Can You Beat the Bookies?

The biggest question any gambler asks themselves is can they really beat the bookies? Can they make a living from gambling, or is this just a pastime that makes watching sport a little more enjoyable. It is said that just 3% of all gamblers are long term winners, are you one of the 3%, or are you in the larger group of 97% that don’t win in the long term?

This was the subject of a recent BBC documentary by comedian Lloyd Griffith. The comedian has worked for bookmaker Ladbrokes in the past, appearing in an advertisement for their service and openly admits to having a flutter himself, so he does know a fair bit about the gambling industry. His aim in the TV show was to turn £7500 into £15000 during a four week period.

The show highlighted the darker side of gambling and during the programme, Griffith met a handful of people who had struggled to cope with their gambling problems, and online gambling was seen to be the reason for much of this, with the convenience factor it brings.

However, something else that was highlighted on the programme was the different strategies that are currently in use by those who do make gambling pay, and who do make a living from it.


This is a technique that the bookmakers are doing all they can to clamp down on, and a successful courtsiding account will not last very long, so be prepared to open up multiple accounts if you do this. The technique involves being sat at a live-betting event, with tennis being the most popular, and why this has been given the name of courtsiding.

By being at the event you get to see the live-action taking place right in front of your eyes, with no delays like the rest of the people betting from home. With the betting site open on your phone and quick fingers you will be able to place bets before those at home have seen the point take place, therefore betting on an event that you already know has won.

This is proving to be profitable for many people, although holding onto the accounts you bet on will become a real challenge as we saw in the programme.

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Form Studying and Hard Work

The good old fashioned way of betting. Studying the form for hours until you think you have covered every possible angle. This was also shown in the programme, and the good news for those form enthusiasts is that it still looks as though it works!

If you stick to something you love and you are prepared to put the hard work in then this can be rewarded. This is the most likely way for people to make money, although it will take up a lot of your time, and test your patience and mental strength when you are going through a bad patch.

For those who watched this on TV, if you are looking for something to follow then while this may not be the easy route, it is certainly the one that is most accessible if you are choosing a path to follow when betting.

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