Money update

Money update

I’ve been putting this off because, I thought it was going to take a lot of digging around as I haven’t updated my balance before Vietnam. That and the fact that I knew the financial slide had continued for me overall. Like most things that you procrastinate about, it wasn’t nearly as bad once I got stuck into it. Your head has this amazing way to make a mountain out of a mole hill at times, the sooner you rip and get it done the better.

Anyway, enough bullshit, on to the dollars. As I hinted the new plot on the graph shows a continued decline in profits. This doesn’t bode well for my dreams of sailing on a yacht in the Caribbean, next time Australia play the Windies over there. Although it can’t be seen, things have started to turn around in the last week and a bit. The lowest point my balance got to was about $1,000 less than what you see, a few things have really started to click for me in the racing markets. Yesterday I had my best day there with $350 netted, I won’t be declaring it a winner until I can put a month of consistency together, I have a lot to learn still, I’m doing that, but I’m “quietly confident” that its coming together for me.

Cricket is ramping up with the WT20 competition starting in India a couple of nights ago. I thought I was going to stay up all through the night for the competition, but fuck it, I really don’t enjoy the format enough to put myself through the pain. I will trade the earlier games that start at 7.30pm as they are ideal, but the 12.00am start can do one. Obviously, key matches I will stay up for, but at the moment in the pool stages I couldn’t give a shit.

I just want to make mention of the people that have helped me on this journey. In the past I’ve been focusing a lot of energy on people that are negative towards what I’m doing, trying to change their perception, I couldn’t give a flying fuck any more. The people I want to focus on are the people that have helped and encouraged me. I could do the standard “you know who you are” thing, but instead, going to list a bunch of people and how they’ve helped:

  • Becca – Hasn’t been easy for her I know, but she always backs me, I love you for that.
  • Peter Clark – Supported me in a number of ways throughout the years and on this venture hes been no different.
  • Greg Millar – Backed me 110% when I started playing poker full-time, without his support wouldn’t be doing this now.
  • Tristan, Robbie & Dave – Great lads, great support, great sounding board when things are tough.
  • The parents, they never know exactly what I’m doing but they’re never worried, usually more intrigued than anything.
  • @muller234 – Top bloke, always supported me, there from the start, has similar goals and dreams, great for a laugh. Pretty smart for a Geordie too.
  • @back2layhorses – Again, there from the start, chasing his dream too, always checks in to see how things are going, top bloke. Who would have thought England had so many champion blokes living there?
  • @tradermatt106 – There isn’t too many more people that have put time into me in terms of trading cricket. If you’re not following this guy, you should be.
  • @Relaxer_ – Seriously sharp operator and has put in a bunch of time to me. Listening to my rants and calming me down, thanks for the help legend.
  • @aussieruled – Not trading on the level of Matt & Relaxer, but certainly the first guy to show me around the markets, also been a great voice of reason over the time.
  • @DownIsTheNewUp_ – Legend guy, pretty much keeps to himself, but been very influential for me, always very succinct.
  • @Trooa – Don’t let the class clown act fool you, this guy is sharp. Another real supporter and been a huge help in my journey, cheers JT.
  • @leantothewind – This guy is a champion too, making his way, similar dreams to mine and he is having a crack. Hoping to be able to nail this caper together.
  • @Lost_MyProphets – After an honest post of mine, this guy reached out to me and has poured in a bunch of time to help me, super guy, very appreciative.
  • @CaanBerryTrader – Not as accessible as some others, his content is very good and has been a source to turn to when things haven’t been right.
  • @Tennisratings – I don’t do a lot of tennis these days, but this guy is a out and out champion, always makes time for you and very supportive, thanks Dan.
  • @day25 – Steve is a good egg, always makes time for you and has been a supporter of my blog. His blog has always been a place to go bury my head when times are tough.
  • Bunch of boys from Twitter; Tom, RKM79, Jesse, Lenny, Dan Armo, Charchandrick Bets, Tommy, GreenForm, Oruas, AngryRay, John Millward, Lix, Fenners, Onlyfoolsgamble, Sim, Paul, few others I may have missed. Supporters and good for a laugh.
  • All readers from Facebook; All the comments of support when I post, does mean a lot and thanks a ton. Special mention to the crew in “Derolicked politics”.

All these people have helped back me and I really appreciate that. It doesn’t go unnoticed and its very humbling to have great support. I must not lose sight of the support, for every hater there is 50 supporters in my life 🙂

$1060, account balance +$7116.94

Cheers Luke

Betfair trading profit and loss graph.

Betfair trading individual trades
My plays and trades since my last post. A lot of red, but things are turning around for me, expect to see a big bounce back in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

“Old habits, something, something”.

“Old habits, something, something”.

They say that “old habits die hard” and I’m a walking, talking example of this. Hands up if you’re like me and learn most lessons the hard way? It’s a shit situation right? On one hand, you have all these motivational quotes saying “don’t give up”, “failure is a step towards success”, all the while, you are getting burnt with these failures and wondering “am I just in denial”? In the gambling world, this can get fucking expensive, fucking quick.

Despite every sane cell in my brain telling me not to; I went back to horse racing this week, what a masochist. I’m fearful of how this chapter ends. Last time; I nearly killed the girlfriend, I had her hiding all the sharp objects in the house and locking the door to the balcony. I’ve basically, never had any success in this cunt of a sport, be it gambling or trading.

Why? I hear you asking. In short, I’ve developed 3 edges which I have been paper testing for the last six weeks. That alone means I’ve certainly come along way since my last foray into this market. I also used very small stakes when flicking over to try with real “moola”. Again, this gave me confidence that I was taking this seriously, last time my over staking was wild. I had a good start to my real money trades and time will tell now how it pans out long-term, fingers crossed, it’s a market I’d like to crack.

Good variance gods were shining brightly out of my ass crack this week. Usually, gamblers, traders, this blog is full of horror stories about how if some “pure cunt” had have just caught the ball everything would have been all right. This week I was on the pants boner side of variance on a number of occasions.

Hail Mary – GB v Det

GB v Det - Hail Mary
That pass and catch netted me $300 extra dollars than I would have got had GB gone on to lose by less than 3, which it looked like they were going to do. Good variance 🙂
King Kohli hits a boundary to win my overs bets
King Kohli also helped me out this week. I had 3 different overs bets on run line bets after 70 overs in their second innings. With one ball left before the time expired, King Kohli drilled a boundary to win 2 bets, was a $400 swing. Good variance.
Good variance when betting on cricket unders in India v South Africa
More good variance! I could afford just 1 run in 18 balls, get in there! Was a big swing for me, had a lot of under 40.5 and 42.5 too, but these half run winners gave me wood. Good variance.
How woman feel when their partners love sport or gambling on sport.
Saw this on Facebook and it was definitely something I can relate to. I try not to let losses be noticeable, but sometimes it’s hard, just thought it was funny and threw it in, haha.

Finally, thanks to everyone thats having a read each week. I have some really filthy things in the pipeline for this blog. I’m pretty excited by what is coming up, will be good fun, should give some clear insight in to what I’m doing on a day to day basis. Stay tuned and if you ever have questions get on to me on Twitter @lukeamac.

+$618 on the week, account balance +$5462

Cheers Luke

Weekly profit and loss from my trading on Betfair and with the corporate bookmakers.

Each trade I made this week in excel spreadsheet.
Each trade-by-trade in Excel sheet. Putting in here because I’m using a mixture of corporates and Betfair now.
Betfair trading on horses pre race.
First night back trading the nags on Betfair. Some small amounts, but really working hard on the consistent little 5-10% gains.

Bit of time off is needed! Poker time!

I’ve decided to take a step back, some time off is what I need right now. I’ve been at this like a bull at a gate for the last 2 months and it’s taken me to breaking point and back again. I’m like that though, very impatient and impulsive at times. I want everything to happen yesterday, especially when I know I’m on to something good. Right now though, the best thing for me and my trading adventure is to take a step back and focus on some other things in my life.

I ain’t quitting, it nearly broke me (mentally not financially), but all things that have been great in my life have done the same. I just want to step back from it all, look it a little more objectively and start to build a plan on how I’m going to attack it when I do come back into it. I like to have a plan, goals, structure, just randomly clicking buttons without tracking my success is shit to me.

I’m talking weeks, not months, I’ll be back on deck within the week or so, just a week off or so, find some clarity and go again. In that time I will also be reading a book by Daniel Weston http://www.harriman-house.com/book/view/731/lifestyle/daniel-weston/mastering-tennis-trading/ so I will let you all know how that goes. I follow Dan on Twiiter (@tennisratings), seems a very knowledgable lad in the space, so we’ll see what it uncovers.

Also been talking with, @MrUnknownTrader, again, smart guy with some good insight and suggestions for me moving forward. It’s hard you know, this trading stuff is a very secretive world. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why, people are shitting themselves that if their edges/ angles are revealed then they won’t be as profitable, fine, understood. What pisses me off though is how you can then sell books and video’s? Take poker, because I have experience in it, there is also many similarities. In poker, there is tons of books and videos, most are fucking shit, it takes little time to find the ones with substance. Fuck, I’ve had the best players in the world tell me what to read to start beating the game. So not only did the author publish a book that tells you how to beat it, but players that have built their edge in the game from that book also tell you to read it. Why aren’t they all secretive and buying copies of the book and burning them so no one can read it?

Most people are stupid, it’s true, if you have ever worked with people you will know this. Just because a book or video is out there that tells people how to do something, that doesn’t mean they can then apply it. People have written books on how to beat blackjack through basic card counting principles, are casino’s going broke from people playing perfect strategy and card counting? No, they aren’t. From what I have seen, the industry of Betfair Trading is mostly filled with content that politely, I could say is, well, I won’t say, I don’t want to be rude. But it starts with fucking and it ends with shit. The cost of some of these courses and things too, give us a break would you? We were born at night, it wasn’t last night.

If anyone has any suggestions of content that is worth reading/ watching, I’m all ears, I’m also happy to be proven wrong. But at this stage, anything of worthy note has been very limited.

Cheers Luke

Back on the path to success!

After a rocky few days, I’m back on the path to success. It’s well documented how monumental my fuck ups have been in the last little bit, last night was the confidence shot in the arm I needed. My selection process was back, decision making was much better and my discipline was there.

I didn’t end up with huge, money last night, all for one play that cost me a full unit. But green is green and last night just cemented in my mind that this can be done and lucrative. Played around with some more tennis last night too, I’m yet to have an unsuccessful trade there, just playing around, sample is so small it’s laughable though.

Cheers Luke

“I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.”

In a short moment, all I could hear rattling around my head was those words I had heard so much growing up from my mother; “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” That was always the worst, let you wallow in your own broth for a while in your room in utter silence, thinking of what you’ve done, then the full brunt of ‘being grounded’ and bulk choirs to come, FML.

Last night I lost it, I lost my patience, I lost my control and ultimately I lost everything I had made over the last 5 nights, $650 down the drain. It pains me to admit it, but I am still a trading fish. I wouldn’t say I’m a whale as I am doing a lot of things right, but emotionally and physiologically there is still along way to go. I basically did everything I shouldn’t and payed a fairly expensive price for it.

I doubt I’m the first, or the last, to fall into the trap of having some things go against me in a trading session; partial matches of exits from market, human errors working with software, horses missing starts, false starts in races, etc and then blow it up. Raising my stakes outside of my bankroll parameters, trading on the run making last minute uninformed decisions and ultimately chasing losses. Although I’m likely not be the only one that’s monumentally fucked it up, it still pissed me off I think I actually had steam coming out of my ears. Then after I calmed down, I wasn’t angry anymore, I was just disappointed. Disappointment in yourself really hurts and anyone that has experienced that will know what I mean.

Luckily for me, I stopped, yes I wiped out a bunch of profit, by I still have my bankroll and will just need to start on the ground floor once again. Added bonus, there is more racing today (tonight for me), tomorrow and the day after. With that in mind it’s time to get back on horse and make some MOONAAAAY (loving these puns)!

In case you have fallen like I and happen to read this blog, here’s some things I will be doing to better position myself not be a complete and utter fucking spastic, Betfair trader again:

  • Setting alarms on my grinding computer to go off and remind me not to be a retard.
  • Taking breaks during the session to think about what I’m doing objectively, rather than just getting lost in one big time warp. Especially if things aren’t going my way or I’m not trading well.
  • Sticking to the rules!

Been a bunch of things I’m doing really well, so the girl hasn’t been hiding the sharp objects in the house or locking the door to the balcony yet. Not yet.

Cheers Luke

What an abortion that trade was!

JESUS! What the hell? Last night was far from the “cruisy” sessions I’ve had trading of late, some bad variance early with a runner who’s never fallen going down over jumps kind of set the tone. I must admit though, trading was an after thought last night, so nowhere near the study and preparation I generally put in. The missus begged me to come to bed with her 😉 so I snuck out after she had fallen asleep. Now, I know what you’re all thinking and let’s get something clear before we move on; I wear the pants in the relationship, she just controls the zipper.

Getting to the abortion, Bath race, cost me $200!!! What tilted me so hard about this, was I had nailed the strategy. My play was to lay the horse as I figured he would settle out the back of the race somewhere/ had priors for missing starts. Then I wanted to back him at around 20% over the lay price. What was to follow was an absolute fucking disaster.

I fired in the lay just before they got the last horse in the stalls, matched! Calculated the back price, fired that in. Some of the back matched before the off, horse rears up, misses the start by three lengths, rest of the bet matched! Smiling, wait, what the fuck? I can see a red result if this horse wins now? My back bet had only been partially matched before the off and none in running when the horse missed the start. I hadn’t clicked the setting to keep the bet “live in-play” so it cancelled as the stalls opened, it didn’t match as I thought it had. What a NOOB, how could I make that mistake? No problem, I’ll just red out of this; click red out, horse runs to front now, shortens more, delete back bet. Try again; red out, horse runs further in front now, shortens more, delete back bet. Try again, red out, horse is 4 lengths in front coming out of the turn, shortens more. Horse wins by a mile, I lose $200 with steam blowing out of both ears.

How could I be so stupid? How could I miss seeing whether the back was fully matched or not? What an absolute rookie. I’m not happy, I’m really disappointed, I was fighting back hard after a tough start to the session, I was in the green and heading towards a nice little three figure sum profit for the day, now I’m in the red three figures, unbelievable.

Next race in 3 minutes, no time to get too down, a couple of interesting runners in the next, plus the two after that have your NAP’s running in them. Sometimes life has this funny little way of picking you right back up again, BING, BANG, BOOM. Little green and two beauties and we got the $200 back and then some.

Moral of the story? Few I guess, if you fuck up a trade, don’t just throw your hands up, try and fix it, won’t always be able to do it, but try. If I could have “redded” out for -$100 I would have been up extra $100 last night. Sadly I couldn’t get matched the way the race panned out (rarely see horses do what this one did last night, see it here if you want http://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Bath/02-September-2015/1720 FML!).

Second lesson is got to get back on the horse when things don’t go your way. See what I did there? Horse, eh? Yeah, you saw it.

Lastly, preparation. It’s a must to have delved inside what ever discipline it is you are going to trade. There is still tons of little calls you make while you are in the heat of the battle, but having some good knowledge of what might happen in the war before you get into it is essential in my opinion.

Another green night, ended up a positive story anyway, little green to add to my past couple, think that’s three on the trot now. I’ll explain in another post soon what I’m doing with my bankroll etc. +$80

Leave a comment or ask a question, if it’s a good one I’ll answer it good, if it’s shit, I’ll answer it shit.

Cheers Luke

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