Lay Betting is an option on exchanges where betters play the role of a bookmaker, but offers odds to sell a bet instead of the odds to back a bet. Laying a bet offers a method of betting against the odds of an outcome, instead of for it. It is also known as a “back bet”.
What does a lay bet mean?
To lay a bet is to back something not to happen.
For example, to lay Manchester United to win their match is to back them NOT to win. If you were to lay them, you would win your bet if they either lost or drew their match.
What do you win on a lay bet?
Laying need not be scary – you are in full control of how much you wish to risk and how much you could win. In a lay bet, you always stand to win the stake of the opposing bet (e.g. £10 (€10) in the examples above). You could be betting against one person or several.
Can you cash out a lay bet?
Lay Betting Requires Cash
It can be substantially more than you stand to win depending on the odds. This is not the case if you have already backed the bet on the same exchange though. In this case they will adjust the overall return from both bets depending on the amount that you are set to win from each result.
What do you lose if your lay bet loses?
If your lay bet loses, you’ll lose your liability on the exchange, but win it back at the bookmaker. If your lay bet wins, your liability will be returned to your account plus you’ll also win your lay stake amount (minus any commission charged by the exchange).
What happens if a lay bet is not matched?
Until your bet offer is matched by someone else, you do not yet have a bet. If nobody matches your bet before the market closes or is turned In-Play, then your bet will ‘lapse’ and you will get your money back. IMPORTANT: Your bet could be matched a split-second after the unmatched bet slip has been shown as above.
How much does a lay bet pay?
LAY BETS PAYOFFS AND COMMISSION
Payoffs are commensurate with true odds. If you bet $6 on 6 or 8, a winner will bring you $5. If you bet $3 on 5 or 9, a winner will bring you $2, and if you bet $2 on 4 or 10, a winner will bring you $1.
How do I bet and lay on Betfair?
How to place a bet on the Betfair Exchange. To place a bet click on either back or lay next to the selection you are interested in. In the following example you are backing Arsenal at odds of 4.6. Enter your chosen stake (minimum £2) and your potential profit is displayed in the bet slip on the right.
How do I use my free bet on smarkets?
First deposits made by Skrill or Neteller e-wallets will not qualify for the free bet. To claim the offer, simply register an account with Smarkets and make a first deposit of £20 or more. You must deposit a minimum of £20 in a single transaction otherwise you will not be eligible for the offer.