What are unmatched bets?
Having unmatched bets or partially matched bets on the betting exchange is something that the majority of people will experience at some point, when matched betting.
When we place our lay bet, we’re saying I offer these odds and am willing to take a bet up to £X.
Usually this is fine, because there are people already lined up waiting for someone to offer these odds and they’re matched with your bet instantly.
The amount available to be matched is the small number in £s underneath the odds you wish to lay at.
If your lay take is more than this number (for example if the number says £6 and your attempting to lay £10)
Then your first £6 will be matched and £4 will remain unmatched, waiting for someone to place £4 at them odds to match your bet.
If this happens to you, don’t worry it happens very often and is very easy to fix.
First thing to do is to look at how far away you are from the start of that event, if it is a few hours away there is a chance it will match naturally without you having to do anything.
However, if the event is due to take place soon or if the event is smaller, for example a football match that isn’t going to get a lot of interest, then you will have to take the following steps:
1. Head on over to our external tool called the tricky bet calculator
(You use this similar to the way you use the standard matched-betting calculator)
2. In the grey box to the right, input what has already been matched.
3. In the odds box to the right of that one, input what odds it was matched at.
The calculator will now tell you how much you have to lay at the new odds and your new overall position if your bet wins with the bookies or exchange.