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The only event of its kind, The Matchbook Traders Conference unites the most influential people in betting. From leading academics to legendary gambling icons, meet the individuals that are shaping the future of betting.

 

Started in 2015, the first ever Matchbook Traders Conference took the stage to a sold out crowd. Proving to be a winning concept, the event was named in the Top 10 Global Gaming Conferences by Calvin Ayre, and earned a 90% approval rating from delegates, with 9 out of 10 delegates stating they would recommend the event to a friend.

 

The 2017 event is gearing up to be bigger and better. Matchbook is bringing together a selection of international industry experts discussing a range of topics from “How to be a successful sports trader” through to “The future of political betting”.

See below for our full agenda and list of speakers…

Why You should attend

  • Meet some of the most influential minds in betting.
  • Get a glimpse of the trends that are shaping the future of betting.
  • Deepen your understanding through Q&A sessions and workshops.
  • Network with 600 sharp bettors and industry professionals.

2017 Speakers

Ronan Ryan

Ronan Ryan

FEATURE TALK Flash Boy Ronan Ryan is at war with the financial world. In his previous life he worked to transform Wall Street into an algorithmically driven high-frequency trading sector, but after seeing the darker side he decided to take on the system he helped create. Ronan defected to start-up exchange IEX and his focus is now on using technology to try and bring some fairness back into the system. Ronan is a visionary who understands how technology is changing the world of trading and the wider financial markets for both better and worse. He's seen the benefits and damages caused when technology makes rapid and meaningful transformation possible and when these big leaps forward are taken without full transparency or even knowledge from the wider world. To find out more about Ronan and his highly anticipated session at the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Harry Enten

Harry Enten

FEATURE TALK

Harry Enten is a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight, the research organisation focused on statistical analysis of politics, economics, culture and sports.

Harry is leading a significant shift in the way that political journalism is practised, one that relies on polling data rather than human sources and that tells stories based in numbers rather than anecdotes — conclusions that are as free as possible from assumptions.

To find out more about Harry and his highly anticipated session at the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Douglas McWilliams

Douglas McWilliams

Douglas McWilliams is one of Europe’s foremost economic forecasters and has been called today’s equivalent of John Maynard Keynes or Adam Smith. His book ‘The Flat White Economy’ was reviewed as the best book on the British economy in the past 50 years and he is regarded as one of the most accurate and perceptive analysts of macroeconomic trends, specialising in making economic theory relevant to real world issues. To read our exclusive interview with Douglas ahead of the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Harry Findlay

Harry Findlay

In the gambling fraternity, Harry Findlay has earned legendary status. He has been skint dozens of times, won over £20 million and spent just as much. But he will not change. Fearless and formidable, bullish and bombastic, there is no one in the gambling game who can match Harry's style and seismic impact. To read our exclusive interview with Harry ahead of the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Luigi Colombo

Luigi Colombo

Luigi Colombo is the Head of the Quantitative Team at Smartodds, a statistical consultancy for sports research and modelling services. After having completed his PhD in Actuarial Science Luigi joined Smartodds, where he contributed to the design and development of statistical models in various sports, mainly football and tennis, with particular emphasis on establishing best practices for research and software development in R and other programming languages.
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Charles McGarraugh

Charles McGarraugh

Prior to Stratagem, Charles spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as global head of metals trading in its J. Aron commodities unit, and prior to that as head of European mortgage trading. Charles has deep markets expertise having held trading roles across emerging markets, corporate credit, reinsurance/structured finance, mortgages, and commodities. In his spare time he is active as a private investor in a number of unrelated ventures, including various projects in real estate development, water infrastructure, and the tech sector.
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Caan Berry

Caan Berry

Early in 2009, whilst serving in the Military Caan, stumbled upon the concept of trading bets to lock in a profit. At first he didn’t take things seriously, but after a series of life changing events whilst serving in Afghanistan, and learning he was to be a father upon return, focus shifted to trading bets. A bold but rewarding move, Caan succeeded. To read our exclusive interview with Caan ahead of the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Peter Webb

Peter Webb

In June 2000 Peter had the foresight to become one of the very first users of betting exchanges. He has gone on to be one of the longest serving and most successful users ever. Peter continues to be an active participant on a significant scale. This was demonstrated again at Cheltenham this year, when he won on all 28 races at the meeting.
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Dan Weston

Dan Weston

As a sports analyst specialising in tennis, Dan uses statistical analysis to research and write about tennis pre-match and in-play betting markets.  With a degree in Accounting & Finance as background, Dan devised his own pre-match pricing model as well as innovative trading data, and creates match previews and betting articles for his website, www.tennisratings.co.uk.
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Nick Goff

Nick Goff

Nick worked as Head of Football Trading or Head of Trading for several leading sports books in London, Gibraltar and Malta from 2003-2016 before moving into professional betting. Nick focuses mainly on football and the NFL, specialising in English and Scottish football, though he is also active at major racing meetings and in snooker.  To read our exclusive interview with Nick ahead of the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Neil Channing

Neil Channing

Neil has pretty much always been a gambler, from marbles and football stickers at a young age, taking a big interest in pontoon from the age of eleven, switching to poker at fourteen, then discovering racing at fifteen, the weekly football coupon at sixteen, the dogs at seventeen and casinos at eighteen. After completing his university education Neil moved into the poker and bookmaking business which eventually had him going from twice being a millionaire to being broke. But not to be deterred Neil was more than capable of using his poker skills to keep the wolf from the door. Neil now he spends almost all his time gambling on football, horses and playing a little poker when he fancies it, while also enjoying helping other gamblers to make money through his successful tipping site Betting Emporium. To read our exclusive interview with Neil ahead of the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Brad Allen

Brad Allen

Brad is a journalist at gambling trade magazine EGR Intel and spends most of his free time hunting for value in US sports markets. He has been betting semi-professionally on the NFL and MLB for close to ten years. To read our exclusive interview with Brad Allen ahead of the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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Michael Carlson

Michael Carlson

Mike Carlson has been the leading broadcaster of American sport in the UK for 25 years, and been the face of  American football for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Screensport, Eurosport and Sky. A dual national who's lived in Britain for 40 years, he's also written three books on film directors, and committed journalism for outlets as varied as the FT, Spectator, Guardian, Pro Football Weekly and Headpress, and presented the Americarnage and Crime Vault Live podcasts. He's covering the NFL this year for BBC TV and Talksport radio. To read our exclusive interview with Michael ahead of the Matchbook Traders Conference click here to go to our insights site.
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2017 AGENDA

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Matchbook Welcomemore infoMatchbook COO – Cian Nugent 9:30 amMain Hall
2How the economy will change and how it might affect sports bettingmore infoDouglas McWilliams 10:00amMain hall
Economist Douglas McWilliams discusses how in a time of massive upheaval, the Irish, UK and world economies are likely to be completely different in 10-15 years and what that means for the general public and sports bettors specifically.
3STATISTICAL MODELS FOR SPORTS BETTING: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLYmore infoLuigi Colombo 10.45amMain Hall
4Sports trading as an asset classmore infoCharles McGarraugh 11.15amMain Hall
5Flash Boy: Meet the man trying to revolutionise financial tradingmore infoRonan Ryan 12.00pmMain Hall
6Lunchmore infoAll delegates 1.00pmMain Hall
7Sponsored Sessionmore infoBet Advisor 1.45pmMain Hall
8PRO PANEL: WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A SUCCESSFUL TRADERmore infoDan Weston , Peter Webb , Caan Berry 2.05pmMain Hall
JOIN US AS WE SIT WITH THREE VERY TALENTED TRADERS AND DISCUSS THEIR JOURNEY TO SUCCESS. DRAWING ON THEIR DIVERSE EXPERIENCE, WE DISCUSS THE KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR ANY TYPE OF TRADER.
9THE FUTURE OF POLITICAL BETTINGmore infoHarry Enten 3.00pmMain Hall
10Pro Panel: NFL BETTING INSIGHTS AND ANALYSISmore infoNeil Channing , Nick Goff , Michael Carlson , Brad Allen 3.50pmMain Hall
The NFL Pro Panel go in-depth on how to hunt down value in NFL markets, the use of stats in NFL betting, the possibility of a London-based NFL team and much more.
11A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH HARRY FINDLAYmore infoHarry Findlay 4.45pm
In the gambling fraternity, Harry Findlay has earned legendary status. He has been skint dozens of times, won over £20 million and spent just as much. But he will not change. Fearless and formidable, bullish and bombastic, there is no one in the gambling game who can match Harry’s style and seismic impact.
12Networking Drinksmore infoAll delegates 5.30pm

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