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Announcements / Arbusers position on fund passing incidents
« on: February 14, 2019, 07:12:14 PM »
During these last days we had the chance to speak with a number of industry’s actors about fund passing situations.
It became evident that a lot of bad will, and not smart gambling, is enabled in these situations.
Therefore we would like to inform all members that our forum will not support anyone who uses any fund passing technique.
In addition, we do not advise our members to use these techniques as the risk of capital evaporation is immense.
Thank you.

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Bookies discussion / Pinnacle, Smarkets and 1xbet obtained Italian licenses
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:47:10 AM »
There is information in industry's media that Pinnacle, Smarkets and 1xbet obtained Italian licences. It remains to be seen what odds and services they will provide to the Italian audience. In addition, some of the new licensees might have to provide reliability guaranteed.

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Announcements / New arbusers version
« on: January 28, 2019, 05:07:43 PM »
We are preparing a new version of the forum.
We are open to ideas and suggestions. If you feel any tool, any widget or any other feature, please let us know.
Thank you.

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Announcements / Server down, but now back for good
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:44:43 PM »
We had some interruptions today and we are sorry for not being with the community for almost 9 hours. No we are back for good.
We appreciate your understanding.
Thank you.

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PremiumTradings / 20% cash back on 18bet action
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:04:06 PM »
Here is a promo for our members designed by PremiumTradings.
Maths might be tough here so make sure that you understand what is offered here:

Get 20% cashback for a unique product on PremiumTradings! Find out more and claim on live chat: http://bit.ly/arbusers

 It’s about newly registered 18bet accounts, referred by arbusers, which get awarded with 20% cashback. To get the cashback you need to have a turnover 5 times the losses you have. For example: if your turnover is €2500, and you have €500 losses, then you will get a €100 cashback in your account.
Notice that you have to contact PremiumTradings directly via live chat, provided in the link above.
Thank you.

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Announcements / Season's greetings
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:40:04 AM »
Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Our best wishes for these holidays to all members of this great community. 
Leave your laptops and smartphones alone for some days. Even better, don't visit arbusers for some days. Spend some time with your beloved.
Seriously thank you.

The Arbusers Team.

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Arbing, matched betting and trading talk / Captain's log 2018.
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:33:32 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DxsuRLOWfA


This is the arbusers.com annual review of the smart betting scene for the year 2018.
It is conducted in good will with hope it will contribute to the understanding of this particular field. We ll try to post a similar review each year so we have a time lapse of the smart betting scene. We advise that you take a look at the review of the previous years in our forum or youtube channel.
here and here

The use of the word Captain has no intention to imply that I m the chief or the leading character of this community that expands beyond this forum. I encourage all members to post their opinion and thus contribute to this effort.

Now let’s examine the main forms of smart betting and see how they performed during the year.
Pre game arbitrage is no longer able to maintain decent levels of profit.
Live arbitrage is resilient and will continue offering profits to the players. The psychological burden of live arbitrage is heavier than in any other form of smart betting.
Value betting is now dominant and pays back properly, according to invested time and effort. There are 2 distinct types of Value Betting. Manual, and automated Value Betting with the use of bots. We invested a lot of time money and efforts to analyse the performance of these 2 types of Value Betting. We can now say that Value Betting with bots is more productive and less stressful compared to any other way.
In the review of 2017 we alarmed all players that lavish contracts have been awarded to software providers in order to tackle the use of bots and their results were just about to materialise. Unfortunately we were very much correct and a well know bookmaker managed to neutralise the use of bots. As a result many players were exposed to risks and some of them finished their betting careers abruptly and took their losses. We strongly advise players to calculate their risks before taking any initiative. Bots are not risk free. We also advise that you read the forum for more information about the use of bots.
The scenery of the Value Betting field was completed with the launch of RebelBetting’s and Betburger’s Value Betting tools that are considered to be a good entry.
Here is arbusers.com, we continue experimenting with products and techniques by risking our own hard earned capital, and we inform our members when a good project is ready.

In the exchanges scene, during 2018 Matchbook imposed premium charges, while 21Bet caused turbulence as their exchange product was shut for almost 2 weeks and balances of their clients were frozen for months. Our forum went to extremes to secure that all referred by arbusers members would get their funds back in total and thankfully we managed to achieve this.

E-wallets became even more expensive and that was noticed by our fees sensitive community. E-wallet’s problem is, that they don't really understand who the client is and what the product is. They believe that bookmakers are the clients and players are the products, while in reality, players are the clients and bookmakers are the products. As a result, Cryptocurrencies, banks and Hawala systems are taking the lion’s share. Cash market, that was considered finished since the early nineties is now gaining momentum because of the higher fees imposed by e-wallets. This leads to a vicious spiral forcing e-wallets to raise their fees even more in order to keep their profits, while clients are moving away. The remaining clients will have to pay a premium for continuing using e-wallets. We lobby hard to stop this spiral.
A side effect of this is that several bookmakers including Pinnacle are now accepting Bitcoin payments.

Pinnacle, withdrew from Australia and several agents stopped offering Pinbet accounts to UK residents.

The UK announced that gambling tax for operators will be 21% while it remains to be seen to what extend bookmakers could absorb this burden or roll it over to players and affiliates. Many countries followed this paradigm and imposed higher taxes on gambling, proving that Soviet style taxation is still alive in Europe.
Unfair regulations, taxation and higher fees, are pushing players to grey areas.
On the other hand, the US Supreme Court under Trump’s liberal presidency, decided to legalise sports betting.

A large part of our reviews are dedicated in the low business ethics of several actors of the industry. We still consider that a proportion of profits should be set aside for legal fees, as several bookmakers are tempted to confiscate well deserved winnings especially when these winnings are at a level that wouldn’t justify the use of a solicitor.

5Dimes manager Tony, has been found dead in Costa Rica after an apparent kidnapping for ransoms.

2018 was another difficult year added in the chain but also it was the year that highlighted Value Betting as the next big thing in the smart betting scene. Maybe there is still time, and money to be made.

I wrote this annual review in good will, hoping that it will contribute to the understanding of this very particular field of arbitrage and smart gambling.

Thank you for reading.

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Bookies discussion / Sweden re-regulating online gambling marketplace
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:31:11 PM »
Swedish gambling regulator has announced its first sixteen approved operators, which will be allowed to service Sweden’s online gambling audience from 1st of January 2019.
This is one but not the last stop over of a series of events that triggered a wide discussion among bookmakers, players and the state. It is expected that the number of licenses will increase, some say that almost 50 licenses could be granted.
It remains to be seen what is the environment for the players as some Scandinavian gambling markets are well known for overtaxation and poor odds offer to the players. On the other hand, deep throats believe that a similar market to Italy and Spain could be set to offer unimaginable chances for the smart player.

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UEFA confirmed the decision to introduce a 3rd club competition starting from 2021.
The name of the competition is yet to be decided but among circles it is called ''Europa Lague 2''.
The competition will be played annually from 32 European teams coming from 34 countries. The number difference comes from the teams that will fall to ''Europa League 2'' from the bigger leagues. The scheme includes a group stage followed by the round of 16, an additional knockout round, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The final will be played in the same week together with the finals of Europa League and Champions League. (Wednesday Europa League 2, Thursday Europa League, Saturday UEFA Champions League).
It will feature 141 matches over a period of 15 weeks, exactly like the UEFA Europa League.
''Europa League 2'' matches will be played on Thursdays. The UEFA Champions League will continue to be played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the UEFA Europa League and the new competition will be played on Thursdays with one additional kick-off time that should be earlier than Europa League's kick-offs times.
It is our belief that this new competition will contribute to significant bigger betting volumes as many clubs will have to play more games per year. Combine it with the next World Cup that will be played in Winter 2020 and the puzzle is completed.
We are talking about years of unstoppable action and big volumes.
Good news for everyone.

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A ray of light comes from Brazil against the Soviet style gambling regulation and tax from Europe. Brazil has approved a new legislation that includes plans to authorise offline and online sports betting for the first time.
What is amazing is that Brazil is taking measures to promote sharp action for the players by making sure that competitive odds are delivered.
The new legislation requires offline operators to pay out a minimum of 80% of betting handle to their customers, while online operators must pay out a minimum 89% to players. This is the first time that we see such a prerequisite.
The legislative body is giving a time period of maximum 2 years to the Ministry of Finance to issue an unspecified number of licenses for operators.
So far, Brazil's betting scenery is compiled mainly by underground bookmakers and rings, copying odds from 2-3 European providers and dominated by cash markets and Hawala systems.

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General talk about e-wallets / India to block gambling transactions
« on: November 17, 2018, 09:55:41 AM »
India's Gaming Federation (AIGF) is looking to block payments between local gamblers and internationally licensed gambling sites. AIGF  stated that many online gambling and betting websites are openly accepting players from India through e-wallets, agents and hawala systems. AIGF  singled out nine online gambling websites, including 1xbet, Betfair.com, Bet365.com, Betrally,com and BodogIndia that accept clients from the country.
2 years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight. That caused a total chaos in the economy of individuals and the vast majority of companies in the country. It created a negative paradigm for other countries who wish to burn or confiscate funds belonging to their respected civilians.

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1xBet is now looking for a bigger exposure in Italian football Serie A after securing a contract for the International Presenting Partner of Italy’s Serie A from 2018 to 2021, covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas.
The deal is following a series of contracts for more 1xbet exposure in several European leagues.
Prepare to see much more 1xbet in your screens.

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Rest Area / Words of warning
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:27:55 PM »
The need for due diligence never stops in the smart gambling sector, no matter if it is betting, casino, poker, or anything else. During the years of our action in smart betting we came to conclusion that some phrases and words spell trouble and we suggest being vigilant when you see them. If your bookmaker, your brokers or any other service, keeps saying them all the time, or twisting your arm to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, or against common logic and against the mathematics of smart gambling, then most probably trouble is around. Here’s the kind of wording that should set off warning bells:

The opportunity of a lifetime
Guaranteed
You need to hurry
It’s a sure thing
The smart money is there
It’s a no-brainer
You can’t afford not own it
You’ll be sorry if you don’t ...
You should focus on performance, not fees
Don’t you want to be rich? (or any other mentioning of Ferraris, and glamorous life)
You can’t lose
Risk free
There’s no downside
I’m putting my mother init
Trust me
No one else knows how to do this

Of course more words could be added here and the list could go on and on for pages.

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General talk about e-wallets / LeoPay in trouble?
« on: November 08, 2018, 03:02:38 PM »
Customers of a UK-based company LeoPay (previously known as LeuPay) have been left unable to access money stuck in their accounts after the Maltese authorities froze activities at Sata bank, a bank co-owned by the company’s founder. LeoPay’s website was updated last week only to remove all reference to Sata Bank. Originally based in Malta, it now operates in London. The company is owned by iCard AD, a Bulgarian company founded by Christo Georgiev. Georgiev is also appearing to be in close relation with myPOS.
In summer 2018, it rebranded from LeuPay to LeoPay.
LeoPay made the following statement:''We can confirm a limited number of LeoPay customers are affected by an issue which means they cannot transfer funds from their accounts. This is because the deposits in these accounts, which total less than 1 per cent of LeoPay’s customer base, are held with SataBank. The remaining 99 per cent of customers are unaffected. We would like to apologise to those impacted customers and reassure them that we are working hard to rectify the situation. We would like to reiterate that there is no liquidity issue at LeoPay''
On Oct 22nd LeoPay terminated accounts of clients that are not EU residents with immediate effect. In the email sent out to the owners of the blocked accounts the company promised to redeem the remaining balances within 2 months.
You may want to read about Sata bank here: https://arbusers.com/index.php/topic,6057.msg66826.html#new

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Earlier this month, Albanian PM Edi Rama announced that all gambling venues will be kicked out of residential areas and onto the outskirts of cities effective December 31st 2018. Rama also strongly warned broadcasters and media to remove all gambling advertising and material within 24 hours or face consequences, including having their operations closed by force.
The government suspended all activities of the Albanian Gambling Commission until December 31st, in order to prepare new bills that will regulate online gambling.
Since then no further details have been provided.
Yesterday, a Parliamentary Commission approved the proposed by Rama legislation to ban retail gambling outlets while adding a clause that will ensure the closure of the nation’s monopoly online betting business. Parliament is expected to vote on the legislation next week.
If no further steps take place, Albania will create a gambling environment similar to Turkey's.
However, the government declares ready for the day after that will include a regulated online and offline gambling environment.
Sali Berisha, who kept office until 2013 interviewed by a local TV station said that Rama’s plan is to leave the monopoly to his brother who co-owns online betting operator BastArena. Also a gambling monitoring body seems to be closely connected to Rama's brother.
On the other hand a representative of gambling companies operating in Albania, in an attempt to bridge the distance, deposited a number of ideas to be implemented, including a 50% shut of gambling shops.
It remains to be seen how far is the Albanian government willing to go and if it opts for a Turkish style of ban or a more liberal approach that several European countries adopted these last 10 years.

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