Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Surely Not?


Following the highly controversial introduction of Betfair Arcade games, it was with an open mouth that I read the following post on the Betfair Forum this evening. Surely this can't be true!
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I am RG. I won on the Arcade without even realising that I was playing it for real. It is unbelievably easy to log-in to see what the fuss is about, select to play a Demo game and then navigate to a new game where you are playing for real. I honestly thought i was playing with imaginary money. I would never dream of playing in the Arcade with real money. Playing for a grand a spin I won about 14k and gave 9 back all in the space of 3 minutes. I am delighted that i got bored after that long.
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Obviously I have been very lucky and done well out of this but there are 2 points that are very worrying. Firstly and most importantly it should be far more difficult to "accidentally" play these games. Not being aware that you are playing may be a little stupid but if I could make that mistake then I am sure others could.
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Secondly is the nature of the games, I was able to turn over roughly 20k in 3 minutes. Even when I won it was ready to press the button to bet again in 5 seconds. These games are highly addictive and repetitive. In the past I would have expected more of Betfair but now I am not at all surprised. I have voiced my concerns to my account manager but don't expect anything to change. Betfair don't listen to their customers anymore because they honestly don't care although there are still a very many good people still working there.
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Elsewhere, it nice to see the Guardian are still covering the diabolical Betfair Premium Charge.
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12 comments:

leonthefixer said...

Mate it really has become a joke!!! Fancy bringing out the Arcade on the same day as the charges are introduced.

I asked on the forum on Monday when Virtual horse racing was going to come - I didn't even think it would be just 2 days later!

Did you see the video on my blog (http://dontgiveupyourjob.blogspot.com/) where a commentator said 'these two will be trading short inrunning minus your 20% boys'.

Very funny but Betfair removed any reference to it, including thread such as what is your favourite Curry. Also on the race replay the commentry goes silent where it once said the above - I wonder if Betfair put pressure on ATR to remove it?

I understand the poster of the original link on the forum was banned for life from the forum after 7 years of being a client. It really has come to a sad state of affairs.

I hope you found the Peter Webb chat useful the other night. It sounds promising. I will be off to Betdaq the moment the software comes.

Anyway until then fancy a game of Cluedo - I think it could be Andrew Black in the Lounge with his own rope - lol!

Numsig. said...

Can you send me a copy of the anti-charges banner to display on my blog please?

http://godshootsjesussaves.blogspot.com/

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Leon,

I loveed the video on your blog. it made me laugh and just goes to show that even those you wouldn't expect are aware that Betfair are trying to bleed their most supportive customers.

I thought Peter's webinar was useful but from the sound of things I think it might be a while before we can see light at the end of the tunnel.

All the ebst mate,

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Numsig,

I've sent you an email.

All the best,

Mark

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Mark Iverson said...

Hi Gambel,

Thank you for your message.

Your software looks interesting but unfortunately I'm unable to open markets. An exception error is displayed.

Please let me know when this error is fixed.

All the best,

Mark

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leonthefixer said...

Mark - have you been charged today? Would be interested to see your views and how much!

I have just been shafted! I am off to Betdaq!

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