How to automatically track bets you receive via email using Zapier

Are you subscribing to tipster and get the tips via email? Then you might be interested in getting those bets tracked automatically in Bettin.gs.

What you need

How it works

Basically, the process looks like this.

  1. You receive your tips in your inbox
  2. You forward the email to a separate Zapier email address
  3. Zapier extracts the data from the email
  4. Zapier sends the data to Bettin.gs

An example

Let’s have a look at a real example. We’ll use an email from Quentin Franks Racing from Mars 10th, 2020.

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Email example from Quentin Franks Racing
  1. Create a Zapier account if you don’t have one. You need a Starter account to use the app we need to send data to Bettin.gs.
  2. Create a Email Parser By Zapier mailbox. This is where you should forward your emails. When your first email have been sent to that mailbox, start marking up the different parts of the email with the data you want to extract. This is done differently for each tipster based on the design of the email they send.

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    How to mark up the data you want in Email Parser By Zapier
  3. In Zapier, now choose “Make a zap”. A “zap” is something you want to do if something happens. In our case: When we receive an email, extract the data from it and use it to register at new bet at Bettin.gs. Choose “Email Parser by Zapier” as the app and “New Email” as the trigger.

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    Make a zap in Zapier that triggers every time there’s a new email in your inbox
  4. Choose your account and mailbox and you should be able to find your email.

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    Find the tipster email that you’ve forwarded
  5. Now we’re getting to the fun stuff. As the next step, choose Webhooks by Zapier and POST. Here you can select all the things you extracted from the email and add that to what you’re about to send to Bettin.gs. Exactly what should and could be sent to Bettin.gs is documented in the Bettin.gs API.
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    Create a webhook that sends the data about the bet to Bettin.gs

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    Find the data that you marked as interesting in your email and add it to what we’re going to send to Bettin.gs
  6. Once you’ve added all parts, the last thing we need to do is to enter your Bettin.gs API key. It’s available on your Settings page, under API. Under “Headers” in your zap, add your bettings-api-key.
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    Get your Bettin.gs API key

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    Add your Bettin.gs API key to the request
  7. You’re done! Once all the required fields are filled, you should be able to send a test to Bettin.gs and the bet should be registered in your account.

Summary

There are many ways to extract data from your emails and all tipsters are using their own format, so be prepared to do some trial and error to get things to work.

There are also many other apps you could use to extract data: Mailparser for email and Apify to scrape data from websites for example.

Now that you’ve understood the basics of how it could work, you should be able fo free up some of the time you use tracking your bets. Good luck!

Getting started with the Bettin.gs API

Bettin.gs brand new API gives you the possibility to access your data as well as add more data to your Bettin.gs account. You can add bets from your own website or app and you can read all your bets and stats to publish it on your own website, blog or app.

So how does this work?

First of all you do need some programming skills. We are building some tools ready to use out of the box, but until then, or if you have specific needs, you need to use the documentation available and start coding (or hire someone who knows how to).

You can find the documentation here

  • Here are some things you can do:
  • Automatically register your bets at Bettin.gs as soon as you post them to your own website or app.
  • Show your bets registered at Bettin.gs on your own website, blog or app
  • Show your stats from Bettin.gs on your own website, blog or app
  • Automatically track users you follow at Bettin.gs
  • Build an app that lets you (or anyone using Bettin.gs) to track their bets

You need an active Bettin.gs Pro subscription to access the API. To get started, generate your API key on your settings page and head over to the documentation and dive in.

We can’t wait to see what you build!

How to find the right betting tipster

Finding tipsters to follow isn’t hard at all nowadays. There’s no shortage of tipster websites, free to join Facebooks betting groups or loud people at Twitter who seem helpful enough to share their expertise and make you rich. The challenge is finding serious, honest tipsters that can actually help you make money and do it for a long time.

While it certainly doesn’t look like it at first glance, the truth is almost everyone loses money in sports betting, except for the bookmakers. Tipsters are no exception, so be ruthless in who you decide to follow.

Here are just a few tips (pun intended) to help you on the way.

Analyze their track record

Needless to say, a track record is absolutely and fundamentally a prerequisite to even start thinking about following someone’s advice. And by track record I don’t mean 1000 tweets summed up with “a 75% strike rate” or a random Google spreadsheet that leaves no guarantee that it couldn’t have been adjusted. Screen dumps from bookmaker accounts doesn’t count either.

I’m talking about letting a serious third party like Smart Betting Club verify your bets, or register and lock them all at Bettin.gs. All bets at Bettin.gs are public and locked bets can’t be altered once they are locked and registered.

How many bets that are needed depends on the odds, but for bets odds on (2.0 or 1/1) I’d recommend at least a couple of hundred, much rather a thousand. Yes, that’s right. 1000 bets to make sure it’s just not a string of lucky results, but actual skills, that are behind the results you’re seeing.

Analyze their credibility

You need to ask yourself why these people are selling their tips. If they are one of the very few that actually have found a flaw in the bookmaker’s models, why would they want to share that edge?

Valid reasons could be they don’t have the money to invest themselves, the bookies won’t allow them to bet as much as they’d like, or they just want to even out the volatility in their business by having a guaranteed flow of income on the side.

Invalid, but sadly very probable, reasons are usually that they are affiliated with a set of bookmakers and want you to lose as much as possible so they can get a share of those losses, or more likely they don’t have an edge at all so their only chance to make money is to charge for losing tips.

Analyze their style of play

Now, if you’ve found a tipster service that actually have a proven track record of winning bets, they seem legit and you want to have a closer look at what they have to offer, what would you look for?

Apart from the obvious, like what sport and language that is used, you should look closer at the following.

What are the odds and strike rate?

What odds ranges are being used? If it’s lower odds, you should be able to win less but more often, which means you’d need a smaller betting bank and the losing runs will be shorter. That might feel safe, but don’t expect your bankroll to grow too quickly.

Higher odds means winning more rarely, but more when you do – and hopefully more in the long run. Tipsters using higher odds obviously needs more bets to prove their worth, but could be worth it as the chances to find bigger value increases with the odds. On the other hand you’ll need a bigger betting bank to deal with bigger drawdowns and that psychological rollercoaster that it measn is definitely not for everyone.

What type of bets are advised?

Are the bets advised for someone to win, to lose, for amount of goals or something completely different? Is it win only or each way? Is it for games the same day or season bets/ante posts? Does this suit you? Do you have access to the bookies that offer these kinds of bets?

Is it possible to get the quoted odds?

It’s quite possible you find the best tipster on the Internet, but since he’s so good there’s so many following his tips that the odds disappear within seconds once the tips are released. It’s also possible, and more likely, that the quoted odds are the best one available and not a resonable odds to acquire. Make sure the odds advised are odds that are offered on the market!

Are they beating the market?

One way of analysing if they’ll be profitable is if they’re beating the closing odds more often than not. That is, are the advised odds better than the odds available when the event starts? Those odds are usually seen as the most correct.

There’s a feature att Bettin.gs that let’s you track this easily.

What are they basing their bets on?

Is it based on a computer based model, insider info or public knowledge? Is this important to you, or do you just want the odds and the selection?

How does their time schedule look?

You’re probably not doing this full time and probably not by your computer all day, every day either. Are the tips predictable and arriving on the same time every day or do you need to expect them to pop up at any given time? If so, how are you notified about this?

What’s the price?

There’s no guarantee that more expensive tipsters are better than free ones, but you obviously need to take into account what the price is. Do a simple budget and see if the stakes you can afford generates enough winnings with this service even with the tipster’s fee deducted. You’ll see many services value are eaten up quite quickly unless you have a serious betting bank to start with.

Practical tips

To keep track of all this info I would advise you to paper trade every single bet from the tipster services you want to follow. That means placing no money, or the smallest stake possible, to see if the tipster matches your wish list. Do this for a long time, until you feel certain this tipster fulfil all criteria and you feel comfortable investing your own money and following his advice (yes, it’s always a “him”).

Set up an account at Bettin.gs to do this – it doesn’t take more than a few seconds to sign up and a few more seconds to register all tips. You can then track all this info and get stats like strike rate, odds, drawdowns, ROI, how often he’s beating the closing odds and a lot more.

What we’re working on

Just a quick note on what’s coming next here at Bettin.gs:

  • Manage your settings in an easier way. Organize your tags, tipsters and bookies to get full control over your bets. You will be able to easily add, edit and delete all of these.
  • Add your private notes about each tipster to remember your staking plan, strategy or other ideas about them.
  • Set a starting bank to gain full control over your bankroll.  This will also be used to calculate Return on Capital later on.
  • More stats. More beautiful stats.
    • Check your ROC for each tipster or your entire portfolio.
    • Compare several tipsters, sports, odds intervals etc in the same graph.
    • Keep check of drawdowns per tipster, sport etc. What the biggest losing run you or any of your tipster has been on? Knowing that helps to know how big starting bank you need to set aside.

More stuff will come, but this is what to expect in a very near future. More details will come as soon as things are getting ready.

Import AND export your bets

As you might know, we’ve had an import function at Bettin.gs quite some time and as you also might know, it’s been somewhat in beta during this time.

Today we’re happy to say that we’re leaving the beta version behind and that your imports should work just fine, as long as your file is set up according to the template that is needed.

Also, export your bets

We’ve also added an export function, letting you export all the bets you’ve registered at Bettin.gs into a csv file, following the same template as the import.

This makes it easier for you to back up your data externally, as well as managing your bets in an Excel sheet or whatever tool you’d like to use to crunch your data in.

Both these features are available from the Settings page for all users.

Interview with Goal Trader Syndicate

We’re happy to have gotten a few words with the users top of Hall of Fame at the moment with a mighty 97,3% ROI from 257 bets dating back to December last year – known as Goal Trader Syndicate.

Tell us a bit about yourselves

We are Chloe & Robert – the people behind ’Goal Trader Syndicate’ on Bettin.gs.

Based in the UK and into sports both from a participation and betting perspective.

How long have you been into sports betting?

As as a hobby since around 2005 but in late 2013 we decided to focus on a small number of sports and adopt a more disciplined, mathematical approach. Today we bet and trade through exchanges and a few bookmakers. Most of our accounts are limited/restricted which although frustrating is a big compliment to get from a bookmaker as they simply don’t want your business. There’s only one reason for that – they don’t think you’ll make a loss long term.

What sports do you bet on primarily?

Horse Racing (UK) and occasionally tennis for our own private trading. Racing is high variance but the large odds offer significant opportunities to identify value and capitalise before significant market movements in the hours before the scheduled start time.

How would you describe your approach to betting on that sport?

The aim is simple – identify markets that present value and consequently will deliver profit long term. It’s important to not focus on whether a bet won or lost. When trading high odds (such as 10/1 or above) look at whether it presented value. If your selection loses by a neck to the odds on favourite it’s vital not be disappointed but instead focus on the fact that you were successful in terms of finding and backing a high value selection. We are great believers in this approach as it allows us to stick with the same philosophy and remain discplined when it comes to bankroll management.

What would you say is the hardest part of sports betting?

The aforementioned bankroll management. Many of our followers struggle to remain focused on the long term results. We were also guilty of this when we first started betting. Say 2-3 bets lose in a row (which will happen with a sport like horse racing) it’s tempting to raise the stake size for subsequent bets. In other words chase losses which inevitably leads to trouble. Measure profit over months and years – not days and weeks. We have achieved a Return on Investment (ROI) close to 100% with our tracked bets on Bettin.gs but during that time there have been bad runs. If we had thrown away the concept of bankroll management at any stage our overall results would no doubt be siginifantly worse.

How long have you been using Bettin.gs?

We have various accounts to track different sports and services but first joined a few years ago.

How has Bettin.gs helped you in your betting?

Its a flexible, reliable tracking platform. We personally like the fact we can enter the odds. Many other platforms only allow you to select prices from a small range of bookmakers directly. On Bettin.gs we can enter the odds from exchanges so the profit tracked is exactly the same as that achieved (even commission is factored in automatically)

Do you have any advice on how to follow your bets?

We publish all advised bets for horse racing each evening before the race day. So if you wish to follow our advisory you can gain access at https://bettin.gs/goaltrader. There is always plenty of notice given. As briefly discussed earlier though if betting with bookmakers expect limitations to be applied to your account. We would highly recommend trading via exchanges such as Betfair, BETDAQ & Smarkets to avoid these restrictions and often get higher odds.

Do you have any final advice to people trying to make money from betting?

Measure success over a decent time period – at least months. The mistake many make is getting bogged down in day to day performance. You can back a horse that presents great value for odds of 20/1. If you got those odds you will likely beat the SP and that bet can be considered a success. However the most likely outcome is still that horse will lose but long term bets with that mathematical edge will yield profit.

On on the subject of SP (Starting Price) this is another interesting area when it comes to horse racing. There are various members of the syndicate who never actually wait for the race result. They simply back our selections when added to Bettin.gs the night before the race and then trade it on the day of the race. The idea being that the odds will have fallen (shortened) and so the exchange cashout feature will deliver profit. It’s not rare for our bets to be at 10/1 the night before but when the race starts to have fallen to 6/1 – 7/1 so there is siginifant potential in this strategy.

Each-way betting

As you might know, last week we added another one of the most requested features – the possibility to register each-way bets. No need to add bets for both win and place bets or workarounds anymore. Read more about how it works below.

What is it?

Each-way bets are basically one bet for the selection to win and one bet to place. It’s commonly used in markets for horse racing, golf and greyhounds to name a few, or tournament markets in general.
More about it at Wikipedia →

How does it work?

To activate each-way betting at Bettin.gs, go to your Settings page and check the “Enable each-way betting” checkbox. You will then see a few more options the next time you register a bet.

When you register your each-way bet make, simply check the “Each-way” checkbox and enter the stake as usual. Note that the stake you enter is the value for the win and then place part respectively, so the total stake will be twice the one you enter. Also note that it’s the stake you enter, not the liability.

When you settle your bet, you will have the option to set it as WON or LOST as usual, but also select PLACE. This is also where you set the terms for the place bet (the odds offered).

That’s it! The result and stats will be automatically calculated based on the info you entered.

Good luck with your each-way bets, and as always for new features – if you find something you’re wondering about or improvements you’d like to see, let us know.