Don’t Fall For These Dirty Tricks

| September 20, 2017 | Reply

Bookies… don’t you just hate them?

As a professional sports bettor you’d think I would know all their tricks by now but I’m writing this email to you today because just last week I was stung by one such dirty trick.

I’ll get to that in a moment, as I also thought this would be a cracking opportunity to start a new mini-series uncovering the dirty tricks of bookmakers and, if you like, betting service providers too…

By ‘dirty tricks’ I don’t mean the obvious stuff that everybody knows about – account closures, restrictions etc – I mean the more devious stuff like hidden terms and conditions making a free bet poor value…

Or, on the service provider front, perhaps something that you have to do to claim a refund – submit proof of your betting losses, that sort of thing.

So email in the dirty tricks you’ve spotted to and I’ll get naming and shaming…

Plus, if I receive enough of them, I’ll make it a weekly feature.

The first culprit

In the dock: Stan James

The crime: A hidden opt in box for Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG)

The evidence: As my Stan James account was restricted some time ago I recently took over a non-betting family member’s account in order to take advantage of BOG.

Last week I had my first BOG winner (a horse backed at 7/1 with an SP of 8/1) but my extra cash wasn’t credited so I clicked on the dreaded ‘Live Chat’ page to get it rectified.

“I’m sorry Mr X” said the representative…

“It appears you haven’t opted in to BOG”.

Come again… was the polite version of my response.

Now, this is reprehensible behaviour on their part for three main reasons as far as I’m concerned…

  1.  No other bookmaker, as far as I’m aware, requires an ‘opt in’ for BOG – with all the others it is automatic.
  2. The reason it’s automatic is that there is literally no downside to BOG – unlike, say, a deposit bonus with rollover requirements, there is no reason why you WOULDN’T want BOG applied to your bets.
  3. The option to opt in is not available on the home page of the site, the horseracing page of the site or even the PROMOTIONS page of the site, oh no, the option to opt in can only be found hidden away in the ‘account preferences’ section.

The verdict: GUILTY!!

What dirty tricks have you fallen for?

I can guarantee that I won’t be the first or the last person to fall for that one and that’s why I think this would make a great feature – it can genuinely save other Betting Rant readers money.

So, have a think about when you’ve been done over and let me know what happened by emailing your story to

Get involved and I’ll be back with another dirty trick next week.


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