What is gubbing in betting? How to tell if your account is gubbed

By Charles Hopewell    |    Updated November 12, 2018

Gubbed in betting

Gubbed – It’s an odd term that some of you may have never heard of. However, in this simple guide we’ll look at what gubbing means, how to avoid being gubbed and what to do if you already have gubbed accounts.

Ready? Let’s get started…

Gubbing or gubbed is the term gamblers and matched bettors use to describe when a bookmaker restricts their account in some way, usually by excluding them from promotions and/or free bets.

If you’ve had it done to any of your accounts you’ll know how gut wrenching it is when you receive an email saying your account has been gubbed.

Being gubbed can be anything from a maximum stake limit to an exclusion from all promotions.

Here’s an example of a Bet365 account that was gubbed:

Gubbed Bet365 account

Matched betting is all about taking advantage of free bets and promotions from as many bookmakers as possible. Therefore it’s vital you keep as many of your accounts open and unrestricted for as long as possible (more on this later).

Being gubbed is not a scenario isolated to matched betting, it happens across the whole betting industry.

But why is that? Let me explain…

New to matched betting? Find out more in this explainer guide for beginners.

Gubbed accounts – Why do bookmakers do it?

There are a number of reasons a bookmaker might have gubbed your account. It will usually be down to one or more of the following reasons:

1. Only placing bets when promotions are available

At the end of the day the bookmakers are in the betting industry to make money. Therefore they’re likely to restrict accounts that affect their bottom line.

One of the most common reasons your account might be gubbed is by placing bets only when there is a free bet or promotion available.

Bookies know that matched bettors make money from free bets and bonuses. Therefore they are on the lookout for accounts that show this behaviour.

Matched bettors use the bookies money to make a guaranteed profit so you can understand why they’ll want to restrict your account in some way.

Accounts that are continuously winning are therefore a red flag for the bookmakers.

Every betting account is profiled and categorised allowing the bookmakers to easily isolate the accounts that are damaging their bottom line.

In terms of matched betting, we can’t predict where our bets are going to win. However, you should always aim to win at the betting exchange.

It’s important to note that betting exchanges are less likely to restrict your accounts as they make their money a different way to traditional bookmakers. They charge a commission on net winnings rather than offering less efficient odds.

2. Multi-accounting or gnoming

Another reason your accounts may be gubbed is for gnoming or multi-accounting. This is the process in which individuals open and run more than one account with the same bookmaker.

Bettors use family or friends’ names in order to trick the bookmaker and open another account.

Whilst I strongly recommend you don’t use this strategy, there are bettors out there that get away with this method and significantly increase their overall earnings from matched betting.

I’ll leave the ultimate decision with you but one thing’s for sure, the bookies are very strict on this.

Ultimately, it’s fraud to pretend you’re someone else so there’s a fair argument that this is not just against the bookies terms and conditions, but that it’s also illegal.

If you’re caught, it’s a sure fire way to get your account gubbed or banned immediately.

I won’t get caught…

You may think you’re unlikely to get caught, however, the bookmakers have very sophisticated technology these days.

The bookies can spot fraudulent accounts very easily by checking your IP address.

As I mentioned above, it’s not just matched bettors that get their accounts restricted. Regular punters have the same problem.

Overall, I would advise against using this method.

How to avoid being gubbed

There are a number of ways you can avoid your accounts being gubbed by the bookies. The main aim is to make it look like you’re a normal gambler.

Mug betting

Mug betting is a very important strategy to use and it’s one of our top 7 matched betting tips.

This is the number one way to get the bookies off your back.

A mug bet is a matched betting term that describes the process of placing a bet where there is no free bet or promotion available.

The purpose is to make you look like a normal punter.

A mug bet consists of a back and lay bet on the same market i.e a qualifying bet.

We recommend members place mug bets on a regular basis for the long term profitability of matched betting.

Markets you bet on

When it comes to placing your bets, you need to select popular markets where lots of bets are being placed.

We recommend matched bettors place bets on high profile sports like football and horse racing. The main aim is to stick to markets that regular gamblers would bet on so you don’t stand out.


Whenever possible you need to place your bets as close to kick off as possible. Placing a bet 3 days in advance of a football match is going to arouse more suspicion than placing it 10 minutes before kick off.

Which bookies are likely to gub your accounts?

Every bookie is different and each have their own guidelines on restricting accounts. Below is a list of bookmakers that seem more likely to gub accounts.

We’ve gathered this information from members who’ve reported gubbed accounts.

Whilst this is not an exhaustive list and other bookies may end up gubbing your account, I suggest you tread carefully with the bookies mentioned below.

  • Bet365
  • 888Sport

As I said earlier in the article, you’re very unlikely to be gubbed by a betting exchange.

I’ve already been gubbed

Unfortunately, getting gubbed is part of betting in general.

It may or may not happen to you, but one thing’s for sure, if you use the steps we discussed above you will certainly reduce the chance of getting gubbed.

If your account has already been gubbed, getting un-gubbed is not an exact science. It’s a waiting game that may come to nothing.

The best thing that you can do is place mug bets and act like a normal punter would. Try this for a few weeks and check back to see if your restrictions have been lifted.

From experience, once an account has been gubbed it’s tricky to get the restrictions lifted. However, each bookie is different so it’s worth a go.

Our advice is to avoid any restrictions in the first place by completing mug bets on a regular basis. You can find out more about mug bets by reading this article.

That’s it for this article, I hope you understand a little more about being gubbed and it’s effects on matched betting.

Let me know which methods you’re going to use to avoid your accounts being gubbed by leaving a comment below right now.

Learn more about matched betting

If you’d like to find out more information about matched betting, below are some great articles written by our experts here at The Sure Bettor:

What is matched betting?
Back and lay betting
What is a betting exchange?