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A lay bet is betting on something not to happen. These bets are perfect for when you’re sure a team aren’t good enough to achieve something, or if you’re not sure who will win a particular match or tournament.
For example, this year’s Euro 2020 tournament looks to be very open. Since there’s no clear favourite, you might want to look at which teams won’t win and bet on their failure instead.
Our lay of the day is our most confident lay bet – one that our tipsters are most sure will be successful. You can find our lay tips it by simply scrolling up this page.
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Firstly, make sure to be informed. Take a look at our lay tips or get detailed match stats with our match previews and predictions. Then head to your chosen bookmaker that offers a lay exchange – we recommend the likes of Betfair, bet365 and 888Sports. Choose from the available selections on the market and place your bet.
Most commonly found in horse racing, it is possible to lay an each way bet. A normal each way bet covers you if your selection doesn’t win – but does finish second or third. Using this same example, to lay an each way bet, you would simply be betting that your selection won’t come first, second or third.
We recommend using the Betfair Exchange when backing a lay tip. If you’re new to the Exchange you can claim a free £20 exchange bet on our free bets and special offers page.
So what does a lay bet pay? If your selection doesn’t win, as you predicted, then you win the backer’s stake. Of course, this is the opposite of normal betting, where odds would determine your winnings. For example, if you lay a bet at [3.5] for £10, you would be risking £25 for potential winnings of £10. Our lay tips aim to find you the best odds for each selection.
The liability is what you will have to pay out if the selection does end up winning (and so you lose your bet). It’s different to losing a normal bet, where you just have to pay out the amount of money staked. With lay betting, you have to pay out the potential winnings instead. Think of yourself as taking the role of the bookmaker!
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