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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Wed 24th Jan 11:01AM CATEGORIES: Matched Betting

The risky bets

As ever in the freebet section of the site, we've divided our suggestions into three groups: profitable, risky and losing. The profitable bets you can instantly make a profit on the bet and of course a higher profit once your bonus comes through. The risky bets show bets that could be profitable - if your bet is matched on the betting exchange. The losing section lists bets that allow you to make a loss now in order to recoup it later when your bonus is paid.

The recommendations are updated every 30 mins (every 1 minute for members). So, what do we have as of right now, Wed 24th Jan 11:01AM? Well our first recommendation is Justice Rock in the 16:40 at Kempton with Sportingbet. You will want to lay £17.16 at 9.20 to net a nice little £0.96 profit. Click here to see what that looks like in the calculator.

If you prefer to go for a risk you could bet on Top Beak in the 19:45 at Kempton with Sportingbet. You'll want to to lay £14.53 at 8.6 to grab a possible £0.00 profit. Click here to put that directly into the calculator.

Finally, for anyone wanting to make a small preliminary loss there's Locommotion in the 16:15 at Lingfield with Sportingbet. You'll want to lay £52.30 at 5.30 to take a small £-0.12 loss. Click here to look at 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.

  • 888Sport 888Sport will match a £88 deposit at 100%
  • Spreadex Spreadex will match a £20 deposit at 500%
  • BetStars BetStars will match a £0 deposit at 0%

More info on the Matched betting

  • Wikipedia - Wikipedia's Matched betting definition