Why bookmakers limiting and closing accounts?

Almost every long-time bettor had an experience of his betting account getting limited or closed at some point. And players don’t need to do something wrong to get this type of punishment, because the rules of 99% bookmakers allow them to restrict/limit clients without any reasons.

So why do bookmakers keep limiting and closing players’ accounts? We will answer this question in this article.

Why bookmakers limiting and closing accounts?

The main goal of every betting company on the internet is gaining profit. So naturally, bookies do their best to maximize financial results and minimize any factors, which could damage profits. One of these damaging factors is professional bettors. Those who constantly beat the line, or using arbitrage betting, annoys bookmakers the most.

As we stated before, almost every betting company have a rule which allows to restrict/block player on will. This is their weapon in a war with “annoying clients”. Here are the categories of players whose accounts getting limited/closed most often:

  • Professional punters who bet with value and can beat the line;
  • Arbitrage bettors;
  • Bonus hunters.

Bookmakers have departments for monitoring and analyzing players’ activity. If punter’s style is suspicious and could damage the company's profits even for 0.001%, then his account will get restricted. Some bookmakers restrict/block players right after registration. How is that even possible, one may ask. Well, brands from one network or one platform usually share information about a player with suspicious activity between each other.

Is restricting account by bookmaker legal?

It’s perfectly legal, as regulators don’t have any rule which prohibits it. It’s just business. Some shops or restaurants ban clients, so do bookmakers. As long as the company pays and doesn’t use dirty tactics (voiding bets without reason, deleting bets), the regulator is OK with it.

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Blocking/limiting player’s account doesn’t look good from the moral side of the business. Bettors usually call such bookies greedy or even scammy. And they are not far from the truth, as companies care only for money.

How to avoid limiting/closing at bookie tips

Experienced professional bettors can hide their gut in recreational bookmakers for a long stretch, but eventually get restricted/blocked. Here is a to-do list to not draw attention for monitoring/security department:

  • Stakes with round numbers. You bet 85$ and not 85.48$, even if you lose some part of profit;

  • Spending some time on the website. If you are using bookmaker simply for placing bets, then you might be labeled as a professional punter;

  • Be smart with funds. It’s very suspicious if you deposit money, put them all on some outcome, and then withdrawing it right after. Transfer it like a regular client;

  • Bet on some main markets. If 100 out of 100 of your bets are on ITF tennis or other small markets, then you’ll eventually get caught. You should mix small markets (if you into them) with main events;

  • Do not take the best price all the time. Accounts, which are flooded with value bets, don’t live long;

  • Ask for some bonuses. Every normal client likes promotions! Pretends you like it too;

  • Lose sometime. Went for crazy bets with big odds, hedging them in another bookmaker in the process.

So, you have to imitate the style of the average recreational punter. You can also play at the company, that is loyal to profitable clients and professional bettors. Unfortunately, the list of these companies is pretty short: Pinnacle, Betfair, Matchbook, Smarkets, some Asian bookies.

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