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.

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.

Get paid for your bets

Big news today, as it is now possible for all you Bettin.gs Pro subscribers to charge for other people to see your bets. Here’s how it works.

1. Choose how much you want to charge for your bets on your Settings page

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2. When registering your next bet, check the “Charge X to see bet…” checkbox.

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3. As someone wants to see the bet, he is asked to pay for the bet via PayPal. Most of the times he can choose to pay for the bet, a package per bet or for a subscription (depending on the value of the bet). As the payment has been made he has access to the full details, as usual.

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4. Bettin.gs will send you your part of the payment (75%!) as soon as you have reached a certain level.

Please read the terms available on your Settings page.

This is the absolute easiest and most lucrative way to get paid for your bets online today. Feel free to try it out today and if you have any questions whatsoever, just let us know and we’ll listen.

Cheers, and good luck!

Thought on Cashing Out

I’m sure you’ve all seen or used the option to ”cash out” before the event you’re betting on is over. It’s a very convenient way for you to secure a profit or reduce your losses and calm your nerves at the same time. It’s all good, right?

No!

What’s happening is that the bookies are using your insecurity to increase their margins even more. It’s actually one of the smartest things the bookies have come up with in a pretty long time.

How do they do this? 

Most of the time, someone making a bet with the bookies are betting on very small margins and, as you know, most of the time the odds are in the bookies favour. Now, as they are able to offer you another bet, you can be sure that the odds they’re offering you to use for ”cash out” aren’t even close to the true odds for the market at the time, and so the potential margin you once had on the bookmaker is most definitely gone.

So what to do?

What you should do is treat the market you’re betting on the same way as you did before it went live. You wouldn’t dream of placing a bet without comparing different bookmakers odds before the game, so why would you do that during the game even if there’s a big green flashing button with definitive winning sums written all over it?

If you must bet against your initial bet (which is actually what’s happening), shop around to find the best price, or better yet, if you’re using exchanges, lay the bet at the price you think it’s worth to give yourself a fair chance and fair odds.

Don’t fall into the trap and let one bookmaker dictate the odds for you for the sake of simplicity. Make sure you get the correct value by playing them against each other, or use betting exchanges like Betfair or Smarkets to make sure you get the odds you want and deserve!

Advanced stats filters

As you’re using Bettin.gs you’ll probably notice the value of tags. We’ve written about the advantages of using it before, and now it’s just gotten even better.

Let’s for example assume that you’re using one tag for all bets you place in a country, say Russia, and another one for all football bets you place in Premier League. The #russia tag would represent all bets in all sports in Russia and #premierleague would represent all bets placed in the Premier League – that could mean English Premier League as well as the Russian.

Now you can select to filter out all placed in Russian events which would include all sports (unless you’ve used the Sport filter) having that precise tag. Adding the #premierleague tag would filter out all bets in the Russian Premier League and should you use only the #premierleague tag, naturally all bets from both Russian and English Premier League would be shown.

Combining this and the other available filters provides the perfect mechanism to find the exact stats you’re looking for.

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Another example: Using tags, you can select to filter out all tennis bets ever placed, or you can filter down on all tennis bets you’ve placed on #WTA tour, the #ATP tour or for all #doubles. Should you want to know how a certain tipster performs on #singles vs #doubles, just apply the approprate filter and select the tipster from The Tipster drop-down. To know how your bets went in the latest Tennis mens tournament in China, filter on #ATP, #china and #singles together with the Sport and Date filter.

I’m sure you get the point, and you probably have your very own way of organising your bets into categories. With this latest update it will be even more powerful to apply to your stats!

We are sure you all will find your own way of using this. As always, shoud there be any questions, just hit us with them.

Good luck, and enjoy!

New feature: Charge for your bets

As you might have noticed, we recently released a new feature for a a few selected users – the possibility to charge a fee for a bet. The idea  is that those of you who are running some kind of betting service or just would like to charge a minor fee for people to take part of your tips should be able to do so straight from Bettin.gs.

Above is an example of what you see when a user has selected to charge for a bet, in this case 30 NOK. The payment is done via PayPal and once the payment is done you get access to the bet as usual and can select to place the bet with your bookie of choice. if you’re logged in to Bettin.gs, you can of course also copy the bet and add it to your bets right away to keep track of the stats.

The feature is restricted to a few selected partners to start with and one of those you might want to check out is one-liner, who has nailed 9 of his first 10 bets. Check out his profile and follow him on Twitter to not risk missing any of his tips.

If you’re interested in hearing more about this feature and set it up for your own Bettin.gs account, let us know. Also if you have any thoughts or ideas around it, we’re all ears. We’re pretty sure this could be of interest for many of you.

Why you should keep track of your bets

If you’re a serious tipster, I’m sure you have a thought out strategy, an idea about if your losing or winning and what your strengths and weaknesses are. You probably have an idea of how how your money is spread at different bookmakers and what bookies are giving you the most in return.

But how do you really know?

There are many ways to keep track of your bets, be it in your memory, an old notebook or a complex Excel sheet – either way, if you really want to get better at sports betting, you really should keep track of at least the following:

  • How much have I won/lost?
  • What kind of bets am I making the most money from?
  • What sports have been most successful?
  • What leagues have been most successful?
  • What tipsters should I keep backing?
  • At what time am I making the most money?

Far, far from all tipsters are making money for real (the famous 3%), so make sure you are among those who do! Keeping track of your bets helps you understand why you are winning or losing.

There is only one way to improve in sports betting, and that is to learn from your, and others, history and to learn from history, you need to know it. Bettin.gs is here to help you learn from your and other tipsters bets so that we all can win more and make more money.

If you want to read what other tipsters have to say about this topic, check out these blog posts:

New feature: Copy a bet

There’s lots of bets going around at Bettin.gs, and once in a while you might stumble upon a bet that looks so good you wish you had placed it yourself. Right?

Chances are that you’ve also found a few tipsters to follow more closely to keep up with all of their bets and maybe back one of them every now and then.

At those moments, don’t you wish you could just use that bet with all the data without having to filling it all in again?

Well, happy days – now you can! On the bet page there’s now a Copy function that makes a new bet based on the information in that bet.

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It’ll be a carbon copy of the bet, with the Tipster alias added to give the tipster some credit and to be able to get stats based on all the users you choose to back – because you do want to know who is performing the best, don’t you?

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Note that it doesn’t have to be a Bettin.gs user in in that field, you can enter blog names or websites that you follow if that’s what you want to track.

More stats
The stats pages have been updated with a new section – Tipsters.  Here you can see how your backed tipsters are performing lately and over time. Everything possible to filter down on your tags as usual of course, so you can see how they perform within each tag like #football, #over, #parlays, #2014 or whatever you choose to use (or combined of course).

This section is available for pro users, starting today!

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Head on over to Bettin.gs to see this latest feature. As always, just let us know if there’s anything you need. Happy betting!