When I say I work in sports betting the first question people often ask is ‘Oh, are you a professional gambler?’
The short answer is no.
In fact, I’m on the other side of the desk.
Since 2012 I have worked shifts at Sporting Index - the UK’s leading sports spread betting company. If you don’t know what spread betting is, take a look at this handy video. It’s quicker than me trying to explain things.
I started out answering the phones on the trading floor but quickly began working with the rugby team on the ‘live trading’ of rugby union matches from the Aviva Premiership, Pro14 (or 12 as it was back then) and the Top 14.
In addition to in-play trading the 15-a-side game, I’ve taken responsibility for Sporting Index’s Rugby Sevens output. I've overseen the firm's pricing and market making for the World Rugby Sevens Series over the past four seasons. A particular highlight was trading the mens and womens Rugby Sevens tournaments when the sport made its Olympics debut in Rio.
In the run up to the 2017 General Election I ran a political betting blog at Spread Times Stake. Humble brag: I predicted Labour would outperform the predictions of polls and pundits alike, tipping a host of winners across individual seats and outright markets in the process.