‘MBG’ – Minimum Bet Guarantee. Or put another way, ‘The Promised Land’ when it comes to us world-weary, cynical, grumpy old bettors who have been worn down over the years by unfair bookmaking practices and account closures.
The MBG is our big hope. And whilst it’s been good to see the likes of BetVictor, Betfair Sportsbook, and Skybet all implement an MBG policy, we need it to prove to be a success for the firms dipping their toes into the water so that their competitors will be tempted to join in the fun.
Fingers crossed that’s happening, with BetUK being the latest book to lay a bet to win a certain, minimum amount on the horses. I’ve some experience of BetUK myself and have been using them for a few months now. I hadn’t found their offering neither inferior nor superior to that of any of the other online bookmakers. Their prices hold for about as long, sometimes they offer a very competitive price and other times they don’t – all pretty unremarkable really.
That they’ve now introduced an MBG though, makes them remarkable in the true sense of the word, ie. worth remarking on. I would urge all of you to ensure you are signed up to each book that offers an MBG and to take advantage. Why wouldn’t you?
Although not quoted on Oddschecker, because of a shared platform with certain other books I use the odds quoted by RedZone and SportNation as a guide – both of which are on Oddschecker. 90% of the time the same prices are offered by BetUK, which is useful to know.
I’ve been thinking too about the wider implications should the MBG ‘movement’ really take off. The one question I keep coming back to in my own mind is whether tipsters will begin to issue their selections at a later time each morning. Some services do of course release their bets at a time of day when the MBG can be used, but as generally speaking the bookies offering it do so from 10.30 or 11.00am each day, followers of tipsters who release at an earlier time aren’t able to benefit. Instead of course, they have to duck and dive in an attempt to keep their accounts unrestricted. So, as MBG (hopefully) grows, will it change the way tipsters work?
Performance from Mon 18th to Sunday 24th February
A bit of a nothing week, really. Football Service 2 had a Saturday they’d sooner forget and Racing Service 3 has had better weeks.
‘Main’ portfolio: ROI -6.63%, ROC -1.14%.
‘Starter’ (Football Lay Profits, The Accountant, Racing Service 2, Northern Monkey): ROI 14.11%, ROC 3.16%.
‘Broxchange’ (Football Lay Profits, The Accountant, Golf Insider): ROI -2.26%, ROC -0.56%.
Individual Service Performance
The Accountant: Staked 20pts, +0.692pts, ROI 3.46%.
Racing Service 1: Staked 5pts, +1.187pts, ROI 23.74%.
Football Lay Profits: Staked 41.45pts, -0.67pts, ROI -1.61%.
Golf Insider: Staked 12.8pts, -12.8pts, ROI -100%.
MVS (Lite): Staked 20pts, +4.126pts, ROI 20.63%.
Northern Monkey: Staked 4.5pts, -0.001pts, ROI -0.2%.
Football Service 2: Staked 7.5pts, -4.328pts, ROI -57.7%.
Racing Service 2: Staked 5.5pts, +5.5pts, ROI 100%.
Racing Service 3: Staked 20.75pts, -15.75pts, ROI -75.9%.