This Bet Angel review has been created for all of those who write in, asking for our opinion on the Betfair software.
We’re going to take a look at everything; from what it is, features offered, cost and up to how we rate it…
What Is Bet Angel Betfair Trading Software?
Bet Angel was founded by Peter Webb, one of the first betting exchange users. He’s active on social media (as Bet Angel) and his website where he shares thoughts on sports trading and betting.
One of the first pieces of software that made use of the exchange API was Bet Angel. Originally produced to enhance Peter Webb’s Betfair trading, it soon evolved into a piece of publically available software. Since it’s first release extra features have been added that some users have suggested. Many of which are active on the Bet Angel forum. The forum is generally used to review the markets and software issues amongst the regulars.
Bet Angel has many different software versions including a free version that works with Betdaq. The other versions of Bet Angel available to download are Bet Angel Professional, Professional (Server Edition), Trader and Basic.
Bet Angel is certainly among the top three Betfair trading software’s available, my number 1 choice being Geeks Toy, as regular readers will know.
How Much Bet Angel Cost?
Bet Angel Professional includes all of the Bet Angel tools such as Soccer Mystic and Tennis Trader. The cheapest long-term price is £149.99 which is equivalent to £12.50 per month. There are also options for 6, 3, 2 and 1 month subscriptions which cost slightly more over the longer period. Should you want to use Bet Angel for one day and you have exhausted your free trial already, you can buy 24 hour access for £0.99.
If you don’t want the extra features of Bet Angel Professional but still want to use Bet Angel software, you can make use of Bet Angel Trader. This is a slimmer version of Bet Angel that includes features such as the ladder-interface but doesn’t include Guardian or tools such as Soccer Mystic and Tennis Trader. You can buy Bet Angel trader for £6 per month or buy a full years subscription for £60.
Why Use Bet Angel Professional?
For a start; if you’re to succeed in trading, it’s going to be a lot harder without software. Peter Webb obviously realised this quite early on!
Bet Angel will help you react to situations in the markets as they happen, it also provides streaming charts and information to help analyse what’s going on. The software interface itself is fairly clean, and some aspects can be customised depending on what you’re trading (very important).
Personally; I have played around with Bet Angel in the past but don’t use it. A lot of the added features are nice, but not of real use to me and my trading style.
Talking of which…
Features: What’s it Got?
For ease of reading, I’ll cover features that are included in Bet Angel Professional. This is the most advanced distribution, including the most features. Other versions such as Bet Angel Trader are cheaper to purchase but have less on offer.
The advanced charting in Bet Angel is one of the main feature of interest. Some other trading software’s rely on using the charts provided by Betfair themselves (can be found on Betfair for free). Although you are able to access Betfair Exchange charts from within Bet Angel, you also have access to the Advanced Charting windows.
Advanced Charting allows you to build a chart in a style that you are comfortable using. For example, you can add moving average lines, MACD’s, RSI’s and even change the colour of the volume bars if you really want to. There’s all sorts of technical indicators available to add, should you want to include them in your trading setup. Traded volume is probably the one I find most useful.
Bet Angel’s Guardian feature allows you to add markets you are interested in to a watch list that you can use as an overview of multiple markets. This makes it easy to keep track of prices in multiple markets and can be handy on busy weekends when football overlaps horse racing, for example. Also it’s not a bad shout when keeping track of early movement.
Adding markets to Guardian will also cause the software to keep track of market history. For example; if you switch markets without adding them to Guardian, you will lose any previously recorded advanced charts. By adding them to the Guardian list, the software will keep recording market movements even if you are trading a different market. Not a huge bonus but certainly less annoying then when you closed something you later need.
Besides manual trading, Bet Angel has one of the better automation features of any third-party software.
You can find the bulk of automation features within Guardian (mentioned above). From here, users can create trading rules and commands which can be automatically triggered at user-defined points. For example; you can use Guardian automation to bet on the market at a particular time and green up before the market goes in-play. It doesn’t take long for it to get complicated but if that’s your thing Bet Angel is probably going to be one of your first choices.
The Bet Angel forum has some examples uploaded for sharing.
Image: Soccer Mystic
Completely unique to Bet Angel, Soccer Mystic is an included tool that assists with football (soccer) trading. The main function of the tool is to predict price movements at certain times of a game when goals are scored. For example; you can input a predicted away goal at 60 minutes and Soccer Mystic will predict where the odds may lie at this point. It will also help to calculate profit and loss with certain goal scenarios. The only negative being; it’s just a guesstimate. Not something to be staking your life’s savings on!
Tennis Trader works in a similar way to Soccer Mystic. The difference being; it’s for tennis trading instead of soccer. The tool will help predict where odds may move to after key points in a tennis match. For example; if there is a break of serve or if a set is won. I’ve explored the tennis markets a fair bit using this tool. In some situations it can be of assistance, the only problem being; like soccer mystic – it’s not 100% accurate.
The ladder interface makes it easy to see all order that are currently active in the market. Using the exchange website alone, it’s not easy to quickly see where all the orders in the market are sitting. The ladder interface makes this much easier and also allows you to place trades within it.
Although it’s not a unique feature to Bet Angel, it’s a very useful part of the software that makes sports trading much more efficient.
One-click betting can be activated in various trading modes using Bet Angel. There is also a specific one-click trading screen that offers a fully customisable grid layout to suit your personal preferences. You can use this layout in conjunction with staking settings such as “fill or kill” or “tick-offset”. More for those who like to bet in-play I would imagine.
Practice mode is a great way of getting used to the software without risking any money in the markets.
Switch between live and practice mode at the log in screen when you first load up Bet Angel. Practice mode can be particularly helpful when you are testing automation files using Guardian. As it could potentially be very costly if you test an automation file with real money. Thinking more towards those times it isn’t quite set up right and triggers too often…
Download Bet Angel Professional Free:
If you’re unsure if Bet Angel Professional is for you, they offer a 14 day free trial. Most other Betfair Exchange software’s offer a free trial of similar length.
Tech Specs & Requirements
Professional is primarily built for Windows 7,8, 8.1 or 10 machines, although there are ways of running it on Mac OS X devices.
- The minimum processor requirement is 1.5GHz on either Intel or AMD.
- Minimum of 1GB RAM.
- Minimum of 50Mb hard disk space.
Although it’s not necessary, you may wish to use Bet Angel Professional with gaming keyboards and mice that have spare, programmable keys. Within Bet Angel, much like Geeks Toy and Gruss it’s possible to programme certain keys or mouse buttons to perform certain actions such as greening up or cancelling bets.
On the whole, Bet Angel is a decent bit of kit. It has all the right features and functionality you’ll need to succeed.
Longer term readers will know I prefer Geeks Toy, but in the interest of fairness I have to say; Bet Angel has very similar features. There’s a few extra elements to use as well, such as soccer mystic, although I haven’t been able to find useful application for them.
The only downside for me is the cost and a little more customisation could be of use. Other than that, I’d probably have Bet Angel joint with Gruss as my second choice of software.
For those that are into automation, and able to write the commands required to build a automation bot, it has to be trailed at least.