What is ‘Gnoming’?
Gnoming is a term that matched bettors and bookmakers use to describe ‘multi-accounting’.
Multi-accounting is the practice of opening and running more than one account with the same bookmaker, using different identities such as friends and family.
By gnoming, a user is able to receive free bets and promotions at a greater frequency and lock in greater profits with matched bets.
The vast majority of bookmakers offer loss leader sign-up offers. This means they’re willing to lose a (relatively) large chunk of money in order to get you using their site. An example of this could be a ‘Bet £10, get £50’ offer – or even better.
By gnoming, or multi-accounting, you’re able to receive these relatively lucrative sign-up offers multiple times.
DISCLAIMER: This post does not constitute actual legal advice and should be used as guidance only.
Is Gnoming Allowed?
In short: the practice of gnoming is absolutely not allowed.
There is debate over whether multi-accounting is illegal.
It is fraudulent behaviour, which is why every single bookmaker is against it and it’s also why absolutely no site can recommend doing it.
However, it is legal to provide betting services and bet on the behalf of other people – but you should be paying tax on it.
It is a very grey area.
This is why we avoid it and would recommend that you avoid it too.
A large number of bookmakers don’t even allow more than one person in a household to receive promotions.
This means that, for the most part, only you can be the matched bettor in your house. No partners, children, flatmates etc. allowed.
There are a few ‘partner-friendly’ bookmakers, but you will have to check out the terms and conditions of each bookmaker to ensure you’re not breaking their rules.
This does not mean that you are allowed to operate more than one account under your own and your partner’s names.
If you and a partner are betting under the same household on a bookmaker that doesn’t allow it, you’re likely to both be gubbed – that means prevented from receiving free bets and promotions. Bookies can easily track this via your IP or MAC address.
The consequences of gnoming
Are you likely to face jail time if you’re caught doing this? I wouldn’t like to say – I would think it’s unlikely, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
Will your account be shut down if you’re caught multi-accounting? Almost certainly. You’ll be gubbed, your accounts will be shut down, and you may even be stripped of all of the winnings in the account.
Do not take that last consequence lightly or underestimate it – it happens, and it can hit you hard. Remember, if you have money in the bookmaker account, this means you’ve likely won it (unless it’s a recent deposit) whilst losing money on the lay part of the bet.
This can leave you with losses of hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
As mentioned previously, the process of gnoming is fraudulent.
In fact, it’s fraudulent in so many different ways that it’s easy to see why bookmakers are so hard on it – even on top of the fact that it eats into their profit margins.
Whilst the rules on ‘partner-friendly’ are a little cloudy, rules on running multiple bookmaker accounts are as clear as day.
Think about it for a second:
Not only are you running an account in someone else’s name – maybe even more than one person, think partner, siblings, parents, grandparents, friends – you’re probably even ‘proving’ that you’re them in account checks.
Not only are you pretending to be them when you sign up, and pretending to live at their address, you’re using their bank account or card (probably both), their ID, their household bills and more to verify accounts.
Is it Possible to Get Away with Gnoming?
Is it possible?
But we can’t advise doing that.
As one person alone, you should easily be able to make a tidy income or secondary income of at least £1,000 profit every month, potentially even far greater than this.
With matched betting, you have zero and low risk bets that enable you to earn a living that many people would dream of. Yes, you’re not going to be a millionaire (from matched betting alone) but you’re going to live comfortably.
Would you really want to risk that?
Think about it:
You could earn £3,000 a month for six months whilst gnoming, until all your accounts are suspended – that’s £18,000 earned.
Or, you could earn £1,000 a month for six years (or more) and never have your accounts suspended, other than the odd gubbing here or there. That’s £72,000, and counting…
We would absolutely not advise gnoming – or multi-accounting – to anyone, these includes all moral, legal and other reasons including common sense.
However, with all that said, and all of our warnings, there are still some people that would like to know how to get away with running bookmaker accounts in the names of friends and family members.
Remember: we don’t advise you do any of these things, under any circumstances…
How to Get Away with Gnoming
*Please note, you may face a loss of earnings due to withheld funds, or even potential legal action in extreme circumstances, if you attempt multi-accounting. We do not advise or condone multi-accounting in any shape or form. We also can’t guarantee that the following tips would always work regardless.
Hide Your IP Address
This is one of the most important things you can do if you’re looking to multi-account, as it’s one of the easiest ways for a bookmaker to track you.
There are a number of ways in which you can hide your IP address, ranging from installing a VPN plugin or actually investing in a VPN.
We would absolutely recommend joining PureVPN as they are who we use for all of our VPN needs.
You can get a PureVPN discount by signing up via this link.
Alternatively, you could tether from a mobile phone or place all bets via mobile data which would always have a different IP to your WiFi.
For mobile data, you could try one of these that get really good reviews.
You could even invest in a new broadband connection that you can connect to an alternative laptop or computer to place bets from there – although that would only be good for one further account.
Ensure that you’re deleting cookies regularly as bookies use these as a way to track your account’s every move.
In the UK, it is also a legal requirement for all sites that collect cookies to give you the option to allow or decline them. You may find it useful to decline them the opportunity to insert cookies on your machine.
Delete and Block Iesnare
iesnare and iovation is something that bookmakers install on your computer without you even knowing. This is also known as ‘cookieless fingerprinting’.
Have you used an online bookmaker on your computer? You probably have iesnare installed on your computer.
Bookies can use this to spy on you.
Please don’t underestimate what I’m saying here.
They can spy on you and track your every move in the betting world, if they wish.
It is a form of fraud management software – or at least that’s how they get around doing it.
It can show:
- The pages you’ve visited
- Other programs you’ve installed
- Browser information
- …And a whole lot more
As a matched bettor, it means they can see whether you’re using oddsmatching software, whether you’re arbing, the other bookies you use and more.
iesnare isn’t just a concern for those wanting to multi-account, but is a concern for all matched bettors in general.
To find out more about iesnare, including how to find it on your machine and how to get rid of it, you can read this handy guide.
Gnoming, multi-accounting, whatever you want to call it, is potentially dangerous to the account health of every single bookmaker account you own, and also to your bank balance, potentially, too.
It could also land you in some serious hot water in the future.
Whilst we would never advise doing it, you can (probably) get away with it if you really wanted to.
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