week, so I had no action on those at all.

Cumulative Results

Since I started back on December 5, 2016, I’ve made a total of 140 bets. I’ve had 94 wins, 43 losses and 3 pushes, giving me a 67.1% win percentage. I have put a total of $2,671 into action, and have made a profit of $1,082.69, producing a 40.54% ROI.

My ROI will continue to drop every week until it reaches it’s true number (it was distorted because of all the bonus money I received on my deposits). 

As for the individual system/capper results:

  • FP System: 10 bets total. 7 wins, 3 loss (70% winners). $152 in total action, $130.68 in profit, producing a 85.97% ROI.
  • PR System: 56 bets total. 40 wins, 13 losses, 3 pushes (71.4% winners). $891 total bet, $627.55 in profit, producing a 70.43% ROI.
  • LB System: 43 bets total. 29 wins, 14 losses (67.4% winners). $838 total bet, $258.39 in profit, producing a 30.83% ROI.
  • MMA picks: 31 bets total. 18 wins, 13 losses (58.1% winners). $790 total bets, $66.07 in profit, producing an 8.36% ROI. These kind of returns are much more realistic with sports betting, so I really like seeing these kinds of numbers.

I have been at this for 21 days now. That’s an average of 6.7 bets per day (again, distorted because of the large number of MMA picks on weekends, and well, just a larger number of bets on the weekends in general). My average daily profit currently sits at $51.56.

Why it’s hard to make a living betting on sports

Going in, you have to know that the world is against you. Nobody wants you to win. Nobody wants you to be the guy that figured out how to beat the system. Just about everybody you know wants you to fail. Can you handle that?

Maybe you have thick skin. Maybe you have that fuck the world mentality going on. That’s something that I really like about older people. They’ve been through enough shit that they naturally have that fuck you ability. I love it.

It’s you against the world

The world is against you. The system is against you. The sportsbooks are against you. Other sports bettors are against you. Hell, even you are against you (even if you don’t realize it). You are your own worst enemy.

Even if you manage to brush off everything else that is against you, chances are that you’re probably not well-equipped to handle yourself. Most of us aren’t. And that’s why, for the vast majority of sports bettors, you will fail. You will not be able to bet on sports for a living.

At least, not until you’ve had enough; when you reach that moment where you are sick and tired of life beating you down. When you are finally beaten into submission, when you’re ready to throw in the towel, to raise the white flag of defeat, to admit that you absolutely suck at sports betting; only then do you have a fighting chance of making it.

Killing the Thrill

Since you’re reading this right now, I’m going to assume that you’re ready. I’m going to assume that you’re ready to admit that betting on sports is not a game. It’s not a hobby. It’s a business. It requires hard work. It requires discipline and dedication. It’s not something you do with the boys on Sundays while eating wings and getting fucked up.

Just like with any other business, you have to have a plan. What are you going to do? You’re probably not a statistical math genius, right? You will have to get your picks from somewhere. 99% of handicappers are scammers. They exist only to steal your money, your time, and your pride.

You will have to learn how to be incredibly disciplined. You will have to learn how to keep placing your bets even when you’ve just lost your last 15 bets. You will have to learn to accept the reality of having 4 losing months in a row. You will have to remove all emotion from this business. You will have to be persistent, thick-skinned, and dedicated to make it in this business. In other words, you have to completely kill the thrill.

Chances are … you can’t

You know what? Most people can’t do it. You probably won’t be able to do it, either. It took me years before I was able to get to the point where I am now. Who knows? Maybe you’re already at that point right now. Maybe you will be one of the 1% of sports bettors that actually do make it. I hope you are.

I love this business. It drew me in, and it energizes me. The losing streaks used to wipe me out emotionally (and financially). They drained me, until I learned to look at this like a business. Losses are just a cost of doing business; they are just another expense. All businesses have revenue, and all businesses have expenses. Wins are revenue, losses are expenses. It’s simple accounting.

You’re not an island

Betting on sports for a living is quite difficult, until you learn to change your mindset and treat it like a business. You can’t do it on your own. There’s no scalability in that. I can’t speak for you, but personally, I dream big. I don’t start something if it’s not scalable. I have no interest in buying myself a job. I already have a day job that I’m trying to quit one day.

I figured out that I can’t do this on my own, and neither can you. You need suppliers (handicappers & systems). You need an army behind you. That’s part of my mission here; to create an army of intelligent sports bettors that do this for a living. Why? Because there is strength in numbers.

I developed 3 sports betting systems on my own. They target the American sports. Maybe you’ve developed your own system. Maybe you’re really good at betting one of the sports that I don’t have a system for, like soccer, rugby or tennis. I would love to have my money in action 24/7. Why let it sit there, not making me money for a large portion of the day?

And of course, there’s the social aspect of it. My goal is to create a global community of people that bet on sports for a living. A community where we collectively feel a unity between us. Where we share our thoughts, experiences, successes, failures, tips and also just say … hey, how ya doin?

It takes intense dedication

The past 2 weeks have shown me incredible results. I’ve increased my bankroll substantially. It has been one of those legendary winning streaks that dreams are made of. It has been one hell of a December to remember.

But I can’t let that rush get to my head. That rush will ruin me, if I let it. I have to stay smart, dedicated, and focused. The losing streak is coming. It’s right around the corner. I have to be prepared to go 2-15, and still get up the next day and make the same size bets, as if the past had never happened. Can you do that?

If you can’t, then you’re not ready. By all means, stick around and follow along as I (and the rest of my readers) remain calm and continue to crush it. It will click for you eventually, and when it does, the sky is the limit.

Maybe a hobby should stay a hobby?

Remember, the world is against you. People want you to fail. You won’t even be able to tell most people what you’re doing. For one, they won’t care, and two, they’ll just be incredibly negative about it. Nobody wants you to succeed. Misery loves company.

Are you ready to handle a business where you have to keep quiet about it? Maybe just your spouse and your closest 1 or 2 friends will know about it. Are you okay with that?

Are you ready to handle a business that pretty much takes the fun out of something you do for entertainment? I used to bet on sports for fun, to add a rush to a game I was going to watch. I don’t do that anymore. I don’t bet on sports recreationally anymore. Sure, I still go to sports bars to watch UFC or my favorite football team, but I don’t bet on them anymore. It’s not fun for me. It’s business.

Are you different?

I personally love it. I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I hope that I will be doing this for years to come. Chances are, you won’t be. It takes a certain type of person; a certain type of character. Most people don’t have it. You probably don’t have it.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. Like I said, 99% of sports bettors don’t have that level of discipline. They simply can’t do it. I don’t fault them. Not everybody can bake cakes or cut hair or set a cast or defend you in a lawsuit … or run a successful sports betting business.

But if you think you’re different. No, scratch that. If you know that you’re different, then you will be able to make it. You will be able to at least make a nice side income from sports betting. Your bankroll and quality of desired lifestyle are really the only limiting factors in the equation.

What you can realistically expect

Just like with any other business, expect the first 3-5 years to grow slow. Unless you’re coming in with a $100,000 to invest, then it’s going to take time to build up your bankroll to a level that can produce the level of income that you will require for your desired quality of life. If you only have $1,000 to start with, that means you will start off risking $10 a game. It would take you more time to grow your investment into something that produces $1,000 a month in income, compared to somebody that started with $25,000 and would start off risking $250 a game.

For most people that bet on sports, reading those numbers might be a shock to them. That’s just the reality of it. Those are the numbers to expect. That’s what it takes. The human brain wants what it wants now. We demand instant gratification. We’re not willing to put in the hours and do the work. We want it all, and we want it all right now.

It doesn’t work that way with this business (nor with any other business). As I’ve said countless times, success requires dedication. It requires patience. It requires persistence. Discipline. Obsession. Can you be disciplined? Are you willing to take it to a level where people would say that you’re obsessed? Obsession is just the hardcore version of dedication.

This blog is about transparency; no sugar-coating. It’s about what it really takes to make it in this business. It’s okay if you’re not cut out for it; most people aren’t. I am.
I will make a living from betting on sports.

Will you?