Extra place offers should be a fundamental part of your matched betting activities if you’re serious about increasing your profits.
Best of all, they’re available to all customers – even those with gubbed or restricted accounts. Therefore they give you a long-term source of profit.
What is an ‘extra place’ offer?
When placing an ‘each way’ bet on an event, a bookmaker will pay out if your selection finishes within a set number of the top places. E.g. in the top three – 1st, 2nd or 3rd. The number of places depends on how many competitors are in the event.
An ‘extra place’ offer is where a bookmaker pays out on more places than usual – for example, the top four places instead of the regular three.
Although a bookmaker may pay out more places than usual, the number of places paid at the betting exchange will remain the same. This difference presents an opportunity.
Typically, these offers are on horse races but sometimes come up on major golf tournaments and other events. For simplicity, I’ll talk as if your each way bet is on a horse race for the rest of this guide, as that’s the most popular type of extra place offer.
What is an each way bet?
First, it’s essential to understand how an each way bet works.
An each way bet has two parts. Half of your total stake is placed on the horse to win, and the other half is placed on the same horse to finish in the top few places.
The win part of an each way bet pays out at the displayed odds. The place part of an each way bet pays out at a fraction of the displayed odds.
Let’s take a look at an example using the terms below.
Each Way 1/5 1-2-3
These terms mean that if your horse finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd, the bookmaker will pay out the ‘place’ half of your bet at one-fifth of the displayed odds.
If your horse finishes 1st, the ‘win’ half of your bet pays out at the full odds. When your horse finishes 1st, both halves of your bet pay out, as the place half also includes 1st place.
For example, let’s say you place an each way bet of £10 on a horse at odds of 10/1. As the bet has two halves (win and place), you’re betting a total of £20. You are betting £10 on the horse to win at odds of 10/1 and £10 on the horse to place in the top 3 at odds of one-fifth of 10/1.
To find the odds of your place bet, you divide 10/1 by 5 (since it’s one-fifth), giving you 2/1. So your win bet pays out at 10/1, and your place bet at 2/1.
To calculate the place odds using decimal odds, you first subtract one to exclude your stake, divide by five, and then add your one back on at the end, as shown below. Your full odds of 10/1 are the same as 11.00 in decimal form.
Subtract one from your odds to account for the stake.
11.00 – 1.00 = 10.00
Divide by five.
10.00 ÷ 5 = 2.00
Add the one back on at the end.
2.00 + 1.00 = 3.00
So in decimal form, your win bet pays out at odds of 11.00, and your place bet at odds of 3.00.
You won’t need to do these calculations manually, as you will be using tools that do this for you. Still, it’s important to understand the concept.
Let’s see how this example works if your horse finishes in different places.
|Outcome||Win returns||Place returns||Total stake||Profit/Loss|
|Horse wins||£110.00||£30.00||£20.00||+ £120.00|
|Horse places 2nd or 3rd||£0.00||£30.00||£20.00||+ £10.00|
|Any other outcome||£0.00||£0.00||£20.00||– £20.00|
The extra place opportunity
Generally speaking, all bookmakers pay the same number of places, depending on the number of runners and the type of race.
The ‘place’ market at the betting exchange usually matches the standard amount of places paid by the bookmaker. So when a bookmaker offers to pay more places than the betting exchange, it presents an opportunity.
Profiting from an extra place offer is similar to a regular matched bet. You place an each way back bet at the bookmaker, then lay the same selection at the exchange. Since there is no option to lay an each way bet directly on an exchange, you do the two halves separately. You place one lay bet to cover the ‘win’ half of the back bet and another on the exchange’s ‘place’ market to cover the place half of the back bet. In the £10 each way example above, that’s a £10 lay bet on the win and a £10 lay bet on the place market for the same horse.
Let’s say the bookmaker is paying 4 places, and the exchange market is for 3 places. Suppose your selection finishes in exactly 4th place. In that case, you’ll win the place part of your each way bet at the bookmaker (because your selection finished in the top 4). You’ll also win your place lay bet at the betting exchange (because your horse didn’t place in the top 3).
Your horse finishing in the ‘extra place’, in this case, 4th, is precisely the scenario you’re looking for, as it allows both your back and lay ‘place’ bets to win. This results in a significant profit. If the horse finishes in any other place, then you make a slight loss. The idea behind extra place offers is that those small losses are more than balanced out when you hit an extra place.
Finding extra place offers
You can easily find extra place opportunities on my Extra Place Offers Today page. It shows every horse race with extra place offers available and their each way terms. Bookmakers tend to go big on Saturdays and during big festivals.
Picking the right horse
Now you need to select the right horse for each race.
As you’re looking for a horse that will finish in the extra place, only some horses are a good fit. As you can imagine, a favourite is more likely to finish in the top positions, and an outsider is more likely to end up at the back of the pack. Most importantly, you’re looking for horses that combine a small qualifying loss with a big potential return. That may mean there are no suitable horses in some races.
There are two ways you can find suitable horses – either using an automated tool or finding them manually.
Extra Place Matcher
By a mile, the easiest way to find suitable horses is to use an automated tool. The best one is the Extra Place Matcher from OddsMonkey. It takes all the legwork out of seeing which horses are profitable based on near real-time odds. It will save you a lot of time, which you can use to claim more offers and profit.
As you can see in the screenshot below, you select your race in the top left dropdown, and it picks out the best horses to place your bets on, simple as that.
Here, the highlighted horse has a tremendous potential profit of £44.06 for a small qualifying loss of £1.94, giving implied odds of 23.69. Implied odds tell you how often the horse would need to finish in the extra place(s) for you to break even over the long term. In this example, your horse would need to finish in the extra place once every 23 times for you to break even.
To calculate your implied odds, you divide your potential profit by your potential qualifying loss and add one to account for your stake, as shown below.
Divide your potential profit by your potential qualifying loss.
£44.06 ÷ £1.94 = 22.71
Add one to account for the stake.
22.71 + 1.00 = 23.71
Focus on the ‘Implied Odds’ column when choosing horses to bet on. Aim for implied odds of 20.00+ for single extra place races (e.g. 5 places instead of 4) and 10.00+ for multiple extra place races (e.g. 6 places instead of 4).
I highly recommend using the Extra Place Matcher, as it takes so much of the effort out of finding the opportunities yourself, as you’ll see in the manual method below. It links directly to the bookmaker and exchange pages to place your bets while telling you how much you need to stake without needing a separate calculator. Sign up for an OddsMonkey account to access it, plus a whole range of other tools to save you time, effort and money. The Extra Place Matcher is just one of over 20 matched betting tools, including an odds matcher, profit tracker, various calculators, chat support and more, not to mention a wealth of casino offers.
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The manual method
Even if you won’t be looking for horses manually, it’s still helpful to understand what is happening behind the scenes when using a tool like the Extra Place Matcher.
To show the manual method, I’ll walk you through an example of a bet I placed on the 15:40 Royal Ascot on Saturday 24th June 2023. Coral paid 4 places instead of 3, with the place part paid at 1/5 odds.
Always be aware of the minimum amount of runners required for the bookmaker to pay the extra place(s). This particular race required a minimum of 11 runners; otherwise, the standard each way terms would apply. There were 16 runners in this race, so it met the requirements. Runners can drop out between you placing your bets and the race starting, so if you’re placing your bets far in advance, it’s best to choose a race where the number of runners is comfortably above the minimum requirement.
Alternatively, you could wait until closer to the race starting so there’s less chance of non-runners being declared. Focusing on one race at a time also gives you the advantage of your bankroll being freed up after each race, ready for the next. The downside is that the odds fluctuate much more as you get closer to the start of the race. That means you must be quick; otherwise, the odds you saw will soon get snapped up.
When selecting manually, you want to find a horse with close back and lay odds for both the win and place parts. Start by looking for close ‘win’ odds, as they’re most easily compared at a glance.
After browsing the odds on the bookmaker and exchange, I chose The Astrologist. As you can see below, I got close odds on both the win (50.00 & 60.00) and place (11.00 & 13.00) parts of the bet. Remember, when doing this manually, you need to work out the place odds yourself. Both of these combined made it a profitable opportunity.
Once you’ve done some extra place offers, you’ll eventually get used to spotting the profitable horses at a glance.
To work out the ‘Win’ and ‘Place’ lay stakes, complete the fields on my Each Way Calculator using the ‘Extra Place’ setting.
As you can see, the calculator tells me I need to lay £8.50 on The Astrologist ‘To Win‘ and £8.47 on The Astrologist ‘To place (top 3)‘.
You can see a profit breakdown at the bottom of the calculator for all outcomes of your matched bet. Your ‘win’ back and lay bets will always cancel out, but if your horse finishes in the extra place, both your back and lay ‘place’ bets win. It is the only outcome where three out of the four bets win, resulting in a healthy profit.
I stood to profit £106.63 if The Astrologist finished exactly 4th. Otherwise, I’d lose a maximum of £3.37. I was effectively risking £3.37 to make a potential profit of £106.63. That gave me implied odds of 32.64, making it a profitable bet in the long run.
I recommend always working out your implied odds, as it’s the only way to gauge whether or not a bet is worth placing. As a guide, aim for implied odds of 20.00+ for single extra place races (e.g. 5 places instead of 4) and 10.00+ for multiple extra place races (e.g. 6 places instead of 4).
It’s worth noting that the above example is based on an each way stake of £10. If you increase your stake, you stand to make an even bigger profit. However, only stake an amount you’re comfortable with and that your bankroll allows. As your stake increases, so does your exchange liability.
- Place as many bets as you feel comfortable with. Extra place offers are a long-term strategy, so the more bets you place, the sooner you’ll hit those profits.
- Don’t be afraid to bet on multiple horses in the same race as long as your overall implied odds are favourable. To calculate your overall implied odds, you would divide your minimum potential profit by your maximum total qualifying loss and then add one. If you’re betting on multiple horses, limit yourself to one horse per bookmaker.
- Your bets may be eligible for ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’, depending on the bookmaker and your account status. That is where winning bets are paid out at either the price you placed your bet at or the price of the horse when the race started, whichever is greater. Best Odds Guaranteed is usually available from a specific time each morning, and it varies per bookmaker, so have that in mind when placing your bets.
Working through this guide should have fully equipped you to earn additional profits from extra place offers. More often than not, you’ll incur a small loss, but every time you hit a winner, it’ll be a massive boost to your matched betting profits!
You can find all the extra place offers on my Extra Place Offers Today page and use the manual method of making a profit. However, the easiest method is to use OddsMonkey’s fantastic Extra Place Matcher.
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