Thursday, 4 November 2010

I hate London

I think it was John Lennon that said "life is what happens while people are busy making plans" - or something like that. Well in London, life is what happens when people are busy trying to get somewhere. Where the hell are they all going exactly, scurrying around like rats....?

An so concludes my trip to the big smoke, lol!

I just got back home from my free Betfair Advanced Sports Trading Course. Actually it was more like a (deep breath) Betfair-endorsed-but-held-in-central-London-at-Centaur's-offices-and-presented-by-people-in-Betfair-clothes-that-don't-work-for-Betfair-type-thing. In summary, I'm not sure what to make of the day really.

I'm well aware of the whole Badger / Geek / Racing Traders saga having read some things on the Geek's Toy forum. So I turned up at this big building and was greeted by a chap from Betfair (ok there was one) although he didn't do anything expect skive off his day job to man the big fridge full of soft drinks and beer. Nice touch with the beer, by the way!

Big building

The conference soon got underway with Tony Hargraves and a couple of associates giving a presentation discussing aspects of trading psychology, software tools and in-game strategies. The content was fairly brief but sparked a good deal of debate amongst the trainers and the 26 or so that attended. Some of the attendees didn't pull any punches and were getting properly stuck into Tony et al! I think Tony wanted to punch the lady at the front that was talking a load of toss, and I did too because she was annoying (and really posh which was even more annoying).

In fact, traders are a bloody annoying bunch of know-it-alls. They can't wait to tell you what they know but don't have any listening ability. Worse than IT geeks even.

Tony discussed the 4 main players in the trading-tools market - BA, BetTrader Evo, Gruss and The Toy. The discussion inevitably landed at the door of BT Evolution and he demonstrated its various tools during a live trading session. The banter was fun and he made a few quid to boot. On his RT videos, Tony always gave the impression he was in control of a trade and he was equally cool in the live arena, albeit for small stakes.

After lunch - and I must say that the catering was excellent - we all each had a dummy Betfair account with a £100 to play with using Evo. Sitting there drink Stella and messing about with some play money on live races was quite a nice to spend an hour or so....until I got frustrated with Evo (cos it's rubbish compared to The Toy) and the fact I wasn't making any real money of my own.

I'm not sure where the whole Centaur thing came into it which is, by my reckoning, Tony and his chums trading with other people's money? And why were they wearing Betfair t-shirts when they stated that they don't work for Betfair? All I'm asking for is a bit of transparency. If you wanna flog Evo and slag all the other products off, do it, it's your course! It was funny the way Tony almost had to mutter The Toy under his breath. The bottom line is The Toy is free and better than most things out there. Did I mention it's free?!

According to Tony, a new version of Evo is coming out soon with the ability to simulate trades so you can just have a play without sacrificing any of your own money. Evo can't even display jockey names next to each damn horse for goodness sake!! Get that fixed first!!!

Anyway, I'm coming to end of my summary which is turning into a bit of a rant. But it's my party so I'll cry if I want to ;) All-in-all, I'm glad I went just to see what it was all about but having traded on Betfair for over a year now, it was a bit like teaching me to suck eggs.

The remains of the buffet - a trader's metabolism can't digest fruit, it's just there for show


  1. Thanks for the write up Mets, amusing as usual :)

    All the best.

  2. Thanks for the review Mets. Very well written & had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions.

    I have asked Betfair to convey to Tony that he needs to get the branding correct and mutter "The Geeks Toy" under his breath next time.

  3. @Anon - cheers :)

    @TG - it's a pleasure mate, I'm just another seeker of truth and justice :D

    Long live The Geek!


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