The sports arbitrage service that I use may be found here. If you use my link then I’ll receive a small commission from them, although that’s not why I use and recommend them. It’s been a long process of trial and error to find the right service.

Let me know if you decide to subscribe to them using my link and I’ll send you the videos (or some other advanced lessons if you already have the videos).

Click here to see a record of my quarterly accounts since I started trading in 2002 or choose a year below…

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22 Responses to “My Trading Accounts”


  1. […] My Trading Accounts […]

  2. Sam Says:

    Trading Using Different Currencies;

    Hi Alan,

    I am from Australia and many of the international bookmakers only trade in USD or GBP, making it problematic because all my capital is in AUD. Hence, if I convert $50,000 trading capital into USD dollars I could lose significant money on Currency Conversion fees & currency fluctuations.

    Do you have any advice for getting around this issue??

    Cheers,
    Sam


    • Dear Sam,

      Thanks very much for writing.

      There’s not really anyway to get around it – you have to make a decision about which currency to use & then deal with the consequences of that decision. If you choose to stay in AUD then you’re trading activity will be restricted to those bookmakers who accept that currency, if you choose to convert to a more widely accepted currency then you face some fees & the uncertainty brought about by currency fluctuations which may go with you or against you.

      Perhaps you could use a financial instrument to hedge against the currency fluctuation but I can’t advise you on the specifics.

      All the best.

      Sincerely,
      Alan Seymour

  3. Rick Says:

    Sam,

    I think I have a solution for you. I previously worked at a bank in Australia selling fx, commodity and interest rate derivatives. Not that I would advise using a bank for your purpose however.

    Your best bet is to hedge the fx rate using CFD’s (contracts for difference). I use igmarkets.com.au but there are plenty of other companies that do the same thing.

    Here are the basic steps.

    1.) Open a CFD account trading account, this is free and usually requires 100 pts identification, similar to any betting account.

    2.)Enter into an open ended trade to sell $50,000 USD and buy AUD. (This is of course after you have converted your money to USD and deposited with various betting accounts). Traders would call this “shorting the us dollar against the aussie”. In other words your position benefits if the aud declines against the usd, and loses if the aud rises against the usd. Either way it offset any change in the exchange rate. Of course you will not benefit from favourable moves in the exchange rate but you will also not be harmed by unfavaourable moves.

    3.)At this point whenever the value of the AUD declines against the USD you will generate a postive figure in your cfd account, and of course if the value of the AUD increases against the USD you will generate a negative value in your CFD account. Either way it offsets and your intial $50,000 AUD will be preserved.

    4.) Whenever you decide to transfer any of the USD back to AUD reduce you CFD contract by the same amount. (ie, you send $10k USD back to Australia, reduce you $50k CFD contract by $10k) You’re profit or loss on the CFD will offset any change in the exchange rate.

    Here are a couple things to consider.

    -You are required to keep a deposit of 1% of the face value of your CFD contract with the CFD provider. $50,000 – $500 deposit. However you will earn interest on this deposit.

    -If your CFD contract goes into the negative (ie the exchange rate moves in a way that creates a negative balance) you will also be required to have on deposit, the amount of this negative balance. Your CFD provider will notify you if this happens and this is called a margin call. Of course if the exchange returns to where it was you will have access to these funds again.

    CFD providers have a small spread on each market. I believe IG markets charges 1 basis point (maybe 2). In other words if you hedged $50,000 with a CFD and them immediately closed the hedged you would generate a small loss equivalent to their spread. In this example 50,000 x .0001 or $5. ($10 if it’s a 2 pt spread).

    Anyway, those are the basics. There are good tutorials on most CFD providers websites and if you have any questions along the way let me know.

    cheers,
    Rick

  4. Andy Elsey Says:

    Hi Alan,
    First of all i would like to thansk you for putting this information on the web, it’s been invaluable for me to learn about Sports Arb Trading.
    I have a question though. I am following your advice and setting up MS Money as you have advised but i am struggling with recording my bets and consequential wins and loses. Would you explain the process a little more please.

    Thanks in advance

    Andy

  5. mick whitehill Says:

    Hi, I am retired, couple of reasonable pensions so better off than many BUT I do need to pay up my mortgage . I am an experianced bettor/trader on football but still taking two steps forward and two back. Im looking at arbitrage now and intend to have a 6 month trial. I have a £5000 bank to use in the trial, if I can get reasonable succes with it I can up my bank to £30,000
    I want to achieve ROI of £15,000 year, is this a too ambitious
    target, finally will your site still be running in 5 years time.
    regards, mick whitehill (ps having problems signing up)


    • Dear Mick,

      Thanks very much for writing.

      If you increase your bankroll to £30k, then a profit of £15k should be fairly easy to achieve over the course of a year.

      I don’t know if I’ll still be running in 5 years’ time, let alone the site 🙂

      All the best.

      Sincerely,
      Alan Seymour

  6. John Stone Says:

    Hi Alan
    Arbsurfer/traderzone – When you recieve an arbalarm do you have to enter the sites by yourself and scroll down the pages to find the exact odds or goes all this automatically?
    And when you scalp the bonuses at different boomakers do Arbsurfer show you excactly at which bookmakers you have to place your bets or do you have to do it yourself too?

    Hope you understand mmy questions

    Best regards John

  7. Schofield Hoang Says:

    Hi Allen,

    After scooping through your blog, i found that it’s quite amazed how you can earn about 8k/month as my main issue is: don’t you get limite by the bookmakers? Do you keep changing ID every few months?? is it harder for bookies to identify larger wager ie: let say the figures 21.15 so instead of betting 22 pound, we bet 220. I mean what’s your way around. I am just about to start this business, so if i start betting small to learn from the beginning but when i start wagering large, the bookie starts to limit my account to then it would be meaningless, woud it???
    Please give me some advice on this, i’m desperate, thanks


    • Dear Schofield,

      Thanks very much for writing.

      Bookmaker limits are unavoidable when they happen, but not all bookmakers limit aggressively and there are techniques that you can use effectively even when limits are in place.

      All the best.

      Sincerely,
      Alan Seymour

  8. chris Says:

    Hi Alan.
    I have recently started POD trading with LTC Services….
    Have you heard anything about this particular program that i should worry about?
    Kind Regards
    Chris

  9. James Says:

    Hi Alan,

    This is incredible information that the whole sports arbitrage community are very grateful for. I am looking into sports arbitrage and I have two questions

    1. Can I ask throughout 2012 for example how many hours (on average) did you spend ‘arbing’ each day?

    2. How do you go about continuing to be so profitable – I heard that bookmakers close your accounts when they find you’ve been arbing? Eg do you get someone elses permission (legal agreement) to use their account for arbing?

    Many thanks

    James

  10. Chan Says:

    Hi Alan,

    I have just seen your blog and I’m very grateful for the incredible information you provide about sport arbitrage. I learned about sports investing two weeks ago so it is fair to say I’m a beginner to this type of investing.

    I’m so impressed with the consistency of ROI in your trading accounts. I want to be successful like you.

    Can you post trading accounts for 2013 and 2014 please?

    I need to see if sports arbitrage is still profitable.

    Thank you so much.

    Chan

  11. Chan Says:

    Hi Alan,

    I have done some research about the bookie called marathonbet because I see alot of arbs comes from them, it seems most people complain about this bookie putting limits on bets within a very short time of their betting experience with this bookie.

    How can I avoid this and make sure I can arb with them for a long time without these limitations?

    I learned about rounding stakes to 5s and Not betting max stakes can help to go undetected but is this enough?

    As I said before a lot of arbs I see involves this bookie and I want be able to place those 2% arbs at a minimum of 15 arbs per day. Is it possible to do this?

    Thanks and regards

    Chan

  12. alan Says:

    Hello are you still active in arbitrage betting? I ask as the quaterly annual income statements go only to 2012 and we are now in 2015


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