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Our Big Brother 10 Betting Activity from 2009

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Here's how well we did with our bets during Big Brother 10

Compared to previous years we didn't place that many bets during Big Brother 10, but we made a few 'quid along the way and then cleared-up right at the end of the series. This shows that even when the result seems obvious (i.e. that Sophie would win), you can still make money.

Overall Result: won £1920, lost £380, making for a Total Net Profit during Big Brother 9 of £1540.

Friday, 28th August 2009 (Day 86)
It was nearing the end of the series, and it looked like it was between Sophie and Siavash for the victory. So, we staked £800 on Sophie Reade Winning Big Brother 10 at the odds of 7/4 for a potential profit of £1400. As a side-bet we also staked £300 on Siavash Sabbaghpour to Win at 15/8, for a potential profit of £563. Don't forget, we'd already backed Siavash with two bets that would have netted us an additional £160 profit if he'd won. Frankly, we were hoping that Sophie would win really, and the bets on Siavash were just to try and get the majority of our money back should the busty blonde fail to do it. We needn't have worried though, because although Siavash apparently came close by finishing in second place, once the Finale figures had been weighted by us, Sophie got a whopping 46% to Siavash's 16% in the public vote. Basically, she won by a landslide and our bet on Sophie was as safe as houses.  Result: £1400 profit + £300 loss = net profit of £1100.

Wednesday, 19th August 2009 (Day 77)
Big Brother announced the day before that Bea Hamill, David Ramsden and Marcus Akin were facing eviction, and it soon became clear that Bea could not possibly survive. The bookies knew this too, so her odds were very low. Still, it was almost guaranteed money, and subject to making sure that we wouldn't lose our stake if she had quit, we staked £1000 on Bea Hamill at 1/20, just to take the inevitable £50 profit when she got evicted on the Friday night with 88% of the vote. On the day of her eviction, Bea's odds were a mega-low 1/100!  Result £50 profit.

Saturday, 15th August 2009 (Day 73)
We placed our Free £25 Bet from one of the bookies listed in our Betting Zone section on Siavash Sabbaghpour to Win at odds of 9/4, which would have made us £56 if he'd managed it. However, we didn't actually lose anything when Siavash came second because it was a Free bet.  Result: Neither a profit nor a loss.

Tuesday, 28th July 2009 (Day 55)
When it was announced that Noirin Kelly faced Marcus Akin, we thought the former would be punished by fans for taking-up with Siavash after stringing Marcus along, resulting in stalker-like Marcus gaining a bit of sympathy. So, we staked £200 on Noirin Kelly to go at odds of 4/7 (£4 profit for every £7 staked) and won £114 plus our stake back when she was evicted on the Friday night, having received 60% in the public vote.  Result: £114 profit.

Friday, 17th July 2009 (Day 44)
The odds for Karly were something like 1/14 (you had to stake £14 just to win £1 profit), so we didn't bother placing a bet during the week. However, literally as the eviction show started on the Friday night, her odds inexplicably dropped to 1/5; still 'odds-on', but worth a punt at that money seeing as the Polls said she would go. So, we staked £500 on Karly Ashworth to go at 1/5, and collected a decent profit of £100 (plus our stake back) a matter of a few hours later, when she was evicted with 50.4% in the four-way public vote. Our Poll had indicated that Karly would get 54%.  Result: £100 profit.

Friday, 11th July 2008 (Day 37)
People kept saying that Siavash was one of the few 'genuine' people in the Big Brother House, and he was second-favourite to win at the time. So, we decided to back him to win the series by placing a small bet, with a view to putting more money on him at a later date. We staked £30 on Siavash Sabbaghpour to Win Big Brother 10 at odds of 7/2, which would have netted us a profit of £105 plus our stake back if he'd won. Siavash was the series Runner-up, however, and so we lost the bet (but see the above bet on Sophie).  Result: £30 loss.

Tuesday, 7th July 2009 (Day 34)
We knew as soon as we announced the four nominees that Kris Donnelly couldn't survive, and predicted that he would go with around 60% in the public vote. He actually got 63% (against three others), so we were very close and the bet we made came right. We'd staked £750 on Kris going at odds of 1/12, to win a comparatively small but pretty-much guaranteed profit of around £60.  Result: £63 profit.

Tuesday, 16th June 2009 (Day 13)
From a Poll we'd been running over the weekend since the last eviction, it was obvious that Cairon wouldn't survive against Freddie when the nominees were announced. Indeed, our subsequent Eviction Poll proved to be accurate to within 3% when the former was evicted with 73% in the public vote, which was handy because we'd staked £500 on Cairon Austin-Hill at the early odds of 1/11. Not a great bet, but it made us another £45.  Result: £45 profit.

Wednesday, 10th June 2009 (Day 7)
In our 'Who do you want out next?' Poll, which went live before the first round of nominations had even taken place, Sophia held over 25% of the vote even though there were fourteen contenders. So, when it was announced that she was up-against Freddie Fisher, it seemed obvious that Sophia likely would go seeing as the toff had just 4% in the same Poll. Therefore, when the betting market opened we staked £500 on Sophia Brown becoming the 1st Evictee at odds of 1/5 (the odds subsequently went down to 1/50) and won £100 plus our stake back when Sophia was evicted on the Friday night with over 90% in the public vote.  Result: £100 profit.

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Sunday, 7th June 2009 (Day 4)
Six 'non-housemates' were fighting it out for the last five places as bona fide housemates, meaning one would be sent packing before they'd even had access to the whole Big Brother House. It seemed obvious that Beinazir would go because she'd made very little impact in the first few days, so we staked £60 on Beinazir Lasharie being the one who wouldn't make it at odds of 4/5 (£4 profit for every £5 staked). We made nearly £50 profit when she was put on a bus home. NB. This market appeared online during the live eviction show, and not before.  Result: £48 profit.

Friday, 5th June 2009 (Day 2)
We placed our first bet earlier than ever this year, backing someone to win on just the second day of the series. That someone was the bookies' favourite Rodrigo Lopes, who we reasoned was cute, good-looking, charming and interested in both sexes, therefore stood-out as a potential winner. We staked £50 on the Brazilian housemate to Win at odds of 4/1, and would have made a profit of £200 (4 x our stake) and got our stake back if he'd gone all the way. Actually, even if Rodders had come second we'd have got our stake back due to Paddy Power's 'Anyone For Seconds?' money back offer (which was available until 2nd July). However, Rodrigo finished in 5th place in the end, so we lost our stake.  Result: £50 loss.

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