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Inside Blockchain Algorithms: The Story Of Europe's Biggest Sports Trading Firms

LONDON, Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- It might be the weekend for the rest of us, but for the BA workers it is the equivalent of a Monday morning, the busiest day of the week, and the opening bell on their market is about to ring.

LONDON, Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- It might be the weekend for the rest of us, but for the BA workers it is the equivalent of a Monday morning, the busiest day of the week, and the opening bell on their market is about to ring. BA have a huge sum of money on the line because they are in charge of the biggest Sports Trading investment in Britain, believed to make up to £350 million, in a good year.

Blockchain Algorithms are tuned into the weekend's football. The first Premier League match of the weekend is about to begin. And with it, a weekly multimillion-pound trading bonanza kicks off too. Blockchain Algorithms can have £1 million trading on the outcome of a single event in a match and more on the nine others that will follow in the next 24 hours. But this isn't a bookmaker.

It is Blockchain Algorithms, a company that treats sports trading the way hedge funds treat stocks. Officially, it describes itself as a trading consultancy that uses complex statistical models to generate outcomes that are sharper than those offered by professional bookmakers. These are then traded on for the clients to help them beat the market. The company thus acts more like a trading adviser than a bookmaker — it doesn't actually take bets. But the highly secretive company also masterminds one of the most successful professional sports trading syndicates in the world, placing hundreds of millions of pounds worth of trades each year on behalf of clients. Football is its biggest business…

The Algo442 trading system has gone largely unnoticed outside the world of professional sports trading but we have spent the past few months investigating the company to understand just how it works. We persuaded several former employees to speak on the condition of anonymity, talked to industry insiders, and combed through old press cuttings to piece together a definitive history of the company.

A former employee told Yahoo: "Every aspect of sports that you could think of was taken into consideration. I guess that's why they're so good at what they do. The weather, morale, anyone related to the club, they would be analysed under the microscope. It was pretty impressive."

The data generated by Blockchain Algorithms is plugged into a highly complex statistical computer model, built by another team, the "quants." These are the computer whizzes you would usually find in investment banks.

These quants are based on the top floor office, and spend their days building and maintaining an algorithm that not only pulls together all of the data points, but also decides the right weighting for each.

Jesper Søgaard, CEO of BettingExpert.com, a tip-sharing platform for amateur traders, says: "If they take a position, they will definitely move the entire market. They do as much as possible to not let others know about their position."

"I can't tell you any 'last weekend they had this position' — I don't know that. But what I can see is the market moved and that signals one of the big syndicates made a move. Especially on match day, you know it's the big boys playing."

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