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What Does ‘Gubbed’ Mean? Gubbings & How to Avoid Them

Ah, the feeling of being gubbed is definitely a strange one.

For months, or even years, you’re able to exploit a bookmaker through matched betting.

Despite matched betting being ‘risk-free’ (or close to it) when it comes to your money and your profits, there is one thing you have to be cautious of…

Being gubbed.


What Does ‘Getting Gubbed’ Mean?

If you’ve been gubbed, you’ll probably have an email from the bookmaker saying so.

They won’t use the word ‘gubbed’ in their email, however, as this is matched betting jargon that means ‘to be banned from promotions’.

There are variations on the word often thrown around too – grubbed, garbed and more – but the unofficial term is ‘gubbed’.

This means – and it will say this in your email – that traders at the bookmaker have decided your account is not profitable enough for them (because you’re exploiting their offers) and therefore they’re removing you the right to receiving free bets.

They’ll say something like “we didn’t take this decision lightly” but they did, you were flagged on their account and they swooped in for the kill – just as you would if you were in their position.

Despite the fact you are well aware that you’ve been exploiting them, you’ll likely still be angry with the bookmaker for doing so.

It happens to all of us – it’s a funny old game.


Why Have I Been Gubbed?

It always hurts to be gubbed, especially if you’ve been had by one of the big boys in the market: William Hill, Bet365, Paddy Power etc.

If you’ve been gubbed, it’s almost definitely for one or more of the following reasons:


1) The only bets you ever place with a bookie are on their free bet offers, or on their price boosts.

This is a telltale sign for a bookie that you are a matched bettor.

Don’t give the game away by making it blatantly obvious that you’re only using them for their offers.

Place varied mug bets regularly on high profile events.


2) You’re taking too much value. 

Because you’re likely using OddsMonkey’s oddsmatching software, it’s easy for you to get a close match between your back and lay odds.

If you’re getting an extremely close match, or even placing arbitrage bets, you’re likely to get gubbed. Bookies can’t make money if you’re taking value from them.

If you leave some value to them, and keep some for yourself, you can both win in the matched betting environment (and make your profit from the betting exchange).

There are of course things slightly different to these, but these are the main two culprits.

Most bookies will grade your account on how ‘profitable’ it is for them.


A bookie doesn’t judge how profitable you are by how much you win or lose. It judges you by how much value you’re seen to be taking.


3) You’re multi-accounting.

If you’re multi-accounting, also known as gnoming, you will probably be flagged up on the bookmakers.

It can be relatively easy to spot a multi-accounter if it’s not done with extreme caution, and it’s also fraudulent.

Your IP addresses are tracked along with a range of other things, so it’s not hard for them to catch you out.

It’s reasons like this that we advise – and stick to ourselves – only ever running one set of accounts.


How to Get Ungubbed?

There are instances where account restrictions have been lifted and you are able to receive promotions again.

This depends on the bookmaker you’re using, and the type of gubbing you have received.

The vast majority of gubbings restrict you from receiving free bets. Some, however, restrict your stake to very small levels.

If you’ve been stake restricted, it’s very hard to get your penalty lifted.

The best thing to do in this instance is to wait a month or two, then come back to the account and see if you can place stakes of any level.

Even if it’s £5 or £10, you could begin placing mug bets to try and get your account back into good standing.

If you’re not stake restricted but simply banned from receiving promotions, then now is your chance to mug bet for a while.

Try to place at least a few mug bets a week, using advanced mug betting strategies, to try and show the traders at the bookmaker that you were actually a loyal customer all along – and not a matched bettor.


How to Prevent Getting Gubbed

If you’re a good enough mug bettor, you won’t get gubbed.

A good mug bettor is someone that bets on a range of different high profile events regularly, mixes up their stakes, varies how they bet, the types of bet they’re doing and more.

If you stick to smart mugging, you’ll almost certainly avoid gubbings and keep your accounts healthy for years to come.

If you don’t take the p*** with a bookie, you’ll be fine.

Give back little and often and you’ll be rewarded for it – both short and long term.

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5 thoughts on “What Does ‘Gubbed’ Mean? Gubbings & How to Avoid Them

  1. Thanks for your advice on avoiding gubbing – I found it most helpful. I originally made a steady profit from Bonus Bagging but my bets came to an end, as I used up the new customer offers. I’m now with Odds Monkey and have found some new sign up offers to take up.

    I’m finding reloads more of a challenge! I paid £40 into my Coral account after it had been inactive for more than a year. I was attracted by in play Premier League Bets which gave a free bet if the qualifying bet lost. I did 3 – and was gubbed! The really annoying thing was that Coral didn’t tell me, – I only found out when I enquired why i hadn’t got my free bets. They were stroppy about it when I complained, – said their terms and conditions didn’t require them to tell me!

    I’ll take this as a warning! There are people on Odds Monkey Community who say they have been gubbed by 4 or 5 big bookies.

    I was taken aback to see your advice to do 3 mug bets for each free bet! Surely this would erode profits, I thought! I guess it will, but that’s better than being gubbed and losing the opportunity to have free bets.

    1. The 3:1 ratio is a little outdated now John, and I’ll be updating this post when I get chance! I would say focus on looking like a punter through silly bets and value rather than just taking 3 close matches for each 1 free bet.

  2. Thanks for that Luke. My current aim is to do potentially losing bets with the bookies in the hope that they will take me as a mug punter who is mostly losing and want to keep my account! I aim to get my returns from the matched bet with Betfair and count on the bookies as a fail-safe for the hopefully infrequent times when I don’t lose.

    I’ve found deliberately losing is easier said than done when doing the match odds, so I’m looking for bets for which I’m more likely to lose. Forecasting the final score at half time (2-0, 0-0,0-1 etc) is my latest idea. Making such a forecast before kick-off might be better, but I’d probably find it hard to provide the funds needed in Betfair to cover the liability arising from the high odds offered for such bets .

    1. Deliberately losing is virtually impossible, John! If you could deliberately lose then you can deliberately win and there’s no need for you to matched bet :) your ‘deliberate’ losses will come in just as often, long-term, as the odds suggest (i.e. a lay odds of 5 will come in 20% of the time)

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