The Builder has rapidly become the most popular feature of my pages since it started in 2019. Every week now I’m inundated with mentions and messages from followers asking when we’re next building – It’s with good reason too as we’ve had some incredible moments and memories as a result of doing so.
The Builder as a ‘rolling challenge’
The Builder, in itself, is a relatively simple premise. It’s a spin on a traditional ‘rolling’ challenge, you’ll have seen these all over social media. A ‘rolling challenge’ refers to a style of betting where you place the winnings from one bet as the stake on the next, here’s an example of how this works:
Bet 1: Starting stake – £10.
Bet 2: Stake is now £15 after winning that on bet 1.
This carries on, so your next stake would be £30. By doing this you’ve only ever staked £10 of your own money and can bet at lower odds to aim to make a much higher amount in a way that is more reliable than punting on a 50/1 shot. We often aim for a target of £500 on the builder, with a £10 start this can be done in around 7 bets at odds of 1.75. It’s much more reliable to win more bets at lower odds than it is to just make a hopeful punt on a huge odds bet and that’s a key reason as to why The Builder has become such a favourite.
What type of bets are involved in The Builder?
The Builder has evolved over time as I’ve found more success in different areas of betting. When I’ve found success I’ve looked to implement that in to The Builder, meaning we can take a variety of bets at different odds dependant on the situation. This is quite a fluid and flexible approach and it means we’re not hampering ourselves by sticking to certain bets at very specific odds.
What I mean by this is that many traditional challenges will consist of one ore-match bet per day, roughly following the average odds needed to make the target. As I mentioned, £10 to £500 can be done in 7 bets, but we don’t have to stick to that so rigidly. On a busy Saturday I may take 2/3 in-plays and maybe a pre match bet, all at varying odds. This keeps us ticking over and really brings some excitement to the challenge. If I like the look of a bet, have done the required research and feel confident in it then I’ll be going for it, especially on a busy day when there’s ample opportunities to build!
The bets themselves can be anything, I’ve always used a variety of markets. For an in-play we’d often look for another match goal or even another team goal in matches that look good for one. For pre match bets the scope is extensive but I do have a few that are more common than others such as match odds, double chance and over/under goal markets. If you’re unfamiliar with any market being used, there’s a number of guides up on my website to help you out.
Do I have to roll all the way?
As with every bet I post, these bets are to be backed as you see fit. You can start on a smaller stake if that’s more comfortable, you could still turn £5 in to £250 or £2 in to £100 if that’s more your style. Gambling is about fun and The Builder is the epitome of that, you can ask any follower how much enjoyment they’ve had from these challenges and the answers would be pretty unanimous. Just make sure you’re staking sensibly and never over-stretching yourself.
This applies for the rolling aspect too, as at some stage we will be staking £100, £200 etc in order to finish the challenge. I completely understand that this isn’t for everyone and that’s fine! If you want to cash out some winnings then please do it, you could bank a large portion and roll on to the final bets with a smaller pot. I know of loads of followers who prefer to use this method and have had great success from it whilst still enjoying the thrilling action that The Builder so often has to offer.
Another common tactic is to remove your starting stake after a few bets. Say by bet 3 we’re at £32, you could remove your starting stake (Say £10) and continue on with the remaining £22. By doing this you guarantee that you haven’t lost any of your own cash, you’ll be playing on with the bookies money for the rest of the challenge and we all know that’s the dream when you’re gambling.
Can I join in at any time?
In a similar vein to being able to cash out or jump off The Builder whenever you fancy, you can also join in at any stage. If you miss the first couple of bets there’s no reason you can’t get involved from bet 3 onwards. It’s all about building up your balance and that can be done from any point, just don’t feel the need to play catch up. There’s no reason to drastically alter your starting stake in order to still hit the set target, start on whatever you would’ve done had you been on bet 1. As I keep saying, it’s all about fun and nothing is guaranteed so just make sure you’re gambling within your means.
The beauty is that these low odds bets can help to build up your balance regardless of what stage you join in. There’s no point waiting for a new challenge to start when you could be building from the current bet onwards. It also means you’re involved with all the chaos and laughs that go hand in hand with The Builder.
How do I get the bets?
As I mentioned there can be a varying number of bets each day, which also come in different formats. For a pre-match bet I’ll always provide a link that will load the bet straight in to your bet slip, so when I post the bet all you need to is click that and then input your stake.
With in-play bets, I can’t make a link. So you’re in charge of finding the bet. Don’t worry though, I’ll tweet out the match, the league and what selection we’re going for, you then just have to head to the in-play section of your chosen bookmakers and locate the correct match.
In-plays can come thick and fast, particularly over the weekend when there’s so many opportunities for winners. The best way to be a part of any bets is by turning notifications on for my posts on whichever platform it is you’re following on, that way you’ll be informed every time I tweet and you can be quick to react to any bets that I post. If you ever feel like you’ve missed a bet or any information regarding The Builder then I recommend just having a look back through my posts, I’ll likely have covered whatever it is you’re asking/looking for. If not I’ll always do my best to answer any questions.
Do you provide any reasonings behind the bets?
Yes, yes I do. I always share the research that I’ve uncovered for each bet of The Builder, so that you have some insight in to why I’ve chosen the selection that I have. I feel this gives you real piece of mind when following these challenges and I’ve often been told it’s what sets me aside from other tipsters. The extent I go to when researching games will never change, from stats sites and club websites right the way through to translating local articles to try and get an edge when picking these bets.
I’ll post all you need to know about each bet, which allows you to make an informed decision on whether or not you want to join in. This means you’re not just blindly following everything I post; although I appreciate the faith my followers have in me I like everyone to know what we’re betting on and why we’re doing so. If I’m not confident, then we wouldn’t be betting on it. I’m fully aware that you’re all risking hard earned cash on these bets and I want to make sure you’re comfortable and confident in doing so.
The Builder has become so popular on all platforms with good reason, it’s an incredible ride and hopefully a profitable one too. I just recommend that you pack your hard hats and some spare underwear, things can get a bit tense!