How To Avoid Getting Gubbed

Last Updated on September 6, 2020 by Ben Adams

What It Means, And How To Avoid Getting Gubbed.

Getting gubbed is part of matched betting life.

This probably won’t affect those just wanting to do new customer offers, but if you want to make continuous monthly profits from matched betting, it is really important you do your best to avoid getting gubbed. 

When I first started matched betting, I had a few accounts gubbed by making silly mistakes that I could have easily avoided. I explain what I do to avoid getting gubbed below, but first, what does gubbed mean!?

What Does ‘Gubbed’ mean?

Being gubbed is when you have a betting account limited by a bookmaker.

There are two ways in which you can be limited that will affect your matched betting activity:

1 – The bookmaker will stop you receiving any promotional offers. This will stop you matched betting with that bookmaker, as matched betting relies on these offers. Bookmakers won’t use the term ‘gubbed’ but you will receive an email that looks something like this:

Boylesports Avoid Getting Gubbed
A nice polite email from Spoilsports Boylesports.


2 – The bookmaker will limit your maximum stake amount. This will prevent you from placing bets over say, £2 for example. The bookmaker won’t always tell you that they have stake limited you. More likely, you will find out whilst trying to place a bet like this:

Ladbrokes Avoid Getting Gubbed
The message in red came up as I tried to place just £2 on a horse. Thanks for letting me know Ladbrokes.

What I Do To Avoid Getting Gubbed

You can see how important it is to try and avoid getting gubbed.

There are many thoughts and theories on what exactly triggers gubbings to happen, it is always a hot topic in matched betting forums. 

Even if you are really careful, you might still see your accounts get limited. Sometimes, there’s no logical reason.

It is really easy to take it personally when you get gubbed, I know I did when I first lost some accounts. But I have come to learn not to waste time worrying about it, just do your very best to avoid getting gubbed and remember there are a LOT of bookmaker and casino opportunities to keep you going long after you get gubbed on a few accounts.

By following what I do, please note I cannot guarantee that your accounts won’t be limited by the bookies.

The points below seem to have helped me maintain a healthy set of accounts over time.

1. I Only Bet On Popular Events

Using qualifying and free bets, I always look to place them on well-known football teams (If the offer allows).

If I place a bet on say, a Swedish Division 2 football game, this could arouse suspicion with the bookmaker and could put the account under unnecessary scrutiny.

Particularly with qualifying bets, I look to place them on the biggest football game of the week, I think it helps me look like a normal punter.

2. I Always Bet Round Numbers (Ideally Ending In 0 Or 5)

Placing strange bet amounts, for example, £27.84 would make it look like I was dutching.

If I am dutching, I round the suggested stake to the nearest amount ending in a 0 or 5.

3. I Don’t Always Place The Exact Minimum Qualifying Stake

If the offer is, for example, “Bet £20 Get £20 Free”, sometimes I will bet £25 for my qualifying bet.

This makes me look more like a regular punter than someone doing matched betting.

This eats into some profit by making the qualifying bet cost a bit extra.

I think an extra few more pence is well worth it if it helps keep me under the bookmaker’s radar.

4. I Don’t Take The Highest Value Bet Available

When using the Oddsmonkey oddsmatcher, I never pick the very best odds match, I will always scroll down to find a popular event (preferably a big football game) and use that.

I know I am leaving some extra profit on the table by doing this, but I know I can make a lot more money the longer my accounts remain ungubbed.

5. I Place Bets As Close To The Start Of The Event As Possible

By doing this, it again makes me look more like a regular punter betting spontaneously.

The other benefit is that the odds won’t have much time to steam (go lower, for example, go from 5.0 to 4.0), which will again help keep me under the bookmaker’s radar as I won’t be taking as much value.

6. I Only Withdraw Money When I Need To

Although I’d prefer my money in my bank, I try not to withdraw unnecessarily.

I think making regular withdrawals will potentially put the account under scrutiny and increase the chances of the bookmaker analysing betting activity.

If I have done a new customer offer with a bookmaker that doesn’t have many ongoing offers, I will withdraw my money straight away.

7. I Block IE Snare

IE Snare is a cookie that is installed on a computer, often without the user knowing.

It can help the bookmakers highlight people who do a lot of matched betting.

Bookmakers receive information such as your system and browsing data.

They can potentially see you go from one bookmaker to another, then to the exchange etc.

This activity will definitely flag you up for doing matched betting.

The good news is, it is very easy to block, so I make sure it is blocked on any pc/laptop I use for matched betting (you won’t need to block it if you only use your mobile phone).

Following the steps in this video made it easy for me to remove it:

As I continue to learn, I will add to this list as I go along. The main point is: do your very best to look like a normal punter.

Do you do anything different to avoid getting gubbed? What have you found does/doesn’t work? Please leave a comment below.