# Arb bets - profitable or not

23.03.2021

What is the arbs? Are the arbs still alive in 2021? What is a scanner? How to look for arbitration situations? What are the arbs? How do bookmakers react and fight arbitrageurs? How much do players earn on arbs and what difficulties they have to face. We will talk about all this in our today's material.

## What is the arbs?

Forks - a way to make money on the difference in odds in bookmakers. There are a lot of bookmakers now and, fortunately, they are not synchronized. If there is a load in one bookmaker, they are forced to reduce the coefficients for the loaded shoulder, and increase the coefficients on the opposite side. As a result, arbitrage situations arise, on which arbitrageurs can make money.

The essence of a surebet or an arbitrage situation: a bet on all its shoulders makes a profit regardless of the outcome of the event.

Also, fluctuations in the coefficients may arise due to new information on the event and other factors. All bookmakers are different and, with varying degrees of efficiency, change the odds in connection with such changes. It is not so important what caused the arb, the fact is that you can make money on it.

## Example of an arbitration situation:

Two tennis players (for example, this is Souza and Janessie) are given equal odds of 1.95 each. Bookmaker 1 recorded its load on Sousa and increased the odds on Janessie to 2.10. In office 2, on the contrary, the Italian was loaded, and the bookmakers were forced to raise the odds for Sousa to 2.10.

What do we end up with? If you bet on both outcomes through these two offices, we will make a profit for any outcome of the match.

In office 1 we bet 20,000 rubles on Janessi for 2.10;

In office 2 we bet 20,000 rubles for Souza for 2.10.

This is the arb. If Janessie wins, we get a winnings of 20,000 x 2.10 = 42,000 rubles in the first office. If Souza wins - the same win in the second. In total, we placed 40,000 rubles and received a guaranteed profit of +2,000 rubles (or 5% of the transaction). Yes, not much. But without risks (almost). The system is considered a win-win on paper, but in reality, arbs contain some risks.

## What arbs can be?

Arbs have a lot of varieties, here are a few of them:

1. Two-way arbs. This is the arb as in the previous example, the simplest one. They are immediately visible in the lines, you can even calculate them in your head. Not only victories are suitable, but also any mutually exclusive outcomes: TB (3.5) and TM (3.5), both will score and both will not score, X and 12, each period more than 2.5 goals (yes, no) and so Further.

1. Three-way arbs. This fork is already more complicated, they contain three arms at once, for example, three outcomes in a football match. Or 3-way total. It is no longer so easy to identify them, and for calculating the amounts of bets on the shoulders, you cannot do without a calculator.

1. Multiple arbs. There are even more outcomes in arbs. As a rule, such situations are associated with accurate scores of matches. In tennis, there are four options for such outcomes, and in volleyball or tabletop there are even six.

1. Uneven arbs. This is the case when one of the outcomes of the arb is much more likely than the others. For example, a three-way fork for the Zenit - Khimki match. Odds: 1.35-6.9-14.00. Obviously, the first outcome is much more likely. We can distribute the rates so that all the profit falls on the victory of “Zenith”. To do this, you need to bet there 78.36%, on X - 14.5%, and on P2 only 7.14% in order to get a refund of the bet amount in case of an unexpected outcome.

1. Incomplete arbs. This is a surebet, which has a small probability of losing on all the shoulders. For example, we bet one shoulder on TB (167.5) points in basketball for 2.25, and the second bet on TM (165.5) points for 2.20. We will be satisfied with almost all options, except for the total of exactly 166 or 167 points. In this case, neither TM nor TB plays, and we get a loss on both leverage of the bet.

1. Live and prematch arbs. Only some of the forks are placed before the game. The surebet is much more popular and profitable, where both shoulders are placed in live or one is placed before the match, and the second is already in the course of the game.

## How to find and calculate arbs

It is no longer necessary to search for them manually, although this is a rather useful skill. There are many paid, free and shareware services for detecting arbitration situations, they are called "scanners". All scanners contain a handy calculator for calculating the bet amount. In just a few clicks, the scanner will identify arbs in dozens of bookmakers and calculate the amount of bets on the shoulders. All that remains is to put them in your bookmakers and wait for the profit.

Popular free ards scanner

## How bookmakers relate to ards

The main risks of this activity lie in the plane of how the bookmaker treats arbs. He dislikes them, to put it mildly, and in every possible way tries to impede their activities.

For example:

1. Bookmakers cut limits at the most inopportune moment;
2. Bookmakers block accounts and do not allow betting at all;
3. Bookmakers calculate the winning odds as a return;
4. Bookmakers simply cancel bet acceptance.

Often, the bookmakers have nothing to do with it, and the player himself may make a mistake in the calculations, distribute the shoulders of a complex arb incorrectly, fail to cover the desired outcome, and so on. As a result, he can lose an impressive part of the working bank, and in some cases the entire bankroll.

In the last couple of years, bookmakers have effectively learned how to identify players who make money on arbitrage situations. There are a few professional tricks on how to keep counts longer, we'll cover them at the end of the article. But the result will always be the same: blocking or cutting the account. As a result, you will have to look for a drop, verify a new account and repeat this cycle again and again in each office.

Only professional bookmakers (“Pinnacle”, “SBObet”, individual bookmakers) and betting exchanges, mainly “Betfair”, are loyal to surebets. Large offices (Marathonbet, Bet3652, William Hill2, 188Bet, Dafa) will work longer. Small offices ("Zenith" or "Betcity") can cut the account after the first bet on arbs.

## So the arbs alive in 2021?

The strategy has been dying for years. But you can still make money for bread and butter with forks. It's just that if ten years ago the arbers took out new apartments and cars from the bookmaker with minimal effort, now they have to work even just to secure an average decent salary.

Normal expectations from this profession: 20% of the bankroll with relatively small risks per month. It is more profitable than keeping money in a bank, more reliable and more stable than at normal rates. At least in terms of profit distribution. The cost of a scanner is usually no more than 10% of the profit.

## A few tips for beginner arbers

The betting account of arb is not forever. Bookmakers will cut it, you will inevitably have to change your account more than once. First, try all the offices with personal accounts. Then use the data of relatives, friends and acquaintances. Then - relatives and friends of acquaintances. If you stay in the subject, you still have to go to the drops - purchased sets of documents of strangers.

## To make each account live longer:

1. Dilute arbitrage rates with regular ones. Better even if these are openly popan bets, such as an express with five outcomes. The offices love that.

1. Try not to use small offices and unpopular sports. The best markets for betting on arbitrage situations are the main line of TOP football matches, they are much more likely to be missed in the general stream of bets by bookmakers.

1. Try to avoid the pop bets that free scanners give. Buy a paid subscription or search manually for arbs, this is also less noticeable for bookmakers and, in addition, more profitable. Do not spare money for a paid scanner, a good scanner pays off with interest.

1. Don't be fooled if the bookmakers give an obvious error. There are no arbs with a yield of 30%, even if they are offered by scanners. In the best case, they will calculate your leverage as a return, and in the worst case, the bookmakers have arranged a special trap for arbers. Then, in addition to the return of the bet, you will also lose your next account.

In general, if you already use surebets, try not to attract attention to the maximum and not to violate other rules of the bookmaker's office. Also useful:

1. Withdraw money from the account less often;
2. Do not place exact amounts on arbs issued by the scanner;
3. Do not place bets on the entire amount that is on the account;
4. Do not go to the bookmaker's office through scanners;
5. Do not use additional automatic programs for placing bets.

On the Internet, you can find complex solutions for novice arbers: scanner, provision of accounts, sale of drops, full consulting support. Such projects will teach you all the intricacies of a new profession from scratch and help you earn the first money on the forks yourself.