Matched betting with gubbed accounts can be difficult. People therefore often think their matched betting career is over when they receive their important account information.
However, in reality, it just requires you to change a little. I still averaged £1,000 per month despite 20 gubbings and that is nowhere near the limit of what you can achieve.
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What is matched betting?
Matched betting is a legal, tax-free way to make money from home. If you are new to matched betting, I recommend reading my beginner-friendly matched betting guide.
What does “gubbed” mean?
In matched betting, we refer to restricted accounts as “gubbed”. This means that you cannot participate in a bookmaker’s promotions and your stake may be limited to a lower amount than normal. It is sometimes also called matched betting without free bets.
Does being gubbed affect matched betting profits?
Do you believe that matched betting with gubbed accounts is impossible? This is a popular misconception and you are not the only one with this thought. However, look at the graph below outlining my profits versus my number of gubbings. Despite, becoming increasingly gubbed, my profits stay more or less on the same level.
A gubbing per se should not affect your profits if you are using the right matched betting strategy (read more below). Stake restrictions may do, although there are still ways to bypass them.
Successful matched betting with gubbed accounts
There are several ways to make money from matched betting with gubbed accounts:
- Each-way arbitrages
- Extra places
- Offers you can still do
- Change your matched betting service
- Low-risk casino
- New sign-ups
Arbitrages (arbs) in matched betting with gubbed accounts
Even when doing matched betting with gubbed accounts, arbitrages (arbs) is something I would avoid. Your accounts will be shut down quickly. Nevertheless, it is a method to make money from gubbed accounts.
Arbs work like price boosts in that you profit from the back odds being higher than the lay odds. However, they are not a promotion but result from bookmakers being slow with adjusting their odds. Placing the occasional arb here and there is totally fine as it happens accidentally even to genuine punters.
If you target arbs specifically, bookmakers will identify you as a matched bettor and close your account quickly.
Which bookmaker accounts are safe to arb?
There are not many accounts that are so useless that they have no use other than arbs. To find out which accounts to arbs, I recommend using the Profit Accumulator (free trial here) Daily Offer list. Look at all offers for the current month and filter for the bookmaker you consider arbing. Do not arb if you find good offers.
Next, check whether the bookmaker offers extra places. To do so, you can go to the bookmaker’s promotion page or use the Profit Accumulator Extra Place Matcher. Extra places will be a major source of your income from gubbed accounts so do not arb if the bookmaker offers them.
Lastly, you want to check whether the bookmaker is linked to a bookmaker with whom you are currently not gubbed. For example, arbing Totesport may cost you your Betfred account. Usually, a quick google search will tell you.
In summary, you can arb accounts that do not
- Have any decent reload offers
- Offer extra places
- Have connections to your existing ungubbed accounts
How can I find arbs in matched betting?
You can set up a Profit Accumulator filter specific to arbs (see image). However, you have to be quick with placing arbs (similar to with price boosts) so finding arbs manually is usually more reliable.
Each-way arbs are a slightly safer form of arbing and the only type of arb I use. An each-way bet is a type of bet where you bet on a horse to either win or come in second, third, and sometimes forth.
To find each-way arbs, I use Profit Accumulator‘s Each-way Matcher. You can also find each-way arbs manually, but this is more time consuming as most bookmakers do not display the place odds. Rather, it will say 1/4 or 1/5 which is useless unless you are a math genius.
With eachway arbs, you do not arb the win part of the bet, making it less obvious to bookmakers. Instead, you arb the place market.
The secret to matched betting with gubbed accounts are extra places. Despite this being a promotion, you can do extra places even if you are gubbed. The only exceptions are BetVictor and BoyleSports.
How to do extra places offers
You can find close matches using Profit Accumulator‘s Extra Place Matcher. As you can see, the Extra Place Matcher makes it really easy to understand which bets you needs to place.
You have one back bet (the each-way bet) and two lay bets, one to lay the win and one to lay the places. Profit Accumulator has a guide in place that explains this more in-depth.
Look for matches with less than £1 qualifying loss (QL) per £10 each-way stake. Because I am busy, my limit is £2 QL per £10 each-way and I am still making a profit.
Change your matched betting service
There are currently two main matched betting service provider, Profit Accumulator and OddsMonkey (read my full comparison).
- If you are with OddsMonkey and feel stuck, try switching to Profit Accumulator. Profit Accumulator has more offers in their Daily Offer list, which may help you identify new sources of profit
- If you are currently with Profit Accumulator and feel stuck, try switching to OddsMonkey. OddsMonkey has slightly less reload offers but excels when it comes to horse racing. This may also help you to find new sources of profit
- You can also sign-up with Bonus Accumulator as they have the most comprehensive selection of casino websites. You are bound to find new casinos to sign-up with
For either matched betting service, I recommend taking out the “one week for £1” trial offer. This will be offered to you if you create a free account and upgrade to premium membership. This way, you can assess your options without committing to anything.
Matched betting offers you can still do
Despite being gubbed, there may be offers you can still do. Read your gubbing email carefully to find out which offers you are still eligible for. Some bookmakers will only gub part-gub you.
Many bookmakers will only restrict you from their sportsbook, leaving you eligible for casino offers. If you want to start making money from low-risk casino offers, I have a free and easy to follow guide for you.
Make more money from your ungubbed accounts
New bookmaker sign-ups
I bet you still have plenty of sign-ups left! You may have exhausted all sign-up offers with the major bookmakers but what if I tell you there are still plenty more fish in the pond? I have over 90 accounts (some of which have closed now) and still do new sign-ups.
You can find a complete list of all my bookmaker accounts in Monethalia’s Resources section. To gain access, simply pop your email address into the form below. You will receive an email with your password and subscribe to my newsletter (unsubscribe anytime).
Be careful if you sign-up with less well-established bookmakers. Inform yourself beforehand and, if in doubt, it is better to not sign-up.
Diversification in matched betting with gubbed accounts
The fewer accounts you have, the more you need to make from those that are unrestricted. There are probably offers that you ignored in the past. I recommend looking at the Profit Accumulator Daily Offer List and completing each offer at least once, except perhaps high-risk casino offers.
What to do if you are stake restricted
If you are stake restricted with a bookmaker, it is still not the end of matched betting with gubbed accounts. Either you can look for guaranteed profit events (usually major horse races), or simply place multiple smaller bets.
If this does not work, I recommend closing the account and asking for your details to be deleted as soon as legally allowed. Wait a few years and you can sign-up again.
Matched betting with gubbed accounts summary
Receiving a gubbing email does not mean your matched-betting career is coming to an end. There are still plenty of opportunities to make money from matched betting without free bets. In particular, you can make money from gubbed accounts with the following ways:
- Arbs (avoid as much as possible)
- Eachway arbs
- Extra places
- Find offers that you are still eligible for
- Change your matched betting service
- Low-risk casino
- New sign-ups
I do not recommend using multiple accounts but this would be another way you can profit from a bookmaker despite being gubbed.
You may consider mug betting to protect your existing accounts.
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