Unfortunately being gubbed is part and parcel of the matched betting journey, at some point along the way you will receive the dreaded gubbing email from a bookmaker. At times when you are gubbed, you can kind of know why then other times you may place only a handful of bets and also be gubbed for no apparent reason. Whilst we cannot 100% prevent a gubbing, there are steps that we can take that can help us to preserve our account health.
What Does Being Gubbed Mean?
In a nutshell, being gubbed, or a gubbing means that your account has been limited by a bookmaker and you will no longer be able to take advantage of the special offers or promotions. Some bookmakers will go a step further and implement a stake restriction on your bets. If you are stake restricted by a bookie it means that you will not be able to place large value stakes with them. There are certain bookies that take this to the extreme and restrict you to 1p bets, yes 1p bets!
What Can You Do If You Are Gubbed?
Well, in all honesty, nothing really! You just need to take it on the chin and move on to the next profit-making opportunity at the next bookie. The important thing is to not take it personally and stew on it. Just move on, it’s not the end of the world and you can still make money. Platinum and Diamond Profit Accumulator members can take a look at this great guide on how to make money on gubbed accounts.
Do Bookies Ever Ungub?
Whilst it is not impossible it is sadly extremely rare. Once a decision has been made then no matter how much you continue to use the bookie you are unlikely to be ungubbed. It has, on occasion, happened though. Check out the ungubbed thread here on the Profit Accumulator forum for further examples.
Ways To Avoid Being Gubbed
As mentioned earlier, sometimes bookies will just gub you but you can try some things to keep your account healthy.
#1 - Don’t take the best prices on your qualifying bets every time
Rather than making the smallest qualifying loss every time on a 99% match, try taking a 90-93% match instead. Yes, you will make slightly less profit, but as long as your still making good profit from the overall offer then this is the best thing to do.
#2 - Mug bet a bad price
If you see one particular bookie with a much worse price than others, take it! This will really mark you down as both a loyal and also a mug punter to that bookie. Punters always taking value prices wouldn’t bet on, for example, Liverpool at 1.91 with them when you can readily get 2.0 elsewhere.
#3 - Place In-Play bets
Bookies are increasingly offering in-play reload promotions. As a result of this, we should be doing a lot of in-play mug bets! Bookies in-play odds tend to not be as good, so again they will love the in-play punter! Take a look at the in-play betting guide here.
#4 - Place Accumulator Bets (Multiple selections in one bet)
Bookies like punters who place accumulator or acca bets due to the fact that bookies have a much higher over-round on accas, therefore they make more profit. Platinum members can find a full guide on accumulator bets here.
#5 - Avoid Betting On Obscure Teams, Events & Sports
When you place your bets try and avoid betting on the really obscure events, aim for popular events like the Premier League or Champions League. Normal punters are unlikely to be placing bets on the Peruvian u19 League so you should not bet on this either, even if there is a great match!
#6 - Mix Up Your Stake Sizes
Don’t do every £25 promotion with a £25 bet or you will look like you are just hitting it for the bonus. If the offer is “up to £25” then you can do less. Even doing £20 will give you a good profit and not look like your just there for the bonus. Also, you can bet more than the minimum too, this will also look better on your account.
#7 - Be Consistent With The Stakes You Use On Offers & Mug Bets
Don’t mug bet with small stakes! Betting £25 on every offer then only mug betting £5 will not only look odd but will also mark you out as someone mainly interested in the offers. Mug bet at around your normal stake level.
#8 - Be Consistent With The Sports That You Bet On
You need to keep a consistent look about your account if you're going to seem like a mug punter. Don’t just jump on every offer regardless of the sport. Build up a profile of betting on certain sports and do the offers on those. If you do see a great offer on say Basketball, then, by all means, do the offer but make sure to place some Basketball mugs too.
#9 - Use Other Products On The Bookie Site
The bookies will mainly restrict you on account of your sports bets but if they are unsure and see you have a history of casino play then they may be more reluctant to restrict you and lose a good customer. The best way to do this without losing money long term is to do the +EV casino promotions.
#10 - Browse The Bookie
Browse the bookie! Mug punters don’t just log in and place their bets and leave. They peruse the site for a while and check out odds on other events, promotions etc.
#11 - Use Your Mobile To Place Bets With
More bets are placed by mug punters on their phones these days, than on any other device. Make sure you regularly do this too.
The main takeaway from this is do not be afraid of being gubbed. If it happens it happens, there are plenty of bookies out there for us to take advantage of.
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