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Connecting to your VPS using an Android tablet

If you are using an Android tablet and Bet Angel via a VPS, a Virtual private server, then you will need to go through the following steps to connect to your VPS.

Connecting to a remote server

A virtual private server, or a remote server, is a fancy name for a PC which, rather than being on your desktop, is located in a datacentre. The server acts and behaves, in general, like a normal Windows PC and can be used as such.

You can install & run any software on the remote server, just like a local PC. You can also browse the internet and perform other functions on the remote server. Therefore, once connected, you can use it just like a normal PC.

There are some differences in terms of the way a remote server is managed, these are different to a normal PC. So it is recommended that, if you have never managed a remote server before, you leave the settings as you see them when you first use the server.

You need some RDP client software

To connect to a remote server, you need some client software to RDP to the server. This sounds complicated but is very simple, it’s just that the technology industry likes to use fancy names to describe simple processes.

To cut through the gobbledygook, you are the using the client software. You will connect to the server. You do this via some RDP software. ‘RDP’ stands for remote desktop protocol and this is the way you receive information from the server.

The way this works is rather clever. Rather than transferring large amounts of data between you are the server, the RDP client just uses image changes it can see on the server, compresses them and sends them to your software for you to see what is happening on the server. This means it looks and feels like you are using the server, but in fact it’s all taking place remotely. When you move your mouse, it moves on the server and so on.

Downloading some RDP software

There are lots of choices of remote desktop software for Android devices. If you go to the Google play store and search for ‘remote desktop’ you will see plenty. We recommend starting with Microsoft Remote Desktop as it’s easy to use, and free! We searched for “Remote Desktop” to bring up this list.

Download and install the software and following the remaining steps to connect to your server.

Connecting to your VPS

Start up your Microsoft remote desktop software then click on the ‘+’ sign in the top right hand corner and add a ‘Desktop’ session.

You may find that the software automatically tries to connect to a desktop nearby. If it does this it will displaying the ‘Desktop detection’ message. You will need to ignore this and any desktop sessions it finds locally. Just click on ‘Add manually’ to set up your VPS.

Adding your Server details

When you click on ‘Add manually’ you will be presented with a window where you can enter your server details. You will need to enter the details we have provided to you via email when you bought the VPS service.

You may be asked to add a user account. If you are asked to do this then this would add this as required using the information we have sent to you in a set up email. Normally your initial username would be ‘Administrator’ and the initial password will also be in your set up instructions which are sent to you.

You are nearly done!

If you have completed the above steps correctly then you will see a new window appear on the Microsoft remote desktop panel. You can enter more than one desktop if you wish and can use this main panel on the software to control more than one server.

Double clicking the icon of your server will show a screen that confirms that it is connecting to your server. After a few moments, you server desktop screen will appear and you can start using it.

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Key trading points, automatically or with a click!

Bet Angel v1.55 see’s yet another innovate feature added to Bet Angel already highly customizable Betfair ladder trading screen, this new feature is called ‘Markers’.

As the name suggests ‘Markers’ allow the user to highlight areas of interest to them on the ladder screen. Markers are fully customizable allowing the user to highlight any cell/s or row on the ladder using top/bottom or side lines quickly and easily with a full border or the filling of the whole cell. Markers can be placed in any or all columns, ie, the odds column, traded volume column, odds, back/lay columns etc.

There are many reasons and advantages to using ‘Markers’, and this blog will show just a few of these as examples and how to configure them.

Cross-Over Odds and Key Prices

In the first image I’ve created markers to highlight all the cross-over odds (2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 6.0, 10.0 etc) by filling the cells white, I’ve also created markers to highlight where the key bookmakers fractional odds are on the ladder using a white border, ie, decimal odds of 2.10 is 11/10 in fractional odds, 2.20 is 6/5, 2.50 is 5/4 etc, all these key prices are now easy to see at a glance.

To create ‘Markers’ is very easy, begin by clicking on the spanner icon while on the ladder screen to open the Ladder settings editor, then go onto the ‘Markers Tab’, from there you will be able to customize and configure the ‘Style’, ‘Colour’, ‘Columns’ and ‘Prices to be marked’. The image below shows you the settings I used to create the ‘Markers’ on the ladder screen above.

In addition to setting markers as fixed prices they can also be set using stored values from servants or Automation rules, this gives them a further level of flexabiliy and makes them even more dynamic and even able to change automatically depending on the criteria you give them.

For example you might want to set a marker on the high/low traded price and have them continually update automatically as new high/lows are reached, allowing you to clearly see at a glance where a price of a selection has touched during a chosen period.

Display Markers from Servants & Automation Rules

In the next image I’ve taken a ready-made Servant you can download from the Bet Angel forum. Once started on a selection this Servant will begin storing the value of the highest and lowest back/lay prices reach. As you can see, I’ve started it on the first two ladders (at different times) the markers now make it clear to see the high/low prices these selections have touched since I started the Servant.

This works very simply, the Servant already has rules to store the value of the highest lay price of a selection with a stored value named ‘high’ And the lowest back price of a selection with a stored value named ‘low’

All we need to do now, is set up the ‘Marker’ in the Bet Angel Ladder settings area to look up the name of the shared stored value and configure how you want the marker displayed on your ladder screen. This time for the ‘Price to be marked’ option instead of using a ‘fixed price’ we’ll use ‘Shared Stored Value’, new fields will appear were you can input the stored value details. For this example we need to look for a stored value named ‘high’.

We then need to click the ‘Add Marker’ button to create another marker, this one will be to mark the price of the shared stored value named ‘low’, I will of course also be changing the columns option to the back column and using a different colour to fill the cell with.

Once that’s been done and you’ve saved the ladder settings you’re ready to go, just ensure you have that ladder settings profile selected on your ladder trading screen then start the servant on whichever selection/s you want to store the hi/lo prices on and you will see the prices marked for you.

Using the servant from the forum you can at any time start the servant on the same selection again and it will clear the current hi/lo prices marked and begin storing new hi/lo’s from that time onwards.

Point & Click to set Markers on Cells or Rows

Another way you might want to use a Marker is to manually place one on the fly to highlight a cell or row of cells where you have seen something of interest, perhaps you’ve spotted large amounts of unmatched money keep appearing/disappearing and want to highlight the price/s where this has been happening or some other activity that has caught your eye and you want highlight it with a ‘Marker’

Like the previous example above placing on the fly ‘Markers’ on the ladder in a point and click way requires the use of a servant. There is also a ready made servant and even a ready-made ladder settings file have been made for you and can be download from the following page on our forum.

All you need to do now is select that ladder settings profile and point your mouse cursor over a cell of a selection you want to place a ‘Marker’ on and click, a ‘Marker’ will then be placed across that row as shown in the image above, were you can see the marker placed on the 2nd and 3rd runners where i’d earlier seen some actvity of interest.

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York Ebor or Ebore?

The Yorkshire Ebor festival

We are at another key point on our journey through the year, as we head just south of the North York moors to York Racecourse.

The Ebor Festival starts on Wednesday and runs through to Saturday with the big race at the weekend. It’s by far the biggest meeting at York during the year and is packed with big prize money and some decent racing.

I like big meetings because of the amount of money that these bigger meetings and races generate. You also have the bookies and their desire to create a customer offer (terms and conditions apply). Both these things tends to lift the general level of activity in the markets.

You tend to find that when pre-race volume rises, so does in-play betting. The two are joined at the hip with about 80% of money being matched before the off and the remainder during the race. While this is no grand national, it’s a nice boost to the late summer card.

On the opening day, we have the Juddmonte international stakes and a decent chunk of prize money. Compare this with the tiny sums available at the lesser horse racing meetings. You should be able to see the appeal of this meeting.

Betfair Trading conditions

I’ve traditionally done OK at this festival each year, so I am looking for something above average this week. The Ebor meeting can yield some good results, but nothing is ever guaranteed and this meeting can be a bit random at times, so it’s probably not going to be all plain sailing. But it should be better than what we have been seeing recently though.

Traditionally, the space between two big meetings in racing can be pretty disappointing and that’s pretty much what we’ve seen since Goodwood. So I approach this week with raised hopes and it usually delivers.

As with other meetings of this nature you get some smaller races that lead up to the feature and then it tapers off againt towards the end of the day. So be prepared for rapdially changing conditions. Your options are to change strategies to reflect the shift in race types or avoid the ones you don’t like.

As always I’ll be trading them all and hope that York gives us a nice boost to the week and month.

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Know your predicted profit after a Goal

Succesful Betfair football trading

If you are a Betfair football trader wouldn’t it be great to know what your profit or loss would look like after the next goal? Whatever your Betfair trading strategy, it would obviously help.

This is important as, to trade successfully, you need to ‘frame’ your trade around a specific opportunity and fully understand the pay off. Knowing that one piece of information can help you decide how to manage your trade, know if it’s worthwhile and also where to pitch your exit trade/s at.

With Bet Angel you have the Betfair trading software and options to do exactly that. You can easily display your predicted profit or loss following a goal on your ladder or one-click screen. This profit/loss is shown in real-time and dynamically adjusts and updates as the time of the match progresses as the time decays, allowing you to adapt your strategy as the match progresses based on what’s happening in it.

Scenario – (Laying the Draw and show the Predicted Profit after a Goal)

For this example, I’ll use one of the most popular Betfair football trading strategies, lay the draw. In the image below I’ve already layed the draw pre-KO and can see straight away if the home team scores the opening goal I’ll make around £21.28, if the away team score first I’ll make a little bit more at around £30.19.

As the match gets underway and the time begins to decay the impact of a goal will continually effect the price the draw odds will reform at, as this changes so will your potential profit and this is continually updated for you in real time by the software so you can always be adjusting any exit/greening position accordingly while also being able to evaluate your risk/reward at all times during the match.

By contrast if you were to lay the draw in a match with a strong favourite, you will know you’ll have a good profit if the fav scored but if the under dog scores first this will cause the draw odds to shorten and put you in a losing position. In the image below you can see after laying the draw with a £10 stake, if the home team (the fav) scores first the predicted profit is £6.00, where as if the away team (under dog) scores first the predicted loss is -£10.39.

If you want to look at where the odds will at any point during the match but in the pre match period. It’s worth checking out Soccer Mystic which will give you this information.

How this is Done

To do this involves the use of the ‘+1 Markets’ from the fixture, as detailed in this similar blog which shows how you can displays the predicted odds after a goal on your Ladder or One-Click trading screens.

This works on most football matches where the appropiate markets are available on the betting exchanges. Whether you have a betting strategy or a trading one, it should help in the long term.

Just to give a brief re-cap of whats in that blog, by using the +1 markets these are effectively handicap markets which will show were the prices will reform around if either team were to score 1 more goal, then using Stored Values in Bet Angels advanced automation we can use those odds and look up the corresponding profit (or loss) against that price – and that’s what gets displayed to you.

Going back to the image at the top of this blog showing we’ll make £21.28 if the home team scores and, around £30.19 if the away team scores first if you were to scroll up to those values in the trade profit column on the ladder you’ll see the corresponding odds they relate to therefore you’d place your exit/greening bet around 4.7 if it looked more likely the home team will score first and around 5.4 if it looks like being the away team that will score first.

Displaying the Predicted Profit/Loss on your Ladder

Just as in that previous example all the files needed to display the predicted profits above your ladders have already been created for you to download and import into your Bet Angel. In total there are four files required which can all be downloaded from the following post on the Bet Angel forum

Once you have downloaded the files you would use them as follows.

Display Predicted Profit after a Goal.bls – this is a ladder settings file and needs to be imported into your ladder settings area, this will then display the ladder exactly as you see in the image above (you can of course use the Bet Angel ladder settings editor and edit any part of your ladder layout).


Profit Predictor after a Goal (Home).baf – this is a basic rules file and needs to be applied to the home team +1 markets in Guardian
Profit Predictor after a Goal (Away).baf – identical to the above rule but needs to be applied to the away team +1 markets in Guardian
Display Predicted Profit after a Goal (Match Odds).baf – this final rules file needs to be applied to the match odds market.

In the screenshot below you can see I’ve added the match odds market, the home team +1 and away team +1 for three fixtures and applied the relevant ‘Profit Predictor after Goal’ to the +1 markets and Display Predicted Profit after a Goal to the match odds market.

For example, the first fixture is Schalke 04 Vs Leverkusen
So, the Goal Odds Predictor (A) file is applied to Leverkusen +1 market (because Leverkusen are the away team)
And the Goal Odds Predictor (H) file is applied to Schalke 04 +1 market (because Schalke 04 are the home team)

And that’s all there is to it, when you open the match odds market of that fixture and place a bet on the draw (it can be a back or lay bet) it will continually update to display your predicted P/L should a goal be scored. You can place additional bets at anytime to add to or reduce your position and the predicted P/L will continually update

NB,To provide more accurate results I’ve included a condition that there must be greater that £1000 matched on the +1 market, so if you don’t see any values on your ladder then it will be because this condition has not yet been satisfied.

Trading the Home/Away Teams

With the rules file above you are not just limited to trading on the draw, you can use the same rules files to view your predicted profits (and losses) no matter whether your trading the home team, away team or the draw, all you need to do is make a simple change to the selection each rule is applied to.

This is done on the general tab of each of the rules in Guardian, so if you wanted to see your P/L from trading the home team you’d change the ‘Applies to selection’ 1 on the three rules files.

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