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Peter Addison

Being ‘gubbed’ means having your account limited or closed by a sports betting site because you are too consistently successful at placing winning bets or for some other reason. You just may be prevented from accessing promotions, or have bet limits placed upon you, or your account may simply be cancelled with or without your account balance being paid out to you.

Most sports betting sites will deny that they have gubbed customers, but most of them will have done so. This guide will explain the steps you can take to make sure your sports betting account is not gubbed.

Gubbed Meaning in Betting Explained

Sports betting sites are happy to take in your money, but they are never so keen as to pay it back out. If you are winning a steady stream of cash with the occasional big win, then you probably won’t have to worry about being gubbed. If, however, you are frequently taking a betting site to the cleaners, then you run the risk of gubbing meaning account restrictions may be hanging over you.

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Some online bookmakers are defined as soft bookies, and some as sharp bookies. The rule is that the sharper the bookmaker, the less likely they are to gub you.

Sharp Bookmaker Definition:

A sharp bookmaker has low margins, meaning casual players lose much less over time. They have sophisticated software tools for betting markets which react to events quickly, adjusting odds in real time. Because of this, they are confident that their models will keep them in profit, no matter if some accounts are consistently winning. Also, they usually only provide sports betting without the addition of casinos, bingo rooms, poker and other gambling alternatives.

Soft Bookmaker Definition:

A soft bookmaker has slower-moving prices and less sophisticated software. They offer countless bonuses and promotions in the hope of attracting a high volume of casual bettors. Their odds are poor, and they offer the complete gambling package – betting, casinos, bingo and so on. They make money via customer losses and therefore monitor accounts that show a steady stream of profit over prolonged periods.

Sometimes a site will tell you when you have been gubbed – although of course, they do not use that term. You may receive an email explaining that your account has been closed, or restricted in some way. They may give ‘responsible gambling concerns’ as the reason for your gubbing. You may not receive any indication at all – you go to sign on to your account one day and you are unable to and when you contact support, you get nowhere.

How to Avoid Being Gubbed

Gubbing can be annoying, especially if you have a favourite from the immense list of available UK sports betting sites. To prevent yourself from being gubbed, here are some anti-gubbing hints.

  1. Remain invisible

    Suddenly thumping £1,000 in a sports betting account will immediately flag you as a high roller and your account will be flagged accordingly. If you then go on to win big via betting, you run the risk of being gubbed. Try and keep your deposits modest.
  2. Bet beyond the bonus

    One of the worst things you can do at a sports betting site that you want to use is grab the welcome bonus, work through it and withdraw what you can without spending any of your own cash. If you just use a site to grab bonuses and free bets offered by online bookmakers, expect not to be thought about favourably.
  3. Spread your bets

    Nothing is stopping you from having accounts at several online bookies (although you can only have one account per bookmaker). Instead of making a £50 bet at one bookmaker, make five £10 bets at five bookmakers. Your returns for a winning bet will be roughly the same, and you’re much less likely to face future account restrictions.
  4. Don’t rush to withdraw

    Online bookies don’t mind you winning that much, as long as you keep your winnings in your account. That means your winnings are in their bank account and they make interest from it. Don’t get into a deposit-win-withdraw loop as doing so repeatedly will make you a potential target for gubbing.
  5. Don’t get greedy

    If you don’t want to get gubbed, then you will need to keep your stakes modest too. People who bet tenners are much more likely to remain invisible than punters who bet hundreds, or even thousands,
  6. Hedge Invisibly

    Hedging is where you place a back bet, then a lay bet to cover your stake. Whatever you do, don’t back and lay at the same site. This type of betting behaviour will be noticed, make no mistake about that. If you are hedging, the best policy is to back at a sports book and lay at an exchange.
  7. Make occasional fun bets

    It pays to think like a mug punter at times. Make sure you back popular bets, such as on the Grand National, or England to win a football match or tournament, or consistently back the same side when betting on rugby union, no matter their chances of winning. This type of betting behaviour (along with your usual betting strategy) will mean you are less likely to be identified as a punter who ain’t no mug.
  8. Keep a low social profile

    Everyone seems to want to live their lives online these days and if you are consistently bragging about taking the bookies to the cleaners on Facebook, Instagram and X (or Twitter) then you are going to get noticed. Don’t brag about your golf each way betting successes, for example, on social media.

What to Do if You’re Gubbed

Okay, it’s happened, you wake up one day to place your dead-cert three-selection horse racing betting winner and you’ve lost access to your account, or you can suddenly only deposit £10 a week, or your maximum bet stake is £1. You’ve been gubbed meaning your account is restricted – what can you do?

Sadly, if your account is closed, then there is nothing you can do, usually. If a site doesn’t want you, then they don’t have to have you – it’s that simple. You can try opening a new account but if you have to use the same details – name, address, email address, debit card numbers, eWallet accounts – then it will be flagged and closed down.

If restrictions have been placed on your account then it may just be a case of waiting. Some sites will place limitations on your account for a specified period – one month, two months, six months, a year. It’s a way of telling you your betting behaviour has been noticed and is not approved of. Keep checking back and seeing if your account restrictions were temporary.

Don’t bother trying to get the UKGC or the legal world involved. The betting site can always just simply say your account was closed because of their commitment to responsible gambling, which will be very hard to disprove. If your account is closed at one online betting bookmaker, then the best policy is to forget it and open an account at a different site. Fortunately, there are plenty of online betting sites in the UK to choose from.


Successful betting sadly carries the risk of being gubbed meaning your account has had restrictions placed upon it or has been closed. In this article, we have outlined what being gubbed means and the steps you can take to prevent it from happening to you. Follow our betting experts’ advice to negate the risk of having your sports betting account closed or having restrictions placed upon it.


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Peter Addison
Peter Addison

Peter is one of the most well-known and well-respected names working in the field of online sports betting today. Having a Bachelor of Arts degree, Peter has worked for many high-profile publications in the industry, both online and in the real world. He joined the SafestBettingSites team in 2021 and has provided millions of words ever since. When not writing, Peter enjoys performing and writing music, gaming, reading and he is a massive movie buff, with a particular love of Japanese cinema and anime.