Sunday, June 9th, 2013 - Sports Trading Club
Making money watching sport becomes a reality with The Sports Trading Club up 500% in first five months of 2013

(London) It is no secret that Gambling companies show the route to growth. However the success of the Sports Trading Club has eclipsed everyone with a record 500% profit in the first five months of 2013.

Gambling certainly pays for some: just ask the folks at the Stoke-on-Trent online bookie Bet365 Group. Canny bosses John and Denise Coates publish the website in 17 different languages, meaning that it attracts punters from around 200 countries.

And profit has skyrocketed to nearly £156m, the highest among the Hot 100 UK Companies and a far cry from the business's early days when it was run out of a Portakabin.

The sibling owners learnt the trade from their father, who ran a chain of betting shops.

However the Sports Trading Club has shown that the punter can fight back and share in the riches and when they trade, and others gamble, it leads to massive profits, making them the stand out success story so far in 2013.

STC Europe Trading Manager, Mr Mark Archer said the appeal was largely due to a  policy of total transparency.

“I believe the ability for investors to stay at home and watch every trade, in real time on the internet, is very appealing,” he said.

“It is all about sharing knowledge, being kept informed, and being treated with respect,” he said.

“It allows people to watch their money work, every second of every day and to understand what is happening.”

The Sports Trading Club, which  operates as a private investors group in England, recently allowed the general public to become associate members  in Australia.

In December last year it announced a multi-million pound partnership in Australia and followed  Britain’s largest bookmaker, William Hill, into the booming Aussie sports market.

It’s Australian partnership reported a 305% profit for the first quarter of 2013 and is up over 500% so far this year, sending a clear message to investors that trading on sports and prediction markets is an emerging industry to rival traditional financial markets.

“Our move to Australia has proven to be astute. A person who invested $50,000 on January 1 of this year has seen that grow to $302,000 in  five months,” Mr Robin said.

“It is high reward for low risk, as at no time did we invest more than one per cent of the fund into any one trade,” he said.

STC recently expanded into South Africa and South Korea is now looking toward expanding throughout Europe and Asia.

Another online gambling group to rank among the top five Hot 100 firms in terms of profits is the online bingo firm Gamesys.

Around 4.3 billion cash bets and £4.1bn is wagered though the group's sites each year, bringing pre-tax profit to nearly £50m.

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