The Side Hustle

For the past few months I’ve been adding a significant chunk to my monthly bottom line by doing Matched Betting.  I simply spend 30-60 minutes every morning on it before I turn my attention to poker. It’s probably the best discovery I have made since I discovered online poker. To coincide the daily swings of online poker with the easy, stress-free money coming in from matched betting has been a blessing for me ever since I started investing my time and money into it.

What is Matched betting, you ask?

Matched betting is betting on any particular outcome with a “back bet” on a Bookmaker and then betting against that exact bet with a “lay bet” on a betting exchange. Most bookmakers require you to place a qualifying bet to unlock a free bet on offer.  So in order to guarantee a profit, you need to “back and lay” a specific outcome, for which you will make a very small “qualifying loss.” Once the bet has settled, you will receive the free bet and then simply repeat that process to ensure that you make money from the offer.  If you sign up to you will have access to video tutorials explaining this in greater detail as well as showing you how you can extract the maximum amount possible from each free bet you receive.  There’s also a friendly and extremely helpful forum where moderators and  other matched betters will happily help any queries you may have.

How to make £1000 a month!

“How to make £1000 a month!” is one of the most popular threads on the  forums. The moderators update it every morning with all of the risk-free offers up for grabs that day. I would strongly suggest pinning that thread to your bookmark bar and checking it everyday. It’s what I do and it’s a nice daily reminder about what an achievable monthly goal is.


Other things to note:



The great thing about matched betting is that you can start with very little money. You could invest £50 and just keep withdrawing it to move onto the next offer, however it would be ideal to start with over £1000 as then you would be able to do many offers at the same time and therefor extract the money faster.


Although it is perfectly legal, bookmakers do not like matched betters and will restrict your account if they are confident you’re just extracting their promotions for guaranteed profit instead of using their website for recreational gambling.  They will notify you via email if your account has been restricted. And don’t worry, your funds in your account are still safe to withdraw once you can no longer take advantage of that bookmaker.



Because you’ll be signing up to dozens and dozens of online sportsbooks, I would strongly suggest creating a separate e-mail address just for matched betting. Those account validation e-mails  will really get in the way of more importing things in your life otherwise. I would still recommend checking your matched betting e-mail address daily as occasionally bookmakers send free bets and other offers to you in e-mail that PA won’t know about.


Here’s a screenshot from my PA account of my progress with matched betting so far:



Best wishes,


PG Craig









July 2018 Income Report

This month I definitely could have put more time into making money and self improvement, but, the unmissable fixtures in run up to The World Cup  climax and Scotland getting some genuinely nice, warm weather didn’t make it easy for me to grind out the poker volume and do those consistent workouts that I know I’m capable of.  Thankfully, despite not giving 100% effort or employing my free time as wisely as I could, monetary results  were far from poor.



My results by stakes


Graph of all stakes






To all those wondering about why there’s so much more hands played on USD tables than Euro tables it’s because there’s so much more games being played in USD than Euros or GBP on the pokersite that I play on. But, as I plan on soon putting more money on sites with more of a Euro market, that seemingly ridiculous ratio may drift closer in future updates.

There is also roughly $70 extra that I made from poker in rewards and bonuses this month. But, I am happy to just call the poker bottom line $5000 or £3811.40.  (August 1st 2018 exchange rates)


Other Income


Here’s the bottom line from my current side hustle, which I spend 60-90 minutes on each morning before I turn my attention to poker:

I will go into further detail about this little gold mine in a future post, but it’s certainly a much less stressful grind than poker. And it’s just great to have some easy, risk-free money coming in to mitigate the emotional pain that comes hand in hand with the inevitable downswings in poker.


They were also kind enough to pay me £40 for referring two friend in June which I received through my PayPal in early July

I don’t plan on tracking expenses on here as I don’t think that will be nearly as interesting as my profits, but I used most of that PayPal income I received on a new German sentence structure course to help me improve my German grammar!

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Ignoring the horrible exchange rate, I think this a great deal. I’m trying to improve my German on my own everyday, and sentence structure is always such a big hurdle for myself and probably every other native English speaker learning German. I’m also a big fan of investing in products and courses that will help improve your skills. And I like doing it because I know that it works. I would not have made $5000 this month playing online poker if I had not previously spent money buying poker content that would help me improve my poker skills. I’m sure once I’ve completed this course the value I get from having an easier time conversing with German friends, as well as strangers will be well worth the £36.


Until next time, guys!



Total Profit for July 2018 



Best Wishes,


PG Craig