Double delight/Hat-trick Heaven

What is Double Delight/Hat-Trick Heaven?

Double delight/hat-trick heaven, or “DDHH” as it is known, is an excellent offer with lots of expected value (EV) and profit potential.

This guide will show how to use matched betting techniques to profit from DDHH over the long-term.

DDHH is available on selected football matches each week. Betfred and Totesport are the main bookmakers offfering DDHH.

DDHH basics

Basically, you place a first goalscorer bet at Betred in the “first goalscorer” market for that particular football match. You then place a lay bet on your player in the “first goalscorer” market at the exchange.

If your player scores the first goal of the match, then scores another goal, the bookmaker will payout at double the odds. If your player scores a hat-trick, you get paid out at treble odds.

For example, if you back a winning first goalscorer bet at 2/1:

  • First goalscorer pays out at 2/1
  • Payout for 2nd goal is 4/1
  • Payout for 3rd goal is 6/1

Whilst this offer has an excellent long-term profit potential, there will be a few pounds of qualifying losses until DDHH triggers. Therefore, you must have patience and a long-term mindset.

This is not an offer for beginner matched bettors. You need a solid bankroll in place to handle the variance.

DDHH strategy

It is very easy to get started with DDHH.  Simply place a first goalscorer bet on one of the selected matches.

Look for a reasonably close odds match of up to 20% qualifying loss of your total stake. If you keep to a maximum of 20% qualifying loss, DDHH is considered as EV+ (you would expect to make a profit over the long-term).

For example, on a £25 stake your qualifying loss should not exceed £5.

As a benchmark, ideally you want not more than 1 point between back and lay odds, such as 4.00/4.60, 5.50/6.00.

When backing £25 on a 5.50/6.00 shot, the back bet would return £112.50 if your selection scores first. Therefore, lay £22.50 at 6.0 odds at Smarkets for a liability of £112.50.

Now let’s look at some possible outcomes:

1. If your player does not score first you’ve made a qualifying loss of £3.00, including the £2.50 loss and £0.50 of commission at Smarkets on your winning lay bet.

2. If your player scores first but doesn’t score again you’ve made no loss, since the £112.50 winning bet is cancelled out by your lay bet.

3. If your player scores first and then scores second, you’ve made £112.50 profit. if your player completes the hat-trick, the total profit is £225.

This DDHH method is EV+, if not risk-free. You will inevitably incur qualifying losses until DDHH triggers. However, this offer is mathematically sound over the long-term if you stick to good odds matches.

There is no minimum or maximum stake for DDHH, but Betfred pay out bonus winnings up to £6,000 per match.

Extra hints for DDHH 

Preparation: Make a list of which matches qualify for DDHH each week, then check the odds 1 hour before kick off time. The lay odds often drop at the exchange in the hour before kick-off.

Use shopsUse Betfred betting shops to place your DDHH bets, as they are slow to cut the first goalscorer odds. Placing bets in shops instead of online is also good for your online account health.

Underlay: Consider laying slightly less than a standard lay at the exchange. Then if your player scores first, but doesn’t score a second goal – your qualifying loss is reduced.

Don’t chase the profit: Stick to the 20% qualifying loss benchmark for each bet. Do not alter your strategy just because you think a particular player might score lots of goals. The likelihood of a player being the first goalscorer is already priced in to the odds.

Cover the second goalscorer: You can combine Betfred DDHH with Dafabet second goalscorer promotion. For the Dafabet offer, simply back and lay your first goalscorer selection as normal (for a £1 to £50 stake). This covers the eventuality of your selection scoring second instead of first.

DDHH success

Some great examples of DDHH triggering over the years include:

Ramadael Falcao scored a hat-trick for Atletico Madrid against in 2012 the UEFA Super Cup.  Falcao,

Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick for Chelsea against Man Utd in January 2014.  Eto’o was available as an 9.00/9.20 near arb at the time!

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick for Tottenham versus Burnley in December 2017.  Betfred paid out at 27/4 (6.75) from the original odds of 9/4 (3.25).


In summary, DDHH is not a risk free matched betting offer. However, it is worth taking a close odds match for a chance at a bumper payout.