Make money from Matched Betting (full guide)

bag of moneyNow, I'm not a gambler by any means. But I have made enough money from bookmakers in just six months to pay for an £860 flight (return) to Australia. And I've got some company too after walking a good friend through this risk-free technique.

The result is this guide, where I'll share the exact steps with you too, including screenshots and a free tool.

Why should I trust this guide?

What I'm teaching you here is a completely legal, tried-and-tested method called 'matched betting'. It basically allows you to turn the tables on the bookmakers to extract their free bet offers.

Matched betting is legal and a spokesperson for William Hill has indicated that the betting industry does not have a problem with this use of free bets – Wikipedia

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I've used it myself for several years and have never lost any money doing it, but I have taken my time and been very careful to avoid making mistakes. Do not rush this guide – make sure you understand it 100% before depositing any money, and please ask any questions in the comments if unsure of anything.

I'll be taking you through the 'need-to-knows' then showing you how I made £15 in 30 minutes in a full-blown example.

There are websites out there that charge you handsomely for this information, but you don't need to pay here. Put half an hour aside, read this guide carefully, and you'll have made your first matched bet and up to £20 profit.

Article in the Guardian on matched betting

Piece by The Guardian on making money from free bets

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What is Matched Betting?

Matched betting is a way of squeezing out the many free bets offered by bookmakers. All the bookies promote these offers (especially during big sporting events) to entice new gamblers to place bets with them.

For example, "bet £25 with us and we'll give you a £25 free bet!".

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How does it work?

Firstly, you don't need to know all the betting terminology if you follow the steps below, but it's important that you know two types of bet which allow matched betting to work:

A 'back' bet

Betting for a certain outcome to come true. Eg. "I bet England will win" is a backing bet. If it comes true, you win the bet and the winnings. If England lose or draw, you lose your stake. You can place a back bet at any bookmaker, such as Paddy Power, William Hill, Ladbrokes etc.

A 'lay' bet

Betting against a certain outcome to come true. Eg. "I bet England will not win" is a lay bet. If they lose or draw, you win the bet. You can only place a lay bet at a betting exchange such as Betfair.

Matched betting works by cancelling out the risk on the 'back' bet at the online bookies by betting against yourself at the same odds (know as 'laying' a bet) which you can do at a betting exchange. In other words, you are 'matching' your bet.

smiley_faceFollowing your first or 'qualifying' bet, you will then be awarded the free bet by the bookmaker. This is where the profit is made. Quite simply, you repeat the process: bet using the free bet and then lay the bet. Whatever the result you are guaranteed to make a profit (which I'll be demonstrating below).

How much profit can I make?

For each matched bet, you will be left with up to 95% of the free bet amount as profit. This is because betting exchanges usually charge a commission of 5% on winnings. You may also make a very small loss on the qualifying bet due to the minor difference in odds on each website. This is normal, and you will recoup this when you use the free bet.

poundsign_shakyIn the steps below I'll show you how to profit from a £20 free bet using a real life example. Replicate the same steps across the hundreds of free bet offers each year and you can quickly be looking at £1,000s. Personally I have made just over £1,200 in 18 months from matched betting alone.

And it's worth pointing out, earnings from the gambling industry are currently tax-free.

What's the risk?

question_markAnyone can learn how to do matched betting and, in theory, there is no risk involved because you are covering yourself by betting for and against the same event.

However the risk comes when mistakes are made so, once again, you need to double-check everything and follow the steps exactly. On rare occasions free bets do not always come through right away, so just be patient.

Once you've understood the process and been successful by following the steps below, you can then continue matched betting at many other online bookies with free bet offers (see my table at end) which can quite quickly land you a lot of money without risk.

It's also worth knowing that depositing at gambling websites does not affect your credit rating.

I make no apologies for the length of this guide! You'll need some patience and about 30 minutes to spare. Bookmark it if you want to come back later.

Your First Profit in 7 steps

Note: This is literally a step-by-step, hold-your-hand kind of guide. There's lots of fragmented information out there on forums etc, which can often result in costly mistakes for novices. Below I outline exactly the steps I follow, using the practical example of one PaddyPower free bet. So long as you follow word for word, you can't go wrong. I strongly suggest reading through all the steps first before making any bets. Join my free mailing list and leave a comment at the bottom if you need any help.

  1. Sign up for Betfair.com

    Betfair logo whiteBetfair is a betting exchange where you can 'lay' bets to cancel out your risk at the bookmakers.

    Unlike traditional bookmakers, Betfair is a place where you bet against other people.

    They sometimes even offer free bets for new customers too (if you're lucky).

    Register on Betfair.com

  2. Sign up for WilliamHill.com

    Free bet The best offer by far right now is with William Hill who are offering £20 free bets on new sign ups when you bet just £10 (don't worry we'll be matching this too). So we'll be using this 'bookie' in this practical example.

    Always check the T&Cs of receiving free bet offers. There may be some restrictions on what you can bet on or an expiry date.

    They will also tell you whether or not the free bet is returned with winnings. In this example and generally speaking it is not, but we'll still be making a nice profit.

    During registration, enter the promo code F20. You will be prompted to make a deposit. Choose one of the many payment types and deposit just £10 (needed to unlock the free bet).

    Register on WilliamHill.com

  3. Use decimal odds

    Once you've logged into WilliamHill.com, change your odds display from fractions to decimal for easy comparison with Betfair. You can do this from the dropdown under the main navigation area (eg. in the middle of the sports homepage). This is essential!

    Choose Decimal Odds

    Found under main navigation

  4. Find & place your qualifying bet

    Ideally you want to find a sporting bet (I recommend football) which has the closest odds on both WilliamHill.com (the bet to back) and Betfair.com (the lay bet).

    Lay odds on Betfair are the red boxes, not the blue. If you cannot see any red boxes, you need to go to the exchange by clicking the top left link "Go to Exchange" or "Exchange".

    Betfair Exchange

    For this free bet offer, William Hill's terms state you must pick odds of 1.2 or greater. It's better to choose a bet with low odds for this step, between 1.2 and 4.0 if possible.

    See my example below then use the automatcher tool which does everything for you!

    My example

    I used the automatcher below which suggested a football match between Everton and West Brom. So I put "Everton v West Brom" in the search boxes on William Hill and Betfair which quickly threw out the Match Odds (ie. Win-Draw-Lose) on both sites.

    I will back Everton to win at WilliamHill.com with odds of 1.61 and lay that same bet on Betfair.com with odds of 1.60.

    Choosing the odds

    In my example bet, the difference is 0.01 which the automatcher calculated as giving me a small acceptable loss of 13p on this qualifying bet.

    Here are my betting slips on both websites for my qualifying bet:

    Matched Bet Betslips

    Automatcher tool (Qualifying bet)

    Use the automatcher tool below (which replaces my spreadsheet). This will save you a LOT of time and maximise your overall profit.

    It fetches live odds from William Hill and finds the equivalent lay odds on Betfair for thousands of upcoming football matches.

    The hardest part is also done for you, which is to calculate the best matches for your qualifying bet based on the closest possible odds and smallest loss. Feel free to switch between them and the steps and calculations will be updated (below the table).

    Just click the blue refresh icon to start and then follow the 4 steps.

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  5. Claim your free bet

    In my Everton v. West Brom game, Everton won 2-1. So my return of £16.16 ended up on my William Hill account. Meanwhile I lost the £6.23 (my "Liability") on my Betfair account. The total amount between the accounts is therefore £9.93, which is a loss of 7p (marginally less than the 13p estimate, due to some tiny differences we don't have to worry about).

    Now I have placed and seen through the £10 qualifying bet, I now have a £20 free bet!

    This gives me a total credit of £36.16 in William Hill, but I'm only going to use the £20 free bet and will withdraw the rest later. My Betfair account is down to £3.77 (my initial deposit of £10 – £6.23) and will need topping up for the next bet (see below).

    So whatever your outcome, because you matched the bets, you will have close to your £10 back between the 2 websites (minus the small loss we expected).

    The free bet of £20 will be credited to your William Hill account (click on "My Account" at the top to see your free bets).

  6. Find & place a new bet

    We're basically going to repeat the process in step 4, but using the £20 free bet instead of the £10.

    Update: If you receive 2 x £10 free bets, simply place them on the same event but as separate bets.

    This time it's worth picking odds greater than 3.0 to maximise your profit, but just bear in mind that the higher they are the more you'll need to have in your Betfair account to lay it (see the "Liability" amount in the tool below).

    My example

    I used the next step of the automatcher (embedded below) which suggested a football match between Algeria and Ivory Coast. The odds are above 3.0 and have only a 0.1 difference between the websites.

    You'll see below that I am backing Algeria to win on William Hill (5.0 odds) and then I'm laying that bet (for Algeria not to win) at Betfair (4.9 odds).

    Choosing the odds again

    On Betfair I already had £3.77 remaining from the first bet, so I deposited £61 to more than cover my calculated Liability (total £64.77).

    Here are my bet slips on both websites for my free bet (I actually placed 2 of the same bet on William Hill since they split my £20 free bet into 2 x £10 bets):

    betting slips using free bet

    The automatcher below calculated that I'll make a clear profit of £15.67, whatever happens. Nice :)

    Automatcher tool (Free bet)

    Just click the blue refresh icon to start and then follow the 3 steps.

    Once again, feel free to switch between the matches in the table and the calculations will be updated.

  7. Cash out the profit

    Whatever the outcome, you will now be in profit to the amount calculated in the automatcher. Now it's time to cash out!

    In my example of the Algeria v. Ivory Coast game, the score ended in a draw at 2-2. This means that I lost my £20 free bet on William Hill (because I backed Algeria to win) and the winnings of the matched bet totalling £16.49 ended up in Betfair. Once you deduct Betfair's 5% commission on winnings I'm left with £15.67 profit, which is exactly the amount of profit calculated for me by the automatcher.

    My matched betting profit

    After both matched bets, I now have £16.16 in my William Hill account and £80.44 in Betfair. William Hill will only let you withdraw a minimum of £10 (even though I didn't have to) so you may need to top it up first. I then withdrew the full Betfair balance back onto my debit card.

    My total profit from both matched bets, accounting for all factors such as the 7p loss on my £10 qualifying bet, totals £15.60. I spent just under 30 minutes on the whole process, giving me an hourly rate of £31.20 if I move onto the next of many free bets out there (best listed below). Beats stacking shelves…

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More Free Bets

chart risingIf you are confident enough with the process of matched betting and eager to make much more profit, then work through the free bet offers in the table below (ordered by ease).

The same key steps above still apply, and I've written a mini guide for each one. As always, check the terms of each offer.

Subscribe for new free bets

As you can imagine, free bet offers come and go. Most weeks I scout around for any new ones, and if I think they're worthwhile I'll add them to the table below.

But subscribe to my free bet offers list and I'll share the best ones with you before anyone else, as well as the odd extra tip.

 

Current free bet total: £533

BookieDepositFree betMin. oddsClaim offer
Paddy Power£10£201.50Claim Now »
Ladbrokes£25£251.50Claim Now »
Coral£5£201.50Claim Now »
Sky Bet£5£202.00Claim Now »
188Bet£50£501.50Claim Now »
888sport£10*£882.00Claim Now »
Betfred£10£302.00Claim Now »
Tote sport£5£102.00Claim Now »
BetAtHome£30£151.70Claim Now »
Betfair Sportsbook (not exchange)£5£101.20Claim Now »
William Hill£10£201.20Claim Now »

Click for even more free bets »

Note: Although the greatest care is taken and these free bets are researched regularly it's important that you check the full terms and conditions of each free bet offer after clicking through to the bookmaker's site.

Need help? Got a question?

For anything else, please use the comments below and I'll get back to you.

Disclaimer: Please note that neither the author nor this website accept any liability for how you use the advice given on this page. So read it carefully, and if you decide to follow the steps then you use it at your own risk! Gamble Aware.

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1,241 Responses to “Make money from Matched Betting (full guide)”

  1. wayne

    01. Jul, 2015

    Hi Jake
    how does it work, does it mean that i only get the free bonus only as a new sign up, once i have used it up i will have to use my own money all the way, or once i have withdrawn my profit or the whole amount for that matter,i will get yet another 20 when i bet again with 10?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      02. Jul, 2015

      You get the free bet when you sign up and place your qualifying bet. You then use the free bet to make a profit. After that you cannot use your own money to make profit and must wait to see if the site offers you any other free bets in future (quite rare).

      Reply
  2. Matt

    01. Jul, 2015

    Hi Jake!
    I’v placed my qualifying bet, but I realized that I forgot to enter the promo code when registering at William Hill. Will I get the free bet anyway, or did I mess it up? Since the guide states “You must enter Promo Code F20 when registering!”

    Thanks!

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    • Jake Butler

      02. Jul, 2015

      Hi Matt, you may be ok but if you don’t get the free bet it’s worth contacting their customer service to see if they can offer it to you still.

      Reply
  3. abhay

    01. Jul, 2015

    Hi
    Nice post n its really worthwhile
    Bt i hv one query is that why everytime do we get loss by betting qualifying bet?

    Can we not make such arrangement of odds to make profit in qualifying bet?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      02. Jul, 2015

      No, you can only make money from free bets.

      Reply
  4. Devon

    30. Jun, 2015

    Just signed up for Coral and received an automated chat offering up to 50 GBP free bet for my first bet at 50 GBP :) Handy tip for anyone who hasn’t signed up with them yet!

    Reply
  5. Aimee

    30. Jun, 2015

    I’m surprised how easy it has been to make a bit of cash, my husband is jealous that I found out about this before he did :) I’ve made about £140 so far, I tend to do just one at a time so I can be sure I’m not making any mistakes so for me it’s been a fairly slow process, but I’m in no rush!

    Reply
  6. Mark

    29. Jun, 2015

    Hi, does the system work without using the free bets?

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    • Jake Butler

      30. Jun, 2015

      It doesn’t. You only make money when a free bet is available.

      Reply
  7. Dan

    27. Jun, 2015

    Hi Jake,

    Question regarding the 188bet offer. I understand that the terms state you must wager your initial deposit 5 times and they will then match your first deposit after 5 settled bets. However, what happens if a bet didn’t come in on 188 and you were to lose the £50? Do you just transfer the money over from Betfair and bet again and it will still work? Thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      02. Jul, 2015

      Yes, you just transfer in another £50 and use that. It’s not the actual £50 you started with but simply the amount that matters.

      Reply
  8. Bengt

    25. Jun, 2015

    Hi, what are the chances/risks of a bookie identifying you as a matched bettor?
    I just started off and haven’t placed any bets yet but i find that in some of the bookies t&c they state that any bet that makes profit regardless of outcome is prohibited and a couple state that they will even press charges in this case.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      26. Jun, 2015

      Extremely low. We’ve never heard of it happen in over 5 years!

      Reply
  9. Kit

    24. Jun, 2015

    Hi Jake,

    If I sign-up with any bookie, how often will I get free bets and how many?

    What is the difference between a free bet and qualifying bet?

    Thanks,
    Kit

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    • Jake Butler

      25. Jun, 2015

      Hi Kit, the free bets after the initial sign up one are quite rare to be honest but they do come up every now and then.

      The qualifying bet is the one you need to place to unlock the free bet (eg bet £10 and get a £20 free bet).

      Reply
      • Kit

        25. Jun, 2015

        Thanks Jake,

        Well, I would wish to sign up with one or two bookies *strictly* that could offer free bets “now and then” after the *initial sign-up*.

        What other 2 bookies do you recommend apart from Williamhill.com that could offer free bets “now and then” after the initial sign-up without signing up with other different bookies?

        How many free bets could a bookie offer say in a week after the Initial Sign-up?

        Kit

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        • Jake Butler

          26. Jun, 2015

          There’s no major difference between the bookies in terms of added free bets after sign up but I’d recommend going with the big name brands.

          After initial sign up you’d be looking to get up to 5 bets a year after a sign up. They are quite rare and depend on loads of things that we’re not even sure of.

          Reply
  10. Harry

    22. Jun, 2015

    Hi, was just wondering whether you think it wise to carry out more than one transaction from different bookies at a time? Or does it get confusing?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      23. Jun, 2015

      If you think you can handle it then go for it. I did all mine one by one just to make sure.

      Reply
  11. Kern

    20. Jun, 2015

    Hi Jake, Just done my first bet and made a nice profit, been reading through and I really can’t get my head around why we need the free bet? For ladbrokes the free bet is the same as the initial bet amount so surely you could just start with your own money in place of the free bet and come away with the same profit? Would really appreciate an explanation as I figured I’m missing something, thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      22. Jun, 2015

      You can only make profit when using free money. If you were to use £20 of your own money you’d make a loss because of the difference in odds as well as the 5% Betfair take if you win on there.

      Reply
  12. Di

    18. Jun, 2015

    May I question the statement above that “you will be left with up to 95% of the free bet amount as profit”. Because based on your automatcher, Eng v Port (U21) had back odds 3.75 and lay odds 1.3, which gives a profit of £41 on a £20 bet (that’s over 200%). Am I missing something here because they can’t both be right?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      22. Jun, 2015

      You must have read something wrong as it’s EXTREMELY rare for the lay odds to be less than the back odds and the difference would never be as big as the example you’ve given.

      Reply
  13. gord

    18. Jun, 2015

    Hello jake,well i’ve made a nice little stash,thanks to your excellent site! My question is on 188bet the 5 times stake(250] can I place 5 single bets on the same match all in one go and still claim the bonus?Or must I top up the balance each time and wait for individual bets to work through? Many thanks in advance.Keep up the good work but do not neglect your study or you will end up like me, I really am that shelf filler!!!

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      22. Jun, 2015

      Please double check the T&Cs or ask their live support but I believe it has to be 5 separate £50 bets on 5 separate events.

      Reply
  14. Gord

    16. Jun, 2015

    Hey genius just done 3 sites and got a return of 43 quid. Thanks. When you say easy and moderate how moderate and why the raise of difficulty. Do you still hold my hand all the way through?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      17. Jun, 2015

      Yes we still hold your hand. A you get up towards moderate there’s just a few more stages but hopefully you have a good grasp of matched betting by that point.

      Reply
      • Gord

        17. Jun, 2015

        Thanks jake. About time the bookies shared the wealth!

        Reply
  15. Dorothy

    16. Jun, 2015

    I’ve been using this guide for about a month now and have made just under £130 by just placing a couple of bets per week. Thank you so much.

    Reply
  16. Louise

    15. Jun, 2015

    Hi. I have worked through the “easy” bets and made a profit of just over £50 which is great. I now want to use bet188 and have a question about the qualifying bet. You say that I will need to place my deposit 5 times to qualify for the £50 free bet. Does this mean I have to place 5 lots of £10 bets or can I place 1 bet of £50 to qualify immediately? Thanks for the help.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Jun, 2015

      Hi Louise, the instructions should be within the 188Bet automatcher. You need to wager your deposit amount (which is £50) 5 times (so £250 in total) to unlock the free bets.

      Reply
  17. anne

    15. Jun, 2015

    It says in the guide “They will also tell you whether or not the free bet is returned with winnings. In this example and generally speaking it is not, but we’ll still be making a nice profit.”. What does this mean? That I cannot withdraw the winnings from the free bet?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Jun, 2015

      No. It means the free bet amount isn’t returned if you win. For example if you bet using £20 free bet you will only get the winnings from it and not the £20. This is different from when you bet £20 of your own money as you know this is returned with your winnings.

      Reply
  18. Mark

    14. Jun, 2015

    Is it possible to register, take advantage of the free bet, delete your account, re-register and receive another free bet?

    Reply
  19. Mel

    12. Jun, 2015

    Hi I’v gone and confused myself haha!
    Yesterday I followed the automated to put a qualifying bet on at lad brokers for Denmark v Serbia. I’v just logged on here but the bet has gone there’s now a new list in place of it. So how do I know where to put my free bet? I think the game is tonight at 5.45 so would much appreciate any info before then. Cheers

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Jun, 2015

      You need to use the free bet on another match.

      Reply
  20. Dee

    12. Jun, 2015

    Thanks for the info. I cant wait to get started with this system. But my question is ” The days you cant find free bets. If you fund your own bets and cover them with the lay Aren’t you still going to make money.” I know when you lose you will a couple dollars but you will still cover the money on the lay bet. I know you will only make small amounts. But a bunch of small amounts add up. Or do you simply on play free bets.

    Thank you for your time and thanks for the system.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      12. Jun, 2015

      No, you can only make money from free bets.

      Reply
  21. Jack

    10. Jun, 2015

    Is it possible to register another account and repeat the process? So Make some money from WillHill, PP etc and then register a second/3rd/4th account under a different email address?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      11. Jun, 2015

      Nope. This is fraud.

      Reply
  22. Mel

    09. Jun, 2015

    First of all I just want to say a big thank you Owen for this article and the site itself. It’s such an unusual thing for someone in this day and age to be so selfless as to give genuine money making ideas so freely, hence why there is so much scepticism on here I guess, a lot of financially comfortable people are too self absorbed to share info to help others like this!
    I have signed up to survey sites and over 3 days accumulated around £20 over 4 sites, and this is through just filling surveys when I’m resting collectively it’s been around 5 hours.

    I have just tonight completed my first free bet and gained £11.80 profit I think it came out at. I am the absolute worst at following instructions but to anyone sceptical just read everything as you go along carefully and double check before pressing any confirmation buttons. That was my first try so I’m going to stick at it.

    My question is, is it possible to increase the winnings for each bet? There are a lot of sites listed so it could take a long time for me to get through them. If I put more money into the bet do I get more out or would the winnings stay the same due to using your set bonus? Also if a site is offering say £50 free bonus should you put the whole 50.00 on or just stick to what the guide says with 20.00. I’m not used to betting so sorry if that’s a dumb question I just don’t want to stray too far from the guide!
    Thanks
    Mel

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    • Jake Butler

      10. Jun, 2015

      Hi Mel,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. If only everyone was so understanding haha.

      Unfortunately you can only make money up to the free bet amount. If you start betting more (by topping it up with your own money) you will actually decrease the profit amount. If you can find a bigger bonus it may be worth going after but I cannot really guarantee that it’ll work in the same way as the free bets advertised on this page. Always check the T&Cs.

      Jake.

      Reply
      • Mel

        10. Jun, 2015

        Ok thanks Jake I will be placing another tomorrow 😉

        Reply
  23. George

    09. Jun, 2015

    Just a quick question, I’ve followed the guide and am in the process of putting it to good work but I was unsure how the author of the guide was able to rack up a total as high as he did, paying for an 860 pound flight I mean? Is there a way to keep going with this after using the ‘new customer’ offers?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      10. Jun, 2015

      There are more free bets out there on top of the ones listed in the table. They’re a little more tricky but some are worth up to £200 in profit.

      Reply
  24. Mike

    08. Jun, 2015

    Great stuff I’ve made about £50 from ladbrokes, corals and paddypower – once your registered is it more difficult to get free bets from the same bookmakers or does it get a lot more complicated.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Jun, 2015

      Free bets from bookies you are already signed up to are a lot less frequent yes!

      Reply
  25. mary

    08. Jun, 2015

    I just can’t get my head around the liability. If you have to pay almost 67.00 as into betfair as in the above example and you had lost, wouldn’t you just lose that amount. Please help, desperate to give it a go. I’ve read it over an over but just don’t get that, thanks a lot

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Jun, 2015

      Yes you would lose that amount if you lost in Betfair. However, it would be covered by your winnings on the book makers site. Please re-read again.

      Reply
  26. Devon

    06. Jun, 2015

    Hiya, Looks like William Hill has changed the promo so now it’s bet 10GBP get two 10GBP bets, rather than getting one 20GBP bet. How can I update this in the calculator?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Jun, 2015

      Yer, that’s ok. You should be able to place both £10 free bets on the same thing and then lay that as a whole £20. If not, you can use the cog tool in the top right of the calculator to change the stake amount to £10 and then match this on 2 separate events.

      Reply
  27. Josh

    06. Jun, 2015

    With Paddy Power at the moment you get £30 when you put a £10 bet on.
    Instead of ‘laying’ all of the bets (which would have made more money I guess) I picked a game where thee odd for win-draw-win were 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.0 and had £10 on each result. Thus ensuring I would come away with at least £13/£18/£20 without going through stages of laying each bet.
    Just a thought for anyone else who had received a similar free bet situation.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Jun, 2015

      But if you layed all the bets you would have been GUARANTEED a profit of at least £22+. Not sure why you would risk winning less???

      Reply
  28. Emma

    05. Jun, 2015

    Hiya, great walkthrough guide which I have been using with some success.

    On some sites you have to bet 3 , 4 or even 5x your initial deposit. Is there still away to make a profit this way or are they best to avoid?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Jun, 2015

      You can make profit this way by rolling over your deposit amount using the qualifying part of the calculator. However, I would only suggest moving onto these when you have a really good grasp of the system.

      Reply
  29. Paul

    02. Jun, 2015

    I used my Ladbrokes £25 free bet and won… but the stake wasn’t returned. This means the automatcher is incorrect for Ladbrokes bets!

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      03. Jun, 2015

      Did you use the Ladbrokes free bet part? We are aware that that stake is not returned and this is taken into account by the tool.

      Reply
  30. Beth

    02. Jun, 2015

    Hey – thanks for your guide, it’s really easy to follow (I think I’ve placed my first bet correctly anyway…). Sadly I’ve just done William Hill but I noticed just now that according to your automatcher tool there was a £28.15 profit to be made on Myanmar U23 v Indonesia U23 (back bet Myanmar, back odds 3.40 and lay odds 1.67). Is this huge profit because it’s one of those really rare situations where the lay odds are less than the back odds? Obviously too late for me now but just trying to understand it completely.

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    • Jake Butler

      03. Jun, 2015

      It’s almost impossible for the back and lay odds to have that much difference that way round. I would guess that instead of laying the Myanmar win that you simply bet on Indonesia to win meaning that you have not covered the eventuality of a draw. If that is correct you really need to read through the guide again to fully understand the process before placing any further bets.

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  31. Kyle

    01. Jun, 2015

    Hi jake. I’ve read the guide and think I understand it. The only thing I’m unsure about is when you have to rollover your winnings to be able to withdraw. For example if I deposit 10, get 20 free bet but have to roll it over 3 times before i can withdraw. Surely as soon as I lost (but got my money back on betfair) the free bet would be over and I would have no profit?

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    • Jake Butler

      02. Jun, 2015

      Hi Kyle, you only have to rollover on some sites (always check T&Cs first). They don’t mean the actual free bet either but the amount! If you are rolling over and you lose on the gambling site you’ll need to put more money in and roll over that amount.

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      • Kyle

        02. Jun, 2015

        Ok thanks. The one I’m wanting to do is bet Victor. On there you get matched upto £25. But to withdraw promo cash I have to stake further settled bets of at least 100… So basically after I have first deposited £25. I match my bet to get my £25 free bet. Then stake 100, match it on betfair then withdraw my £25 promo cash?

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        • Jake Butler

          03. Jun, 2015

          Hi Kyle, that’s right. The stake on the £100 bet will most likely be returned so don’t forget to use the qualifying part of the tool to calculate your numbers.

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