Matched Betting – Have you blocked IE Snare?

Short post from me this morning, but a very useful one for those of you that do Matched Betting. 

My ‘Blogging Buddy’, Guy, from Early Retirement Guy and Matched Betting Guy has just created an excellent guide on how to block IE Snare. 

If you do Matched Betting, and you’ve not blocked it on your computer, or if you’re like me and had never heard of it before, check out Guy’s post for help on what it is, why you need to remove it, and most importantly, how to get rid of it. 

The post is on his Blog, and is totally free. For those of you that do Matched Betting, I highly recommend signing up to Guy’s email list so you can get posts like this delivered to your inbox, and ensure you don’t miss out. 

That’s it from me. Have a great weekend all!


  • weenie

    Reply Reply 12th August 2016

    Hey Huw

    The blocking of IE Snare came up when I was researching matched betting – most of the info about it was years old, so it's interesting that Guy has written a current post about it.

    Bookies seem to use it (and probably other ways) to detect people who are using multiple accounts. I guess this could include people who do matched betting on behalf of 'friends and family' using the same pc/laptop.

    Whilst I can see why a matched bettor wouldn't want bookies to snoop on them, wouldn't blocking it flag you up to these bookies as a potential matched bettor since your average punter isn't going to bother with this or even be aware of it?

    Anyway, I did a scan of my pc and it hasn't been 'infected'.

    As a small time matched bettor, I think I'll take my chances and not try to block it (although if I see it, I'll remove it) as I'd rather not draw attention to my accounts in any way!

  • Guy

    Reply Reply 12th August 2016

    Thanks for the shout-out Huw!

    Weenie; you may be right however I noticed partner's gubbing rate drastically reduced compared to mine as I blocked IE snare on her laptop as soon as she started betting.

    I'd be surprised if it flagged you for actively blocking it. The data is sent back to the IE Snare company who then presumably compile it and send a list over to the bookmaker. My guess is that the bookmakers then use specific queries on that data to identify the patterns of a matched betting, find the IP address and then match that to one of their registered accounts. It would likely be too much computing and man-power effort to proactively try matching every registered account IP with the IE Snare data and then examine the results that way round, thus spotting where there is no IE Snare data for a specific account.

    Plus there could be any number or reasons why the IE Snare data is incomplete beyond it being specifically blocked through a hosts file change.

    If you're going to remove it when you see it.. why wouldn't you just block the communications to begin with? I'm sure it would be just as much of a red flag to have one of their users constantly getting IE Snare re-installed every few days, no?

    All of this is just theory, no-one knows for certain exactly how the bookies use this data however my own personal experience has been a sharp reduction in gubbings after pro-actively blocking.

  • weenie

    Reply Reply 12th August 2016

    Hi Guy
    I hear what you're saying about IE Snare getting re-installed every few days also being a red flag.

    In which case, until I start getting more gubbings, I'll keep calm and carry on as I've been doing.

    My winnings are not really anything to shout about – there are far bigger fish for the bookies to want to 'snare' in their nets!

    Good to hear that it's helped your partner keep her accounts intact!

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