Betting, gambling, or sports trading however you want to call it does not have to be all glamorous, full of big bets, massive booms, and all the excitement of a 12-fold Saturday afternoon mega acca.
No it does not.
In fact, I would argue that the more boring and dull it is the better it will be for your bankroll.
There are a number of ways and strategies out there that will just end up blowing your bankroll over and over.
What I want to talk about today is one that is “fairly” safe and even it loses you will not end up losing an awful lot.
I like to call it the 10% challenge.
This is very much a small fun pot builder type strategy.
The task is to grow your initial starting bet by 10% each day.
But you roll the bets over each time.
So, for example, the first bet you could start with just £5 and try to make it up to £5.50
You can do this a number of ways. You can place single bets or even “safer” multiples.
And you simply roll it over each time.
Here is an example of what I mean.
Bet 1 – £5 stake at odds of 1.1 will win your back £5.50
Bet 2 – £5.50 stake at odds of 1.1 will win you £6.05
Bet 3 – £6.05 stake at odds of 1.1 will win you £6.65
Bet 4 – £6.65 stake at odds of 1.1 will win you £7.32
And so on…
If you rolled this over 31 bets (one per day if you wish) then you will end up with £96
So, that’s a fiver taken all the way to £100 (ish) just using one safe bet per day.
Obviously, you don’t have to go all the way up to £100 – many people when doing these types of roller bets may only go up to £50 or £30 then start again knowing they now have several attempts at it should they want to go all the way.
Now – even if you strike a bit of bad luck along the way and a bet fails to land, you have only lost a fiver.
The beauty of this roller style bet is it can be done as quick or as slow as you want.
For most people, they see this as a little mini-investment pot so do not rush it. Some people even spread the bets over a much longer period and only place a bet when they have absolute full confidence.
What Betting Markets Are Good For This Strategy?
Well, there are thousands of markets you can choose from depending on your preferred choice of sport.
With football for example a good place to start is the goals markets. Even just placing a bet of over 0.5 goals will often get you your odds of 1.1 in some games.
But if you are still not finding the prices you want then you can simply double up two games of lower odds to make your odds up to 1.1
So, two football games offering Over 0.5 total goals at odds of 1.05 would work.
As you can see in the above example I have found two games of lower odds that will work just fine for this.
The goals market is a good one as 0-0 is a very uncommon score line.
In fact here are some statistics from the top European leagues where games finished 0-0 for the 2019/2020 season.
England Premier League: 5.53%
Spain La Liga: 8.68%
German Bundesliga: 4.22%
Italy Serie A: 5.53%
France Ligue 1: 5.69%
This is the % of 0-0 finishes across about 380 games per league. So, the Over 0.5 goals markets are fairly safe.
You can gain more “trust” in your predictions by using some of the statistics sites available online.
A great one is called The Stats Don’t Lie and it covers just about every major (and minor) league in the world and has stats on all the teams, including their average goals per game.
So, you can pick better selections based off this data.
Another good market to choose is the Double Chance markets. This just secures, even more, a team not losing the match.
Let’s say you are looking at a highly fancied team to win their match at home.
Well, you can make it much safer by opting for the Double Chance bet. This means they either have to win or draw for your bet to land.
Here is a example sticking to the 1.1 odds rule.
You can see here that backing Lazio at home would have more than given us the odds we need – slightly over in fact which is a bonus and they simply just do not have to lose.
The good thing about a Double Chance bet is that even a 0-0 still wins you the bet.
There are many other markets you can choose from too including corners.
Again, keep it safe.
Corners are really best kept as low as you can. Sometimes you can have the most wide-open attacking game and get very few corners.
If you going to choose corners, then you may want to go as low as you can and double it up with an Over 0.5 total goals from another match to get your price up to 1.1.
So, here you go. A pretty low-risk bet builder strategy where you can grow a small pot into a nice size bank.
Remember, take your time. You do not have to bet every day. If the best doesn’t feel right then skip it for another day.
Over time you will get a feel for which teams you prefer to bet on, and that’s a great way to do it.
You can create a small shortlist of favourite teams and just wait until they play if you want. It’s entirely up to you.
This should be considered a fun way to bet/trade. You can also learn about the markets.
Another quick tip before we finish is if you want to get a slightly better price you can wait until the game has gone in-play.
Your odds will increase the longer the game goes without your chosen bet happening. Obviously, you do not want to wait too long if you are going to try this method.
In summary, take it slow. You don’t have to bet every day.