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The Definitive Guide to Gnoming & Multi-Accounting

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.


Multi-Accounting Fraud

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 £1,500 a month for six years (or more) and never have your accounts suspended, other than the odd gubbing here or there. That’s £108,000, 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.

We recommend either PureVPN or mobile data, or both, but that’s because they both have great benefits outside of gnoming.


Delete Cookies

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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21 thoughts on “The Definitive Guide to Gnoming & Multi-Accounting

  1. Hi
    I am often travelling for months at a time so I thought of connecting to the bookies via VPN though I’ve heard that bookies are suspicious about people connecting in this way. I don’t want to draw unnecessary attention to my accounts as I don’t want to get gubbed (female so double whammy – they’re already suspicious of me!).

    I read about Tunnel Bear or VPN Unlimited who disguise VPN traffic as HTTPS. Do you think this would be a good idea and is this one way around the geolocation/VPN problem?

    I have no intention of multi-accounting, just a retired person who wants to keep betting while I travel around the world.

    Enjoyed your article and thanks in advance.

    1. That sounds a good idea in theory, but honestly we can’t give great advice here. It’s probably one to ask the VPN companies themselves!

    2. I was on holiday in spain and it happened to be the euros last summer, didn’t want to miss out so I used tunnel bear! A friend who lives in Ibiza recommended it. It worked great.

  2. My ex-boyfriend has multiple gambling accounts open in my name. He has copies of my ID (passport etc) on his computer and he has often used my bank card without my permission to gamble on these accounts (sometimes losing my entire wages!!)

    How can I stop this? I threatened to go to the police but he told me that it would be his word against mine as I cannot prove that I didn’t give him permission to do all of this.

    He is good with computers and knows all the workarounds to avoid being caught using multiple accounts and I really don’t know what to do, I am at my wits end!! Please help!!

    1. I’m sorry but we can’t provide legal advice, as the posts said we would never advise that anyone does this.

      Can you not just get a new bank card to prevent losing any more losses? If he’s stealing from you then that’s not one person’s word against another; it’s theft.

    2. He is committing fraud by false representation, he is wrong, what he is doing is illegal and I guarantee he doesn’t know the “get arounds” half as well as he thinks he does. Report him would be my advice and consider yourself lucky you never married him. (I work in law) He is talking rubbish.

  3. Hey,

    Think this is the right area for this, but say someone in my family has an account with Coral, Skybet, PaddyPower and Betfair. Would i be able to make an account in my name when I turn 18 next month? Or is there a way to change the family members account to being mine? And I can use the account so it limits it to the 1 per household thing?

    1. You’d be able to make accounts with them all, but some might stop you receiving the welcome bonus if they are strict on one per household terms.

  4. You speak of the risk of the person doing the gnoming, but I think its more important to describe the risk the people who get someone else to gnome for them are, if there even is any? Other than the obvious described above where someones ex boyfriend wont stop and is taking all her wages..
    I say this because if 1 person gnoming has 5 accounts, then there will always be more people on this side of the raft rather than the people actually gnoming.

    1. Honestly, I have no idea of these risks. Like the post says, I don’t advise that anyone does this and if people want to take a risk in using other people’s details, or sharing their details, then it’s on them. It’s not something I’d do that’s for sure.

  5. Hi, this is an interesting read as I had never heard of the term for it. Can I ask what your opinion is on me simply helping my friends to take advantage of the matched deposit bonus offered by a particular company, and my matching whatever they place it on using my exchange account, then we simply share the winnings. It is of course obviously ‘gnoming’ and some times I have been doing it from my laptop if they do not know what they’re doing.

    I always figured that it would be okay because no single bookie is getting shortchanged here. Either it loses on the company and wins on the exchange site, or vice versa, either way they’re both making money at different points and it all depends on the outcome of the match. I was wondering what you thought about this.



    1. I think this is still multi-accounting and if you’re technically providing a service then that could be a grey area.

      Bookies are always getting shortchanged via matched betting, one way or another!

  6. Yeah, fraudulent to do gnoming, but gubbing accounts as soon as they win is perfectly legal…can’t make it up can you? I would argue gnoming only exists because the bookmakers are so fond of gubbing people. How long can you make a consistent £1000 a month? Not long enough, that’s for sure.

    1. I agree. If the bookies didn’t gub anyone, there would be far less gnomers.

      Matched betting is short term. It is just a matter of time before you lose all bookie accounts.

  7. Hello,

    With multi accounting, could you use the same betfair account, rather than having to keep logging out and in to different bet fair ID’S.

  8. Are you likely to be caught having multiple accounts after you’ve won over £1000 I made an account at my old address and made a new one at my current address I could only remember my old details so I logged in on my old account I deposited £350 and won £1500 I didn’t use any bonus, but now I’m waiting on the pending withdrawal I’m really worried that they will see that I have another account, I also think it using the same IP address as the one I used when I made my new account

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