Making money from betting and arbing bookies

A recent documentary on TV highlighted the power of mathematics when it comes to making a profit from betting. In years gone by only maths geniuses would be able to beat the bookies. Card counting was one way they did it and casinos were quick to learn what these people were doing and ban them.

Bookies don’t want you to win and when you do they get unhappy and they will ban you from using their service. It’s a joke really. They are happy to take money from gambling addicts but not from people looking for an edge in the odds.

These days anybody with half a brain can get an edge using online software. This software analyses all the odds from all the bookies and presents it to the user in a clear to understand way. They can they use this information to make a profit. This is big business online and there are many methods for doing beating the bookies.

One of the easiest ways is arbing. Simply backing and laying bets to make an instant profit. This can only work when the bookie offers better odds than the exchange. They know this so bookies will cut their odds fast. Any switched on punter should be placing all their bets at the exchange to get the best value but that’s another story.

Another way to profit is from matched betting, this is the process of extracting free bets from bookies in a risk free way and then using them to make a profit.

There are a few matched betting services popping up on the internet these days and many of them are better than others. The two that have been around the longest are Profit accumulator and Oddsmonkey, you can read an Oddsmonkey review here.

They provide punters with oddsmatching software that allows them to take arbs and find free bets. It’s a relatively simple process that thousands of people are taking advantage of. Bookies will be quick to limit the accounts of these punters but while it lasts there is a lot of easy money to make. Many people are making 4 figures a month quite regularly. Another great thing about this is that in the UK it is all tax free earnings.

I’ve never been a gambler as I know the bookie always has the edge so I was fascinated to read about this subject. I’m sure we have all had fantasises about coming up with a betting system that can make us a fortune. This is pretty much the closest thing you are going to come to that. It’s a very profitable system and even better, it’s risk free.

Terry Jones’ Barbarians

Terry Jones’ Barbarians take a look at Roman history and the barbarians fighting the Empire. But were they really savage barbarians, as depicted by the Romans? Evidence shows the barbarian tribes had a rich culture, sophisticated science and a brilliant military.

In this four-part BBC series, Monty Python alum Terry Jones travels throughout the geography of the Roman Empire and 700 years of history arguing that we have been sold a prejudiced history of Rome that has twisted our entire understanding of the Britons, Gauls, Vandals and Goths.

A rare blend of scholarly research (as in Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives) combined with Jones’ witty approach makes this a must for any history lover.

This 4-part documentary series is made into one playlist. Each episode starts automatically when the previous one has ended. If you’d like to choose another episode yourself, you can click the playlist symbol on the lower right side of the YouTube video.

Episode 1: The Primitive Celts

In 58 BC Julius Caesar invaded Celtic Gaul. He claimed it was to protect the northern borders of the Empire from these volatile people. But Terry discovers that Caesar’s account was a smokescreen for a more sinister truth.

According to Rome, The Celts were a warring and illiterate people. Yet Terry discovers that these people had mathematical know-how way beyond the Romans. They also had a society that, in stark contrast to Rome, was compassionate and protected the young and the weak, one built on an advanced and complex trading network that spread way beyond the borders of the Celtic world.

So why was Caesar so hell-bent on the destruction of these civilised people? The latest archaeological evidence has revealed that the Celtic world was built on vast deposits of gold, and the Celts were gold miners par excellence. The ambitious Caesar was in poverty and the rich, sophisticated Celts were there for the taking.

Episode 2: The Savage Goths

In this episode Jones takes a look at Arminius, a chieftain of the Germanic Cherusci who defeated a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, the Dacian Wars – between 101–102 and 105–106 AD and Alaric I’s sack of Rome.

Episode 3: The Brainy Barbarians

Jones argues that the ancient Greeks and Persians were in reality far from the Roman view of them as effeminate and addicted to luxury. The Greeks valued science and mathematics, while the Persians had initially allowed multiculturalism among the different ethnic groups of its empire (until years of war with Rome).

Episode 4: The End of the World

Around 400 AD, two Barbarian babies were born. One would grow up to become the most feared of all – Attila the Hun. The other, Geiseric, led the Vandals whom history has cast as destroyers. Jones finds out that Roman civilization wasn’t destroyed by the invasion of these tribes, but by the loss of the North African tax base. He sees the common view of Rome and “Barbarians” as a result of the Roman Catholic Church popularizing the Roman version of the truth.

Alone in the wild

Alone in the Wild portrays Ed Wardle as he fights to survive in the unforgiving Yukon wilderness with just basic provisions and cameras.

His goal is to survive three summer months, spanning over 3 different episodes. Each of the episodes are joined into the one video above.

In Episode 1, Ed and his essential supplies are dropped off by an aircraft at “Dog Pack” Lake in the Yukon Territory of Canada. He finds a few fish, greens, and some berries, and manages to kill, butcher, and eat a porcupine. Ed quickly loses weight, and his heartrate drops to as low as 28 bpm.

Episode 2 focus on Ed’s trek to a potentially more food-laden site at Tincup Lake which, although only about ten miles away, takes nearly four days to reach. He traverses a large lakes and climbs steep and brushy terrain in order to locate his camp. Hopefully he will find salmon in the stream nearby. He often comments about the serene natural beauty of the lacustrine and montane scenery. For psychological enhancement, he also tries meditation – but it appears to provide little or no benefit.

During Episode 3, he attempts to find sustenance at Tincup, following the outflowing stream downhill in search of salmon. During the expedition, he saw several moose, a caribou, and ducks, but Canadian law did not permit him to kill any of them. Tincup proves to be even worse than Dog Pack. Although he continues to check nearly a score of rabbit snares, only one or two lagomorphs were ever collared. He shoots another porcupine, but worries that a bear might smell the flesh and attack him. He was frequently overtaken by trepidation toward bears. Although he manages to capture a few trout and graylings at Tincup, and find blueberries, he never spots a salmon. The most serious issue, however, is his loneliness. It has caused him to cry in all three episodes. The combination of social isolation and undernourishment finally forces him, as he ran out of rations at approximately day 50 of the outing, to call for a rescue plane to take him to Whitehorse, where he reflects on the trip in the comparative luxury of a hotel room.

Lord of the Ants

Meet Edward Osborne E.O. Wilson, an American biologist, researcher, theorist, environmental advocate, Pulitzer Prize winner and author. He is widely considered the father of sociobiology and is the world’s leading authority on myrmecology- the study of ants.

In 1975, E.O. Wilson wrote “Sociobiology: The New Synthesis”, a book about social behaviors being an evolutionary adaptation. It would go on to spark one of the greatest scientific controversies of the 20th century: the sociobiology debate.

Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, Lord of the Ants pulls through as a great documentary. Its love for detail in film work and engaging topic makes it stand out from most TV documentaries. Join in as we follow E.O. Wilson in Lord of the Ants, as he explains his theories, the importance of biodiversity and why his inspiration lies in ants.