You may have seen the recent news about female betting accounts getting restricted quickly.
But is it true? And if it is, can you get around this problem?
For women (and maybe men) that are matched betting, value punting or placing arbitrage bets, account restrictions are unwelcome news. It slows down and sometimes prohibits a fruitful income. In this post, I’ll share my views on the issue along with some solutions.
Are Female Accounts Singled Out?
In short, I suspect they are… but it’s nothing to do with sexual discrimination.
I have several female friends who have lost their betting accounts in a similar manner. One or two have had their Bet365 account restricted doing similar things to myself.
However, in their case – it happened a lot faster.
For one or two of them, it happened in under 48hrs. On my account, it took significantly longer (although it was less recent).
Could it be that they were flagged from the moment they registered though?
It’s incredibly hard to tell for sure. In the bookie’s defence (rarely will you hear me say that) there are so many different variables that could contribute to restriction. It would be incredibly naive to think their systems are so primitive that they rely on just one or two factors.
Looking at Bet365’s annual statement, page 6 of the director’s report says:
“the Group is currently investigating the potential usefulness of machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop”
Note for punters: Exchange accounts never get restricted for winning [click here].
Identifying player behaviour is a complex task, regardless of gender.
The list of variables is extensive:
- Account-holders age
- Sex of account holder
- Geographical location
- Education level
- Types of bet placed
- Betting history
- Deposit history
- Account age
- Free bets claimed
- Staking patterns
These are just the first to mind, the potential list is massive…
If you’ve had problems with account restriction, see this video about How to Avoid Gubbing on YouTube.
Is There Equality in Betting?
If bookmakers marketing is anything to go by, there never will be. What a nice pair…
Do so many presenting jobs in the industry go-to women because of their extensive sports knowledge?
…before the professionally outraged start – it was just a joke.
My Personal View:
Whilst it may seem surprising at first, its quite likely betting account behaviours are bracketed by gender. In the same way, they might be on age or geographical location…
The difference being; the media isn’t obsessed with equality in those areas.
Whether you think it’s right or wrong, the world will never be equal. It’s daft to think otherwise! In this instance, it’s unfortunate if you’re one of the fairer sex, and trying to avoid account restriction.
However, you should realise it’s probably got far more to do with your betting activity. This is, of course, another bias, one that the media are less keen to talk about. To me, if you’re a company offering a product – it should hold the same price and availability to all of your customers, regardless of any variable, like gender or historic success.
Update: Bookmakers View
From the horse’s mouth (in response to the guardian’s article on Twitter)…
In my opinion, Ben is one of the nicer bookmakers you’ll come across. However, it’s interesting to see these remarks!
Are you a female with a successful betting history? Let everyone know if your accounts have been restricted faster.