Can you show me a working example of a sports arbitrage opportunity and how the investment would be staked?


A real sports arbitrage opportunity from 22nd July 2019 is shown below:

Real Life Example Arb:

Chinese FA Cup Football Match

Tianjin Teda » 2.75 (BetVictor) » £39.23 returns £107.88
Draw » 2.53 (Marathonbet) » £42.64 returns £107.88
Shanghai Shenhua » 5.95 (Marathonbet) » £18.13 returns £107.87

Notes: First Half

Total arb / surebet profit : 7.880%

A correctly staked investment of £100 guarantees a return of £107.87 no matter the outcome. That's £7.87 profit due to discrepancies in the bookmakers' odds, guaranteeing a 7.880% profit on your investment in less than 48 hours!

The above information tells us that a betting market exists on the Chinese FA Cup Football Match between Tianjin Teda and Shanghai Shenhua. It also tells us that BetVictor have odds of 2.75 for Tianjin Teda to win, Marathonbet have odds of 2.53 for a draw, and that Marathonbet have odds of 5.95 for Shanghai Shenhua to win.

By applying a simple mathematical formula to those odds, we are able to calculate that we can cover all possible outcomes of the match and make a guaranteed 7.880% return on our investment.

We would invest our money in proportion to the odds on each possibility. The amount to invest on each outcome is calculated using another simple formula. £39.23 invested on Tianjin Teda returns £107.88, £42.64 invested on the draw returns £107.88, and £18.13 invested on Tianjin Teda returns £107.88.

£39.23 x 2.75 = £107.88
£42.64 x 2.53 = £107.88
£18.13 x 5.95 = £107.87

Risk free profit = £7.87

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