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17th August 2012
Good afternoon, friends,
In this issue of Punters’ Verdict….
Can 188bet possibly stay in business?
That might sound like a strange question. But I ask it for good reason.
The new football season starts on Saturday and like every other punter laboring under the sun I’ve been busy staking out my positions in the various football ‘Outright’ markets.
Where these kinds of bets are concerned I tend to be a dedicated exchange player – for good reason.
But, in the interests of thoroughness, I always check what prices the firms are offering about my selections – using the Oddschecker odds comparison site. And it was on Oddschecker that 188bet attracted my attention – for all the wrong reasons.
The firm is a relatively new addition to the Oddschecker site – and has only been in business since 2006. On their website they promote themselves by saying: ‘Our odds are up to 20% better than those on offer from a betting exchange (after you've paid commission on your winnings).’
And that would be great. If it were true. And it may well be true in isolated instances. But the Outright market for this season’s Premiership title is certainly not one of those instances. Just take a look at it.
Look specifically at the prices they offer about Sunderland, Aston Villa, Fulham, QPR, Stoke, West Brom, Swansea, Norwich, West Ham, Wigan, Southampton and Reading.
I’m not seriously suggesting that any of these clubs has even the remotest chance of winning this season’s Premiership. And the prices offered by 95% of the bookmaking firms reflect this – ranging from 1000/1 to 8000/1.
But look at the prices 188bet are offering about these teams – 200/1 across the board!! Disgracefully short prices – so bad you wonder if 188bet are on some kind of commercial kamikaze mission.
Now these prices might well be ricks – mistakes owing to a tired data in-putter. I haven’t been able to establish whether or not this is true because despite contacting the firm multiple times and despite their promotional claims which state that ‘The customer always come first…. Your satisfaction drives our business…. We will always strive to exceed your expectations….’ I haven’t received the courtesy of a response.
They might well change the prices – bringing them in line with the rest of the industry – as and when this column lands on the right desk. But if you were daft enough to take 200/1 about any of the teams mentioned above – and no doubt some punters will have been daft enough – will the firm admit to the palpable error and revise bets taken at those skinny prices – amending them to the ‘right’ price?
I wouldn’t bet on it.
The pick of the new-season cherries….
With the new season set to get underway tomorrow all the bookmakers are frantically competing for your business – and it is good to know which bookies are offering what deals, concessions and enhancement so that you can make sure you’re getting the best possible bang for your betting buck. Here’s what I found – and my take on it – in no particular order of importance or significance.
There’s also the usual plethora of money-back concessions – which add an extra dimension or an element of insurance to specific bets:
Of course this is not a comprehensive list of offers. The bookies will really go to town on trying to win your business overnight and in the morning. So be sure to shop around and get the deal that best suits your bets.
And always be sure to check out that you’re eligible for an individual offer. Read the Terms & Conditions. Ask the individual bookmaker to confirm that the advertised concession has been applied to your bet. These bookmakers are slippery devils and if they can wriggle out of a commitment then they will. Get them nailed down. It avoids heartache later.
I’ll be back with the Verdict next week.