There’s a thread up on the Footy forum on the Betfair site started by Tony Broke which basically says there seems to be more fake suspends than ever on in play matches. The thread has surprisingly only attracted 26 replies in 4 days so far, many of which are bemoaning the fact that some of the match markets are nigh on impossible to get on due to the suspended sign appearing on and off throughout the game at seemingly random times. For example it appears when the ball is bouncing around in the middle of the park, or out for a throw in, or at other times during a seemingly dull piece of play. Obviously it appears if something interesting takes place like a goal or a penno or a red card or a fight though none of these things usually occur during an Argy 2nd division game as they usually finish 0-0.
One poster, wittily going by the name of ShirleyKnot, has this to say…
“ShirleyKnot 23 Mar 12 20:58
I will expand.
Bookies and betfair use third parties to collect their data. All that is happening is betfair are not putting loads of bums on seats to watch obscure games, they use those outside providers, as they collect data to trigger a suspend too.
Not trainees, logical for betfair but probably frustrating.”
That makes perfect sense. With the amount of in play offerings from totally obscure parts of the world it’s obviously not the case that Betfair have a guy actively watching the game live at every in play game they offer but that said I can’t have it that their feeds are interrupted to the point that some matches spend as much time suspended as they do in play (at least is seems that way sometimes).
The thing that I notice though is that most of these matches that suffer like this are between nondescript teams but not only that, they appear in games where there isn’t that much liquidity which is usually during games that are played in the early hours if you are UK based. I have a theory of my own on this and I would gladly share it on the Betfair Footy forum if the bastards would lift my posting ban (more of that to come). I think it’s the big single player market makers that are doing this, not because there’s a feed problem, but to allow them time to readjust their positions in the market and take advantage of the crumbs that are scattered about left by the diehards that get involved in these games (chasing, boredom, addicts, whatever).
Why is it that every time a suspend occurs but no goal is scored 9 times out of 10 you’ll find the market gets re-seeded with stupidly odd amounts? And why is it that when this occurs there’s never any decent money available on anything other than the current score in say the Correct Score market when two minutes before the suspend there may well have been?
Someone is manipulating those markets and using the suspend button to provide the timeouts they need to get their figures right in markets that don’t carry the interest of say a top 5 EPL or similar standard game. I may be wrong but in this day and age glitches like this should be next to nonexistant and it stinks to high heaven. It would be interesting if someone with more of an idea of how these markets work than me would care to illuminate us with a comment or two.
More Forum Grief
Yes, I’ve fallen foul of the facking forum moderators AGAIN. My last remaining account that wasn’t blocked suspended or banned bit the dust yesterday or maybe even today. It’s not like I’ve been using the thing with impunity. I used it two days ago to say hello to serially banned forumite Brainsurgeon (who is alive and well and posting these days as *******, well I couldn’t very well say his new name now could I?).
I posted twice, once to him and once to give someone a bit of advice on what to do about a laptop that won’t charge properly. Fucking shoot me. I have nothing but hatred for the people running the forums because they have no interest in it’s well being. They won’t be happy until Betfair goes the same way as Betdaq and bins the forum altogether. Yes there are a lot of clowns on there but it drives me nuts that some of the really hardcore arsehole posters manage to stay on there yet I call someone a batty boy and I’m hung out to dry (yes, in TSE’s view that’s a terribly serious insult worthy of a lifer ban) .
If anyone from TSE is reading this you can expect another email from me tomorrow a.m. as you seem to have misplaced the one I sent you on Saturday morning as so far I haven’t had a reply (which seems to be par for the course when you’ve managed to fall foul of them).
There you have it. Feel free to comment, even if it’s only about the weather. But especially if you came here as a result of searching Google about being banned from Betfair…Christ knows you aren’t alone.