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Neteller / Fastest way for the Neteller Gold VIP status.
« on: Yesterday at 04:38:37 PM »
We made a special arrangement for our members with Neteller. Transact 50.000$ (or currency equivalent) with merchants and get the Gold VIP status. That’s exactly half the threshold that’s normally required for all other Neteller clients who are not referred by Arbusers.

What do you earn with it?
- Reduced ATM fees.
- Deposit and Withdrawal discounts.
- Reduced to 2.79% currency conversion fees.
- More anniversary points easily transformed into cash.
- And of course, the personalized support by Arbusers.

This is a fee sensitive community and we hope this arrangement will boost your business even more. Register your accounts with Arbusers, and we will be happy to assist you even more.

Thank you.


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We had a nice discussion with the Captain's log 2019, in regards to what will happen if Pinnacle goes. You can read some more here: https://arbusers.com/index.php?topic=6910.msg73987#msg73987
I decided to come back with some more analysis and ideas, including a flashback in time so we compare today with some years ago and wrote the following article.

https://arbusers.com/portal/last-man-standing-pinnacle/

Feel free to comment.

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After a year-long consultation on online gambling, the UKGC issued its first regulatory enforcement for the year 2020, by confirming that it has sanctioned a ban on all credit card transactions carried across all UK gambling fields including both land-based and online products, with the exception of non-remote lotteries.
This development was anticipated and discussed in various fora. The UKGC  will implement this ban from 14 April 2020, giving all actors of the industry a three months grace period to undertake all necessary adjustments.
This action was taken after reports showing that gambling with credit cards is allowing players to gamble with money they don't really have resulting in debts.
The ban is limited to credit cards, while debit cards will continue serving gambling action like before.

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Rest Area / Books to read
« on: January 11, 2020, 06:19:33 PM »
I decided to start this thread so we can all contribute with short reviews on specific books. These should not be books about gambling. I strongly believe that our members do not need any gambling-related books as gambling books are simply trying to describe the various ways that our members operate.
These books should contribute to the development of a mindset that would allow us to become better humans, more effective and successful in what we do, no matter if it is business, everyday life, or roles in life.
I would appreciate your contribution and discussion about any suggested book.
Many thanks.

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Bookies discussion / New record profits for Bet365
« on: January 07, 2020, 08:57:23 AM »
Bet365 announced new records for profits and revenue.
Read the complete story:
https://arbusers.com/portal/bet365-announce-new-records/

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Announcements / Server's failure
« on: December 21, 2019, 07:20:56 AM »
We are sure you noticed a major failure of our website this week as we have been down for a total of 3 and a half days.

We apologize for this.

Thankfully, we were able to address any urgent needs and requests via Skype, Facebook, and Twitter. Thank you for reporting the situation via Skype, even for complaining, we are sorry we didn't answer all messages as the number was enormous.

What caused all this? A major failure of our servers. That was beyond our anticipation and it is due to our server's provider. Because of the holiday period and the combination of weekends, it was very difficult to bring back technicians and supporting personnel and this resulted in a long failure period.

Is it finished? No, it is not finished as our technicians are still working on it. You might have noticed that parts of the portal are still not accessible. They will be soon. We are taking all appropriate measures to ensure this will not happen again.

We will keep you updated when we have more news.

Thank you for understanding.



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Announcements / Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays
« on: December 21, 2019, 07:07:42 AM »
This is the time of the year to soften our hearts.
Stop your betting actions during these days, and start sharing love from family, friends, even people that you don't know.
You don't have to visit our forum during these days, you will catch up later.

I would like to thank the community for an interesting 2019, and I hope 2020 will make all of us better humans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czhZbqpyBm8&list=RDczhZbqpyBm8&start_radio=1

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Exchanges / Betdaq now offering 0% commission on several sports.
« on: December 17, 2019, 12:39:36 PM »
''As of 00.01 Monday 16th December 2019, we will be making the following changes to our Terms and Conditions:
Introduction of the 0% commission rate for all sports offered on the Exchange apart from Horse Racing, Football, Greyhound Racing, and Cricket''

Obviously, with the exception of Tennis all other markets have minimal liquidity for Bedaq. We can only assume they are trying to lure tennis bettors. Let's see how it goes, and let's see if it triggers a price war with the rest.

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There are several myths in regards to the size of fraud in online gambling and gaming. Jumio's annual report gives a good description, even though the definition of fraud should be different.
Read more: https://arbusers.com/portal/new-account-fraud-has-more-than-doubled/
Feel free to comment.

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Exchanges / Betfair agents to cease business
« on: December 12, 2019, 08:02:36 PM »
We receive various reports from a number of members informing us that since yesterday night, many (if not all) Betfair agents ceased business abruptly. This came with no previous notice during a Champions League full action night. We are stressing this has nothing to do with white label clones.
It remains to be seen to what extent these agents will pay their clients, and what their new business model will be.
Yesterday we informed our members that 21bet.co.uk ceased business too.

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Arbing, matched betting and trading talk / Captain's log 2019
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:36:29 PM »
This is the arbusers.com annual review of the smart betting scene for the year 2019.
It is conducted in goodwill with the hope it will contribute to the understanding of this particular field. We 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.

The use of the word Captain has no intention to imply that we are the leading characters of this community that expands beyond this forum. We encourage all members to post their opinion and thus contribute to this effort.

Value betting is dominating the smart betting scene as more players are switching to this smart betting type. The reason why so many players are giving up arbing for value betting is the toxic environment created by bookmakers and governments. Value betting comes with a bigger maneuvering space that allows players to keep their accounts alive for a longer period of time. We conclude that bookmakers are still spending time and energy to stop bonus hunters and arbers. However, it is a matter of time before they dedicate resources to purge value betting. So far, there is no significant effort from bookmakers to extinguish this smart betting technique, with the exception of automated value betting.

We alarmed the community about the steps taken by bookmakers to stop bot threats. Recently we noticed that bot action was significantly contained when a well-known bookmaker managed to almost stop it. We are in a position to say, that bot action was clustered and thus easier to detect. To cluster accounts, the anti-bot measures include a combination of intent analytics and blocking scrappers. Bots comparing prices with the help of an alert service between that bookmaker and sharp bookmakers like Pinnacle, were identified. Clustering will continue as bookmakers and their data scientists perform very well in prioritizing genuine traffic, separating it from bot threats. Therefore, we can say that the easy building bot period is now gone. We are expecting to see how bot developers will fight back, but so far their reaction is weak. We estimate that 85% of bots are now not working and only the most sophisticated are continuing like before.

SBObet slashed its betting limits. This bookmaker should not be considered as a tool for sharp action. We are watching the last man standing competition, where one after another, bookmakers and exchanges are exhausted by sharp action. Betfair, Smarkets, Matchbook, SBObet, are not what they used to be some years ago. Pinnacle might be the last man standing but they already also emitting signs of exhaustion. We are watching closely as we identify Pinnacle’s good standing, a key factor for the smart betting community. Could you imagine sharp betting without Pinnacle?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRCI0b313uY&t=100s

In our last year’s review, we anticipated that e-wallets will raise their fees. Unfortunately, there are indications showing this trend will continue. This vicious spiral is forcing e-wallets to raise fees in order to maintain profits, while clients are moving away. The remaining clients will pay a premium for continuing using to use e-wallets, while their overall client’s experience becomes worse. Cryptocurrencies, banks, cash markets, and Hawala systems are thriving and they will continue to do so. It is a pity to see a once a healthy market disintegrate and be dismantled like this. Fixed mindsets are prevailing and a penny today is worth more than a quarter tomorrow. Some times we wonder, where is the growth mindset of people and companies that have every interest to keep the market alive.

To add insult to the injury, PSD2 and open-banking became the last burden in a smart bettor’s life. Arbusers is the first and only forum that informed its members of the dangers arising from these big brother style directives, and we suggested better betting techniques for protection. PSD2 is offering bookmakers near-real-time access to a client’s information statement. This will allow gaming operators to screen all players automatically upon registration and have a better understanding of a customer’s profile and behavior over time. To make a long story short, they will have a near-perfect risk profile and persona of every customer.

We mentioned several times the low business ethics of several actors in the industry. A declining market, tight profit margins and a younger, more educated and informed a conscious generation of gamblers are forcing companies and management to new lows. Many bookmakers are tempted to confiscate hard-earned winnings, forcing players to take legal action. Most of the time, legitimate players are getting their well-deserved winnings before public hearings. This year’s most important case was Bet365’s settlement with Megan McCann, a 20-year-old student who won almost a million pounds. This case was important because third parties were engaged, including well-known payment providers that exchanged information with the bookmaker. The details of the settlement did not go public and that is why we conclude that a live and let live agreement took place. Only the smartest bettors understand exactly what that means.

High street bookmakers are expanding in the US and their first results are showing good profitability. Bookmakers themselves are spending a lot on legal fees because each US State has different laws and requires a different approach. We can assume that square action from the US will allow bookmakers to breathe, at least for a while. 13 years after The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, many US bettors abilities atrophied. But it is just a matter of time until they adopt smarter betting techniques like their counterparts in Europe and elsewhere. This is the best time to bet from the US.

Smart gambling comes with challenges. Being in this business for the last 16 years, we have seen many ups and downs. Many times we concluded that smart betting was about to die. In reality, what is happening is evolution. Some betting techniques die, while others are emerging. Smart betting is constantly changing and sometimes it surprises us with even better perspectives.

We wrote this annual review in goodwill, 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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General talk about e-wallets / Skrill and Neteller back in Brazil
« on: December 06, 2019, 07:19:15 PM »
PaySafe confirmed they are once again open for business from Brazil.
Almost 2 years ago PaySafe left the country to comply with the regulation. Since then, the liberal government of Bolsonaru has approved new legislation that includes plans to authorize offline and online sports betting for the first time. It is expected that a brand new gambling scene will be shaped within the first half of 2020.
We informed the community that a new gambling Eldorado is expected in Brazil.
PaySafe's return to the country is a step towards this.

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General talk about e-wallets / The 6th Money Laundering Directive
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:18:48 AM »
We are informing our members in regards to the 6th Money Laundering Directive and its impact on smart betting activities.
It will come into force at the end of 2020, but players will feel the shocks much earlier. In any case a serious professional bettor should be informed about these issues long before they arise.
https://arbusers.com/portal/the-6th-money-laundering-directive/
Feel free to discuss and share your opinion.

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Come on, admit it, the first name that came to your head is 1xbet.

Well, no, it is not 1xbet. It is Marathonbet. This is its second agreement in Spain for Marathonbet, as a deal with Sevilla FC is also in place. Obviously this deal goes far beyond Spanish borders, as Real Madrid is a real blue-chip power brand.

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The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) may launch its own digital currency in the next 18 months, the world’s first state-backed cryptocurrency ''Digital Currency Electronic Payment'' (DCEP). Among other aims, DCEP is designed to combat illegal online gambling, a real scourge for China. Chinese is the most gambling-addicted nation on the planet, studies have shown.
DCEP is about to include functions that will allow government authorities to track suspect payments and thus purge money laundering, tax evasion, and online gambling. It remains to be seen which governments will have access to this kind of information, but this will be determined by the infiltration of the new currency to several markets and countries.
We can only assume, DCEP will trigger a war among several governments who will also try to get part of the pie. However, it is the market and the users who will decide who stays and who goes. So far, the market has not shown any signs of accepting control, no matter how elegant words are.

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