Review: Bet Angel Professional

Trading Software

"Bet Angel is a superb piece of kit that has been developed by professional sports traders for professional sports traders."

Bet Angel Professional is a market-leading Betfair trading software. It is the most feature-packed on the market and includes several unique features such as dedicated sport-specific trading elements and automation that gives it the edge over other offerings. It is available for both Betfair and Betdaq and whilst it only works natively on Windows operating system, it runs perfectly well on Mac using desktop virtualisation software such as Parallels.

There are multiple versions/levels of the software but i’m only going to be focusing on the Professional level in this review as it is the most full featured.

How Does Betfair Trading Software Work?

Betfair trading software allows sports traders to see the full depth of the markets through ladder interfaces. This helps traders analyse markets much more effectively whilst also providing them with the edge of instant one click order placement and greening up when hedging a trade. Bet Angel trading software provides a platform for novice users to seamlessly execute these standard functions whilst also offering more advanced users a string of extra functions.

If you’re new to sports trading and are not quite sure why traders use software then you may want to have a read of our Betfair Trading Software Overview.

What Do I Get with Bet Angel Professional?

One year’s subscription to the feature-packed Bet Angel trading software for Betfair gets you access to all of the features discussed in this review, including Soccer Mystic, Tennis Trader and Automation. There’s a 14-day free trial available, that provides access to all features, whilst the Betdaq version is completely free.

Bet Angel Trading Software

What Edge Will It Give Me?

Bet Angel Professional may be the priciest Betfair trading software on the market but it is justified given the extra unique features it offers over its rivals such as Automation, Excel Integration and the specialised Tennis Trader.

If you want to take your trading to a professional level then Bet Angel will provide you with a significant edge in your sports trading.

What Features Does Bet Angel Offer?

This is a feature-packed software that is reliable and offers many more functions than all its competitors. Below is a full list of the its main features and what functions they allow a trader to perform:

Guardian + Guardian Watch List

Guardian is the market management tool within Bet Angel. It organises, manages and keeps track of trades across any markets that you have added to it. If you have any automation assigned to any of these markets it will work away in the background and implement them for you.

Guardian Watch List allows users to group together a set of markets and keep an eye on the pertinent information contained within them in one list.

Guardian and the Guardian Watch List are where users select the markets they wish to trade by bringing them up in a more detailed display such as the ladder or one-click interface.

In Guardian you can also:

  • Load in Excel spreadsheets to export data from the markets you have selected
  • ‘Quick pick’ the horse racing card for the day ahead

Market Overview

When pulling up a horse race you’ll see the first few horses in order of favouritism for the number of ladders you have selected. But of course, you may need to keep your eye on what is happening to the other runners in the race – this is where market overview fulfils its function. You can see a range of trading information for every runner in the race contained in one overview window.

Advanced Charting

Charting allows you to cherry pick indicators and visualise them in your own customised format. You can create charts that layer indicator over indicator for a full graphical representation of what is happening in the market.  There are 5 pre-loaded charts which work perfectly fine if you would rather just use them instead of going to the extent of making your own charting.

Excel Spreadsheet Integration

Advanced traders may wish to use this function for an extra level of data analysis and manipulation to produce levels of functionality that may not currently be accommodated by Bet Angel. Users can pull and stream data from the Betfair markets directly into their own customised Excel spreadsheets.

Soccer Mystic

Soccer Mystic allows traders to model football matches pre-kick off so they can interpret how odds are likely to move. With strategies in mind you can get an accurate estimate of how the odds will be affected in relation to market events. For example, if you are looking to lay the draw you can get a rough idea of how much the odds will change if the away side scored first.

Tennis Trader

Bet Angel’s Tennis Trader is a specialist part of the software that allows tennis traders to manage their in-play positions whilst also modelling and profiling the movement of odds in relation to match events. For example, you can profile what will happen to the odds if there is a break of service and then make your own judgement on how much upside or downside risk your current position has. There is no doubt about it, if you are a tennis trader then this tool will give you a significant edge over the market.

Automation

Another unique feature of Bet Angel is the ability to fully automate your trading. Within Automation you can create rules files which will automatically carry out the trading instructions you put into it. Having used this feature myself I found it a very easy tool to get to grips with. This is the only software on the market which offers this advanced feature.

Test any new automation rules files you create in practice mode first so that if you’ve made any errors then it will not cost you a chunk of your bank!

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Reliability

The software is fast, responsive and provides great reliability. I have never had any issues with it and have never heard any mention of any issues from other users.

Level of Customisation

Bet Angel offers customisation in terms of charting and all the extra functionality that comes with being able to manipulate data through linking Excel spreadsheets up to the software. The Bet Angel display can also be customised so multiple tabs can be produced in pop out screens that can be placed anywhere on your screen. The look and feel of the ladder interface can also be customised in a manner of ways including text size and the colour and placement of indicators.

If you’re a new trader tackling the horses pre-race then it’s recommended to use a refresh rate of around 750ms – any faster and it will be an information overload that will end up confusing your decision making.

Feature Differences

Bet Angel basic offers the standard functions you would expect in any sports trading software and includes the Advanced Charting feature. However, if you really want to get the most out of Bet Angel then it really is worth investing in the Professional package which includes all the features listed above. The likes of Tennis Trader will provide a serious edge to any aspiring professional whilst the Excel functionality is perfect for those that love to delve deeper into the data.

Support and Training

Having contacted the Bet Angel support team regarding a question I had about the software I found their responses to be very quick and helpful. We found a solution to the issue I had.

Training wise, there is an excellent visual user guide available on the company website plus numerous ‘How To’ videos recorded by Peter Webb for almost every aspect of the software by on their YouTube channel. The Bet Angel forum also has a support section where professional traders who work for the company will answer your queries about how to use features within the software such as Automation.

The Bet Angel forum offers a wealth of information and has just had a user interface update in early 2017, as do Peter Webb’s YouTube videos. It’s a good idea to search these if you have a question about the software or about trading in general.

Pricing

There are numerous pricing options available for Bet Angel but annually it costs £149.99 and a 6-month subscription is £99.99.

I’m not sure if this is still the case, but when I subscribed there seemed to be an ever-permanent discount code displayed in Guardian when you loaded up the software. It may be worth signing up for the free trial first in the hope you can get the discount code which (if I remember correctly) £50 off the annual subscription.

There is a full featured, 14-day free trial which you should avail of to consider whether it is the trading software for you. For full pricing options, click here: https://www.betangel.com/pricing

Bet Angel on Mac and PC

The software only works natively on Windows operating system – so if you’re on a PC you’re good to go. If, however, you’re a Mac owner then you can either install Bootcamp and Windows 10 (which, quite frankly, is real a pain to do) or download Windows virtualisation software such as Parallels on which you can run Windows 10 directly from your Mac OS desktop.

I done both. You can expand the boxes below to view the pros and cons of both of my experiences:

Running Bet Angel via Paralells

  • Much easier to install and get Bet Angel working – took a maximum of 20 minutes
  • Could hear the software audio alerts during my Pre-Race trading
  • Loads up in a matter of seconds – no need to restart your Mac every time you’re preparing for a trading session
  • Must purchase both Windows 10 and Parallels (although it’s worth it if you don’t want to have the immense hassle of Bootcamp!)
  • Can be quite intensive on your Mac’s resources. My ‘desktop’ Mac sounded like it was going to take flight at times – however, this was my older 13” 2013 Macbook Pro I was using. I never had this issue on my 12” 2016 Macbook

Running Bet Angel via Bootcamp

  • Bet Angel worked pretty much seamlessly once it was finally installed
  • Bootcamp is free to install as it’s a Mac application
  • It took me around 4 hours to get Bootcamp installed as my Mac ran into numerous problems in which I had to scour Apple forums to find the answers to specific issues
  • You have to purchase Windows 10
  • Must turn your Mac off and reboot it to load up Windows, likewise if switching back to your Mac OS
  • The sound on Windows didn’t work through my Mac’s internal speakers so I had to connect it to Bluetooth all the time so I could hear Bet Angel’s audio signals during Pre-Race trading
  • You have to allocate at portion of your hard drive (called ‘partitioning’) to Bootcamp – this takes up at least 20gb

Final Thoughts

Bet Angel is a superb piece of kit that has been developed by professional sports traders for professional sports traders. The number of unique features and level of functionality it offers means that it is a fantastic option for anyone looking to invest in their trading set-up.

If you’ve heard a lot about another software you like, but you like this too then don’t worry – it’s ok to have both! Many traders use more than one software. Personally, I use Bet Angel for my Horse Racing and Automated trading whilst using Geeks Toy for my pre-match football trading. The bottom line is that if you choose Bet Angel you will be taking a step in the right direction to developing your own edge over the Betfair and Betdaq markets.

Top Tips

  • When creating new automation files make sure to test them in practice mode to avoid any potential disasters!
  • Use a refresh rate of between 500-750ms when trading Pre-Race Horse Racing, any lower and it will be information overload (750ms is recommended for those starting out)
  • In regards to practice mode, I have it on good authority from The Intuitive Trader on Twitter (Follow him here: @_SportsTrading_) that “those new to trading should not use the software in practice mode for long as Betfair will delay their feed. Betfair do not like you testing a system or strategies without placing trades/bets.”
  • Related to this, it’s a good idea NOT to use Practice mode as a newbie trader as the mental reality of using practice mode vs using real money (even if you’re just using the minimum £2 stakes) is very different. When practising your trading it’s recommended you use Live mode with real money and just use the minimum £2 stakes.
  • Includes excellent sport-specific software elements such as Tennis Trader and Soccer Mystic
  • The only Betfair trading software that has an Automation feature
  • Outstanding Excel integration
  • Available for both Betfair and Betdaq (and is completely free to use on Betdaq)
  • Made by sports trading professionals for sports trading professionals
  • Works seamlessly on Parallels for any Mac users out there
  • No Betfair video integration
  • Only works natively on Windows PCs and laptops
  • Installation on a Mac costs extra using desktop visualisation software such as Parallels, whereas the alternative involves the painstakingly arduous process of installing Bootcamp

FAQ

Do I need software to trade Betfair?

For some sports and markets you don’t necessarily need it but it does greatly help. If you were attempting to trade Horse Racing pre-race without specialised trading software then you would find it almost impossible.

Does Bet Angel include a practice mode?

Yes – and you can carry out any automation tests in practice mode too.

Where can I get Parallels desktop visualisation software?

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