My name is Ryan James Bruno, I have been betting on sports for about about 5 years and been seriously betting MMA for just over two years. In the last two years I have been reasonably profitable with a 12 unit profit in 2011 and a 17 unit profit in 2012. A unit represents my betting amount so for example if my betting amount was $100 my 2011 profit would have been $1200 and in 2012 $1700.
Since a young age I have always done well in sports. My first passion was football and then in secondary school I began to excel in athletics, high jump in particular was an event I did well in on a regional level. By the time I was 18 however I had become bored with football I had little passion for the game left and disliked the attitude that accompanied most of the people surrounding the game at a professional level. I was still competitive though and a good athlete so I decided to try out kickboxing. I developed a passion for kickboxing and began training jiu jitsu as well with led to me becoming involved in MMA. From the age of 19-22 I trained MMA 3 or 4 times a week and also over the three years competed in kickboxing bouts, grappling tournaments and a mixed martial arts bout. I was sure that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I was going to see out my degree at university then pursue a mixed martial arts career.
Life however does not always go as planned. After a succession of knee injuries I decided that I could not train at the level I need to in order to compete in MMA. My doctor had told me that the cartilage in my left knee had worn away to the point that their was very little left and that consistent training of grappling would only worsen it and that surgery would not rectify the problem. That summer I finished university and had planned to go to train in Phuket Thailand at the Tiger MMA gym, my knee injury however prevented that but I still went to Thailand to celebrate finishing university. Whilst in Thailand I decided on what I wanted to do with myself, become a professional poker player. I saw it as a way to satisfy my competitive nature, to earn a good wage, enable me to become my own boss and also give me the freedom to live anywhere in the world that allows online poker.
Its a few years later and although I'm not a professional poker player I am living in Thailand with my wife and son teaching English and making a good income from online betting, specifically MMA betting however I also trade on Betfair and also arbitrage bet for small profits. I never excelled in poker but overall I was profitable and it taught me so much that is applied to sports betting/trading. Variance, finding an edge, bankroll management, controlling tilt, analyzing statistics, putting in time and effort to research your plays. In this blog I will share with you how I approach my Mixed Martial Arts betting and also share my picks with you.