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.
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.
The Best External Monitors for Sports Trading
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.
I personally have two of these:
My Dream Monitor
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:
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.
My Sports Trading Set Ups
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.
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.
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.