Gubbing Definition – Limited Accounts & How To Solve

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It’s really annoying getting your betting account gubbed.

If you haven’t had the experience before, read this article so you don’t fall victim to it.

What Is Gubbing?

Gubbing is having your betting account limited by your bookmaker or betting exchange.

You will be notified by email if your account has been gubbed.

While they may not use this terminology, it still applies.

Your accounts can be gubbed in a number of ways, including:

  • Limited bet sizes;
  • Prevented from accessing free bets, bonuses and promotions.

Essentially, gubbing is the act of having your account limited by a bookmaker.

You’ll get an email from the bookmaker stating that you have in fact been gubbed. 

Their email won’t mention this term, but in among all of their jargon the same message will be passed across.

Some of you will be limited from all promotions, which will stop you matched betting with that bookie right away, as matched betting relies on these promotional offers.

However, others will have their max stake limited.

Reasons For Being Gubbed

If you’re wondering why you were gubbed, there are a couple of reasons.

The first reason is that you are only making use of the bookmakers’ promotions and free bets.

Your account may also be gubbed because you’re winning.

This is one of the most annoying, yet sadly true, reasons.

This is because most bookmakers don’t like winning players.

If they notice that you are making good money, you will be gubbed.

This is a problem that a lot of professional sports bettors face.

The last reason your account has been gubbed is that you are using two or more accounts with the same bookmaker.

This is also known as ‘Gnoming’.

Bookmakers are quick to spot multi-accounts, mainly through the IP address the account is being created from.

We will never suggest that you try this method and as such, our solutions do not cover Gnoming.

However, if your account has been gubbed due for the previous two reasons, here is how you can solve it.

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How To Solve Gubbing

For winning players, start placing frequent bets that are likely to lose in line with your usual strategy ie mug bets.

This helps because it shows to the bookmaker that you can add value to them, rather than just the other way around.

You don’t have to risk much of your bankroll – half a unit here and there will do – and place them on high-profile events.

For accounts gubbed due to promotions, you need to just wait it out.

The amount of time it takes will vary on the bookmaker.

However, you may wish to ask yourself if ungubbing is really worth it.

You may be better off just moving to another bookmaker.

What’s more important is how to prevent gubbing in the first place.

How To Avoid Being Gubbed

Just like above, placing regular mug bets on high-profile events is a smart way to prevent your account being gubbed.

It makes it look like you are betting like a casual bettor, preventing account administrators taking a closer look.

You should also avoid practices such as arb betting or matched betting.

While using promotions and free bets won’t get you gubbed straight away, excessive use will set you on your way to being limited.


There may be some of you reading this article with your account already limited by the bookies.

If this is the case, and you wish to continue using that same bookmaker, here are a few ways that you can make money from a gubbed account.

How To Make Money From A Gubbed Account

There are 2 ways to make money from gubbed accounts:

  • Price Boosts
  • Dutching

Price Boosts

Price boosts are enhanced odds designed to increase the custom on a particular event.

Using price boost on gubbed accounts works well because some bookies don’t include price boosts during periods when there are special events, such as the Grand National or the Superbowl, and can be very profitable.

However, this will depend on your bookmaker as some will even affect betting limits on price boosts.


Dutching is a betting system where you bet on all possible outcomes.

While not the best strategy overall, for gubbed accounts, the payouts make it a worthwhile system due to the potential for large payouts, even with low odds and stakes.


If your account gets gubbed, you can either wait it out, place mug bets or just switch bookmaker if you don’t want the hassle.

Has your account been gubbed?

Have you managed to get around it?

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