Scalping in betting
Scalping is an exchange trading term that has smoothly migrated into sports betting. It denotes short-term entry into transactions in order to obtain a minimum profit from each bet, and a quick transition to further rates. It is best to implement the scalping strategy on professional betting exchanges, but you can apply this tactic in classic bookmakers too.
The essence of scalping tactics in BC
To become a successful scalper, you need to learn to predict, in most cases, in which direction the markets will go, the values of the odds or the events in the match. Scalpers make their profit precisely on market fluctuations.
If they calculate the situation correctly, then they receive about 1-5% of the transaction amount, after which they go to look for the next suitable situation. In an unfortunate combination of circumstances, they simply overlap with the smallest loss and also move on.
This tactic in many ways has something in common with hedging rates, as well as with arb betting, which we have already written about more than once. If you want to review this topic from all sides, then be sure to check out our other materials.
Examples of using scalping tactics
Let's say there is an equal NBA basketball game tomorrow, “Lakers” vs. “Clippers”. The lines of the bookmakers came out with approximately equal quotes for victories, taking into account overtime - 1.95 each in both directions. We expect a natural load on the more popular “Lakers”, and we take their victory for 20,000 rubles.
After a couple of hours, indeed, the line swung in the direction of the “lake”, and now the “Clippers” give 2.20 to win, and 1.75 to the “Lakers”. Now we can:
- Method 1: make Cashout bets for an increased amount, if the bookmaker offers such a function. and does not include additional commissions in it;
- Method 2, better: rearrange to P2 in the same office, receiving a guaranteed profit for any outcome of the match;
- Method 3, optimal: find the best offer on P2 among all bookmakers using the BetMAX Pro browser extension, and rearrange this outcome by the best odds.
The first method will also bring some profit. The second method will prove to be more profitable in most bookmakers. The third method will provide the maximum profit, increasing it to 25% and more, compared to the first two. By the way, at the moment of fixing the profit, you can immediately open a new deal and earn some more profit from the same match. This can be repeated at least a dozen times.
But it is still more appropriate to use scalping tactics in live:
- Before the start of the football match, take Total Under (2.5) goals. By about the 10th minute of the game, it will be possible to close this deal with a profit, unless, of course, there is a super quick goal. But goals before the 10th minute only occur in about 10% of matches, so the potential risks are low.
- Tennis match of two roughly equal opponents with a strong serve. After the game is won by the server, the odds will tilt in his direction, although the second player will have the maximum chances to return quotes to equal values after the next game. This can be used in scalping by making two bets for 1.96 and 2.20 at the right moments of the game.
Of course, there are risks. In the rare cases where an early goal did happen, or the serve of the second player did not go as planned, there are still options:
- You can close the deal with a loss, and just switch to new bets;
- You can try to wait for a more favorable situation in the match. After all, if nothing is scored in football in the next 40-50 minutes, then again it will be possible to catch the scalping coefficient with a profit. As well as in the case of the reverse break of the second tennis player, which can happen at any time later, given the equality of athletes.
- Or you can hope for a successful arrival of the initial rate. Often, a quick goal preserves the situation on the field, and an early break instills confidence in the athlete, leading him to victory in a set or a match. In this case, the profit from the transaction will not be scalping at all, but full, by 100 or even more percent of the bet amount.
The last option, of course, is strongly associated with luck and is not at all about scalping. The main task of the scalper is to withdraw 1-5-10% of the initial rate from the transaction as quickly as possible and go further. It seems that 1% is very small, but if you successfully repeat this manipulation 10-30 times a day, you can achieve an impressive profit in money.
Pros and cons of scalping
The main advantage of scalping is the fast turnover of funds and relatively low risks. If you are well versed in sports, you can find up to five scalping situations per hour and reduce the number of losing trades to a minimum.
Another plus is that the threshold for entering the game using this strategy is quite low. You can start with a very small bank and build it up over time. In scalping, the bettor himself determines the risks, that is, the percentage that he wants to receive from each of his transactions.
The disadvantage of scalping is the disproportion between the amount that the bettor risks and the amount of profit from the transaction. Here everything is the same as when playing at low odds, which we analyzed in other material. Scalping is a rather nervous and tedious activity, it takes a lot of energy and it is almost impossible to do it for more than 2-3 hours in a row without losing efficiency.
It is also worth noting that scalping is one of the strategies of the game that bookmakers do not welcome. Therefore, most offices will cut your account quickly enough if you exclusively use this tactic. If you dilute scalping with regular rates and overlap by strategy exclusively in other offices, you can extend the life of your account.
So, the most adequate application of scalping tactics is live and the most dynamic sports - tennis, table tennis, basketball, volleyball. At the same time, the markets should be highly liquid, with good limits and the lowest margins. The recommended bet size per trade depends on the size of your bankroll. If it is small, it is permissible to allocate 10-15% per trade. If possible, it is desirable to reduce the risks to 5%.
Each player determines the size of the profit from the deal independently. In classic scalping, 1-2% of the bet amount is already enough. There are dozens of such transactions per day, which can bring good profits. Ideally, you should use the Stop Loss and Take Profit exchange instruments. They allow you to pre-configure the size of the desired profit and maximum loss for each trade and greatly simplify the scalper's work.
When playing in a classic bookmaker's office, it is better to overlap in another office, and not in the one in which the initial bet was made. It will be even more profitable if you look for the highest coefficient using the BetMAX PRO browser extension. Play in as many bookmakers as possible using the difference in their odds.
Some of the trades will inevitably close at a loss, this is normal. This will be partially offset by situations when everything quickly and immediately goes in the right direction, and brings + 100% or even higher of the transaction amount. With the growth of experience, the number of unprofitable trades will decrease to minimum values.
And finally, study the topic of creating reserve accounts at bookmakers. You will inevitably have to create new accounts to work, because with successful scalping, bookmakers will cut your gaming accounts very quickly. In order for the workflow not to be idle, you must always have a couple of accounts in reserve in running bookmakers.