Gruss Betting Assistant Review, Betfair Trading Software Made Simple

Gruss Betting Assistant is, I would say, one of the lesser known Betfair trading software products, But there is more to it than meets the eye.There are a number of different topics that I happen to know rather well.

…Some of these are much more ‘practical’ than others, however if there is one area that I have studied extensively, it is Betfair trading software.

I have written extensively about the software available, looked at the pros and cons and considered which is ultimately the best of the bunch.

I could spend all my time telling you about the difference in features between Cymatic Advanced Trader and Bet Angel Professional – which I have already reviewed, and found both to be excellent.

I would also more likely than not bore you because if I hold my hands up, in broad strokes, the differences seem a lot more like similarities!

What does all of this have to do with anything I hear you asking now?

Well let’s start the review…

Gruss Betting Software For Betfair

Review Product Name: Gruss Betting Assistant

What is it: A software application for Betfair trading.

What You Get: Full Access to the software, and support.

Price: £6 per month / £60 per year.

Money Back Guarantee?: There is a 30 day free trial

Where To Buy: http://www.gruss-software.co.uk (Please Read Review First)

There is a piece of Betfair trading software currently on the market that I have overlooked recently. It is also different enough to warrant a serious look in an of itself.

The software in question is Gruss Betting Assistant Software, a rather neat piece of kit which has been developed by brothers, Gary Russell and Mark Russell.

Their unique selling point for Gruss Software is that the software has been developed by people who bet on Betfair rather than a software developer simply throwing something together for profit.

And if you remember, I actually did a review of Steve Howe the professional Betfair trader a few days ago, and mentioned that he actually helped to design the Gruss Betting Assistant.

They also listen to and interact with users of Gruss Software a lot allowing them to build the software that people want.

So, What is Gruss Betting Assistant Software?

When you fire Gruss Betting Assistant up, it doesn’t initially look too different to most software that you have probably used before for trading on Betfair.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Everything is heavily inspired by the actual user interface that Betfair employ on their own online exchange, and it all behaves pretty much how you would expect.

The Gruss Ladder Interface

I always find that you need to visually ‘like’ any software you use, so here is an example of how the ladders look:

gruss trading software ladders

There is however a lot more to Gruss Software than you get with a “vanilla” Betfair experience and I will look at these features in detail shortly.

As a piece of software, Gruss Software is only compatible with computers running Microsoft Windows which may put some of you off before we even look at it. In terms of how it runs, Gruss Software is clean, crisp and responsive.

Gary Russell and Mark Russell

I haven’t noticed anything major wrong in what I have seen of the software and a look at the forums shows that Gary Russell and Mark Russell are both still actively working on betas and bug fixing, even now.

I have used the term even now because Gruss Software isn’t actually as new as you might think. Somehow, it has slipped under my radar and was actually created all the way back in 2004.

This means that there is 13 years of polish in place and it shows. What is really stand out for me about Gruss Software however is that it doesn’t show in looking flash. There is a strong sense of functionality, but by God is it good under the proverbial hood.

This takes me on to the speed with which Gruss Software performs. I have used a number of different pieces of Betfair trading software and this is definitely amongst the fastest.

The speed with which Gruss Betting Assistant is able to place bets is very much on the mark and a hell of a lot quicker than using “vanilla” Betfair. On top of this, the software itself is quick. What I mean by this is that it is surprisingly well written code and there is no real lag or slowdown when moving between screens.

This doesn’t necessarily sound like the biggest of deals, but when trades are made and broken on split second decisions it can make a world of difference.

What Features Does Gruss Software Have?

In listing the features that Gruss Software has, it would probably save me a lot of time to list what it doesn’t have.

  • One-click betting on all 3 back &lay prices
  • Continually updated display of potential profit
  • Option to take profit (or minimise loss) with one-click (stakes auto calculated)
  • Dutching facility on back and lay bets
  • Ladder Interface showing full depth of market
  • Tick offset bets with sliding stop loss
  • Forum allowing direct access to the application developers and other users
  • Real time update of prices and triggered betting from an Excel spreadsheet

Off the top of my head, there isn’t anything. In my time with the Gruss Betting Assistant, I don’t think that I have once found myself looking for a feature that other pieces of Betfair trading software have that this doesn’t.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Bet Angel in particular have some rather superfluous features and betting systems built in which Gruss Software doesn’t match, but I don’t really use them either.

With all of this in mind, I want to take some time to look at what Gruss Software can do.

Gruss Betting Assistant Review

The first two things that I think that any trader wants to know about when it comes to a piece of Betfair trading software are what kind of charts does it have and does it have a ladder view.

These have become staples for traders and without them, a piece of software is pretty much useless. Fortunately, Gruss Betting Assistant has both of these.

The ladder view is very much in line with what you would expect. This is one area that I don’t think can be really improved upon or changed, and Gary Russell and Mark Russell haven’t tried to do so.

This is a very good thing. The charts are also very much in line with what you would expect. There are a variety available showing different types of data in different fashions. There is nothing flash about this, however everything is well set out and very clearly shows the information that you need.

As well as the presentation of data, Gruss Betting Assistant comes equipped with a number of tools built in which allow you to implement betting strategies. Key amongst these as far as I am concerned is a really solid system for dutching bets.

This works on both backing and laying with Gary Russell and Mark Russell also programming the software so that you can set how much you want to profit or what you want your maximum liability to be.

This works very well and is one of the better examples of this kind of thing, even compared to much more expensive examples of Betfair software.

Without a doubt, where Gruss Software really starts to excel (and please excuse this pun, I simply couldn’t resist) is when it comes to excel integration. As is typical for most pieces of trading software, Gruss Software allows you to programme your own betting system in excel which can then be used to automate your betting.

Whilst I wouldn’t like to commit to this being intentional on behalf of Gary Russell and Mark Russell, they have done a particularly good job of this aspect. Truthfully, I feel like in this regard, Gruss Betting Assistant Software really does pull away from the competition. Unfortunately, this is also one of the more difficult aspects of Betfair trading.

This does however allow me to neatly segue into my next header…

Gruss Software Community and Support

If there is one aspect of Gruss Software that does deserve to be talked about, it is the community. There is a rather extensive user forum that is not just active, but actually very helpful. Gary Russell and Mark Russell are both active here as well and appear to actively take on board what users ask for and want.

This is something that I haven’t really seen with any of the more substantial Betfair trading software, whilst the smaller examples are often too incomplete to be practical.

gruss betting forum

This is very much optional (although recommended) in my opinion. Truthfully, Gruss Software does a very good job of explaining what the software can and can’t do. The manual is very much in line with this, being informative without ever wandering too far into the realm of technicality.

You also get a small amount of video assistance as well. Gary Russell and Mark Russell also make themselves available for support via email.

What if I Don’t Use Betfair?

If for some reason you don’t use Betfair as your trading platform of choice, Gruss Software also has an alternative option. There is a version of the software that allows you to trade on Betdaq in the same way as Betfair. This is all currently in beta however and as such isn’t a “complete” product.

There are however plans to make this a bigger part of Gruss Betting Assistant Software in the future. At the moment, there is also no charge for the Betdaq version of Gruss Software however Gary Russell and Mark Russell say that they reserve the right to change this in the future.

How Much Will Gruss Software Cost Me?

When it comes to Betfair trading software, costs differ wildly. Some examples are free and represent a great starting point. Bet Angel is right at the top end of the market and comes in at a rather eye watering £29.99 per month.

Gruss Software is just £6 per month which is at the bottom end of the pay scale really. You can also save even more money by purchasing a 12 month license for £60. Both of these are reasonably priced in my opinion.

Unfortunately, there is no money back guarantee in place for Gruss Software. This is however standard for this kind of software and as such, I don’t believe that it can be held against Gary Russell and Mark Russell.

It is worth pointing out however that you can cancel at any time as Gruss Software isn’t contract based.

Conclusion on Gruss Betting Assistant?

As far as I am concerned Gruss Betting Assistant Software is a very solid contender as far as the “best” Betfair software. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a list that has an outright winner.

There is no best piece of software and realistically, what works well for one is not necessarily going to work well for another. It is however possible to be objective about what traders may look for and what does and doesn’t work well in terms of this. I am of the opinion that Gruss Software does a lot very well.

Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a completely flawless piece of kit. Those of you who are astute will notice that I haven’t really talked a lot about the user interface. This is for a very good reason.

I feel like it is safe to say that with Gruss Software, Gary Russell and Mark Russell have focused on function rather than form. This doesn’t however ever feel detrimental to the overall product.

The only other problem that I can possibly perceive is that Gruss Software is perhaps aimed a little more at the technically minded crowd. That doesn’t mean that it is difficult to use.

I really don’t believe this to be the case and I haven’t had any problems with the software. What I mean by this is that if you really want to get the most out of Gruss Software, then you do need to have some idea of what you are doing.

As far as I am concerned, Gruss Software is a very complete product with the added bonus that the creators aren’t treating it as such.

What this means for users is that you can guarantee that Gruss Software will only get better as it needs to be. Sticking with the subject of the creators, Gruss Software has a very strong community and creators who genuinely care about their products. In some ways, this is a rarity in and of itself.

Quite whether or not Gruss Software will be for you is something that remains to be seen. I am not naïve enough to suggest that if you have something that works for you, you change it.

What I will say however is if you are considering changing or are looking for some trading software to get you started, I definitely think that Gruss Software is worth a serious look. It is good value, well put together and is an infinite improvement over using Betfair’s web interface.

My Final Thoughts on Gruss Betting Assistant To Use With Betfair?

The guys behind Gruss Software have done a bang up job. There isn’t much more that I can really say. It is affordable, works well and provides everything that a trader would need.

Also, please remember that actual Betfair users have helped design the software, in particular, as I mentioned earlier Steve Howe of Its a Mugs Game Blog

In Fact, you can see Steve Howe using the Gruss Betting Assistant on the video below:

As you can see from aboove, the software is highly visual, attractive even, and easy to use.

Honestly, I am not certain that you could do better than Gruss Betting Assistant Software for the money  that is charged. When you consider that Cymatic (what I consider to be the base standard for trading software, and excellent in it’s own right) has a £6.70 per month cost and is ultimately less versatile than Gruss Software.

It is clear that there is value to be had here with this Betfair trading software.

 

Resources and Related Content:

Bet Angel Review, Is Peter Webb’s Betfair Trading Software The Best Out There?

Steve Howe Betfair Trader ItsAMugsBlog Workshop Review

BetTrader Review, Sports Trading Software for Betfair

Advanced Cymatic Trader Review

 

Structured Data, Review
Title: Gruss Betting Assistant Review, Betfair Trading Software Made Simple
Reviewed by Daniel and Researcher on Jul 13
Rating: 4.0
Summary: Gruss Betting Assistant Review, Good Betfair Software?
Description: I must admit, that the Gruss Betting Assistant is great to look at visually, but what I wanted to check out was how relevant it was compared to other software applications.

I was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy to use the interface was, and I think you will find the review reflects those thoughts also.

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