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 20th Jun 16:14PM CATEGORIES: Matched Betting

The risky bets

As always in the freebet section of the site, we've divided our suggestions into three categories: profitable, risky and losing. The profitable bets you can instantly make a profit on the bet and obviously a greater profit as soon as your bonus arrives. The risky bets show potentially profitable bets - if your bet is matched on Betfair. The losing section lists bets where you can make an initial loss in order to make it back later when you secure your bonus.

The recommendations are updated every 30 minutes (every 1 min for our members). So, what are the recommendations as of right now, Wed 20th Jun 16:14PM? Well our main suggestion would be Good Tradition in the 16:45 at Uttoxeter with BetStars. You will want to lay £19.53 at 7.60 to bag a nice little £0.17 profit. Click here to see what that looks like in the calculator.

If you prefer to go for a risk you could go for Winged Spur in the 18:50 at Ripon with Unibet. You'll want to to lay £14.60 at 4.8 to net a possible £0.00 profit. Click here to put that directly into the calculator.

Last but not least, for those wanting to make a modest initial loss there's Cracksman in the 16:20 at Ascot with Unibet. You'll want to lay £1938.26 at 1.58 to take a small £-0.47 loss. Click here to view 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.

  • Unibet Unibet will match a £20 deposit at 100%
  • Black Type Black Type will match a £0 deposit at 0%
  • Bet365 Bet365 will match a £200 deposit at 100%
  • BetVictor BetVictor will match a £25 deposit at 100%

More info on the Matched betting

  • Wikipedia - Wikipedia's Matched betting definition