In-plays – A part ‘in-play’ in slowing bookie restrictions?

Puzzle football

So, I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and (the really really shitty pun aside), do in-play bets help slow the rate at which you lose bookie accounts?

Hear me out: Value is generated in odds vs chance right? Getting a 3/1 horse at 15/1 will over time, generate profit (this is the key to value betting) however, in-plays are generally bad ‘value’ for people who bet on them. The lines on them almost always drift out relatively quickly, after placing the bet therefore making them ‘bad value’ for us and great value for the bookies.

Is this why i still have all my accounts? (bar Betfair who frankly, I used for an American horse system I was testing for myself, which proved too good only to have them stake restrict me to shit)

Who knows! It can’t hurt though!

(It also helps that I’m shit and lose all my money, I’m sure)


A long term employee of the IT industry. Mark became involved with the betting industry in early 2017. He spends his spare time moaning about horses and football losing him money and bestowing his knowledge on betting theory to anybody who dares listen.


  1. Mark, betting horses in-running is definitely not a way to easy riches, but it can be done – with lots, and lots, of practise: http://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/meeting-matthew-mantle/

    I’ve been betting in-running for about a year now – on a hobby basis, I’ve absolutely no ambition to be a pro at this game – and to say that it’s ‘character forming’ is an understatement.

    I wouldn’t have thought it possible to profit from betting in-running with bookies, but I could be wrong as I’ve never tried it. I’ve observed the bet365 prices in-running, but as a 100% lay-to-back in-running trader I’ve not been able to identify any backing value that might be there.

    Good luck with your blog and social media project, and of course with your betting.

    • Craig! Thank you for the comment.

      My comment was aimed at primarily ‘backing’ football during In-play as a means of appearing more (punterish) and generating some much needed value to ensure your account is kept open and happy. (The theory can be applied to horses too)

      I certainly wouldn’t be lacking at back to lay on a bookie. I feel, like yourself, that a distinct lack of value would exist.

      I really should have clarified these notions.

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