# What is Middle Betting or Middling?

Middling is similar to arbitrage betting, where the aim is to exploit the different prices between bookmakers.

Middles occur in Asian Handicap and Over/Under markets and can provide some juicy returns, but also some big losses.

There are three types of middles; Positive Middles, Negative Middles and Polish (Inverted) Middles.

### POSITIVE MIDDLING

This type of middling is the most valuable as there is no chance of loss, but they can be quite difficult to find. To illustrate positive middling, we’ll use an Asian Handicap betting situation.

For positive middling to work, you need to find a market where two bookies intersect and the staking has been calculated to ensure a profitable return.

Below is a hypothetical example of a game between Liverpool and Norwich and the four possible outcomes.

Liverpool (-2 goals) 1.90 @ Bookie X (Stake $51.5 for a$46.35 profit)

Norwich (+3 goals) 2.25 @ Bookie Y (Stake $43.5 for a$54.37 profit)

### Possible Outcome 1

Liverpool wins by less than 2 goals, thegame is drawn or Liverpool loses.

• You lose the (-2) bet at Bookie X
• You win the (+3) bet at Bookie Y

### Possible Outcome 3

Liverpool win by exactly 2 goals

• Your (-2) bet for Liverpool is refunded at Bookie X
• You win the (+3) bet for Norwich at Bookie Y

Profit = A loss of $10 ### Possible Outcome 2 Total goals scored in the game is 2 or less • Your bet with Bookie Y (Over 2.5 goals) loses =$100 loss
• Your bet with Bookie X (Under 3.5 goals) wins - $100 x 1.90 =$90 profit

### IS NEGATIVE MIDDLING USEFUL?

Let’s take a look at how useful this method of betting is, in other words, how often do you need the middle to land in order to break-even.

If you won your first ever middle bet you pocket $180, which means if you lose the next 18 bets you can sustain the$180 (assuming the odds and staking are the exact same every 18 bets).

So, if this middle bet lands more than once every nineteen games, your strategy has a positive expected value.

### POLISH (INVERTED) MIDDLES

This type of middling is the opposite of negative middling, to obtain a profit you want the Asian Handicap or the Over/Under to fall outside of the middle.

### Possible Outcome 2

Liverpool win by 2 or less goals, draw, or lose

• You lose the (-3.5) bet at Bookie X
• You win the (+2.5) bet at Bookie Y

### IS POLISH MIDDLING USEFUL?

Just like we did with Negative Middles, let’s take a look at how useful this method of betting is.

If you lost your first ever middle bet you lose $200, which means you would have to win your next eight bets to retrieve your$200 (assuming the odds and staking are the exact same every eight bets).

So, if your bet hits the middle more than once out of every nine games, your strategy has a negative expected value.

### SO IN GENERAL, IS MIDDLING WORTH IT?

It’s definitely worth it if there is considerable disagreement in the market between bookies.

But bettors need to remember that betting a Negative Middle is the equivalent of backing a long shot, and betting a Polish Middle is the same as putting your money on a 1.12 favourite.

### VALUE BETTING IS THE BEST WAY TO BEAT THE BOOKIES

In general we consider value betting to be a superior method to any form of arbitrage betting.

This is why we chose to build our service around value betting. You can read more about why value betting is more profitable than arbing here.

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