Is Arbitrage Worthwhile Pursuing? Is Arbitrage Legal?

Sports Arbitrage Betting – Cost and Effectiveness

Although arbitrage is legitimately described as “risk free”, it is still not absolutely free of risk as our article risks of arbitrage betting and solutions explains.

One ‘arb’ gone wrong can cost the profits of approx. 20 successful ‘arbs’. Therefore no more than 5% of the available capital should be used per arb. This means that of our total working capital of 25,000 €, approximately 1,000 will be employed per arb, earning between 20 and 35 € each time.

Do not underestimate the effort necessary to live from arbitrage betting!

To achieve a profit target of 5,000 € monthly, approx. 250 (!) successful arbitrage trades per month are needed and assuming 20 working days per month (with enough games to trade), around 12 trades per day are necessary, including recording, accounting and monitoring. Professional arbitraging is definitely a full-time occupation.

In addition to the time requirements, for anyone thinking of becoming a professional arbitrageur several other considerations need to be made:

  • The arber’s place of residence should ideally be in a country where betting and the use of betting exchanges is actually permitted.
  • By its very nature the job is anti-social and involves long hours on the computer, perhaps working at odd times of the day (or night).

Attaining significant, tax-free arbitrage profits usually takes several years of experience until a knowledge level is reached where a comfortable living can finally be made.

Here, we are talking about an annual income in the region of 50,000-70,000 €.

Whether this level of fortune is worth the effort and the sacrifices necessary, or if it represents success at all, is down to the individual to decide.

It is therefore a very personal decision if sports arbitrage betting is actually worthwhile pursuing…

Arbers may need to act below the radar of most bookmakers

There are very few bookmakers who openly welcome arbers as customers and Pinnacle Sports is one of the few we can name with any confidence.

Therefore, it may be necessary to act below the radar of most bookmakers and use a friend or family member as “a front”. In other words, registering with bookies using different names and/or different IP addresses.

There are probably many other ways to fool bookmakers regarding your true identity, but any such method is likely to increase your risks and costs.

The ultimate penalty is having an account closed by the bookmaker. This could be made worse if they decide to retain your account balance on the grounds that you have broken their rules and regulations, leaving you in a quandary of how to get it back. This in turn could result in several bookmakers black-listing you, making it difficult to re-enter the arbitrage arena online.


The market place for arbitrage transactions is comparatively small. There are currently around 500 online bookmakers, of which only 50 are of any real size, and the majority of online bookies certainly do not want arbers as customers.

Arbitrage is a balancing act of pursuing a perfectly legal occupation but to be permanently treated as an ‘unwanted’ customer. Moreover, the potential income is perhaps limited to a maximum of 50,000-70,000 € per annum due to bookmaker stake limits, own capacity, betting bank size, time constrictions, etc.

Before you decide to give arbitrage a go please consider carefully whether it is in fact a good use of your time to learn and master. There are other things you can do to learn a new trade and make money in a profitable, but more socially acceptable way.

If you are still curious about arbitrage then it may be worthwhile checking out the experiences of a professional trader: Alan Seymour’s Sports Arbitrage Review. Alan has been arbing since 2002 and his blog describes his experiences both honestly and openly. Really great advice on his site!

Here is a recommended automatic Arbitrage Tool which displays potential arbs for you, sometimes providing a wide range of cross-market opportunities (the type of arbs with a longer relative lifespan):


Last Update: 1 February 2018

Categories:Arbitrage Betting Advice

81 Responses to “Is Arbitrage Worthwhile Pursuing? Is Arbitrage Legal?”

  1. 25 June 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Hello Don

    Can I also get some info…..on the program…. I’m a first time arber….

    And I need all d advice I can get…

  2. 4 January 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Who uses Arbitrage Betting Scaner ?

  3. 24 August 2016 at 12:39 am #

    have a look at , , heaps better than arbs , donar

  4. 20 August 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    hi guys , if anyone is interested my saverbets program is running fine , any problems let me know , donar (at), thanks donar

    • 21 August 2016 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Donar,

      Right now we are concentrating on choosing a new theme and moving all our content to it. We want to completely restructure this site, integrate email subscriptions and much more. Sorry, but this is taking all our focus on the task in hand.

      Generally speaking we are not big fans of advertising services of other websites for free. Websites, however promising they are, have the unfortunate habit to disappear over night, and we are therefore required constantly to check if any links on our website are still active and available. The more links we have the more work we need to put into checking.

      Best wishes,

      • 23 August 2016 at 1:27 am #

        hi i have a snip of the welcome page in my web site , , i would send it as an attachment but there is no provision to do that.
        soccer widow has been on my saverbets site as a link for at least the past 4 months , this was the arrangement i had with robert admittedly some time ago , thanks don rees

  5. 28 May 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    hey guys I am profesional arber My max profit per mounth was 10k, I know guys making mach more ,+50k mount constantly How thay make it? the first rule is to have a lot of friends How to avoid limits you need to lern by your self, the tactic need to be diferent from bookie to bookie And if you make nice money they will limit you I can avoid limits complitly but it is more profitable to be limited One way to avoid fast limits is live arbing Rounding stakes is not the moste important think No one will tell you how to make this kind of money becouse this are secrets to protect own buisnes I also read that one guy here made around 2k arbs This is very low number of bets But more profitable than arbitrage is that you bet only the wrong odd-one way bet-value bet side For value betting you need bankrool manegnent and you can use limited accounts Some bookies also close accouns and put betting limits to 0€

    • 2 July 2016 at 11:49 pm #

      Hello! I am arbing only live but I get limited after few bets.. I tried alot of uk bookies and they all do the same… I was reading some forums and tried to aske some questions but people don’t wanna give any advice and laugh at me cuz I am women… if anyone can give me any advice i will be very grateful. Thanks!

      • 5 July 2016 at 4:08 pm #

        Check out YOU TUBE channel ‘arberhunter’ for arbing instructionals. Also ensure you wipe iEsnare, use a different PC for the betfair element of laying and separate device and payasugo dongles, for multiple ID accounts. a different IP address is created wit dongles.good luck

    • 3 July 2016 at 11:55 am #

      can you please give me some advice about live betting ?i dont know what to do anymore… i get limited after 1 day… 🙁

  6. 15 May 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    Do any of you actually make decent money and how do you make money from arbs without getting shut down etc, I have 15 grand if anyone wants to point me in the right direction my name is my email

  7. 11 February 2016 at 11:49 am #

    HEY guys … some of you msy find this of interest–IS NOT A marketing or adveritising tool, just instructionals how to ARB. I hate bookies with a vengeance, and have joy empowering anyone how to milk them. YOU TUBE: arberhunter, FB & twitter the same….worth a look

  8. 24 January 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    trial , captcha problems in xp trying win ten

  9. 9 January 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    One thing to beware of on exchanges, in particular, regarding horse races:
    Is people entering in ‘false’ asks or bids for horses in the early evening, the day prior to the meeting around 4/5/6 pm.
    They see a horse is attracting some attention. Lets say the horse is priced between 3/1 & best 4/1, yet there are small orders for 4.7 … someone could go in ‘heavy handed’ on the fixed odds of 4/1 … ‘sell’ it to lay at 4.5 … then entere their own ‘false’ bid of, say, £2000, to make fellow arbers/or just plain backers of backed horses, all jump on the gravy train in a frenzy. Consequently your own [fixed odds 4/1} arb lays…you withdraw your false £2000 order and the frenzy dies, for instance.
    In the trading world there is a similar tactic called ‘spoofing’, which causes the same response, but is considered not entirely ethical

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