Betfair Trading Software, Which is The Best And Why?

We have reviewed most of the Betfair trading software applications over the last 12 months, mainly because our website does receive a fair amount of traffic for this subject. So on this article, we will combine what we have reviewed.

Betfair’s betting exchange has changed the face of gambling. I feel like this is a more than fair statement.

There are bets that you can place now that 30 years ago were the reserve of a Gentleman’s handshake down the pub. Clever punters who had the bookies game nailed but lacked the finances to get started were suddenly able to play the role of the bookie.

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Most importantly (for me at least), Betfair didn’t just demonstrate that betting was a numbers game, through in play betting and trading, it showed that numbers were necessary.

When it comes to identifying the most important numbers, this is again something that everybody will have a different opinion. There is however one factor that overrides all others and that is speed. Back in the days before betting exchanges, it was a difficult thing to know when the right time to place a bet was. Almost all the wisdom on this front came from the pre internet days which said the earlier, the better.

Where Did Betfair Trading Software Originate?

When Betfair was first launched, there were one group who were quickly able to identify what the key to making the platform as profitable as possible.

There are a number of different traders who have made money by switching their focus from stocks, commodities and futures to horse racing, football and tennis. The reason for their success wasn’t for the “old school” reasons though.

There was no insider knowledge or mate down the track, there was no trudging to the newsagents at 7am to get the Racing Post and pouring over form and past performances.

Instead, these traders applied the exact same principles to trading on Betfair as they would if they were trading in the city. This meant that split seconds could be the difference between a profit and a loss. This was betting, but not as most knew it.

Of course, I’m waxing lyrical here and in 2018, I doubt there is a single person who takes betting seriously who isn’t aware of Betfair. As concepts like matched betting grow in popularity and are increasingly endorsed and legitimised through mainstream media, the general public are also becoming increasingly aware of the platform.

So with more and more people joining Betfair and looking to stake their fortune? How can you continue to maintain your edge? The answer lies in the futuristic sounding world of software and robots. This isn’t the land of the future however, as these are very much a thing of “the now” and if you intend to make any real money through Betfair, you will want a piece of software like this on your side.

What Does the Betfair Software Do and How Does it Work?

Asking what a piece of Betfair trading software can do for you is a question that depends entirely on how nerdy you want to get. I could talk about things like API’s and different response times, how you can programme different pieces of software to do different things using Microsoft Excel.

I could also go on and on about the various different features that a decent piece of Betfair trading software should have. Instead, I want to keep this article as a bit of a “for dummies” thing. The aim of this is to help people to compare and contrast which betting software is right for them, not dissect the code.

So, software basically allows you to interact with your Betfair account from a different window on your computer. It does this by using set rules that Betfair have in place to make changes and place bets through your account.

This is only a very small part of it however, as any piece of Betfair trading software that is worth its salt does so faster. I have already touched upon the idea that speed is key when you are trading, and that is because you want to be able to get the best possible price for every bet.

The rate that Betfair updates prices on the betting exchange hosted on the website is 1 second (keep in mind that at one point, it was the woefully inadequate 15 seconds meaning you basically had to refresh the page). Through a decent piece of software, this figure becomes multiple times per second. This means that if odds change from 3.0 to 3.4 for an instant, you have a better chance of getting that.

Another thing that almost all software does very well is I makes using Betfair a much simpler experience overall. Getting around he Betfair exchange can be rather hard work and you don’t always have everything that you want “to hand”. With the power of software however, you can set it up to make Betfair look pretty much however you want.

This can mean things like hiding markets that you don’t bet on to changing how bets are displayed and even showing multiple displays of data on one screen. These are things that may sound superficial, however to anybody who takes Betfair trading seriously, having as much data as possible in front of your eyes at all time is critical.

Really, software is there to make your whole betting experience simpler and more efficient. This is something that I think that most Betfair trading software does very efficiently. This isn’t however the be all and end all and actually, there are a lot of slightly differing features from one piece of software to another. But all of this begs the question of, if there are so many different bits of Betfair software, and they all basically do the same, how can one be better or worse than another?

This is something that I plan to try and explore with this article. It is worth keeping in mind that I don’t tend to go too in depth with my review of the various bits of software. I have looked at some of them before now in great detail and it is my intention to (with time) cover more in the future. What you can expect here however is a brief overview of some of the “top” or most popular Betfair trading software applications out there.

A look at some of their pros and cons as well as which ultimately represents the best value.

What Betfair Software is Available?

There is a hell of a lot of ground to cover in terms of the various pieces of software that are available. In terms of the criteria that I have chosen to vet which examples of the trading software to look at, I have mostly looked at those that are widely known and recognised. This has led me to start out by looking at the Betfair app store at their trading software.

More likely than not, there will be some examples that I have missed out on. After all, everybody has their own favourites and I would welcome feedback here. For now though, I will get started with the trading software that Betfair themselves recommend through their store.

Rose Bet Trading Software

Rose Bet is definitely a newcomer to the world of Betfair trading software and in many respects feels like the baby of the group. The software was only launched in July of 2016 (around 7 months at the time of writing) and hasn’t been updated at the time of writing. As a piece of software, I would say that Rose Bet is a very simple to use affair with very little availability and complex settings.

Rose Bet Trading Software

This is the software that is sold as being developed by traders for traders.

At the moment, Rose Bet is rather restricted and the software can only be used on Windows based computers. From looking into the software however, there is a strong implication that the team behind it want to make Rose Bet a multi platform application. There are plans in place to port the software over to Mac OSX as well as iOS and Android.

The interface is for Rose Bet is pretty straight forward and anybody familiar with Betfair shouldn’t have too much trouble understanding what is what. It is unfortunately pretty far from the best interface that I have seen however. The system requirements are minimal which means that realistically, if you have even a basic laptop, the software will run on your computer.

So what are the Key Things About Rose Bet?

  • Rose Bet brings all of the features that you would want and expect from Betfair into one place. Naturally, this makes betting much easier than having to have pages constantly refresh. You also aren’t spending time waiting for pages to refresh and update.
  • Rose Bet uses a one click betting option which means that to save time, you can automatically place bets at a predetermined stake simply by clicking available odds.
  • The ability to set the refresh rate for prices, something that I have already explored the importance of before. This means that prices for Rose Bet are guaranteed to be completely up to date when you try to bet on and help get the. It can also help you to get the maximum profits.
  • There are some features built into Rose Bet to help you out with certain types of betting, namely dutching and bookmaking. These features didn’t feel fully fleshed out to me however.

Rose Bet Conclusion

Rose Bet in its current form is very much in the start up stage and this is reflected in the software.  It does the basics, but this is far from a complete thing in my book. Not when compared to the offerings from competitors. If you want something that simply does “the basics”, then Rose Bet isn’t a bad option as you can also trial it for free. In the future, the software may get better, but as it stands if you are a professional bettor or take trading on Betfair seriously I would consider other options.

Honestly though, compared to some of the more established examples of Betfair trading software on the market, Rose Bet simply doesn’t cut it for me. Everything that the software does, can be done better elsewhere.

The fact is that when you are looking for a piece of software for trading on the Betfair exchange, there is a lot to consider. Unfortunately, whilst I don’t think that Rose Bet does an inherently bad job, I don’t feel that in a very competitive trading market it does enough.

Unfortunately, since I wrote this review, Rose Bet seems to have vanished as a vendor, which is a shame.

BetTornado Sports Trading App

BetTornado is a piece of software that I haven’t really heard anything about, however looking into it for the purposes of this article I have been left somewhat impressed. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I haven’t been so excited about a piece of Betfair trading software for some time.

This is because BetTornado chooses not to do everything, but instead to do certain things very well.

The software comes from Racing Traders, a company that specialise in Betfair trading software. The first thing that I have to address with BetTornado is that this software isn’t for everyone. Literally.

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With BetTornado you can only bet on football, tennis and darts markets which rather severely restricts the numbers of users. The thing that BetTornado have done very right with this approach though, is made a piece of Betfair trading software that is entirely unique in its presentation and that is the star attraction here.

To look at BetTornado, it doesn’t really look anything like Betfair and this is honestly quite an intimidating factor to have to deal with when opening a piece of software of this nature. What is quickly apparent though, is that this change is to accommodate extra features. When you are used to the interface of the software (which could be a little more familiar or come with additional help), this isn’t a huge problem.

Whilst I have talked about the interface, I haven’t explained why it looks like this. The unique selling point for this software is the in match view and it takes pride of place. This is taken directly from Betfair’s match view and whilst much better looking, actually appears to be slightly slow by my measure, at least on Tennis. When it comes to football, BetTornado is much more on the ball and seems to provide better detail and more information than Betfairs match view.

Just like Betfair Match View, BetTornado doesn’t go into detail instead preferring to provide an overview of what is happening. So you may well see “Manchester United Attacking”. It also tells you of key events such as free kicks and penalties awarded. Think about BetTornado as providing you an overview of what is happening and you won’t go far wrong.

This is all presented on a view of a field/pitch which makes it very easy to follow along and gain an idea. What this means is that if you are using BetTornado solely as a trader, you can quickly and easily establish the direction things are going in and bet accordingly.

The full complement of markets that you can bet on with Betfair seems to be available with BetTornado however this only appears to be the case on some games. Whilst trialling the software, I have looked at a few of the more obscure leagues where the software simply won’t let me access markets that the Betfair exchange will.

So What are the Key Things About BetTornado?

  • There is a unique in game display which shows you in real time what action is unfolding. This is complemented by full live match commentary (where available).
  • Various data streams are made available on screen at once allowing BetTornado users to gain an insightful overview of where money is being spent.
  • There is an unfortunate lack of availability in terms of some of the markets on offer. Given that BetTornado already operates on a reduced number of sports, this isn’t ideal.
  • BetTornado is a relatively new venture and there is room for improvement. There is also plenty of time for the changes to be implemented.

How Much does BetTornado Cost?

The costs for BetTornado are actually rather reasonable, especially compared to some other Betfair trading software. These are set out as follows:

  • One Month – £20 per month (£10 per month on offer at the time of writing)
  • 6 Monthly – £80 per 6 months (£50 for 6 months on offer at the time of writing)
  • Annual – £140 per year (£70 per year on offer at the time of writing
  • Lifetime – £125 – This offer is open to the first 125 takers and is a one off cost

BetTornado Conclusion

BetTornado is something of a niche offering and from the get go, this will make or break the software for you. My immediate response to the software is that it is slightly lacking in terms of usability and the UI could definitely be a little bit easier to understand. I also think that by having all of the markets displayed as separately, BetTornado can potentially lead you to miss out on some betting opportunities.

Personally, I would have liked to have seen a “general” markets option which would show a wider variety of options.

Somewhat minor criticisms aside, BetTornado takes a different approach to Betfair and I have to be honest, it does it rather well. The thing with BetTornado really is that it is different and different will always be decisive.

For my money, I think that if you are heavily involved in betting on the sports that the software does offer options for, it is worth a serious look. I do however openly acknowledge that the approach used isn’t something that will work for everybody.

BetTrader Betfair Trading Software

There were some rather substantial gaps in my look at BetTornado and the most noticeable of these is horse racing. BetTrader is also by Racing Traders however there are no limits whatsoever on what you can bet on. If it is on Betfair, then it is on BetTrader. This makes it a perfect tool for those people who have a large portfolio of systems/tipsters or simply like to bet on a variety of sports and outcomes.

As a piece of software, BetTrader is rather unusual as it launches directly into your chosen internet browser. What isn’t unusual however is the layout and presentation of BetTrader. The software’s layout is rather busy looking initially with everything crammed into a sidebar.

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I completed a more detailed look at Bettrader here.

Once you are used to this however, the software looks like Betfair, handles exactly how you would expect and is all rather straightforward. If you want to get the most out of BetTrader however, I would definitely recommend looking at some of their tutorial videos.

You can programme BetTrader to stake and limit liabilities as you see fit which means that those who are using staking plans can have multiple numbers aside. One click betting is available however you do have to turn this on each time you log into BetTrader, however once you do, it is really easy to use.

Where BetTrader moves away from some of the other Betfair trading applications that I have looked at is that it is rapid in response. Odds are updating and changing constantly and the response from the software is phenomenal.  In fact, the BetTrader boasts a refresh rate of up to 20 refreshes per second. Things like this are what really matter when it comes to trading and these are all the things that I feel any trader worth his salt would be looking for.

There are some other features included with BetTrader as well, all of which are helpful to bettors. The first of these is the ladder format display. This is something that is now rather common place with Betfair trading software, however this was the first example of it (and still arguably the best).

There is also a comprehensive training mode which allows you to trial systems etc. without actually risking your betting bank.

In terms of customisation, finding your way around BetTrader can be difficult (as I have already mentioned when talking about the user interface). Once you find your way around however, you can set the software up to do almost anything that you want it to. Once again, the response time for these settings are rapid, something which serious traders are going to be looking for.

So What are the Key Things About BetTrader?

  • BetTrader has some of the fastest refresh and response times I have ever seen on a piece of Betfair trading software.
  • The training mode is a massive bonus allowing you to really give something a go whilst ultimately, minimising your risk.
  • The ladder format display remains amongst the best in the business and when combined with the other tools you can use for trading, BetTrader becomes a very serious bit of kit for traders.
  • The user interface can be rather clunky when you are getting used to it, especially in terms of traversing menus and finding settings. There is plenty of training and support available to help with this though.

How Much Does BetTrader Cost?

Racing Traders are selling two different options for those who want to sign up for BetTrader. These are set out as follows:

  • Monthly – £9.99 (available at the time of writing for £4.99) per month
  • Annually – £99 (available at the time of writing for £49.99) per year

There is also a 7 day free trial in place for those who are trying BetTrader out for the first time.

BetTrader Conclusion

BetTrader feels like the Rocky Balboa of Betfair trading software. It is ugly and it can be difficult to understand, but by God does it do what it is supposed to well. For me, this is about as light weight and stripped back this kind of software can be, but this seems to be a big part of allowing BetTrader to work so quickly. This is the part that is important.

I have looked before now at bigger and apparently better pieces of software for Betfair trading that claim to pack a lot more into their software but they are missing where it matters.

When you combine this with the prices that Bet Traders want for BetTrader and it becomes very easy to see what the big appeal is. This is one of the cheapest full pieces of software for trading on Betfair. Don’t get me wrong, it is pretty far from flawless and I do feel that in order to get to grips with BetTrader properly and to use the software like it is second nature to you will take time and effort.

It is an investment of time however that is very likely worthwhile putting in.

Advanced Cymatic Trader Software

Out of all of the different bits of software that I have looked at, I am perhaps most familiar with Advanced Cymatic Trader as I have used the software before now in a number of different trials of products. This familiarity has however led me to find more flaws with this particular piece of Betfair trading software. With that in mind, I will still try to keep this summary review relatively balanced.

Advanced Cymatic Trader has been about for some time and I have to give credit to creator Gavin Porter as the end result now feels very polished. Unlike BetTrader, Advanced Cymatic Trader is entirely its own thing, running in its own window rather than using your browser. This does mean that the software will only install natively on a Windows based computer (although it can be used on other platforms if you are willing to spend some time on it).

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Our  complete review of Advanced Cymatic Trader can be found here.

As a piece of Betfair trading software, Advanced Cymatic Trader is very much an all rounder and whilst this sounds like a good thing, it does create some problems. The speed of betting and the pricing refresh rates are both decent although I am not certain that it is quite up there with the fastest pieces of software. The flexibility of Advanced Cymatic Trader does go some way to make up for this however.

Bets are automatically set up as one click betting however there is no quick option for changing your stakes, something that does feel a little cumbersome. There are however a number of different values that you can change so that you set Advanced Cymatic Trader up to bet automatically for you.

This is a feature that can be particularly helpful if you have a successful betting system that you want to use.

There is also full integration with Microsoft Excel which allow users to programme some pretty creative betting strategies into Advanced Cymatic Trader. This is all very advanced stuff however and isn’t likely to be a feature that everybody will use.

For those who do favour something more straight forward, Advanced Cymatic Trader comes with a number of built in trading systems that you can set the software up to bet using.

In terms of usability, I don’t think that Advanced Cymatic Trader does too badly. The display and layout are very similar to Betfair’s own website however if you are a serious trader who needs graphs, charts, etc. then there are plenty of options to have these on display. There are a number of different layouts available for bets with Advanced Cymatic Trader including the now obligatory ladder view.

So What are the Key Things About Advanced Cymatic Trader?

  • Advanced Cymatic Trader is a highly flexible trading platform and one of the better all round examples of Betfair trading software
  • When it is compared to some of the other pieces of software on the market, Advanced Cymatic Trader can feel a little bit sluggish at times.
  • The fact that the software is almost fully customisable when it comes to programming in a betting system is a massive thing.
  • Whilst Advanced Cymatic Trader are quick to talk about their built in betting strategies, these are actually somewhat crude and offer no real guarantee of an income.
  • Training mode to trial systems without spending any cash

How Much Does Advanced Cymatic Trader Cost?

There are a number of different options available to you if you are going to sign up with Advanced Cymatic Trader. These are laid out as follows:

  • Monthly Subscription – £6.69 per month
  • 6 Monthly Subscription – £35.99 per 6 months (representing a 10% saving
  • Annual Subscription – £59.99 per year (representing an overall saving of 25%)

At the time of writing this, Advanced Cymatic Trader are also offering a full 14 day free trial of Advanced Cymatic Trader to see if the software is a good fit for you.

Advanced Cymatic Trader Conclusion

In terms of the Betfair trading software that I have looked at so far in this article, Advanced Cymatic Trader is probably the first real heavy hitter. The software is very capable and does pretty much everything that you would expect it to do. Whilst I maintain that Advanced Cymatic Trader isn’t the quickest on the market, it remains competently quick.

The fact that Advanced Cymatic Trader is as versatile as it is is probably its biggest asset. It doesn’t matter what your approach is to trading and betting on the Betfair exchange, Advanced Cymatic Trader will have a way to help you with this.

The fact is that there are a very impressive array of tools that even Forex traders would instantly recognise. One of the stand out features on offer here though are the sheer number of ways that you can present your data, again, another notch in the versatility bedpost of Advanced Cymatic Trader.

The things that you can get Advanced Cymatic Trader to do with Excel are really quite impressive. Unfortunately, this is also a big part of the downside for Advanced Cymatic Trader, namely that it can get quite complicated. There is a sprawling forum for users, all of which is full of different people from different ways of life there helping one another, and this is a great thing.

Especially if you find yourself struggling to get Advanced Cymatic Trader to do exactly what you want.

The problem with this is that ideally, you shouldn’t need all of this to get Advanced Cymatic Trader working how you want. I am sure that there is good reason for it, however this piece of software should really work for everybody, not just those with the tenacity to work it out. This is a shame as for me, it is what makes Advanced Cymatic Trader simply a bit mediocre rather than something really special.

FairBot Betfair Software

FairBot is one of the longer standing examples of Betfair trading software on the market and this experience shows. What also shows is the fact that Binteko, the company behind FairBot are constantly working on the software (despite being released in 2005, the last update was just a few months ago).

I have to be honest and say that FairBot has many of the same positives as the Advanced Cymatic Trader software that I have just looked at, albeit with a lot less negatives.

In terms of what is on offer, I can’t think of a single box that FairBot doesn’t tick. It has a quick interface, updates at a rapid rate (which is also easily adjustable from the home screen) and a host of both advanced and straightforward features, all of which are easily accessible. FairBot is also a very good option for those who want to bet on multiple markets, something that I will look at below.

Fairbot Betfair Trading Software

In terms of the basics, FairBot looks a lot like Betfair’s own exchange and beginners will not find themselves particularly out of their depth at this point. There is also the inclusion of things like one click betting that most users of Betfair trading software have come to expect.

What quickly becomes apparent however is that there is a lot more here if you want it. With just a few clicks, FairBot has everything on display that a serious trader would want to look at including ladder displays, graphs and a host of different charts and technical indicators.

Building on this, FairBot also comes with a number of tools which have come straight from the world of trading. You can use the software to set up stop losses, offset bets and fill or kill, all with relative ease. For those who are less hardcore when it comes to their trading experience, there are also a number of tools to assist with dutching and “bookmaking”, two methods that a lot of bettors would look towards.

One of the things that I really like about FairBot is the fact that you can create your own systems. This isn’t something that is carried out with complicated spreadsheets like Advanced Cymatic Trader however. Instead, there is a built in wizard for inputting the conditions of your system. Whilst this can initially feel slightly overwhelming, even a beginner can soon figure things out and have their own criterion set up and running.

Once your system is created, you can simply choose to run this, sit back and let FairBot do its thing. You can also configure FairBot to do this over multiple markets at once with a variety of options available for those who want to bet on multiple sports at the same time. This is one of the main features of FairBot and the ease with which you can carry this out really helps to set the software apart from the competition in many respects.

So What are the Key Things About FairBot?

  • There is a massively customisable and easy to use system creator built into FairBot
  • The user interface for FairBot is familiar yet still you to create a more complex arrangement if it suits your betting style
  • Specialist features built in to allow users to trade on multiple markets at the same time
  • FairBot features a number of different trading tools that allow you to trade on the Betfair exchange in the way that you want to.

How Much Does FairBot Cost?

Binteko offer 4 different packages for those who wish to purchase a license for FairBot. It is worth noting that unlike other Betfair trading software applications I have looked ay before now, the prices are in USD. This means that the pound value quoted may be different depending on when you are making your purchase. The prices are as follows:

  • 1 Month access – $11.95 per month (this equates to around £9.56)
  • 3 Month access – $29.95 per quarter (this equates to around £18.36)
  • 6 Month access – $54.95 per 6 months (this equates to around £43.96)
  • 12 Month access – $99 per year (this equates to around $79.20)

There is also a free 15 day trial of the software for new customers who sing up for Bet Angel.

FairBot Conclusion

When it comes to weighing FairBot up to other Betfair trading systems, you have to be willing to really stop and look at what the software does better than others. Much of what FairBot delivers is I line with what I would expect from any system however there are a few areas where it really stands out.

The first is the system creation wizard which is a really neat feature. Coming off the back of trying to make sense of excel and how it links up with the Advanced Cymatic Trader, using FairBot is so simple. Despite this, it is also a massively powerful tool.

You can use FairBot to carry out some pretty sophisticated trading rules, arguably to the extent where I don’t really see what else you would use.

Secondly, the way that FairBot handles multiple markets is very much one of the most impressive features of the software. So much so that it appears to be something that the team behind it seem to want to push.

Combine this with the aforementioned system creator and you have a system that offers a lot of features for those that like to trade on the Betfair exchange rather than using it as a betting platform.

Bet Angel Software

When it comes to looking at Betfair trading software, Bet Angel is probably the best of them all. There isn’t a lot that the software can’t do and this is all very well presented. For me, the first thing that stands out about Bet Angel is that the user interface is just right. It is approachable and easy to follow. As most pieces of software related to the Betfair exchange do, the data is all laid out in a very similar to the exchange itself. This makes it a very familiar arena.

There are so many different tools that are included with Bet Angel that are designed to make your life easier that I won’t list them all here. What I will attempt to do however is to summarise the main features that are included with Bet Angel.

In terms of the trading tools, there is plenty on offer with Bet Angel. There certainly isn’t’ anything that I would say is missing that is included with direct rival trading software (I don’t include niche things like BetTornado).

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Our Full Bet Angel Review can be found here

One of the arguable weaknesses for Bet Angel is that like Cymatic Advanced Trader, if you wish to programme the software to its fullest you do have to use excel. This can make using Bet Angel a pretty difficult task, or at least, not as simple as some examples.

If there is one question that hangs over Bet Angel, it is what version of the software you should be using. There are three different versions which are a basic version, a full version as well as a final premium paid one. As you would no doubt expect, the full and premium paid version comes equipped with a hell of a lot more in terms of its features (something that I will explore in more detail below).

As well as having all of these customisable features, certain versions of Bet Angel come with some pretty advanced features. For example, there are two tools that look at both football betting as well as tennis. These tools look at market activity before providing the likelihood of certain games and events. This arguably makes Bet Angel the only piece of Betfair trading software that can (at least hypothetically) pay for itself.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that there is a massive, and supportive, community in place for Bet Angel. The forum has around 15,000 users and is generally very helpful for those who are getting started. As well as getting advice on using Bet Angel, there are also some people who are willing to share their own betting strategies and approaches.

What are the Differences Between Different Versions of Bet Angel?

It is important to note with Bet Angel that there are multiple different versions of the software that allow you to pick what is right for you. The entry level is Bet Angel basic which allows you to place bets and trade with the benefits of a piece of Betfair trading software.

This means things like one click betting, faster refresh rates and allowing you to “green up”, a term for a method of trading that can allow you to generate profit before an event has started. Essentially, think the Betfair exchange, but faster.

The Standard version of Bet Angel allows you to access more of the features, as well as the same things as the basic version. The vast majority of the tools that Bet Angel opens up allow you better access to trading information. This means having things like the ladder interface, advanced charting and tools for Dutching and bookmaking. This version of Bet Angel also open\ts up a number of different video tutorials and support.

The Professional version of Bet Angel opens up all of the features that I have looked at above. This includes advanced tools such as Excel integration, multiple market trading and Soccer Mystic and Tennis Trader (the predictive tools for football and tennis trading respectively). As well as this, you get full access to all the features of the Standard version of Bet Angel.

So What are the Key Things About Bet Angel

  • Bet Angel has an incredibly user friendly interface that makes interacting with Betfair easy and very efficient.
  • There are multiple versions of Bet Angel available which allow you to select the version that best caters to your needs and your budget.
  • Bet Angel comes with some rather advanced tools that can provide you with direct advice on how to bet on both Football and Tennis (only applies to certain packages).
  • Huge user driven community that provides Bet Angel users with advince on the software itself and some games/bets.

How Much Does Bet Angel Cost?

As you would expect given the difference in the availability of features from one version of Bet Angel to the next, there are also pretty significant differences in price.

The Basic version of Bet Angel is entirely free.

The Standard version of Bet Angel is priced as follows:

  • 1 Month – £6
  • 3 Months – £18
  • 12 Months – £60

The Professional Version of Bet Angel is priced as follows:

  • 1 Day – £0.99
  • 1 Month – £29.99
  • 2 Months – £39.99
  • 3 Months – £59.99
  • 6 Months – £99.99
  • 12 Months – £149.99

As is often the case with subscription based products, the longer you sign up for Bet Angel, the better value the overall cost is.

Bet Angel Conclusion

If I am entirely honest, I feel that far and away, Bet Angel is the most complete package available. If you go for the Professional version, it goes way above and beyond what I would expect from a piece of software of this nature.

The multiple price points mean that there really is something for everybody in Bet Angel and this isn’t something that I am able to say very often. This doesn’t however mean that it is without fault.

There is for example, no way of getting around the fact that the software is not the cheapest, especially when you get to the professional level. That having been said, sometimes you really do have to accept that you get what you pay for. I also think that it would be remiss of me to ignore that there are different price points for different tiers of the software.

As I have mentioned, when I talk about Bet Angel here, I am mostly be talking about the professional version as it makes sense to me to review the whole product. If I am honest, I find it to be fundamentally peerless in the world of Betfair trading software. It is fast, it is efficient and it can do a lot more than any of the competition will offer., especially in terms of the betting advice that is provided through the football and tennis data analysis.

Whilst I wouldn’t like to go as far as to say that Bet Angel is by without a doubt the best software on the market, it is undoubtedly up there. This is down to the balanced approach that is taken by the team. I can think of one thing or another with most of the trading software that I have looked at that is better than Bet Angel, but rarely do they excel in more than one or two things.

This means that in some ways, Bet Angel is a jack of all trades and whilst this is often considered to be an insult, with this kind of software I consider it to be the highest compliment. The fact is that when you bet, you are constantly changing and altering how you approach things, what methods that you use etc. and this can mean that a piece of software you bought for one feature is quickly rendered obsolete. With Bet Angel, I don’t really see this ever being the case.

Geeks Toy Betfair Software

Geeks Toy is one of the better known examples of Betfair software on the market and a big part of this seems to be down to the man behind the service, Caan Berry. Given that he has historically made his money through trading on the Betfair exchange, you would expect that Geeks Toy to be one of the most competitive pieces of trading software on the market and in many ways, it is.

Geeks Toy Betfair Software

You can read our full Geeks Toy review here

The fact that Geeks Toy has been developed by a trader means that it takes certain aspects of almost any piece of Betfair trading software and takes it even further. This ultimately results in the software having something of a niche feel, although it doesn’t take things nearly as far as some examples that I have looked at.

As a piece of software, Geeks Toy has a reasonable enough user interface and generally speaking looks like the Betfair exchange. This is only in its default position however as Geeks Toy can be made to look like a traders dream if you so desire.  Geeks Toy displays almost all data that you could want on one screen. Geeks Toy even goes as far as to look at things that some software overlooks.

The other thing that is worth picking up on with Geeks Toy is the speed. It moves very quickly which is something that any bettor or trader would be more than glad to see. After all, as I have stated a number of times, speed is key when it comes to Betfair trading software.

There are also wide variety of different features that Geeks Toy comes with that you would expect from Betfair trading software. These include a number stop losses etc. as well as tools to help you with both Dutching and Bookmaking. More than the additional features however, if you really want to get into Geeks Toy you have to look at both the software and the overall package.

This latter half is definitely somewhere that Geeks Toy exceeds. There are literally pages of information on the various different ways of using the software. There is even a whole section of the Geeks Toy website dedicated to getting users up and running with the software.

So What are the Key Things About Geeks Toy

  • There is a hugely flexible user interface in place for Geeks Toy that allows you to display a lot of information if you so choose
  • Geeks Toy looks at a lot of information that you would want to see. This means that there is plenty of stuff to take advantage of the UI.
  • Of all the pieces of software that I have looked at, Geeks Toy has possibly the largest amount of training and support in place via the website and a comprehensive help system.
  • Geeks Toy is flexible and can be used for trading on betting exchanges other than Betfair.

How Much Does Geeks Toy Cost?

There are just two options available if you wish to buy a license for Geeks Toy. These are as follows:

  • 3 Months – £20
  • 1 Year – £60

There is also a free trial available if you are signing up as a new user.

Geeks Toy Conclusion

I am, and always have been, of the opinion that Geeks Toy is a bit of a mixed bag. It is clear from the get go that this is a piece of software designed by a trader, for traders. Some people reading this will no doubt get excited by the prospect of getting all of their charts and graphs up, having different displays of odds on show and generally setting up like a London stock broker.

These people are unlikely to be disappointed with Geeks Toy.

Unfortunately, this focus does detract a little bit from some of the more basic aspects of Geeks Toy that I would expect from any piece of Betfair trading software. I also think that it is interesting and definitely worth pointing out that whilst Geeks Toy does come with a very extensive training course, I feel that this is somewhat needed.

Traderline Software

It is rather good for me that Traderline comes so immediately after Geeks Toy as there is some definite overlap between the two. Whilst the last entry had a focus on trading, Traderline is seemingly almost consumed by its desire to be the best trading platform for any Betfair bettors. A lot of the features that are on offer here are rather niche, however what the software does wel, it is truly exceptional at.

The fact that Traderline is something a little bit different is pretty apparent as soon as you launch the software. The UI, whilst not unfamiliar, is a far cry from the typical Betfair standard that you see on most pieces of software like this. It isn’t unpleasant to navigate however I do think that it may take slightly longer than you may initially expect in order to fully get to grips with everything.

Traderline Betfair Software

In terms of the features that Traderline offers, there isn’t a lot here that you wouldn’t see on any other trading software such as one click betting. There are however a host of features that you wouldn’t expect. In terms of the ways that you can view data, I believe that Traderline is probably the most flexible on the market.

What really stands out isn’t just the number of different charts that you can display, but the fact that they are fully customisable. This allows users to focus on the data that they want to see rather than having to look and sift through information. Whilst this doesn’t necessarily seem like it’s a huge difference, anything that makes this side of things easier is a definite plus.

In terms of the speed, Traderline is blisteringly quick. The information is updated every millionth of a second which means that you certainly aren’t going to be far behind the action. Combine this with the way that the information is presented and it is probably the most efficient display of data that I’ve ever seen on a piece of Betfair trading software.

The final point to make about Traderline is that it is probably the most widely available piece of software in so much as its multi platform coverage is fantastic. Traderline has native support for Windows and Mac OSZ as well as mobile support for both Android and iOS.

So What are the Key Things About Traderline?

  • Traderline is one of the fastest, if not the fastest pieces of trading software that I have looked at.
  • The way that the data is presented and the fact that it is massively customisable represents a huge advantage for any trader.
  • Interesting UI that once you are familiar with, is very well suited to those who take trading very seriously.
  • Multi Platform software means that you can use Traderline on the go.

How Much Does Traderline Cost?

There are three options available for those who wish to purchase Traderline. These are as follows:

  • Monthly – €9.99 (around £8.50 at the time of writing)
  • Annual – €69.99 (around £59.50 at the time of writing)
  • Lifelong – €139.99 (around £118.50 at the time of writing)

It is worth pointing out that there is also a 30 day trial with Traderline.

Traderline Software Conclusion

Traderline is a pretty advanced piece of kit and in some ways, it is so far ahead of the competition it is quite incredible. This does however come at a cost and that is that in some ways, the software looks and feels rather complex when compared to some of its rivals. Whether or not this is a problem is entirely subjective and ultimately depends on what you are looking for, however it would be remiss of me to ignore this.

Putting Traderline somewhere in the larger picture is not a difficult thing to do. There is a clear focus on trading and the software handles this more than competently. To say that it does everything that a serious trader could want is a bit of an understatement.

The sheer amount of customisation you can carry out and the various ways you can display data and control trades is massively impressive.

All things considered, Traderline falls into a bit of a niche product in my opinion, however this doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad. I have to hold my hands up and say that I hadn’t used all of the different pieces of Betfair trading software on their app store and I was surprised by how few I had heard of. Traderline was however a standout, albeit specialised, product that doesn’t appear to have the same level of publicity as some of the better known names.

Betex Trader Software

Coming into this article I had heard of Betex Trader before, however I was not overly familiar with the software. I have come to realise that this may well have been a bit of a let down on my behalf as this is a very interesting option for those who wish to trade on the Betfair exchange.

What is noteworthy about Betex Trader is that it eschews the standard format of copying the Betfair exchange in order to provide a different method of betting and any innovation I always try to see the best in.

betex trader software

In terms of the layout and user interface, I wouldn’t say that Betex Trader is unrecognisable, however I also don’t think that it is something that you will be able to simply pick up and run with. There are some differences to how Betfair as well as most trading apps display their data. Key to these (and Betex Trader as a whole) is the options when you set up bets.

Whilst Betex Trader can be used in a normal fashion to really get the most out of the software you need to be using bet plans.

Bet plans are the unique selling point of Betex Trader and they are a fantastic way of setting up complex betting strategies without any real fuss. You simply start out by creating your bet plan which is a set of rules that you can use for any future bets. You can set a variety of different criteria which when met, Betex Trader will place bets for you.

This can be set on the back of bet types, trigger conditions for in play betting and even stop loss instructions. These initial bet plans can then be expanded on with various “conditional filters” which allow you to add additional trigger points.

It is worth pointing out with Betex Trader that there are actually two versions of the software and depending on what sports you bet on and how seriously you  take your betting, then one or the other may not be suitable.

The Pro version of Betex Trader is somewhat restricted and comes with things like fixed staking and restrictions on the markets that you can bet on.  The ultimate version of Betex Trader however comes with no restrictions whatsoever.

So What are the Key Things About Betex Trader

  • Software design allows you to configure your own betting strategies which you can quickly and easily apply to your betting.
  • “If this, then that” approach to setting up your bets which allow you to set up triggers for the software to act in a certain way for your bets.
  • Run multiple instances of the software to employ multiple betting strategies at once.

How Much Does Betex Trader Cost?

Unlike most pieces of Betfair trading software that charge a subscription fee, at the time of writing Betex Trader charges just a one time cost which is as follows:

  • Betex Trader Pro Version – €84 (around £70 at the time of writing)
  • Betex Trader Ultimate Version – €165 (around £137 at the time of writing)

There is also a 7 day free trial of either version of Betex Trader available to new customers.

Betex Trader Conclusion

Most of the software that I have looked at so far is designed for traders and as such, has a focus on graphs and charts. These are things that you will recognise as requiring human input. Betex Trader on the other hand allows you to simply set up the terms of your betting strategy and employ it with the click of a button.

Whilst Betex Trader could well be used for trading, I can’t help but feel that this is a piece of software that is mostly aimed at those who have a horse racing system that works for them. There is a strong sense with Betex Trader that if you can programme the rules in, then you can stake it very easily.

To me this is a difference that is important to differentiate as traders tend to be more dynamic and responsive to the market, whereas bettors typically have a system based on other factors.

A big part of the appeal of Betex Trader for me is how simple it is to set up a betting system. Whilst he UI is not necessarily as intuitive as it could be, it is difficult to ignore the fact that setting up rules for betting is pretty straightforward. What really stands out however is the fact that you don’t lose any of he important options that you may expect to.

The final thing to acknowledge about Betex Trader is the pricing. Whilst I can’t sit here and claim that Betex Trader isn’t a lot of money to invest, when you price it up next to some services for the year, it is a bargain. The fact that there is a simple one off payment also means that any future earnings that any future earnings are secured, as opposed to having monthly outgoings affecting your profit and loss.

MarketFeeder Pro Software

MarketFeeder Pro Software is a piece of Betfair trading software that in some ways I rather struggle with. This isn’t the software itself, per se (although I do have more to say on tis matter), more the fact that the main selling point that the creation team have latched onto is that you can use MarketFeeder Pro Software to programme betting systems, use them in trial mode and paper trade without risking any real money or effort.

This is definitely a helpful feature to have, however it is also something that most examples of software that I have looked at is also capable of.

market feeder pro software

Moving onto the software itself, the user interface for MarketFeeder Pro Software is relatively familiar however I do find that it will likely feel a little bit foreign to those who are used to Betfair’s own exchange.

In terms of features, MarketFeeder Pro Software has all of the mainstays such as one click betting, assistance with dutching and greening up etc. There are also some trading tools however this is a long way from the focus. The refresh rate for MarketFeeder Pro Software is very respectable refreshing up to 0.3 seconds.

Not dissimilar to Betex Trader which I have just looked at, MarketFeeder Pro Software really comes into its own when you are programming in your own betting system.

There is a wizard in place to help you to set these up which makes things pretty straight forward. MarketFeeder Pro Software does however also come with Excel support which means those who are proficient are able to make the software do some pretty advanced things.

The real crown jewel for MarketFeeder Pro Software in my opinion however is their Time Machine. This is a neat piece of software which can be used to test systems based on virtual data. The virtual data isn’t entirely random however. Instead it comes from Betfair’s API server with full compliance of their Historical Data Licence. If you are testing a betting system through Time Machine, then you can control the speed at which the data is tested.

So What are the Key Things About MarketFeeder Pro Software?

  • Creating your own betting system is a relatively uncomplex affair and can be carried out by most users.
  • For more advanced implementation of betting systems, MarketFeeder Pro Software can use systems programmed into Microsoft Excel.
  • When paired with Time Machine, it makes MarketFeeder Pro Software one of the best methods of testing a betting system.

How Much Does MarketFeeder Pro Software Cost?

There are a few different ways of paying for MarketFeeder Pro Software depending on what you want the system for. To use MarketFeeder Pro Software for trading, the prices are as follows:

  • 2 Weeks – £10
  • One Month – £14
  • 3 Months – £29
  • 6 Months – £49
  • One Year – £74

If you then wish to take advantage of Time Machine, there are potentially additional costs involved as well. To add Time Machine to an existing MarketFeeder Pro Software subscription costs a flat rate of £6 per month extra. Alternatively, you can buy access to MarketFeeder Pro Software only in Time Machine mode for £12 per month.

Trialling MarketFeeder Pro Software as a piece of trading software also comes with a free trial which runs for a full month, entirely unrestricted.

MarketFeeder Pro Software Conclusion

It would be unfair of me to pretend that MarketFeeder Pro Software is a fantastic piece of trading software because in my opinion, it isn’t. I find he UI to be a little clunky and difficult to navigate personally, however MarketFeeder Pro Software does provide some very unique and interesting features that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

It is clear from the get go that MarketFeeder Pro Software is all about providing the most possible customisation for users in terms of the ability to trial systems. This is something that it does exceptionally and for paper trading, I can’t think of a piece of software that I would rather use. Of course, key to this is the Time Machine which is an additional premium.

It is worth pointing out that this is by no means a guarantee that a system developed with MarketFeeder Pro Software will work for the future however.

There isn’t really a lot more for me to say about MarketFeeder Pro Software really. As a piece of trading software, it leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. This is a very clear niche piece of software that to the right kind of user will be a godsend. For those who are simply looking to be day to day or just want a faster and easier way of trading on the Betfair exchange, there are definitely better options.

Scoregrid Bet Practice Software

BetTornado isn’t the only piece of software that is designed for trading on football. Scoregrid Bet Practice is a direct competitor and I have to hold my hands up and say that I am rather wowed by what the team have done here. To me, there is very little left of the traditional Betfair exchange user interface and that is a very good thing as the Scoregrid Bet Practice team have crafted something massively practical and unique.

At the centre of this change is the eponymous “Score Grid”. This allows you to place bets on full and half time results in game. Whilst you can do this on most software, everything is presented in a 6×6 grid that shows you profit and loss potential depending on the outcome.

This is a particularly useful tool for those who are involved in dutching as everything is there and in one place.

scoregrid bet practice software

All of this is very good however it is also important to balance it out with the fact that Scoregrid Bet Practice is also very restricted. In fact, there are just 50 markets that you can bet on. This isn’t necessarily going to be a problem if you only bet on football, but how many people can really say that? Especially when you’re on a betting exchange of which one of the greatest features is the volume and variety of betting.

Given the rather unusual layout and features etc. it may come as no surprise to learn that Scoregrid Bet Practice comes with extensive training and a comprehensive user guide. Unfortunately, I don’t feel that this does a good enough job of compensating for the fact that this is such a niche piece of software.

So What are the Key Things About Scoregrid Bet Practice?

  • Unique interface allows you to quickly and easily bet on a variety of different football markets.
  • The software is restricted so that you can only bet on Football.
  • Full support if you are struggling with Scoregrid Bet Practice.
  • Pretty reasonable pricing makes Scoregrid Bet Practice an affordable option for anybody who bets on football.

How Much Does Scoregrid Bet Practice Cost?

If there is one thing that may save Scoregrid Bet Practice it is the price and I am inclined to say that it just about warrants the existence of Scoregrid Bet Practice. There are two options which are as follows:

  • 3 Month Subscription – £11.79
  • 12 Month Subscription – £29.79

There is also a full 15 day free trial available for Scoregrid Bet Practice.

Scoregrid Bet Practice Conclusion

For me, Scoregrid Bet Practice as a piece of software holds a very fine balance. One the one hand, if you want to bet on football, I don’t think that there is anything better. I honestly don’t. Unfortunately, if you want to use Scoregrid Bet Practice then this better be all that you want to bet on and that is fundamentally a problem.

The thing about Scoregrid Bet Practice though is I don’t believe that it is ever really sold as a full trading platform and most importantly, it isn’t priced as one either. This is important to consider when you are weighing up all aspects of this particular piece of software.

The fact is that it doesn’t really fit into any typical box when it comes to trading. Unlike BetTornado before it which is competent but has a focus on presentation, something which may appeal to a more casual bettor. Scoregrid Bet Practice is all about serious football betting.

Whether or not you are serious enough about football betting to purchase another piece of software is a very different question, and this is really what it all boils down to. It is worth considering however that given a 12 month subscription, you will pay out less than £2.50 per month in order to get access to the unique tools that Scoregrid Bet Practice leaves at your disposal.

If you take betting on football even remotely seriously, this is a trifling amount to pay, even if you are already paying for another piece of Betfair trading software.

I have talked a lot about gaining and edge in trading and I have to hold my hands up and say that Scoregrid Bet Practice does this. It may not be substantial, but any edge is worth pursuing. The fact that this is such a niche product has to be put to one side. In my opinion, when you combine the benefits with a very low overall price, I can’t help but feel that despite the numerous limitations, Scoregrid Bet Practice is a worthwhile piece of kit.

Bet Commando Software

Bet Commando is sold as being built by sports traders, for sports traders and I have to say that I can see how this community driven project has worked out successfully. Like a lot of the more interesting pieces of software that I have looked at over the course of this article, Bet Commando is not surprisingly a rather niche affair.

Whilst you can use the software to bet on a number of different markets, there is a very strong focus with Bet Commando on horse racing.

The user interface for Bet Commando is generally speaking very much inline with the industry standard and doesn’t really deviate too much from the Betfair exchange set up. There are also the usual options such as ladder displays so that you can see what the entire market is doing for a particular selection.

bet commando software

Bet Commando has one ace up its sleeve however which is an in play animation interface that allows users to improve their in race betting on horse racing. Whilst it is rather crude to look at, this aspect of Bet Commando shows you where horse are in relation to each other during a race, as well as showing the odds moving, all in real time. This visual representation can be a godsend for those who aren’t able to follow the race “in person” but still wish to engage in in play betting.

As I have touched upon, despite the clear leaning towards horse racing trading, Bet Commando can also be used for betting on all other sports. There is very little here that is really any different from any other example of any other piece of Betfair trading software.

So What are the Key Things About Bet Commando?

  • Horse racing based trading software that also allows you to bet on all other Betfair markets.
  • Unique in play racing animations that show you in real time how a race is unfolding and supposedly provide an edge for those who like to bet in race.
  • Various ways of displaying betting information to assist with in play betting.

How Much Does Bet Commando Cost?

There are just two options that are available for those who wish to subscribe to purchase a license subscription for Bet Commando. These are as follows:

  • 1 Month – £9.99
  • 12 Months – £69.99

There is also a 7 day free trial in place for Bet Commando.

Bet Commando Conclusion

It doesn’t really come as any surprise to me that Bet Commando has stood out as much as it has. In looking at all of these different pieces of Betfair software, it is niche examples that tend to stand out. The problem with niche products is that as Scoregrid Bet Practice (and to a lesser degree Traderline) demonstrates, when you focus on one thing, something else typically gives elsewhere.

Bet Commando doesn’t seem to have fallen into this trap however and despite a genuinely novel and unique approach to in play betting, there remains enough functionality that you could realistically use it as your main trading software. This doesn’t however think that I feel that this is a great all rounder. In fact, pretty far from it.

My final thoughts on Bet Commando are based predominantly around how often you bet on horse racing, more specifically, in race betting. If your particular betting approach involves a lot of this kind of betting then I have very little doubt that you should be using Bet Commando. Whilst the rest of the software is passable, this is all that it is and as such, if you have a more varied approach to betting you will likely find yourself missing some of the functionality of less niche software.

So What Betfair Trading Software is Right For Me?

I have to say that from the off, I don’t think that there is a single “best” piece of Betfair trading software. There are a lot of pros and cons to the different examples out there and really what is best for you may not be best for everybody else.

It all depends on what you are looking for and what you consider to be the assets you consider to be most important. With that in mind, I have tried to break down the different pieces of software into categories and listed the best based for that particular feature.

It goes without saying that these are all entirely my own opinions. What I liked or disliked may not be suitable for you.

The thing is, whilst I like to think that I have offered some direction to those who are looking at Betfair trading software, I believe that all of the examples that I have looked at offer a free trial. With this in mind, the absolute best thing that you can do is get out there and trial things for yourself. Hopefully, this guide will give you two or three to try out rather than all of them.

What is the Best All Round Betfair Trading Software?

I have long been a fan of Bet Angel and this is mostly down to the fact that I feel that it offers the most complete and comprehensive Betfair trading experience. It does everything very competently and comes with a number of features that simply aren’t available anywhere else. This doesn’t mean that the software is flawless however and the biggest problem is the one that will likely put most people off, namely the cost.

That having been said, I do feel that you get what you pay for with MarketFeeder Pro Software and I would personally rather have a piece of software that does everything that I want it to at a cost, than compromise and save a few quid. It is worth pointing out that the differing tiers to Bet Angel mean that even if one option is too costly, then you can always compromise on a few features to make it affordable.

Honestly though, if you are reading this, then you take betting and trading on an exchange very seriously. As such, the cost is going to be pretty ow on your list of priorities as you would want to make the right choice rather than the cheapest.

What is the Best Budget Betfair Trading Software?

Whilst there are a number of cheaper options on the market in terms of Betfair trading software, there is one that for me, stands out when compared to the others. That is Advanced Cymatic Trader. It is a decent all rounder and does a lot of the things that some of the more heavyweight (and costlier) examples do at more than half the price.

When you take the time to consider it, it is quite possible that you spent more on your last trip to McDonalds than you would on a monthly subscription to Advanced Cymatic Trader. This is a good indicator of just how affordable it is, and if you want to get to understand trading on Betfair properly, then this combination of cost and features makes it a great starting point.

What Is the Fastest Betfair Trading Software?

It is worth starting by saying that every piece of Betfair trading software should be faster than the online betting exchange. I should also mention that whilst some refresh rates etc. can be set very high, they are not necessarily manageable as they become too quick.

With this in mind, the winner for me in terms of speed is BetTrader. The refresh rate on this particular piece of software was very impressive without ever moving out into the realms of being unreadable. The speed at which BetTrader is able to place and cash in bets is equally as impressive all of which makes it the fastest Betfair trading software in my eyes

What is the Best Betfair Trading Software?

I should preface this by saying that when I mean trading software, I am talking about your graphs and charts men. Those who apply market trading techniques to Betfair’s exchange.

For me, this is actually a pretty clear winner. Traderline is not necessarily the prettiest piece of software. Or the most intuitive. I could probably find other things that I don’t like about it. But to focus on this would miss what it does so well. In terms of presenting information, Traderline is second to none in my opinion.

The customisation aspect is without a doubt what makes this stand out. Whilst almost every piece of Betfair trading software that I have looked at has displayed some kind of chart of graph, Traderline takes it to the next level. The ability to choose not just what data is displayed, but how it is displayed is something that I haven’t really seen before now (at least not to this extent).

I think that really what Traderline does is take a very good and existing concept and it runs with it, almost to an extreme.

The end product speaks for itself however and when it is combined with the speed (which is one of the other strong features of Traderline), you have a piece of software that is ideal for “traditional” traders. It is quick enough to allow you to make split second decisions whilst giving you enough data to make sure these are well informed.

What is the Best Software for Football/Horse Racing?

I have chosen to lump these two in to one category with a brief look at my winner for each sport. The reason that I have looked at football and horse racing is that they are by and far away the most popular sports on Betfair’s betting exchange. I also feel that I should preface these selections by saying that these recommendations are based solely on betting on either football or horse racing.

football and horse trading

The best horse racing software in my opinion is Bet Commando. This may not be a surprise as I was rather effusive in my initial look. This is mostly down to two things. The first is, not surprisingly, the in play race look. It’s a fantastic addition and is a great example of how Betfair trading software can continue to evolve. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of this kind of thing in the future.

In terms of the best football trading software, again, there are probably no surprises in my choice of Scoregrid Bet Practice. As with other “category” winners, the software works specifically because it deviates from the Betfair experience that we are most comfortable with. In placing the focus on giving football traders what they want in front of them, it makes the whole experience faster, more efficient and resultantly, profitable in the long term.

Final Conclusion on Betfair Trading Software

In approaching this article, it was my intent to try and showcase some of the various examples of what is available for trading on the Betfair exchange. I also wanted to highlight the fact that I you do use the exchange, then there are plenty of options out there for you regardless of your betting or trading style.

This is not a comprehensive list however. I have mostly chosen to focus on apps listed on the Betfair Apps page under the trading category and I know that I haven’t hit all of these. The fact of the matter is that there is a hell of a lot of overlap between one piece of software and the next (with a few notable and very niche exceptions) and the reality is that on some of the later nights when I was up testing the software, I had to check what I was looking at because it looked almost identical to what went before it.

Despite this, I like to think that I have also shown that despite all of the similarities, there are a lot of differences too. For example, Betpractice Score Grid jumped out as being by far and away the best piece of software for football trading in my eyes. This is because (as I have touched upon in my main coverage) there is a clear focus on improving an existing user interface.

I won’t pretend that Betfair’s exchange UI (and resultantly, a lot of the software) is rather clunky and when you are making minute by minute decisions on multiple markets for one event (as you may well do with football), it can leave you lacking.

I was also genuinely and pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of ways that you can keep on top of your betting. Whilst Windows PCs and to a lesser degree, Apple Macs should have plenty of availability, I was pleasantly surprised to see developers catering to mobile platforms. This does feel a little in its infancy, but it is also something that I believe you will see more of in the future.

Ending on the note of the future, there is no denying that betting is only getting harder and harder for punters. With the very recent merging of Paddy Power and Betfair I wouldn’t like to make predictions about what will happen to the betting exchange, but my gut feeling is that not much will change.

If my hunch is right, then this is very good news for punters as betting exchanges feel like one of the last truly free ways of gambling. If you are successful, it is certainly the only sustainable option.

The software that I have looked at is all designed to give you an edge, albeit a very fine one in this day and age. But to me it is clear that if you are serious about betting then every edge is worthwhile pursuing. Yes, there is a cost involved and with Betfair taking a 5% commission, some people may be a bit negative about signing up, but what is £5-10 out of your monthly winnings?

I have said before now that Betfair’s exchange changed the landscape of betting forever. I don’t think there are many people that would argue with that statement. It wasn’t perfect however. Betfair are happy to operate it as is and it makes a lot of money, but for punters it wasn’t perfect. Fortunately, there is the ability to make it much closer to perfect.

It isn’t expensive and you can cater your choice of software to your needs. For Joe Average, any piece of trading software is fundamentally made redundant, but if you are in any way serious about trading on the Betfair betting exchange, then I genuinely think that you need some sort of Betfair software.

 

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3 Comments

  • Richard Arden says:

    Brilliant detailed review. Must have taken you ages, Daniel.

    Big thumbs up.

    • Daniel says:

      Hello Richard,

      Yes I actually started that review in December and kept coming back it to over time.

      Most people don’t realise there are so many Betfair trading software applications out there.

      Best Wishes,

      Dan

  • Filip says:

    Hi Daniel

    The article you wrote was interesting to me. There is a lot of work to see. Many traders use betangel. However, it is difficult to distinguish which of the software can communicate the fastest way with the betfair server.
    Would you say which software described can make the fastest bet on betfair? I do not want a refresh rate.
    When I compare Traderline Betrader and BetAngel, which one could quickly communicate with the betfair server?
    Thank you for anwer and a nice day

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