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New ‘Sports Trading for Beginners’ Email Course and Competition Details

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Last month (Sept 2017) I made the decision that I needed to write a new Sports Trading Email Course for the website and replace the original version – despite only having launched the previous course when STT started in August 2017. Some of you may be wondering why I’ve done this, so I wanted to give my reasoning and also let you in on some details of the course and the cracking competition I’ve launched it with!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you want to go ahead straight to the sign-up page for the course and find out more about the competition, you can do so by clicking here. (Competition closes 9pm BST Wednesday 25th of October 2017)

The New Email Course – ‘Sports Trading for Beginners’

First, let’s start with an overview of the new course.

‘Sports Trading for Beginners’ takes the subscriber on a 12 Lesson journey of life as beginner sports trader. It follows from my own frustrating first year experience in which I wasted too much time, energy and money because the year I spent learning had absolutely no direction.

This course is not a ‘How to Trade Betfair’ course because I am not a professional sports trader and have never claimed to be (although it is one of my personal goals to reach that level someday!)

However, the key reason I set up this site was for it to be a one-stop hub for aspiring traders to find their feet in sports trading as quickly as possible. If I can be of benefit to these people by sharing knowledge from my own, and other newbies, sports trading learning experiences then that’s part of the goal achieved.

Course Content

So, more about the actual content of the course. As you can see below, these are the 12 lessons included in the email course:

  • Preview: Top tips when starting out – such as not setting financial goals and also limiting stake sizes
  • Lesson 1: Information about sports trading, what it is and how it works
  • Lesson 2: The best places to begin
  • Lesson 3: What computer setups are needed to trade (Covering both Windows and Mac)
  • Lesson 4: An Overview of Betfair Trading Software
  • Lesson 5: An Overview of One Day Trading Courses
  • Lesson 6: What a trading ‘edge’ is and how to start on the path to defining your own
  • Lesson 7: Bankrolling your trading (money management) and the use of practice mode
  • Lesson 8: How to choose which sport to trade
  • Lesson 9: An overview of the best resources for Pre-Race Horse Racing Trading
  • Lesson 10: Football Trading
  • Lesson 11: Common mistakes new traders make and how to avoid them (planning ahead and seeing which obstacles 99% of new traders need to overcome)
  • Lesson 12: Setting expectations for your journey
  • Further Lessons: After the initial 12 Lessons I’ll be sharing more knowledge in the form of blogs, tips and other information I’ve found along the way of my journey

Exclusive Discounts

Throughout the course, I’ve also sourced some exclusive discounts for the best tools around. I wanted to do this to help new traders get their hands on what are generally regarded as the best learning resources.

This’ll help them save a few quid when starting out as we all know tools and learning resources can be a bit of an expense. But hey, you need to invest a little bit if you’re going to learn, right?

These discounts are only to be found in the Email Course and aren’t even on this website – so if you want to get your hands on them you can sign-up to the course via the competition page.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Sign-Up to the Free Email Course” style=”3d” color=”warning” size=”lg” align=”center” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-book” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2FSportsTradingforBeginnersCompetition||target:%20_blank|”][vc_column_text]

Why a New Course So Early On?

Quite simply the course I had on here at launch (Sports Trading: 8 Steps to Discovering Yoru Edge’) wasn’t good enough. It had no direction and pretty much was just a scattergun of emails that I thought some people might find useful. When I read back on them I had to

When I read back on them I had to ask myself “If I was someone completely new to trading, would this information help me?” and to be honest, it wouldn’t. It would have made the whole process more confusing.

So with this new course I wanted to do a few things:

  • Add more basic information such as the advantages of trading over betting, trading setups and how Betfair trading software works,
  • Give the course a sense of direction. This included 1) providing a starting base anyone could get started with, 2) showing them a path to find out what style of trading or sports suited them and 3) giving them a platform for going forward
  • Provide information on only the finest tools and learning resources around
  • Give exclusive discounts so people can save that little bit when investing their hard earned money into learning resources and tools

I think i’ve achieved these things with this course, but i’m always happy for suggestions as to how I could improve it. If you have an idea, contact me through this page.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

The Competition

To launch this new course i’ve set up a cracking competition with over £500’s worth of sports trading prizes. Anyone can enter and you’re more than welcome to do so – get your name in the hat by clicking here. The competition ends on Wednesday 25th of October 2017 and 2 winners will be chosen.

These are the prizes on offer:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2716″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text](I’d like to thank @101Trader on Twitter, who, in a very generous random act of kindness, donated a lot of the books that are in the competition – there are some absolute corkers in there. So here’s a shout out to him for being so very kind to donate them to me for use in promoting the website!)

So that’s it, guys! If you have any questions about the course or the competition then feel free to get in touch with me via Twitter. I hope you enjoy the course when you sign-up to it!

Good luck,

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Apple Mac Set Ups for Betfair Sports Trading

[vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1498050547697{border: 1px solid #cecece !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This post is for Apple Mac trading set ups only, if you want to find out how to set your Windows up for trading please see this post here.

Let’s not beat around the bush – the support for Betfair Trading Software for Apple Macs is limited. However, I’m a Mac user and persevered through all the obstacles to get both Geeks Toy and Bet Angel running on my 12” Macbook and my 13” Macbook. However, this was a major pain to do due to the 3rd party software you have to install to enable this. It was only months afterwards that I realised I could have just used a software called BetTrader – the only software that runs on a Mac without any extra expensive or time consuming software.

I have provided an overview of how BetTrader works on Macs at the bottom of the page.

The Best iMacs for Sports Trading

Pretty much any iMac will be suitable for Betfair sports trading. With their great, big screens (usually 21.5” or more) they have plenty of screen space. The only thing you want to be wary of is that it has enough gb of memory so that it can handle the multitasking you may ask it to do.

For this reason, I’d recommend you buy something that has at least 4gb of memory. You don’t have to break the bank for an iMac as you can easily get a decent refurbished machine for between £450-700.

To find an Amazon list of iMacs suitable for Betfair Sports Trading, click here. 

The Best Macbooks for Sports Trading

Using a laptop for sports trading, whether it’s a Windows or a Macbook, is not ideal in any situation. However, you can have your Macbook as the main machine and hook it up to an external monitor or two to give you all the extra screen space you need.

If you plan to get a Macbook I’d advise getting one that has at least 4gb of memory. If you plan to run Bet Angel or Geeks Toy on it using 3rd party software them I’d also advise getting one that’s powerful in terms of processing power and has at least 8gb of memory as running these software through 3rd party software takes an awful strain on Macbooks, as per my experience.

To find an Amazon list of Macbooks that are suitable for Betfair Sports Trading, see here. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_separator el_width=”80″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

The Best External Monitors for Sports Trading

Budget Monitors

There’s no need to break the bank when it comes to external monitors to hook up to your Apple iMac or Macbook. Anything 21” or above will be suitable and HDMI monitors of this size can be bought from between £80-90.

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Currently, I have 2 external 21” monitors, but if I could pick any monitor I wanted then I’d be going for this 29” Inch HD Curved LG Monitor:[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1506948643640{margin-left: 100px !important;}”][vc_raw_js]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[/vc_raw_js][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_js]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[/vc_raw_js][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_separator el_width=”80″][vc_column_text]

Recommended Sports Trading Software for Apple Mac Users

 Thankfully, there’s at least one Betfair Trading Software that works on Macs – BetTrader. If you’re an Apple user I recommend just using it as the processes for installing any other software adds an extra expense and a lot of convoluted messing about that can take hours! (Speaking from experience).

BetTrader is great because it:

  • Is reasonably priced
  • Has great support and user manuals
  • Works on a Mac without any fuss
  • Works through an internet browser so you account can be accessed anytime or any computer

I highly recommend you use Chrome as your internet browser when using BetTrader as it will give you the best experience.

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My Sports Trading Set Ups

I’m an Apple Mac user so my trading set up is quite complicated – this is because I insisted on having both Bet Angel and Geeks Toy (and then also BetTrader!) on both of my Macbooks.

My Desktop Set Up

My desktop set up is:

  • 1x Apple Macbook Pro 13”
  • 2x 21” Samsung HD Monitors
  • With both Geeks Toy and Bet Angel installed

How I got Geeks Toy and Bet Angel to both work on my Macbook Pro is a convoluted process that no one should have to go through! I installed Apple’s own Bootcamp software and purchased Windows 10. Because of numerous issues that popped up along the way this took around a total of 4 hours get to the point where I could use both software seamlessly.

This set up means I can reboot my Mac and load it up in either Mac OS or Windows.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2729″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]My Laptop Set Up

My laptop set up is:

  • 1x Apple Macbook 12”
  • Geeks Toy (installed with Wine), Bet Angel (installed with Parallels) and BetTrader installed

As well as my Macbook that I use as a desktop nowadays, I also own a 12” Macbook and am able to run Geeks Toy on it, however this a combination of hours of patience and Wine (not the alcohol). Wine is a 3rd party software that allows you to install Windows applications on Mac. Again, due to technical hitches, it took around 2-3 hours for me to get this working. It doesn’t work entirely seamlessly either – but it’s my preferred set up as it’s quick and easy to load up.

I also have BetTrader installed – it runs seamlessly as it works natively on a Mac – this is because it runs through an internet browser such as Chrome.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2730″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]If I was starting out again, and had to use my Macbooks, I’d simply install BetTrader and use it due to the fact it’s absolutely no hassle to get set up.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Windows Set Ups for Betfair Sports Trading” banner_desc=”Windows User? This Guide to Trading Set Ups Has You Covered.” icon_disp=”with_heading” banner_icon=”Defaults-desktop” banner_image=”id^2653|url^http://www.sportstradingtools.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Windows-10-Screenshot.jpg|caption^null|alt^null|title^Windows 10 Screenshot|description^null” banner_height=”ult-banner-block-custom-height” banner_height_val=”200″ link_opts=”more” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fwindows-set-ups-betfair-sports-trading%2F||target:%20_blank|” banner_link_text=”Find Out More” banner_overlay_bg_color=”#4aa8c3″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”BetTrader Review” banner_desc=”The Best Betfair Trading Software for Macs.” icon_disp=”with_heading” banner_icon=”Defaults-line-chart” banner_image=”id^1837|url^http://www.sportstradingtools.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/BetTrader-Pre-Race-Horse-Racing-Ladder-Screenshot.jpg|caption^BetTrader Pre-Race Horse Racing, Ladder Screenshot|alt^BetTrader Pre-Race Horse Racing, Ladder Screenshot|title^BetTrader Pre-Race Horse Racing, Ladder Screenshot|description^BetTrader Pre-Race Horse Racing, Ladder Screenshot” banner_height=”ult-banner-block-custom-height” banner_height_val=”200″ link_opts=”more” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fbettrader%2F||target:%20_blank|” banner_link_text=”Read the Review” banner_overlay_bg_color=”#4aa8c3″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

 
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Windows Set Ups for Betfair Sports Trading

[vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1498050547697{border: 1px solid #cecece !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column_text]This post is for Windows trading set ups only, if you want to find out how to set your Apple Mac up for trading please see this post here.

I understand most of you may have some or most of these items and are ready to set up your Betfair trading software and get started, but if not here’s some information about what sort of computer equipment will suit for the purposes of sports trading.

All of these will support pretty much any and every Betfair Trading Software and I’ve discussed this a bit more at the bottom of the page.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

The Best Windows Desktops for Sports Trading

I’m assuming you may already have a desktop or laptop, but if not then here are a couple of options for you. One is a budget option that won’t cost an arm and a leg but is powerful enough to suit your trading needs, whereas the other is a higher spec All-in-One desktop that has some benefits over the budget version.

Budget Option

This Lenovo All-in-One 19” desktop should do the trick. It doesn’t break the bank at £319.99 and should be powerful enough to deal with running any Betfair trading software whilst. It also has built-in speakers which will be particularly handy if you’re using the same monitor to watch Racing UK, At The Races or just using Betfair’s own live feed for any sport you’re trading.

If you find you need any more screen space then this will also allow you to hook up an external HDMI monitor with ease.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1506948643640{margin-left: 100px !important;}”][vc_raw_js]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[/vc_raw_js][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_js]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[/vc_raw_js][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Higher Spec Option

This Lenovo Ideacentre 23” will be perfect for your trading needs. The benefits it has over the budget option is that it has much more screen space and will have no trouble dealing with any multitasking.

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The Best Windows Laptops for Sports Trading

Laptops are not ideal for trading, mainly due to the limited screen space, but if you’re investing in a new bit of kit you may want something that is more multipurpose and can be taken with you on the go.

Budget Options

I’ve picked a selection of laptops on the Amazon website. Any of these should be more than capable of handling the job that a Betfair trader needs it to do. They’re all priced between £260 and £399.99 and have a minimum 15” screen size. Just like the desktop above you will be able to hook up an external monitor to them for when you’re at home and have your trading set up on a desk.

See the best budget laptop options by clicking here.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Higher Spec Options

These options are mainly the top of the grade laptops that will pretty much be able to handle anything that you throw at them. They will be more than sufficient for your trading exploits. Again, just as above, it will be no trouble adding external monitors to increase your screen space.

See the best higher spec laptops by clicking here. (Please ignore any touchscreen tablets or laptops with 13” monitors that are in the search results. These are not sufficient for trading.)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator el_width=”80″][vc_column_text]

The Best External Monitors for Sports Trading

Budget Monitors

There’s no need to break the bank when it comes to monitors. Anything 21” or above will be suitable and HDMI monitors of this size can be bought from between £80-90.

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Currently, I have 2 external 21” monitors, but if I could pick any monitor I wanted then I’d be going for this 29” Inch HD Curved LG Monitor:[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1506948643640{margin-left: 100px !important;}”][vc_raw_js]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[/vc_raw_js][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_raw_js]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[/vc_raw_js][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_separator el_width=”80″][vc_column_text]

Recommended Sports Trading Software for Windows Users

All of these set ups will work with any Betfair Trading Software, but my advice to newcomers is that Geeks Toy is the perfect trading software to begin with for a number of reasons:

  • It’s very reasonably priced at £20 for 3 months subscription or £60 for 12 months
  • It has all the functions that you need when you’re just starting out
  • It’s very reliable as it very rarely has any issues

You can find out more about Geeks Toy, here.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator el_width=”80″][vc_column_text]

My Sports Trading Set Ups

I’m an Apple Mac user so my trading set up is quite complicated – this is because I insisted on having both Bet Angel and Geeks Toy (and then also BetTrader!) on both of my Macbooks.

My Desktop Set Up

My desktop set up is:

  • 1x Apple Macbook Pro 13”
  • 2x 21” Samsung HD Monitors
  • With both Geeks Toy and Bet Angel installed

How I got Geeks Toy and Bet Angel to both work on my Macbook Pro is a convoluted process that no one should have to go through! I installed Apple’s own Bootcamp software and purchased Windows 10. Because of numerous issues that popped up along the way this took around a total of 4 hours get to the point where I could use both software seamlessly.

This set up means I can reboot my Mac and load it up in either Mac OS or Windows.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2729″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]My Laptop Set Up

My laptop set up is:

  • 1x Apple Macbook 12”
  • Geeks Toy (installed with Wine), Bet Angel (installed with Parallels) and BetTrader installed

As well as my Macbook that I use as a desktop nowadays, I also own a 12” Macbook and am able to run Geeks Toy on it, however this a combination of hours of patience and Wine (not the alcohol). Wine is a 3rd party software that allows you to install Windows applications on Mac. Again, due to technical hitches, it took around 2-3 hours for me to get this working. It doesn’t work entirely seamlessly either – but it’s my preferred set up as it’s quick and easy to load up.

I also have BetTrader installed – it runs seamlessly as it works natively on a Mac – this is because it runs through an internet browser such as Chrome.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2730″ img_size=”medium” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]If I was starting out again I’d simply buy myself an All-in-One Windows desktop machine that was purely dedicated to running Geeks Toy and the use of any TV pictures to inform my trading.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Mac Set Ups for Betfair Sports Trading” banner_desc=”Apple Mac User? This Guide to Trading Set Ups Has You Covered.” icon_disp=”with_heading” banner_icon=”Defaults-desktop” banner_image=”id^2654|url^http://www.sportstradingtools.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Apple-Mac.jpg|caption^null|alt^null|title^Apple Mac|description^null” banner_height=”ult-banner-block-custom-height” banner_height_val=”200″ link_opts=”more” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fapple-mac-set-ups-betfair-sports-trading%2F||target:%20_blank|” banner_link_text=”Find Out More” banner_overlay_bg_color=”#4aa8c3″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Geeks Toy Review” banner_desc=”The Best Betfair Trading Software.” icon_disp=”with_heading” banner_icon=”Defaults-line-chart” banner_image=”id^1502|url^http://www.sportstradingtools.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Geeks-Toy-Ladder-Europa-League-Trade-Fully-Hedged.jpg|caption^An example trade using the Geeks Toy software|alt^Geeks Toy Ladder – Europa League Trade, Fully Hedged|title^Geeks Toy Ladder – Europa League Trade, Fully Hedged|description^Geeks Toy Ladder – Europa League Trade, Fully Hedged” banner_height=”ult-banner-block-custom-height” banner_height_val=”200″ link_opts=”more” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fgeeks-toy%2F||target:%20_blank|” banner_link_text=”Read the Review” banner_overlay_bg_color=”#4aa8c3″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

 

Betfair Trading Software Overview

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1498427789377{border: 1px solid #cecece !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Betfair Trading Software is designed to assist and facilitate sports traders in their efforts to profit from the markets. If you do not have access to software then you will be putting yourself at a serious competitive disadvantage. Quite simply, trading software is part of the ‘edge’ that any trader has in their armoury.

What Benefits Does Betfair Trading Software Offer?

The following are essential aspects of the ‘edge’ that software gives a trader:

  • Fast and automatic price refreshes
  • Ladder display offers full market depth (the amount of matched and unmatched money sitting at lots of odds). On the Betfair website you can only see the most current 3 prices on either side of the book
  • Contains signals which may help indicate where a price is headed such as Weight of Money, Traded Volume and Book Percentage
  • Can provide graphs and charts so users can display information in a visual form that they’re more comfortable with and can read better
  • Simplified one click betting and staking means your orders hit the market instantly and the software will auto-calculate your stake when you wish to hedge your trade

Top Tips from My Experience

I have used all 3 of the software listed below. Geeks Toy and Bet Angel are the two stand out ones but I also used BetTrader as I wanted something that was easily installable on my Mac.

The best advice I can give you when picking a software to go with is:

  • Try the free trials first to get used to how software works and the benefits they bring. Then figure which one you prefer the look and feel of
  • It may be best to start with a cheaper software when beginning. Software like Bet Angel, which costs more, has many functions that beginners won’t use in their early stages – however, you may wish to progress to this when you reach a more advanced level
  • There is no issue with running 2, or even 3, different software. They each have their own unique selling point. I use Bet Angel for pre-race horse racing trading but prefer to use Geeks Toy for football trading
  • If you’re going to attend a course then you definitely need to familiarise yourself with how software works and the benefits they offer so you can understand how and why the professional trader you’re listening to is doing what they’re doing
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Top Pick: Geeks Toy

  • Pricing Options: 3 months – £20, 1 year – £60
  • Unique Feature/s: Huge amount of customisation options. Queue Position function. Has versions for all three of the biggest betting exchanges
  • Exchanges Available For: Betfair, Betdaq, Matchbook
  • Level of Customisation: Seemingly unlimited
  • Mac/Windows: Windows only – though I have installed it on my Mac using Wine (an open source software, not the drink)
  • Trial and Free Versions: 14 day free trial available for the Betfair version. Software is completely free to use for both Betdaq and Matchbook
  • Website: www.geekstoy.com

Brief Overview: One of the most popular software on the market due to its level of customisation, functionality and low price. Used by professional trader Caan Berry.

Short Review: A fantastic piece of kit that both looks and performs great. Its low cost and inclusion of some unique features makes it the perfect choice for any trader just beginning their journey.

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Bet Angel Professional

  • Pricing Options: 1 year – £150, 6 months – £100, 3 months – £60. Options also available for 2 months, 1 month and 1 day.
  • Unique Feature/s: Dedicated Tennis Trading software. Soccer Mystic
  • Exchanges Available For: Betfair and Betdaq
  • Level of Customisation: Almost everything can be customised in the way it is displayed. Advanced functions in the form of Excel integration are also a welcome addition to the trader’s armoury.
  • Mac/Windows: Windows only – though can easily be installed on Macs by using Parallels (a Windows virtualisation software).
  • Trial and Free Versions: 14-day free trial available for the Betfair version, software is completely free to use for Betdaq. There is a basic version for Betfair that is totally free but this is heavily limited in terms of functionality.
  • Website: www.betangel.com

Brief Overview: The highest level of professional software on the market and one of the most popular due to its advanced functionality and features such as Automation and Tennis Trader. Has everything that a sports trader could want.

Short Review: Another fantastic software that both looks and performs great. It may be the priciest on the market but the inclusion of advanced features such as Automation, Tennis Trader and integration with Excel makes it the perfect choice for any trader who wants to up their game.

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BetTrader

  • Pricing Options: 1 year – £99, Monthly – £9.99
  • Unique Feature/s: Works natively on both Mac and Windows PC without having to install any other software
  • Exchanges Available For: Betfair only
  • Level of Customisation: Little
  • Mac/Windows: Works seamlessly on both as it performs through using an internet browser – this also means you can access your BetTrader account from anywhere (Chrome is the recommended browser)
  • Trial and Free Versions: 14-day free trial available of the full-feature version. There is also a completely free version but this is so limited in its functionality that it’s about as useful as trading through the Betfair website itself. I’d advise against even trying to use it if you’re trading.
  • Website: www.racingtraders.co.uk

Brief Overview: A basic software that just gets the job done. There are no frills here but it performs perfectly well as a trading software.

Short Review: It’s not the fanciest and hasn’t got any bells or whistles, but it does what it needs to do and for beginners that’s all you really need. It has an appeal to Mac users who don’t want to have to the added expense/hassle that comes with using external programs just to be able to use the likes of Geeks Toy or Bet Angel.

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Bet Angel Professional

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1496863336639{border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;border-left-color: #cecece !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #cecece !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #cecece !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column_text]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.

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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.

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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.[/vc_column_text][vc_message]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
[/vc_message][vc_column_text]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_message]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![/vc_message][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner css=”.vc_custom_1501938359369{border: 3px outset #ff9900 !important;}”][vc_column_text]Want to fast track your learning about Sports Trading? Sign up for our free Email Course ‘Sports Trading: 8 Steps to Discovering Your Edge’!

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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.[/vc_column_text][vc_message]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.[/vc_message][vc_btn title=”Subscribe to Bet Angel” style=”3d” color=”warning” align=”center” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-mouse-pointer” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fbetangelpro||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_message]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.[/vc_message][vc_column_text]

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.

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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Bet Angel worked pretty much seamlessly once it was finally installed
  • Bootcamp is free to install as it’s a Mac application
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  • 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
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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.[/vc_column_text][vc_message message_box_color=”success” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-pencil”]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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
[/vc_message][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][vc_toggle title=”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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BetTrader

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1496863336639{border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;border-left-color: #cecece !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #cecece !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #cecece !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column_text]BetTrader, owned by RacingTraders Limited and created by Adam Todd (a trader notorious for his consistent profit making from trading Betfair in the early 2000s) is one of a number of Betfair trading software. They all come with the standard functions such as ladder interface and one click betting, but each one has their own unique selling points too. BetTraders works natively on both Mac and PC through a browser window so there’s very little set up to do. Just download, install and you’re ready to go.

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. RacingTrader’s trading software, BetTrader, provides a platform for novice users to seamlessly execute these 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 BetTrader?

The option of a monthly or one year’s subscription to the BetTrader trading software for Betfair. There is a full-feature 14-day free trial available. Users can also avail of a basic free version which works in grid mode only, however, this is very much a bare bones product and is next to useless if you’re looking to take your trading seriously.

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A software that is perfect for beginners to sports trading due to its low cost and ease of use.

Perfect for anyone who is looking for a software that works on Mac and PC straight out of the box.

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What Features Does BetTrader offer?

Whilst it may not have as many features as it’s the two market leaders (Bet Angel and Geeks Toy) this is a software that is reliable and, because it’s works without any fuss on a Mac, it will appeal to Apple users. Below is a list of its main features and their functions:

Easy Mac Installation

Let’s start with the unique selling point of this software – It works on a Mac without any need to have any third-party complicated installing processes. This is a big edge that BetTrader has over it’s two biggest rivals, and it was a reason I subscribed to it even though I already had Bet Angel and Geeks Toy. If you’ve ever tried to install either of these on a Mac, or have read my reviews then you’ll know how much of an arduous process it is to install them.

All this hassle is negated by the fact that BetTrader works from your internet browser. So, it doesn’t matter what laptop or desktop you’re using – you can always access it by downloading the application, installing it and then just loading it up and logging in to it through your preferred browser.[/vc_column_text][vc_message]It’s recommended by the developers that you use the Chrome or Firefox internet browsers when using the software on either Mac or Windows.[/vc_message][vc_column_text]Level of Customisation

In comparison to Bet Angel and Geeks Toy this has very little in the way of customisation options. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – it means that it is ready to go straight out of the box. Bet Angel and Geeks Toy do to, but I found myself endlessly playing with their customisation options to get the setting and display exactly as I wanted.

Search Feature

This is one of my favourite bits about BetTrader, though I do think it could be slightly improved. On Geeks Toy you have to mouse click and navigate through menus to find the market you’re looking for. On Bet Angel you have to return to Guardian to search for the market and then load it into Guardian and then open it up.

On BetTrader you just type in the search box what you’re looking for and it presents the markets related to it. So, you could type in ‘Man Utd Overs’ and it will bring up all listed markets on Betfair related to this.

However, my only issue with this is that it doesn’t display the results in any logical order. Staying with the above search term, I could click onto the Over 2.5s and it could display the Over 2.5s for Man Utd’s game next week first, rather than for their next game. So, instead you’d have to type in the opposing team too – ‘Man Utd Everton Overs’. It’s a small gripe, but I think it’s a valid one.

However, let’s not underestimate the importance of this feature whenever you’re in a rush to find a market and stick that trade on. Every second can count and this saves you vital ones.

Another nice little touch is the ‘Next Horse Race’ button which will take you directly to, well, the next horse race…[/vc_column_text][vc_message]To open multiple markets just click on a market and it will display the new selection in a new tab automatically.[/vc_message][vc_column_text]Practice Mode

There is a full feature practice mode that can be switched on by an icon in the main menu side bar. This is a handy little feature as with Bet Angel and Geeks Toy you must log in and out to access this as a separate mode.

Free Mode

There is an option to avail of a free mode of the Sports Trading software, however, I’ve never actually tested this out. It may be of some use to beginners who want to trial what the software is like for longer than the 14-day free trial the company offer. But I imagine it might actually be a hindrance to your trading considering the two biggest drawbacks are that you can’t use the Ladder Interface and that it has a limited speed of data refreshes. This means you will receive slow price updates – which is fine for markets where the odds movement is not rapid and depends on an event happening (such as a goal in a football match). But for something like Pre-Race Horse Racing these two limitations make the free mode next to useless.

Support

The BetTrader website has an extensive manual/training videos on how to use the software. They also run several courses a year in cities all over the UK, Ireland and Australia which are run by Tony Hargraves (also known as The Badger).

Click here to view current availability of courses.

Pricing and Feature Differences

Pricing is £9.99 a month or £99 for the year – which equates to £8.25 a month and saves you over £20 a year. Both tiers offer the full featured packages.

The company previously only offered a 7-day free trial and in my opinion this was too short a time to decide whether you truly want to fully commit to any product or service. Thankfully they have now bumped this up to a 14-day free trial. The trial also gives users access to the full featured product.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Final Thoughts

BetTrader is a suitable software for any beginner trader due to its ease of use and its low cost. Personally, I find it slightly limited in that it doesn’t offer detailed customisation nor any form of automation but that does not mean it is a bad software. If these things are not important to you then it is more than suitable.

If you are on a Mac and don’t want the hassle of working out how to install Bet Angel or Geeks Toy on it then this will do the job without any fuss.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Download BetTrader” style=”3d” color=”warning” align=”center” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-download” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fbet-trader||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_message message_box_color=”success” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-pencil”]Top Tips

  • BetTraders Betfair trading software is best used through the Chrome or Firefox browsers.
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  • Works on Mac without any fuss over installation
  • Can access it via any computer or laptop – all you need is an internet browser
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  • Limited in customisation options
  • There is not much point in the free option due to its massive feature limitations
[/vc_message][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][vc_toggle title=”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 BetTrader include a practice mode?

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Geeks Toy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1502200846446{border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;border-left-color: #cecece !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #cecece !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #cecece !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-radius: 1px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Geeks Toy is a Betfair trading software that offers style and substance with its near unlimited range of customisation options alongside a couple of standout unique features. It is the only software that is available for trading the big three Betting Exchanges in Betfair, Betdaq and Matchbook. Whilst it only works natively on Windows operating system, it runs perfectly well on Mac using a multi-boot utility tool called Bootcamp.

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. Geeks Toy trading software provides a platform for novice users to seamlessly execute these 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 Geeks Toy?

The option of a 3 month or one year’s subscription to the Geeks Toy trading software for Betfair and this includes all of the features discussed in this review. There is a full-feature 14-day free trial available, whilst the Betdaq and Matchbook versions are completely free to download and use.

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Geeks Toy is an incredible piece of software that is reliable and fully customisable whilst also being one of the cheapest on the market.

It is a perfect place to start for anyone wishing to take their sports trading seriously through using dedicated software.

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What Features Does Geeks Toy Offer?

Whilst it may not have as many advanced features as its nearest competitor, Bet Angel, this is a cheaper software that is fully customisable, reliable and perfect for any newcomer to sports trading. Below is a list of its main features and their functions:

Full Customisation

The level of customisation in Geeks Toy is incredible and is one of the standout features that makes people love it so much. It really is a toy for sports trading geeks. When I first installed it, I spent a couple of hours just playing with it and setting it up in the way that suited me. There are so many ways you can customise the look and how information is displayed.

When I’m trading a sport other than horse racing I use Geeks Toy on my ‘desktop’ 13” Macbook Pro, which is connected to two 21” monitors, through an application called Bootcamp. But for the majority of the time i’m using it on my 12” Macbook where the level of customisation is an incredible benefit due to my limited screen space.

Estimated Queue Position

Another standout feature is the Estimated Queue Position setting. As the name suggests this will give you an estimation of the amount of money in the queue waiting to be matched before yours. This is an awesome feature that will inform you how close you are to getting your money matched – allowing you to make a decision on whether to keep it there or move it – this is of particular benefit when scalping.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In the example image below, you can see that i’ve placed a £25 lay bet at odds of 2.14. On the right, you can see the volume traded at each price – however, for this price it is now displaying an estimate of the amount of money waiting in the queue to be matched (£122) before my £25 order starts to be matched.

I can still roughly tell how much money has been previously traded at 2.14 as the green fill bar is almost at the same capacity as the price above (2.16) where £5.4k has been matched. I can estimate that £5k has been matched at 2.14 and that my £25 has a good chance of being taken.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2053″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”link_image”][vc_message]Estimated Queue Position is an extremely useful feature for those who prefer scalping.[/vc_message][vc_column_text]Multi-Market Trading

When you open a market, it pops up in the form of a module window. If you want you can have as many of these modules open at any one time (providing your computer can handle it). You can arrange them anywhere you want on your screen and even minimise them whilst keeping the tab in the background, ready to maximise when you want to interact with that market again.

Reliability

Geeks Toy is fast, responsive and provides great reliability. It displays any issues with the API status on the overview panel. There has only been one issue that I remember during my usage and it was actually turned out to be a fault that Betfair had created by mistake. Yes, really. Betfair can be that incompetent at times.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2054″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]Available for 3 Major Betting Exchanges

Geeks Toy is available for Betfair, Betdaq and Matchbook with the only real differences being the look and a couple of nuances that are unique to each particular betting exchange.

Live Video

The software pulls in the live video from Betfair for each event so you can watch it in your own Geeks Toy pop-up module instead of having to click onto Betfair each time a new race starts. Unfortunately, this hasn’t worked on my Mac version… Nor does it work on my Bootcamp version of Windows on my ‘desktop’ Mac. But it definitely works for Windows PC users.

Charting

You can pick from a range of charting options and display them however you want. I really like how customisable the Overview chart is. You can also have technical charts such as Weight of Money, Traded Volume, Price Line, Price Candle and MACD charts above, below or to the side of your ladders. The Betfair charts stay either above or below.

Support and Training

I’ve never had to ask The Geek for support but I know he and users of the software will usually answer any queries on the forum. However, the user-guide is so in-depth it’s likely you will find your answer there.

Training is available in the aforementioned user-guide along with numerous videos on YouTube that have been created by fanatical users of the software. Professional trader Caan Berry, who many of you may already be familiar with, has a few videos on his set-up on his YouTube channel.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/sCbVfEEv8Og” el_width=”80″ align=”center”][vc_message]Clicking the ‘?’ on any module taskbar and it will display information related to what is being displayed.[/vc_message][vc_column_text]

Pricing

The software is one of the cheapest on the market – but that is no reflection on its quality. In fact, the creator of the Geeks Toy software built it for his own personal use initially and, at the beginning, allowed other people to use it for free until they told him that he should really start charging for it. He was reluctant to do so but did in the end. What a nice guy. But when software is this great you would feel bad for not contributing to the creator.

Geeks Toy is available for £20 for 3 months or £60 for the year – which is just incredible value. You can also avail of a 14-day free trial. The Geek also runs a special one or two times throughout the year where existing customers can buy a license to the software for life – I believe this is around £120. Again, this is immense value being offered here.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Get the Free Trial” style=”3d” color=”warning” align=”center” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-mouse-pointer” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fgeekstoy||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]

Geeks Toy on Mac and PC

Geeks Toy is only available natively on Windows PCs. However, I have been able to get it working natively on my Mac through a combination of persistence and Wine (not that type of wine, unfortunately). Wine is an open source software that facilitates the running of Windows software on a Mac.

My goal was to write up a guide for STT of how I was able to achieve this, but having tried to replicate the process months later I wasn’t able to install it and get it working. These are the links for the information I used when installing it for anyone who wants to give it a go themselves:

Installing Geeks Toy through Wine, Geeks Toy Forum: http://www.geekstoy.com/forum/showthread.php?8064-Geeks-Toy-now-runs-on-Apple-OSX&p=112540&viewfull=1#post112540
Wine Installation Instructions: https://www.davidbaumgold.com/tutorials/wine-mac/[/vc_column_text][vc_message](I will pay £25 to anyone who successfully uses Wine to install Geeks Toy on their Mac and writes down the exact notes of the process of how they done it. You can get in contact with me via email, Facebook, or Twitter to let me know you’re giving it a crack)[/vc_message][vc_column_text]As said Geeks Toy only works natively on Windows – so if you’re on a PC you have no issues. If you’re a Mac user, however, then you have two options: either install Bootcamp and Windows 10 (which is an arduous process) or attempt to install it using Wine. Unfortunately, it does not work using Parallels, or at least I couldn’t get it to.

I have installed it via both methods. You can expand the boxes below to view the pros and cons of both of my experiences:[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion color=”peacoc” active_section=”” title=”Running Geeks Toy via Bootcamp”][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-arrow-circle-up” add_icon=”true” title=”Positives” tab_id=”1496671897364-422aafa8-8b7a96e0-3b9f”][vc_message message_box_color=”alert-success” icon_type=”pixelicons” icon_pixelicons=”vc_pixel_icon vc_pixel_icon-tick”]

  • Worked without any issues once it was finally installed
  • Bootcamp is free to install as it’s a Mac application
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  • It took me around 4 hours to install Bootcamp as I encountered numerous problems which I had to scour Apple forums to find the answers to
  • You must purchase Windows 10
  • Must reboot your Mac every time you want to load up Windows
  • The sound on Windows didn’t work through my Mac’s internal speakers so I had to connect it to Bluetooth to enable me to hear audio signals
  • You must allocate a portion of your hard drive (called ‘partitioning’) to Bootcamp – this takes up at least 20gb
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  • Loads up in a matter of seconds – no restarting your Mac every time you’re preparing for a trading session
  • Free – no purchasing of Windows 10 or any virtualisation software like Parallels. Wine is open source and free
  • Could hear the software’s audio alerts
  • It’s really cool opening your Macbook and having this neat looking little software running!
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  • It’s one hell of pain to install via Wine if you’re not a tech geek. I am most certainly not one but persevered until I got it working. It did take about 2-3 hours though
  • Can be quite intensive on your Mac’s resources if you have multiple markets open at one time
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Final Thoughts

I love Geeks Toy. I also love using Bet Angel too. They both provide different features and functions for me and I’m happy to switch between one or the other. Geeks Toy is my favourite software for football trading due to its handiness on my Macbook but in truth I could use it for just about any sport I wanted to trade. Existing users are often fanatical about it and there’s good reason for that. If you’re new to sports trading it comes highly recommended.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Download Geeks Toy” style=”3d” color=”warning” align=”center” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-mouse-pointer” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportstradingtools.co.uk%2Fgeekstoy||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_message message_box_color=”success” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-pencil”]Top Tips

  • Make use of the Estimated Queue Position feature, especially when scalping
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  • Level of display customisation
  • Available to use for the top three Betting Exchanges in Betfair, Betdaq and Matchbook
  • Made by sports trading professionals for sports trading professionals
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  • No native Mac version and does not work via Parallels (at least, I couldn’t find a way to make it work)
  • Does work via installing an open sourced software called Wine but, like installing Bootcamp, this is an arduous process for someone who is not a tech geek. For more information please see the section related to this above
[/vc_message][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][vc_toggle title=”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 Geeks Toy include a practice mode?

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