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In difficult times of self-isolation and social distancing, betting companies’ demand for online services has significantly increased. There are a few reasons why the number of wagerers grows by the minute. For some, sports betting is a great way to have fun and get maximum enjoyment from watching a sports event. For others, it is an opportunity to earn some money. Or maybe even make betting the primary source of income. Another category of bettors uses bookmakers as a kind of market, finding those interested in their services among the bettors.

So what types of players can you see in bookmaker shops?

Those who play for fun


The amateurs are the most straightforward clients of the bookmakers. This category of players bets on sports for pleasure and considers winning a pleasant bonus. They are attracted to sports betting for its emotional component, not the monetary aspect. They seldom adhere to a strategy, relying on their own experience and sports analysts’ predictions.

Usually, they opt for bets that are easiest to understand: “who will win”, “what score will be”, “both will score”. Often amateurs are beginners or those who rarely place bets. This category should be considered rather as an interim one. Eventually, players cease being satisfied with random winnings, and they either move into the category of professionals or stop cooperating with the bookmaker.

Those who play for money

This category is extensive and includes the most diverse methods to get a guaranteed cash prize. Some rely on their own knowledge and experience, while others use someone else’s practices to help them.

A “fork” is the easiest way not to lose too much money. These types of players use arbitration situations to insure their bet against losing. By betting on two opposite outcomes of a sporting event, taking into account the difference in the odds, the “fork man” will win back one of the bets in any case.

The net profit of such bettors is approximately 5-10% of each bet. And given the fact that this strategy is aimed at a long-term process, the profits are pretty tangible. Some of the “fork men” even make this their primary source of income, but betting companies are fighting against these dishonest players. It is pretty easy to track such game tactics because all information about existing accounts is online. The bookmakers’ administration implements sanctions to such players reducing the odds or freezing the money in the account. The most avid ones might even have their account blocked.

Another type of professional player is a capper. Their activity is linked to the analysis of sports events. Cappers often earn in two ways: place bets from their account according to their own analysis and offer their services to other bettors, earning a good dividend from such cooperation.

The activity of cappers is absolutely legal. This requires time and effort and is almost a whole science. There are not so many good cappers, and beginner bettors are likely to contact a fraudster. In most cases, such people fanatically guarantee a one hundred percent result without providing any arguments. Special platforms have been created to combat pseudo-cappers, where it is possible to see a “white list” of analysts. In addition, professional analysts use a verifier device that fixes the bet in the network rating.

Many bookmakers offer good bonus programs to attract new customers. This can be money to spend on the first bet, free bets or points. The so-called “bonus hunters” business is built on these privileges. The primary purpose of this category of bettors is to use the bonus, make a free bet and withdraw money in case of victory. These players have multiple accounts, sometimes issued on someone else’s or fake documents. They will be mercilessly banned if the bookmaker tracks down the “bonus hunter”.

it is also possible to make money in the live mode with an after goal bet. The essence of the method is to place a bet in real-time on something that has already happened. In order for this to work, the player must get up-to-date information about events on the field before the bookmaker. For example, a player is at the stadium and places a bet using a mobile application. Or has a higher connection speed than the bookmaker.
Such a situation is described in the rules of operation of betting companies. The bookmaker, at his discretion, can either allow such a bet or issue a refund.

Also noteworthy are the so-called quota betters – those who place bets based on mathematical calculations. Instead of taking into account analysts’ predictions or hoping for luck, they develop a strategy that works using a scientific approach, which is kept in secret. Quota betters are a rare phenomenon nowadays; they try not to advertise their achievements and not stand out from the crowd, although their actions are absolutely legal.

Those who play dirty


The most dangerous types of bettors are doggers and pseudo-doggers. They do not care about the fact that what they do to win is illegal. Dogger is a bettor that places a bet knowing the outcome of the sports event in advance.

There are many options: doggers make a deal with athletes, buy information, and even organize fixed matches. It is very difficult to detect and even more so to prove the player’s engagement. However, if a bookmaker is alerted by a bet that is out of the picture, with a high degree of probability, they will pass the information to the regulatory authorities.

Pseudo-bloggers are fraudsters who offer to sell information about match-fixing, guaranteeing a good win. To attract more new customers, they can offer their services for free at the first bet.

Pseudo-doggers can either ask for an upfront fee or a post-payment from grateful bettors. Their primary strategy is to divide all customers into two groups and give the opposite predictions to each. In any case, 50% of the bets will win. This means that the larger the customer base, the more dividends the fraudster will receive.


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Kristaps is an expert in the field of online casinos. Since the age of 20, he has been interested in casino games; poker and blackjack are his favorites. Thanks to his studies and work experience, he has found himself a gambling critic and analyst. He likes to share his own authentic experience with the audience, so his articles are very informative. Kristaps' lifelong dream is to participate in a poker tournament in Las Vegas.



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