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.

The Matched betting Calculator

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Bookmakers

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.

  • William Hill William Hill will match a £10 deposit at 200%
  • BetInternet BetInternet will match a £0 deposit at 0%
  • Sportingbet Sportingbet will match a £25 deposit at 100%
  • Betfred Betfred will match a £10 deposit at 300%

More info on the Matched betting

  • Wikipedia - Wikipedia's Matched betting definition