Dream job: Bookie!
The World Cup final is the absolute highlight for every bookie. Our bookmakers at bet-at-home.com are no different – they can’t wait for the biggest match in the world. Reason enough for us to shed some more light on this exciting job!
Our team is made up of approximately 40 employees, split into two departments. The trading team handles everything until the event gets underway, which is when the live bookies take over. All new staff members are comprehensively supported by mentors and are given training in both areas so that they get a good overview of the work done by the departments. After a few weeks at the company, they start to handle events by themselves.
Our bookies have a wide range of tasks, from monitoring betting markets to constantly adjusting odds and settling bets, amongst other responsibilities. Thorough preparation ensures that everything runs smoothly and with the betting markets on offer varying from traditional sports to society and eSports, variety is a given. Indeed, our bookies deal with a mix of sports every shift. On average, each bookie looks after three events per shift. Personal preference plays a role in deciding which events employees are given.
A typical working day
Someone who knows exactly what you need as a bookie gave us some tips: “The most important thing is that you’re interested in sports, of course. Good computer, English and numerical skills and the ability to work well in a team are an advantage,” says David Wiesmayr, a team leader with the live bookies. Since starting at the company as a trainee, he has worked at every level within the department. And he would choose this career path again: “I made all the right choices. I’ve been at the company since 2011, I have settled in well and feel very happy here.”
He particularly likes the positive atmosphere within the young team: “We all get on really well with each other and sometimes get up to things together in our free time.” Between games, “the banter flies around” but once the action’s back underway, everyone’s fully focussed. It’s essential that the live bookies work quickly and precisely when watching the games.
Late and weekend shifts are part of the three-shift model. However, as David says, “We’re happy to work these shifts, because that’s when the most interesting fixtures take place.” He, like his team, can’t wait for the domestic seasons and the Champions League to get underway.