Betting Tools: VPN’s, VPS’s, Virtual Machines & More With Neel Shah

This week’s SBC Podcast is the second part in our series that focuses on how bookmakers collect and use your data, plus the tools, software and resources to help you as a smart bettor.

You can listen to Episode 46 now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

After discussing data collection and profiling methods in our chat last week, experienced bettor and technology expert Neel Shah is back with practical advice to help your online betting. We talk about:

  • Virtual Private Networks (or VPNs) – how they work, the advantages, the limitations and what to look for when purchasing them
  • Virtual Private Servers (or VPSs) – how they are different from VPNs, who they are most likely to benefit and how they mask your personal data
  • Proxifiers – how you can enhance your technology (and confuse the bookmakers further!) by using additional IP addresses
  • Virtual Machines – how you can ‘build a computer within your computer’, why this can be useful and how it can be limited by your computer’s power
  • Mobile Phones – how this staple of our daily lives could be your best weapon when battling to get bets on!
  • Vysor – The easy to use software that allows you to run your phone via your computer!

This chat helped me to understand the different technical tools available to serious bettors and Neel uses his experience to explain all of the terminology in layman’s terms so it is easy to understand. It should provide insight to bettors of all levels and I have no doubt that the practical tips will provide you with real value in your quest for profits!

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New Podcast: Horse Racing Expert, Matt Bisogno of GeeGeez.co.uk

In the latest SBC Podcast episode I was joined by Matt Bisogno, the founder of the geegeez.co.uk website, racehorse syndicate owner and ex head of the Horseracing Bettors Forum.

Matt was a fascinating guest as he has his finger firmly on the pulse when it comes to everything connected with betting on horse racing. Whether it be the popularity of Geegeez and the tools and software it offers to those trying to ‘solve the racing puzzle’ or even the failure of the industry to grow itself and appeal to a wider audience.

That failure also expands to how it treats those who bet on racing and Matt outlines his understanding of how the land lies as per topics like betting restrictions and just why bookmakers struggle in the current ‘concessions’ climate to lay bets.

As someone who understands the arguments on both sides of the betting coin, he is in a unique position to share insight on this based on his time as chair of the punter-focused Horseracing Bettors Forum.

Matt is an engaging, articulate guest and this is a must-listen to episode for anyone with an interest in the world of betting on horse racing.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

New Podcast: Paul Krishnamurty on Betting on Politics

In this latest episode I was joined by betting analyst Paul Krishnamurty to talk about his expertise in the field he is best known for – betting on politics.

With a steady stream of betting markets especially in the UK with its constant changes of leader and of course the never ending drama of the US political scene, there has never been a better time or opportunity to learn more about political betting.

With huge amounts of money traded on the exchanges and with bookmakers actively promoting their political betting markets, its an area ripe for exploitation for many a shrewd punter.

Paul is one of the best known and most informed voices in the political betting world and he shares all in this latest podcast.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Armed with a degree in politics and a journalism background, Paul Krishnamurty first began betting on politics in the early 2000s’ and knows what it takes to make a profit from it.

He talks about the importance of reading and understanding the polls, how the political betting markets react to developments and news plus his approach to spreading around risk by placing bets in lesser-known markets.

With the US 2020 election market on Betfair the biggest ever betting event and the 2024 election projected to be greater still, interest in political betting is growing with huge sums of money available to trade on the exchanges.

For those of you intrigued about betting on politics, especially given the opportunities for getting on in such big exchange-driven markets, Paul is the man to listen to when it comes to these markets.

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New Podcast: US Sports Betting Professional, Rob Pizzola On His Winning Edge

In the latest SBC Podcast Episode, I was joined by North American professional bettor, Rob Pizzola to discuss his winning edge betting on sports like Baseball, Ice Hockey and American Football.

Rob has carved out a living betting on sports for several years and we discuss the models he utilises, the team he works with, how he gets bets on and the changing betting landscape in North America.

We also get into the US tipster (handicapper) market and how many of the same issues we have seen unfold in Europe when it comes to bookmakers are starting to manifest themselves there.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Rob began life like many losing money betting on sports until he began developing his own advanced models, which over time developed a keen following given his clear edge over the market.

These days Rob juggles his own profitable betting portfolio with regular work as a betting analyst, whilst he is also the co-founder and co-owner of two betting websites – Betstamp and The Hammer.

We talk about the reality of betting in the North American market including the challenges of dealing with both offshore and onshore firms, both pre and post the legalisation of betting in states like Ontario, Canada where Rob lives. Just like in the European betting space, there are developing issues as regards effective regulation and the behaviour of bookmakers towards their customers.

Rob also shares his experience of the US Tipster (Handicapper) market, the number of scams that proliferate within them and why he has setup the odds comparison, line shopping website Betstamp to enable people to get better value and track the performance of handicappers.

All told its a fascinating exploration into the reality of betting professionally in North America and the challenges bettors there face to beat the bookmaker.

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New Podcast: Luke Paton On Life As A Professional Punter

In this latest SBC podcast episode I was joined by professional punter Luke Paton to talk about his 10 years betting for a living and his popular series of betting tweets.

Luke started out at Betfair for 8 years, before taking the leap to become a pro punter back in 2012 and in this interview he explains the evolution of his betting over time and what he bets on currently.

Many of you might also know Luke from his series of insightful tweets on betting which began with a plan to do 100 posts in a 100 days but have proven so popular he is now at 114 and counting!

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Luke is a bona-fide professional gambler and a guest I have long wanted to interview on the podcast about the reality of betting for a living.

His specialism is golf betting and these days, Luke bets heavily in-play on the sport, especially towards the end of each tournament where his expertise and experience allows him to cash in. He kindly shares plenty about his usage of this market and why he no longer bets before a tournament begins.

Luke also has plenty to say about the betting industry including his dislike of how it currently operates and his hopes and fears for the future.

It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Luke and I dare say this is an absolute must-listen episode for anyone with an interest in betting and what it takes to win!

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New SBC Podcast Interview with Daryl Carter, tipster for Betfair & GG.co.uk

The latest SBC podcast is out now for free download and features my interview with professional tipster, Daryl Carter.

Daryl is a tipster with a growing reputation thanks to his daily tipping columns as published by Betfair and GG.co.uk, which feature his racing analysis and best value bets.

In this interview, Daryl talks about his approach to finding value, the serious amount of work he puts into his analysis and his passion for betting and helping others through his work.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In this episode, Daryl and I explore his long-term tipping record, how he bets himself and the stakes he uses, plus his own struggles getting on and his thoughts on the increasing issue of bookmaker restrictions.

Daryl also touches on his concerns for the sport of racing and where it might be heading as it deals with prize money issues, fixture overloads and affordability checks.

All told its a deep dive into what it takes to be a professional tipster working for some of the biggest names in the industry and the pressure that this brings.

Daryl was also the winner of the ‘Best Free Tipster’ Award as voted for by you all in the 2022 SBC Awards. Click here to read the 2022 Awards Report if you missed it earlier this year!

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New podcast With Richard Hayler of IBAS about bookmaker disputes

In the latest SBC Podcast Episode I was joined by Richard Hayler, the Managing Director of the betting dispute organisation, IBAS, to answer questions on his service and the current setup of the industry to adequately tackle the growing number of bookmaker complaints.

If you are one of the many punters with issues as regards bookmaker behaviour and IBAS’s role handling disputes, you won’t want to miss this episode!

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

IBAS is one of the best known dispute resolution services operating in the UK and Richard came onto explain how his team helps to overview and adjudicate on the very many types of disputes that take place these days.

We explored the people that make up the IBAS adjudication panel, their funding model, case numbers and how it works from both the customer and bookmaker point of view.

Bookmakers have come in for heavy criticism in recent times especially from punters who feel letdown by the failure to tackle the increase in disputes and problems that arise these days and Richard talks frankly about this from his perspective, including how some of this is outside IBAS’s remit and the need for improvement to the processes and system in place currently.

IBAS has also been regularly criticised in terms of their relationship with bookmakers and their funding model and Richard is good enough to tackle all of these concerns head on – including those from punters who have little faith in the current system.

Over this hour long interview, Richard shares plenty of insight into the current setup as per bookmaker disputes and his hopes for what might transpire in the much delayed new gambling legislation, including the potential of a new industry ombudsman, a role that IBAS is rumoured to be very interested in.

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Special New Podcast On Last Week’s 10Bet Trey Mullinax ‘100/1 or 175/1’? Saga

In this very special new episode of the SBC Podcast, I was joined by my partner-in-crime Tom Brownlee to unpack all of the gory details about what took place last week regarding the bookmaker 10bet and their unsuccessful attempt to change the payouts they owed on the winning golfer – Trey Mullinax.

Having settled bets on Mullinax originally at 175/1, 10Bet tried to adjust this 48 hours after he won to 100/1, much to the disgust of many in the betting world.

Unwilling to let them get away with this, Tom and I campaigned vigorously about it on social media and just 48 hours later, 10Bet relented and re-resettled it at 175/1 – the correct price.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

As good as it was to secure a ‘win’ when it came to this one bet, there are some important points we also wanted to raise through the release of this podcast.

This is because issues like this go beyond just one bookmaker and one bet as it also speaks to the failure of those in power to regulate of the industry and the need for a stronger, more resourced ombudsman of some kind.

It raises questions for the likes of the Gambling Commission, IBAS, The BGC and even Oddschecker.

We also talk about the impact of this behaviour on the black market and ask if punters can’t trust the regulated industry, what is to stop them betting with unlicensed firms through the likes of Whatsapp?

All told its a very deep dive into the issues in the industry at present – all of which were brought to the fore once again by how 10bet handled the bets they took on Trey Mullinax

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New Podcast Interview With Pro Punter, Mark Holder

In the latest episode of the SBC Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing a total legend in professional betting circles – Mark Holder.

Mark has been betting for a living for the past 30 years and has seen it all and bought the t-shirt when it comes to making it pay!

In this special one hour interview, he explains how he has adapted and evolved his betting over the years to continually eke out a living as a punter and just how he does this now with bookmakers and exchanges.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google / YouTube and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Mark began life as a punter in the late 80s and we talk about his introductions to the industry, his early years running an advisory service and why since 2008 he has been mostly focused on his own personal betting and living off its rewards.

Targeting races that others avoid due to complexity, he outlines the work he puts in to find value, why he specialises more and more these days and his frustration that so much about what is published in the betting world is not correct

We also get onto the mathematics that prove ‘inside information’ is a red herring these days and how he gets bets on both in todays challenging market and historically when he employed someone to do this for him.

Mark is extremely generous with not only his time but insight and expertise in this detailed conversation and it was a real pleasure to sit back and learn from one of the very best punters of the past few decades.

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New Podcast With Jesse May from the Matchbook Betting Exchange

In the latest episode of the SBC Podcast, I was joined by the head of strategy at Matchbook – Jesse May, to talk about their betting exchange.

You can listen to this episode now via Apple / Spotify / Google and all other major podcast directories (search Smart Betting Club)

Jesse was happy to talk about all aspects of Matchbook from the challenges of generating liquidity and operating in the competitive betting exchange marketplace through to some of the most popular and best value markets on site currently – including Football, NFL and Horse Racing.

He also tackled my questions on why Matchbook had their license suspended for 7 months in 2020 and he also outlined the changes that have taken place since then and why punters can now trust them as a safe and secure place to bet.

We also get into commission structures, affordability checks and how they are navigating the current betting landscape plus their desire to make Matchbook the place to visit for smart betting content – as witnessed by some of the excellent podcast and video content they publish.

Outside of Matchbook, Jesse also shares stories based on his 30 years working in betting including his time as a poker player and commentator on Late Night Poker!

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