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Daytona trading last night

No marvellous green book to show off this year, although it was a decent profit on turnover considering how little liquidity was on Betfair. Being on Premier Sports for the first time didn't help since very few people have subscribed to it, plus the Betfair site has been dodgier than the BBC's 'The Real Hustle' recently. It was easy enough to get a live stream but I doubt many others would have bothered. It's not the most popular sport outside of the US anyway, and also having to deal with a toddler who didn't want to go to bed before 11pm made it incredibly difficult to trade! I'd emptied most of my acct recently, so I'm more than happy with a £45 green book from a £60 balance.

Same old theory for low liquidity, many runner events. Just keep putting up half-decent offers for small stakes. Increase the size of the lays as you create more green on the other runners. Don't get over-competitive (let someone else jump ahead of you in the queue if they are desperate to get matched and give away value). Don't lay one selection heavily, spread the risk as wide as you can. Lay as many selections as you can, I think I matched 17 drivers all up.

Bookies would have loved it in the end, the drivers who ran 1-2-3 were unexpected - a 20yo rookie in only his second NASCAR drive, Trevor Bayne, took the win; Carl Edwards, a decent mid-field runner came second and David Gilliland at huge odds ran third. Daytona is ripe for longshot wins due to the evenness of the racing - restrictor plates around the long circuit keep the pack together, the fastest cars can't break clear like in regular motor races.

Next events to use a similar trading system - televised ladies or senior golf tournaments, Eurovision or even BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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