How many times do you hear traders moaning about Betfair? They say that customer service is bad. The site/API keep going down or is unstable. Oh yes and the biggie. The premium charge is SO unfair.
Monday night tennis traders had a perfect opportunity to send a message to Betfair. Betfair decided that tennis is less important than other sports and the best time to shut down their service for 10 hours was from the exact moment that the first tennis match started. If those people who would have traded on Betfair had moved their trades over to Betdaq, even if it was for just one night, then Betfair would have had to take at least some notice. We even had identical trading software to that used by so many traders on Betfair. The Geek has just released a Betdaq version.
So did the traders grasp the opportunity? Did they flock over to Betdaq to make some money and stick the middle finger up to Betfair?
Did they fuck.
They went to bed. Yet to read their comments in the Betfair forum day after day about how they wish there was an alternative to Betfair as they treat us so badly you would think they would have the intelligence to spot an opportunity.
Next time you see some gobby twat mouthing off about how shit Betfair is ask them if they moved over to Betdaq even for 1 night. No doubt they will have a good reason why they didn’t but I would suggest that the real reason most couldn’t be bothered was that they expect other people to do the work for them. Sure they will move over to betdaq when the liquidity is at similar levels to Betfair.
Its just a pity that they can’t get their tiny minds around the idea that if we all sit on our hands waiting for someone else to sort our problems we will be waiting a long long time.