Exclusive interview with professional Betfair Trader

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By Jon Goodey

Exclusive interview with Bradley Bugeja

Following an astounding month raking in a total of 163 points on tippingsports.com we contacted Bradley for an interview on how he has managed to perform so well over the last six months.

Bradley who goes under Budgie1984 has managed to come from nowhere to rank second in the all-time overall rankings amongst some incredible tippers who have amassed over 300 points. To explain if you were betting £10 per point that is a whopping £3,000 in 6 months, with just £10 stakes!

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Ok without further ado here is what the man behind Budgie1984 had to say when we spoke to him:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“Well to start, I’m 34 years old, I’m obviously very passionate about Greyhound racing, have been involved my whole life and love the sport. In general, big sports fan, follow AFL, NBA, NFL and MLB.”

And do you mind telling our readers how you got involved with trading Victorian Greyhound Racing?

“I grew up in the greyhound industry, my grandfather was a successful trainer, and I was always helping him out from a young age. I started taking an interest in form when I was around ten years old and then from when I was about 13, my grandmother, and I would purchase race videos then after each race meet we would attend, and we would start doing tapes. This process helped to get a gauge on each dogs race patterns and other things which a form guide cant show. So I learnt from a young age that the only way to get an edge was by doing tapes.”

How long have you been trading and what did you do before you started?

“I started punting from a young age but I never intended to continue doing it, I went to uni and completed an accounting degree but quickly found out it wasn’t for me. Around ten years ago I started supplying ratings for a pro punter and using a database. In that time I did a lot of my trading through Betfair but also made the most of the corporates (companies such as Bet365, Coral, Ladbrooks etc…) for as long as I could before they stopped accepting my bets.”

How much time a day do you spend analysing/trading?

“Each day I probably spend around 4 or so hours just doing the analysis. This method involves first trying to find races where I think there is value and then going over each run of each greyhound in those races to ensure I'm happy with how the race may unfold. Then there is the trading aspect, so prob a couple of hours a day trading on top of doing the form.”

As you trade a niche area (Victorian Greyhound Racing) do you find liquidity being a problem?

“Betfair is quite strong these days, even the morning/day meets which used to have liquidity problems are quite strong, and there is no trouble getting matched at the right price.”

What is your most memorable trade/bet?

Greyhounds racing
“To be honest, don’t have one that sticks out above the rest. But about 4 or so years ago, I was going through the corporates and kept getting accounts closed but I had a period there where I was slaying the quaddies (A quaddie is a multi-bet that the player needs to select the winner of each of the four nominated quaddie races.) and kept taking large sums from them. I was getting them through my accounts and some bowler accounts (a registered account that is in someone else's name), and that was a great stretch.”

What has been your worst ever mistake?

“Chasing. Doesn’t matter how great a judge you are, you will always go through a lean stretch. However, the biggest mistake you can make is to chase losses and move away from your usual plan/strategy. I’ll be honest, there have been a few times that I have gone on the chase and it has definitely hurt the bank balance!!”

What would be the one tip you would give to traders/bettors starting today?

“Well firstly, follow my tips (these can be found here Budgie1984 ) haha. The most important advice for anyone starting out is to be disciplined, without discipline your never going to succeed, trust in your process and if you do the hard work (analysis), you will get the right results in the long run. Every punter has lean stretches but if your good at what you do, you will come good in the long run.”

And there you have it, I hope you have enjoyed the interview and reading the insights of a professional trader, we will be adding more traders very soon and also if you are interested in getting started head over to  Tippingsports.com by clicking here. 

You can check Bradley Bugeja out over at Budgie1984 and remember to keep green!

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