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Month: November 2016

Getting Gubbed By Bookies

Getting Gubbed By Bookies

In Matched Betting, getting “Gubbed” can refer to any limitation placed upon your account which in some way restricts you from taking part in promotions or gambling activities. Being gubbed is one of the biggest risks of Matched Betting and arguably unavoidable with some of the bookies. There are a few different types of gubbing that may happen:


Sports Promotion Restricted

This is the most common form of gubbing. You will receive an email stating that you are no longer eligible for any future sports promotions or special prices. This will mean the account can no longer earn free bets or qualify for price promotions such as Best Odds Guaranteed.

Bookies which favour this kind of restriction include:

  • RaceBets
  • Betfair
  • Ladbrokes
  • Betway
  • Stan James
  • BetVictor
  • Paddy Power
  • Betfred

If you receive this kind of restriction you are still able to take advantage of their casino and bingo offers making the account worthwhile even after being gubbed.


All Promotion Restricted

If a bookie also offers a casino section, they may restrict you from ALL promotions across their site. This is rarer than just a Sports Promotion Restriction and means you will not be eligible to take part in any special offers on the site.

Bookies which favour this kind of restriction include:

  • Boyle Sports
  • 10Bet
  • Sky Bet
  • Coral

An account restricted in this way is pretty much only good for placing Arbs on.


Sports Stake Limited

Most bookies will sports take limit you whilst also doing one of the above restrictions. However some bookies use a sports stake limit separately so you are still ‘eligible’ for their special offers but will be unable to place more than a few pence worth of bets at a time.. effectively making any offers useless to you.

Bookies which favour this kind of restriction include:

  • BetBright
  • Bet 365

Accounts restricted in this way can occasionally still be used for placing very low odds arbs. Also in the case of Bet 365, you will still be eligible to receive their free spins in the casino section every now and then.


Which Bookies Gub The Most?

No all gambling sites are made equal. Some will restrict you simply for looking in their direction while others couldn’t care less what you’re up to. I’ve never heard of anyone getting gubbed by the exchanges (as they just take a % of all bets placed for commission).


A quick list of some of the main bookies based on how quick they are to gub you based on my experiences.



Betfair Sportsbook
Boyle Sports
Stan James
Paddy Power
Sky Bet
Bet Safe
Net Bet
Sporting Bet
Sun Bets
Betfair Exchange

Couldn’t Care Less


For this reason I’d recommend everyone avoid even signing up for Racebets. They will restrict you before you’ve even had a chance to place bets for their welcome offer. Equally you’ll only manage about 2 horse racing bets before Betfair gub you from their sports section. The likes of 188 and SportingBet however have been perfectly happy for me to hit all of their sports offers for over a year now without so much as blinking.



October Profit: £2,966.46

October Profit: £2,966.46

So close to the 3k mark but couldn’t quite reach it. 1 more signup offer and we’d have been there! This month saw not only my highest profit month but also the point at which I smashed through the £20k overall profit mark. It’s been a hectic year but well worth it and I’ve made far more than I’d have been able to predict a year ago.


Bets of note for this month:


  • The last of the Paddy Power in-shop half time offers. Made a few hundred pounds
  • Re-triggering the Gamesys welcome offers again.
  • £20 profit per evening of Greyhounds with Betfred’s £25 x 3 Greyhound offer
  • £200 from Coral’s £100 win-win boost
  • £50 from Netbet reload sports code
  • £54 from Betfair casino £10 for £10 offer
  • £90 from a Bet365 Best Odds Gauranteed