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Player’s risk score
Did you know that you get a player’s risk score, something similar to the credit score that banks give to their clients, whenever you register an account with a bookmaker?
Bookmakers rate players starting from registration. The procedure is fully automated, and that is why many players find their accounts limited or blocked even before bet #1. Bookmakers add or extract points to/from your profile starting from the information that you give to them upon registration.
How does it work?
If you come from the United Kingdom, you will get more points than a player from a beautiful Eastern European country. If you are a male in your 40s, you will get more points than a female in her 20s.
Your choice of depositing method also contributes positively or negatively to your profile. If you deposit with a credit card or via bank transfer, then you will be considered a much better client than someone who deposits with an e-wallet or prepaid card.
Even if your account is not flagged for any reason, the procedure follows every step you take, adding or extracting points to/from your player’s risk score. As we all know, the bets we place are more than enough to flag us as sharp or dangerous players.
Even the pages of specific markets we visit within the bookmaker contribute to our score. For example, if you go to the page displaying French league 2 and there is an arb there during your visit, this is enough to contribute to your score negatively, even if you don’t place any bet. The bookmaker assumes that you were ready to place a sharp bet, but found a better price somewhere else.
Casual or smart gambler?
A visit to their casino website would contribute positively to your score, and even more so if you play some baccarat or blackjack there. This would make the bookmaker believe that you are a casual gambler. Placing combo bets creates a better profile compared to single bets.
Placing bets on small markets, like Serbian Volleyball or Turkish Women’s Basketball, will not help you build a good profile in the eyes of a bookmaker. Do you place in-play bets or only pre-game bets? Have you received a bonus, and if yes, how did you use it?
These are just some of the criteria used by bookmakers to compile your risk score. However, the ultimate criterion that is above all is: are you winning or losing money?
Let’s hope that you are winning some serious money, and you request your first withdrawal. If the bookmaker considers your score to be bad, some manual work might take place, where the bookmaker might look for extra information. They might ask for a Source of Wealth document or other documents to prove who you really are.
A limited number of bookmakers with limited resources and/or a lack of market knowledge and/or the intention to scam players, will not invest in this kind of screening and might use more traditional methods to minimize risks before taking more aggressive measures against players.
In the end, if you are indeed a sharp player, a wise guy as we say, what matters to you is how relaxed or how tight margins of risk are set by a bookmaker. Some bookmakers are more tolerant to sharp action than others, and all you have to do is explore these limits of tolerance.