$5k to $20k: The Journey To Becoming A Professional Sports Bettor

Matias is a Norwegian sports bettor, who tells the story about his journey to becoming a professional bettor. Matias started out playing poker, knowing little about sports betting. He started using Trademate Sports 1.5 years ago and now he has made a solid secondary income from sports betting, building his bankroll to more than $20k.


Mathias: Before I started the trading at Trademate Sports, I had really no experience.

I signed up in late April 2016 and I'm now been using Trademate Sports for a year and a half.

So I started using Trademate Sports after hearing about it on a poker podcast and I really liked it. So I've never sports betted before because I would assume I would lose money. But with Trademate Sports, I could actually win money on sports, which I would follow and spend a lot of time on anyway, so that's great.

I have a little background from poker which definitely helped me in the trading. I believe, nowadays, it's more profitable than poker and I enjoy it more.

The best thing about Trademate Sports is you can analyse your results, see what works and what doesn't, and build your own strategies around that. And you eventually become a really good trader. If you're a beginner at sports trading, I would recommend you to check out Trademate Sports blogs and event news.

So I began with a $5,000 bankroll and it took me a while to get better at understanding what I was actually doing. But, within the first five months or so, I had grown my account to $9,000.

Each week, I register about 250 to 300 trades. I have Trademate Sports running in the background while browsing the web or watching a movie and I get a notification from them and I can check and if that's a bet I want to take or not.

My average turnover per month really depends on what time of the year it is. In the summer time now, it's not been much, but in April, it was around $180,000.

On the weekends, I can sit from 11:00 in the morning to maybe 9:00 in the evening, so that's quite a few hours for the weekends, but that's also when most of the football games are played.

In a 25 bet sequence, I had one winning bet and 24 losing bets, so that's going to take its toll on the bankroll. I would guess my highest winning streak would be something like winning 27 out of 30 bets in a row.

I really watch the games but I follow them on live scores. I tend to enjoy sweating the closing edge rather than the actual game.

Interviewer: How do I know you're not an actor and this is just another stupid video on YouTube?

Mathias: I guess you can tell from my performance that I'm not an actor by the way I'm speaking and my looks.

Want to read about some other professional sports bettors or some of our customers who are on their way to becoming professional sports bettors too? Take a look at some of these videos/articles:

  1. My Value Betting Journey from 1k to 2k
  2. 10 People Who Got Rich From Sports Betting
  3. Jonas Gjelstad Documentary Series - from $10k to $1m

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