“Make guaranteed profit from the bookies” is a phrase normally spouted by an unsavoury-looking bloke wearing a threadbare trench coat in a grimy pub. His next words are usually asking you to buy him a pint. Because he has no money. Because he’s lost it all on his “no risk betting system”. Like emails from the Nigerian Lottery, it’s a phrase met with cynicism and wisely ignored.
So when we heard about a website that was helping people make hundreds of pounds with zero risk, we were understandably sceptical. Don’t blame us, we’ve been burned before... “Damn you, Avon. DAMN YOU.”
But you can’t help but be intrigued, can you? So we gave it a go.
We signed up for FixTheOdds.com, a site that specialises in matched betting. Matched betting, if you’re unsure, is a betting technique used to take advantage of the free bet incentives offered by bookmakers, at no risk to you, the punter.
The idea behind matched betting is simple. You make two contrasting bets, meaning you have all eventualities covered. So you’d bet on Arsenal to beat Sunderland, but you’d also bet on Sunderland not to lose. That way, no matter what the result – Arsenal win, Sunderland win, draw – one of your two bets has it covered. Ordinarily, doing that would ensure you slowly lost all of your money, but the difference here is the free bet, which turns things in your favour. Basically, as silly as it sounds, if you know what you’re doing, you can’t lose. You're not really 'gambling' as such, because the outcome of the match is irrelevant to you.
Ordinarily, you'd need to understand some fairly complicated equations in order to make matched betting work for you. We’d tell you what they are, but we have no idea. That’s where FixTheOdds comes in. They do all the complicated stuff for you and tell you exactly what to do, what to bet on, how much to bet, and even email you when your bets are settled, so you know your money is ready for collection. You don’t need to know anything about sport or about gambling, you just follow the instructions.
This guy's all set for a career in Hollyoaks
The system isn’t going to make you an overnight millionaire, you understand. Each time you take advantage of an offer, you have to sign up with that specific bookmaker, place the bet FixTheOdds prescribes and wait for the match to be played. In fact, it’s never going to make you a millionaire. As we said, the money you’re making comes from free bet incentives, and these are generally only available to people signing up for the first time. So, once you’ve fleeced all of the bookies, that’s your lot. That said, there’s around 28 available right now, and if you do everything FixTheOdds tells you, you’ll make somewhere in the region of £400-£1,250 in the space of about two months. You’re not going to be able to retire on it, but with no risk involved, it’s not to be sniffed at.
FixTheOdds are so certain you’ll win, they’ll give you the money out of their own pocket if you lose. As generous as that sounds, it’s only because they know you can’t lose. It’s a bit like McDonald’s saying they’ll give you a refund if you buy 10,000 Chicken McNuggets and polish them off in 10 seconds - they know you can't drink chicken like that.
When our profits started slowly building up, we got a bit nervous about the police banging down our door and seizing our laptop or some bookmaker ‘heavy’ feeding us to his army of bone-hungry pigs, a la Snatch. We needn’t have worried, not only is matched betting perfectly legal, the bookies aren’t even worried about it. They offer those free bet incentives because they can afford to take the hit, knowing that once a customer has signed up there’s more chance they’ll gamble in the future. Whether or not you do that is up to you, but remember that once you’ve made your money from FixTheOdds and are just betting like a normal punter, your profits are far from guaranteed. After all, how often do you see a poor bookie?
Go ahead, sign up for FixTheOdds and make some money. Spend it on something fun and think of your good pal FHM while you’re at it.
Plus, one reader who signs up here will win an iPad 3, WHICH CAN’T BE BAD.