2015 Champion Hurdle

The New One was the best horse in the Champion Hurdle and looks good value at 6/1 and is a worthy favourite already for next year’s race. Ante post betting can be fraught with danger and personally of my 10 ante post wagers for the Cheltenham Festival only three actually ran in the designated races. Locking up money for a year may not represent the best investment but given a run in the race The New One’s starting price could be a great deal lower than his current quote.

I was reluctant to watch a re-run of the Champion Hurdle as I did not want to see poor Our Conor’s fatal fall. However, I was intrigued to see how much The New One was hampered. It looked like he lost about five lengths and plenty of momentum and was beaten by less than three lengths by Jezki. The New One finished the race like the best horse and given an injury free season can gain compensation by winning the race next March. Of the novices Vantour looks the best equipped to reproduce his Cheltenham form at a higher grade.
The New One 2015 Champion Hurdle Odds Comparison

bet365  5/1
Betfair  6.20
BetVictor  6/1
bwin  No price
Ladbrokes  5/1
SkyBET  5/1
Stan James  5/1
William Hill  6/1

Free Bets
All the major online bookmakers have some kind of promotion from time to time and some offers are valid without a time limit. The promotions fall into two distinct categories: new account offers and existing account offers. The distinction is that to benefit from the former a customer must open an account while those that already subscribe to a bookmaker can take advantage of the latter.
What’s Right and Wrong
In the battle to beat the bookies some would say all is fair in love and war. However, there are two areas that are liable to alienate your betting partners: arbitrage and multiple accounts. Again a distinction must be made between the two major bug bears of the online bookmaking fraternity. Arbitrage is perfectly legal and is a generic term for taking advantage of price discrepancies in a market. Opening multiple accounts to take advantage of promotions can result in fines or worse and is a criminal offence.
Multiple Accounts
Under no circumstances should you consider creating false identities to in effect embezzle money from a bookmaker. There is a moral issue involved here and that has to be considered but in any case detection is almost certain and who with a conscience would wish to distort funds from companies that provide significant employment and contribute to the budget of the country through taxation?
Arbitrage
However, if Company X allows you to back at 2/1 and Company Y allows you to lay at 2.75 is it wrong to take advantage? The tricky thing with arbitrage is the small window of opportunity. Bots and services that identify arbitrage price differentials are quick to alert bettors that an arbitrage exits. That means the relative prices on offer will move rapidly to eliminate the arbitrage. That gives rise to a perfectly feasible scenario where the initial bet is struck but the counter bet is not possible and that means the potential arb shark becomes a pure gambler, which defeats the object.
Competition
The online betting industry is highly competitive so there are always plenty of promotions to enjoy. All Ian Hudson Sport’s betting partners have offers and the following are what we consider to be the best at the current time, though this will be reviewed on a regular basis to give all our partners a chance to highlight their offers:
Current Offers

BetVictor

Victor Chandler is credited in taking online gambling to countries other than the UK. BetVictor was the first British bookmaker to move overseas when they set up an operation in Gibraltar. There is an ongoing issue with regards point of consumption tax and hopefully a compromise will be reached that allows for a realistic contribution  to the budget and the protection of jobs in territories like Gibraltar. BetVictor are currently offering a £25 free bet to new customers. They will match a qualifying bet with an equivalent free bet up to £25. The first bet must contain a selection at evens or more to be valid for the concession. 

Betfair

Betfair are another massive British based dot.com success story. The company were innovators by introducing the concept of laying a selection to lose. Pre-exchanges punters could only bet on an event to happen but since 2000 it has been possible to in effect play the role of the bookmaker by taking bets on an event. Peer-to-peer betting is based on the concept of a back bet being matched by an equivalent lay bet. Exchange betting lends itself to in-play or live betting and without Betfair and other smaller exchanges the growth of betting as an event develops may not have been so significant. Betfair have a £50 free bet for new accounts.

bet365

bet365 overall cannot be faulted with their on-going offer of £200 in free bets for new accounts. The Stoke based operator is one of the biggest independent companies in the United Kingdom and employs over 2000 staff.  However, please bear in mind that you need to turnover three times your stake to a maximum of £1200 before you can withdraw funds. There is also an odds restriction and hidden away in the Terms and Conditions is the clause that money line bets on baseball are not valid. Even so this offer is still attractive for those opening a new account.

Others
Please note that bwinSkyBET, Stan James and William Hill all have existing promotions and we will be highlighting those in subsequent reviews. However, in general its fair to say the punter “has never had it so good”.

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