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2016 – a brief history (and Week ending 01-01-17)

I’ll start with last week. Dogs were down on number of markets/bets/volume but up again on return. It’s the highest return since July.

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The Aus horses had a good week too. Although return was down slightly, -0.007, the overall trend is good. Last period saw two large losses on the dogs, this time it’s the horses turn. No worries though. Next, on to the annual review.

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Annual review

It’s been a positive year with a profit from most weeks, there were only three weeks ending in an overall loss (across all markets), with one of those due to an error. This year also saw the move to a VPS and then cloud VPS, giving a faster and more consistent connection. I’ve dabbled with my other bots but not taken them live. I tried Oscar over the pond for a while but the US horses were a loss. Slayr was an accident and started out backing, then switched to laying, then back to backing (small number bias and all that). It is still running on Betdaq, an update on that soon, but it doesn’t trade as such, just places a bet based on the prices available. My work on my own trading app stalled but this is going to be my main focus this year. I’ve got Betfair Pro Trader’s new book which is providing inspiration and ideas. I’ve also made myself a plan which I hope will prevent me getting easily distracted and bouncing between one idea and another.

High and low

This years high has to be the brilliantly consistent(ish) profits returned by Oscar. Regardless of actual amounts, the same trading algorithm has performed for the year without many code changes, most of which were not to do with triggers or execution.

The low was the crash of Thursday 26th May at approximately 20:42 which resulted in a loss of £59.40. It set my bank back by around 5 weeks. And it hurt. But, on-wards and upwards as they say.

The year in numbers

The charts I show on the blog include some amounts for the period. The figures for the period 4th January 2016 to 1st January 2017 are as follows –

Number of markets traded = 26775

Number of bets settled = 197158

Traded volume = £1039959.93

P&L = £717.25

PL/TV = 0.069%

Traded volume is probably an incorrect term as it’s taken from finance but never mind. It’s my way of measuring and is simply the total of the amounts going in and out of my account, ie money I’ve traded with other bettors.

The blog

I’ve enjoyed doing the blog. It’s useful for me to be able to look back at what I’ve been doing. I also hope it provides some sort of information/ideas/entertainment/wonder to others. My page views have gone up over the year, mainly with links from Twitter, Betfair Pro Trader and Green All Over. I seem to get views from all across the world – 60% are from the UK but I’ve had hits (according to WP stats) from the following countries Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, Denmark, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, France, United States, Norway, Italy, Greece, Germany, Slovakia, Brazil, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Hong Kong SAR China, New Zealand, Cyprus, Mexico, Bulgaria, Argentina, South Africa, Latvia, Finland, India, Turkey, Ukraine, Namibia, Malta, Peru, Austria, Malaysia, Serbia, Lithuania, Taiwan, Macedonia, Columbia, Canada, Croatia, Tunisia, Luxembourg, European Union (What? A country? Yes, according to wordpress), Philippines, Chile, Georgia, Belgium, Nigeria, Isle of Man, Singapore, Mauritius, Yemen, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Thailand, South Korea, Tanzania, Israel, Iceland, Azerbaijan and, last but by no means least, Zimbabwe.

The future

With a certainty that is unknown in the betting/trading/gambling world, the future is definitely coming. As for what or when I do anything, I don’t want to make any promises. I do intend to become a more proficient VB programmer and a better bot trader, in that order.

Happy New Year!

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