Inter-Market Arbitrage in Betting
44 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2010 Last revised: 20 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 30, 2012
We show that a combined bet at the bookmaker and at the bet exchange market yields a guaranteed positive return in 19.2% of the matches in the top-five European soccer leagues. Moreover, we find that all considered bookmakers frequently offered arbitrage positions, and that they experienced, on average, negative margins from these postings. Our findings indicate that bookmakers set prices not only by optimising over a particular bet, but also by taking the future trading behaviour of their customers into account. We discuss the implications for the literature on the relationship between betting market structure and informational efficiency.
Keywords: Betting, Arbitrage, Bookmaker, Bet Exchange, Informational Efficiency
JEL Classification: D4, G1, G14
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