What is a Matched Betting Bet?

Put simply, matched betting is betting to avoid a loss (or at least make a small loss). The idea is to match any bet you put on at the bookies with an equivalent lay bet on a betting exchange (such as Betfair). If you win at the bookies, you lose at Betfair (and vice-versa) and the two bets cancel each other out. So, why would you want to do that? Well, the bookies will pay you a bonus for signing up (or re-depositing) so if you can bet with them with no risk, then you can easily claim the bonus. It's a pretty easy way to make some extra money, and even The Guardian thinks so.

So, how best to start profiting from these matched bets? Well, we have free mini-guide to get you started (enter your email in the box and we'll email you the PDF). Or you can just straight in by having a look at our recommendations below. The full list of instantly profitable matched bets is available to members only.

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Thu 27th Jul 9:31AM CATEGORIES: Matched Betting

The risky bets

As always in the matched betting section of the site, we've separated our recommendations into 3 categories: profitable, risky and losing. The profitable bets are ones that you can 'arb' on to give you a profit now and obviously a larger profit when your bonus gets paid. The risky bets show potentially profitable bets - if your bet is matched on Betfair. The losing section shows bets that allow you to take a loss now in order to make it back later when you receive your bonus.

The recommendations get updated every 30 minutes (every 1 minute for our members). OK, so what have we got as of right now, Thu 27th Jul 9:31AM? OK, so our main recommendation is Dark Confidant in the 16:45 at Wolverhampton with William Hill. You will want to lay £32.68 at 9.00 to bag a nice little £1.54 profit. Click here to see what that looks like in the calculator.

If you prefer to go for a risk you could bet on Wild Approach in the 14:45 at Wolverhampton with BetVictor. You'll want to to lay £59.78 at 4.8 to bag a potential £0.00 profit. Click here to put that directly into the calculator.

Finally, for anyone wanting to make a modest initial loss there's Dun Scaith in the 21:10 at Southwell with BetVictor. You should be able to lay £21.54 at 14.50 to take a small £-0.35 loss. Click here to see that in the calculator.

Profitable matched bets

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Risky matched bets updated every 30 mins

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Further resources


A quick list of some boomakers to get started with. We have a full list, along with an explanation of each one's terms and conditions, inside the members' area.

More info on the Matched betting

  • Wikipedia - Wikipedia's Matched betting definition