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Big Brother 5 Betting:

In the bets detailed below we cleared over £1000 during BB5, which shows that it can be done if you're prepared to take a bit of a risk and accept that 'some you win, some you lose'. Whether you followed our lead or just went with your own gut instinct, we hope that you won during Big Brother 5. And if you didn't place any bets, you know what to do next year!

Overall Result: won £1683, lost £549, making for a Total Net Profit during Big Brother 5 of £1134. That'll ding-dang-do!
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Thursday 5th August 2004
The day before the series Finale there were just four contestants left. We were almost certain that Shell would receive the fewest votes, so we staked £100 (the maximum stake) on her being the next to go at odds of 1/6. This returned £116 when she left before Dan, Jay and Nadia the following day. Not the most worthwhile bet, but it wasn't much of a risk frankly. Result: £16 profit

Friday 30th July 2004
One week before the series was due to end we decided to heap more cash on Nadia, backing her to win the series again. Staking £1000 to win at the rather good odds (at that time) of 4/9, we returned £1444 one week later when she was crowned the Winner of Big Brother 5. We stood to lose £1000 and admittedly, got rather worried when Jay beat both Shell and Dan to second place! Result: £444 profit

Wednesday 28th July 2004
Picking-up on the controversy surrounding our own news articles, we sensed that Michelle was set to overtake Jay and get the boot at the 7th Official Eviction. Therefore, two days before the eviction we staked £400 on Michelle to go at odds of 4/11, meaning we returned just over £545 when she was evicted with a huge majority on the Friday. Result: £145 profit

Saturday 17th July 2004
Having already bet on Dan, Nadia, Shell and Stuart, we thought we'd better put a few 'quid on Michelle as she was gaining favour with the bookies. Really, we were just covering our other bets when we staked £70 on Michelle to Win at the reasonable odds of 11/2. Thus, we'd backed five out-of the remaining seven contestants to Win i.e. not Victor or Jason. So, we stood to return £455 if Michelle had won the series, but she got kicked-out at the end of Week 9 so we lost our stake. Still, in the end we made an overall profit from our other bets. BTW, 'each way' betting was not available by this stage of the game, or was only paying-out on 1st and 2nd place. So, we didn't bother and we're glad of the fact, seeing as she came 6th overall! Result: £70 loss

Sunday 11th July 2004
The Boot Camp task meant that either Jason and Michelle would face the 5th Eviction, or alternatively Ahmed, Dan, Nadia, Shell, Stu and Victor would. Frankly, we thought the group would fail, meaning that Jay and Michelle would be up. However, Jay's odds on the day before the task result was announced were 'evens', so it was not worth placing a bet. Therefore, on the off-chance we backed Ahmed to go, just in case the Sergeants passed - they did. At odds of 3/1 we staked £20 on the Somalian and returned £80 when he was kicked-out at the 5th Eviction. We stood to lose just £20. Result: £60 profit

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Friday 9th July 2004
On the day of the 4th Official Eviction, there were eight housemates left after Becki had gone. We'd already backed two of them to Win (Dan and Shell), so we decided to back Nadia and Stuart (and Dan again) in some 'each way' bets. Obviously we couldn't win with all these bets, but we reasoned that the Winner would offset the losses we'd incur with backing the others. Overall then, we were hoping to have covered all likely options and make a small amount overall. Here's how we bet:

Nadia - We staked £250 each way at odds of 2/1 (reduced from 3/1 just before we decided to bet - typical!) Our total stake of £500 returned us £1125 when Nadia became the Winner of BB5 (2 x £250 = £500 + £250 stake returned, then the 'each way' element: 0.5 x £250 = £125 + £250 stake returned).

Stuart - We bet £140 each way at odds of 3/1, so our total stake was £280. If Stuart had won the series, our return would have been £805; if he'd come second or third, we'd have returned £245 losing just £35. However, we lost our entire stake of £280 in the end, as he came fifth overall. In hindsight, it looks like a bad bet, but we were really just covering our options to get our money back if Nadia hadn't won, so it's not too bad. Also, we thought that Stu would come third to Nadia's first and Dan's second.

Daniel - Convinced at that stage that he would come second (but had potential to win), we staked £110 each way at odds of 11/4. If the tall guy had gone all the way, our £220 stake would have returned us just under £600. If he'd come second, we would have returned £186, almost getting our stake back. Daniel actually came third overall, so we did get £186 back because it was an each way bet, therefore losing just £34.

So, for our £1000 stake, we returned £1311. Result: £625 profit + £280 loss + £34 loss = net profit of £311.

Wednesday 7th July 2004
Having already backed Becki at the weekend, we did the same as we did the previous week and put some more money on just a couple of days before the eviction. It was tempting to go for the maximum £300 stake, but putting £200 on at odds of 2/7, we returned over £257 when Becki was evicted at the 4th Eviction. Result £57 profit

Sunday 4th July 2004
We were tempted to back Jay to go at the next eviction before the nominations had even taken place, but his odds were quite low at 2/5. A £100 stake would have netted us £40 profit, but it was too big a gamble. Therefore, we went for a totally speculative bet again like we did the weekend before, backing Becki to go at the 4th Official Eviction. This was before the nominations had taken place and our reasoning was that if Jay didn't receive enough nominations and Becki faced anyone else, she would probably go. Staking just £10 at decent odds of 6/1, we returned £70 (6 x £10+ stake returned) when she was kicked-out on Friday the 9th of July. Result: £60 profit

Wednesday 30th June 2004  (2nd bet of the day)
Having already placed a series of bets the previous Sunday (rightly backing all three nominees before they were announced), that turned-out to be a gamble we couldn't really lose. So, we decided to put some more money on Marco just two days before the 3rd Eviction. Staking 2 x £50 at odds of 4/6, we returned a total of £166 (2 x £83) when he was 'booted-out on the Friday. Result: £66 profit.

Wednesday 30th June 2004  (1st bet of the day)
Half-way through the game we decided to back Shell to win, as she seemed popular in all the polls and was a likely candidate to reach the 'Final Four'. We weren't sure if this could translate into a win, but nevertheless, we backed her anyway. At odds of 7/2 we placed an 'each way' bet, staking £40 each way (£80 total). If Shell had gone on to win, we would have returned £255. If she'd come second or third, our return would have been £75, basically almost returning our stake. However, Shell came fourth and so we lost the bet ('each way' was only paying-out up to third place). Result: £80 loss

Sunday 27th June 2004
On the Sunday before the 3rd Nominations had even taken place, we decided to go for a complete gamble and staked £10 on each of the harem members to be 'next to go'. At the time, our polls indicated that the public wanted Vic and Jay out, but because the harem trio's odds were so good, we decided to risk it. Therefore, staking just £10 each at odds of 12/1 on Marco, 14/1 on Michelle and 12/1 on Nadia (£30 total), we stood to return between £130 and £150 if one of the three became a nominee and was subsequently evicted. Marco was evicted the following Friday and so overall, we won our bet. This is the way to make decent money, by betting before the nominees are announced, something you can only really do up until the Sunday prior.  Result: £120 profit + £20 loss = net profit of £100.

Wednesday 16th June 2004
For our second round of betting we backed Vanessa to go at the 2nd Eviction, originally scheduled for Friday the 18th but then postponed to Friday the 25th. We placed our bet shortly after the nominees were announced, so got the fairly good odds of 3/1. Staking £30, we therefore returned £120 when she was evicted on the 25th (3 x £30 + stake returned). Result: £90 profit.

Monday 31st of May 2004
For our first flutter of the new series, we backed Daniel to win as he seemed like a popular guy both inside and outside of the house. The bookies already knew that though, so his odds were low'ish at 5/1. We backed him to win the series with a £25 stake which would have given us a return of £150. However, Dan came third overall and so we lost our stake. Result: £25 loss

We also placed an 'each way' bet on Vanessa at odds of 8/1. Staking a total of £40 (£20 each way), we stood to return £240 if she'd won the series and £60 if she'd come in the Final 3. Not a bad gamble we thought, but it all went pear-shaped when Vanessa got booted at the 2nd Eviction. Result: £40 loss

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