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What is gubbing in matched betting?

This guide discusses the concept of gubbing in matched betting. Let’s look at some background to betting account restrictions.

What does gubbing mean?

Gubbing or getting gubbed is when a bookmaker bans you from free bets and bonuses.

This generally happens for one of two reasons:

  1. Bookmaker traders manually check your account activity. They decide that you are an “uprofitable customer”.
  2. Alternatively, your betting patterns have triggered an alert on the bookmaker’s risk management system.

Either way, you’ll receive an email from the bookmaker barring you from offers.

example of a gubbing email

The bookies will reduce your maximum stake or limit you to zero. A gubbing is usually a final decision. It is rare for a bookmaker to reverse your account restrictions.

Why have I been gubbed?

There is typically a specific reason why you get gubbed. The bookmaker may take a dislike to your account activity.

Betting on offers and enhanced odds. Only betting on promotions and price boosts indicates that you’re  a matched bettor.

Taking too much value. A taking good odds and/or arbitrage betting.. The bookmaker won’t make a profit from a customer that only seeks value from them.

Bookmakers dislike customers that take value from them (such as matched bettors). These clients consistently only bet on offers, free bet promotions and arbitrage bets.

However, you need to take some value to make a profit. It’s usually best to carry on doing offers, as gubbing is inevitable.

Tactics to avoid a gubbing

Nobody knows exactly why a bookmaker decides to issue a gubbing. However, try some of these useful hints.

Mug betting. Place bets when there is no offer attached. Still lay off at the exchange. The aim is to simulate a regular punter’s betting activity, whilst still matched betting.

Avoid arbing. Resist the temptation to arbitrage bet. Not worth killing an account for a few quid arbing profit.

Mix up odds taken. Don’t always take the best odds from tipsters or odds matching sites.

Major events. Stick to mainstream selections such as Premier league football, big horse races, golf majors, formula 1 races, and so on.

Avoid minor markets. Don’t matched bet on obscure events. Think Danish division 2 football and similar.

Casino mug spins. Have a few spins in the games/casino section, especially with no promotion attached.

Look like a mug punter. Try a variety of different bet types – in-play markets on popular events, request a bets, accumulators without ACCA insurance. Also, mix up your bet stakes.


Avoiding a gubbing is never an exact science. Managing your betting patterns may help to avoid the dreaded gubbing stick!

For more strategies to avoid getting gubbed, check out Profit Accumulator community forum – which is full of experienced matched bettors.

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