My Matched Betting Journey During Euro 2016 – Summary

The Euros have been and gone now, and my first go at matched betting has come to a close. You wouldn’t think that making money in such an easy way would be fun, but it allowed me to get involved with the football action on a different level as well as keeping myself busy and adding a few extra pounds to my bank account.

I’ve made a video (See above) about my experience so that you’ll be able to see for yourself what I’ve been up to. I’ve counted all the money I’ve made, and after 6 rounds of betting I made £74.90 in profit. I’ve used multiple bookmakers, made dozens of bets and learnt how to properly use a betting calculator. Take a look at my video if you want to know more about how to get started yourself!

Success with Matched Betting despite Russia’s performance

And so my first week of matched betting comes to a close. If I have one thing to say it’s this: with this method although there’s none of the risk of proper gambling you still have some of the excitement! Of course I was rooting for the result that earned me the most money, but it turns out that the bookies really do know what they’re talking about and Russia never had a chance of winning either game so I could get the big bucks.

Nevertheless, here’s how it went. I started off betting my own money at three separate bookmakers which meant they gave me free bets to use next time around. I bet on two matches in total, the first one with my own money and the second with the free bets. It’s a perfect system: even though you need a bit of money to begin with, you’re guaranteed a win on both matches as you bet on every possible outcome.


I followed Online Betting School’s example page for my first time betting – they make it so much easier by giving you their method so you don’t have to worry about things going wrong. The first match was the England vs Russia Euro game, and despite the fights that went down between fans at the match, it resulted in a draw. I couldn’t believe that last cheeky goal that Russia slipped in! I would never have guessed that the match would end in a draw if it weren’t for matched betting, but as it was, the 1-1 result meant I won £16.25 on that match. I had placed £10 with Ladbrokes on an England win, giving me one £10 free bet to use later, £5 with Coral on a draw, giving me four £5 free bets to use later, and £10 with Betfair, again giving me three £10 free bets.

The next game was Russia vs Slovakia, and I was at work when the game was on so had to keep slipping out of the office to check up on what was happening with the canteen staff. I told them I had money on the game and that I was hoping for Russia to win (so that I’d get the most money!), and they simply scoffed in my face. And rightly so. Slovakia was the clear winner even though Russia again managed to slip in a sneaky solitary goal. No wonder the bookies had the odds so stacked against them. I had put down £30 on Russia winning, £20 on a draw and £10 on Slovakia winning – all with my free bets. Since Slovakia won, I made £25! Added with the £16.25 I made in the first place this gave me a total of £41.25 in winnings.

When you take into account the money I put in in the beginning, I only made £16.25 profit. This was a little annoying as it could have been a lot better if Russia had only stepped up their game, but with minimal effort I made the same amount of money as I would in 2.5 hours of waitressing! If you go to Online Betting School and take a look at the examples they have for matched betting I guarantee you too could be making very easy money. It’s simple, risk-free and completely legal and I’d thoroughly recommend it.

One thing that Online Betting School say you should do at the same time as matched betting is to use some kind of cashback site to maximise your profit. I tried to use topcashback to click through to Labrokes and earn around £15, however I’m not sure if it works because of my ad blocker. This is a really easy way to add to the amount of money you’re earning so I’d say if you’re going to do this make sure you temporarily disable your ad blocker and get that extra cash.

I’ll be placing a few more bets on the Euros, so hopefully I should be making a bit more money. I’ll be continuing to write about it so you can see how easy it is.

Matched betting: Taking the challenge

I’m a complete virgin when it comes to gambling and betting. I’ve watched horse racing, but have never had the guts to actually put money down. I live right by a betting shop but I’ve never been inside. The whole thing about gambling it that there is a risk of losing your money. Just look at what happened in the Premier League when the bookies didn’t even come close to predicting Leicester City’s win. Betting can lead to a big win, but it could also lead to losing everything you put into it. Or could it?

Betting is a lot easier than you’d first imagine, especially with the right help. I’m a student and I could really use the extra money. That’s why Online Betting School seems like a great place to start. They have everything you need to know about placing a bet, whether it’s on football, formula one, poker or even the lottery. They can teach you how odds work, how to bet tactically and to your advantage. To make money you have to know what you’re doing rather than just placing bets willy-nilly based on whose team colours you like the best, or which horse has the best name.

There’s one method they mention on their website: matched betting. From what I’ve read it seems too good to be true. It’s a method which takes advantage of the free bets offered by bookmakers in order to make a profit.

Online Betting School explain it like this: “It’s like a coin flip where instead of betting on heads or tails, you’re betting on heads AND tails.” Seems like great odds to me!

Say there were 3 bookies each offering a free £10 bet when you sign up, you would put one bet on a team to win, one on the other team to win, and one on a draw outcome. This way you would be guaranteed a win, at the same time minimising the amount of money you’re spending yourself. Usually it takes a little time to arrange where you’re going to put your bets, but Online Betting School have sorted it all out for you so you can easily be making hundreds of pounds all tax free!

Like I said, it seems too good to be true. It seems that not everyone is doing this because of this simple fact. Matched betting has been written about online, such as in The Guardian and I’m not the only person blogging about it, but still there are only a handful of people who take the challenge. Granted it’s only short-term solution as it is dependent on the free bets you are able to get, but for a student like myself and with the help of Online Betting School, it’s a quick way to make an easy buck.

Matched betting seems like it’s the perfect starting point for a novice gambler, hence why I’ve decided to give it a go! I’ll be using this blog to mark my journey through betting, giving details of how I make bets and why. I’ll be starting with the 2016 UEFA European Championship to show you how much you could be earning with the help of Online Betting School completely tax-free. They tell you exactly where to sign up to get free bets, how to place your money, and how much you stand to make depending on the outcome of the match.

There’s also plenty of information about betting of all different kinds and a matched betting calculator I’ll be taking a look at in a later blog. Follow me (Maria Mellor) in my journey through betting to see how you could be making some easy money.