Matched bettors use an odds finding tool such as OddsMonkey Oddsmatcher. This guide explains all about manual odds matching.
Why do we need to find our own odds? Well, this allows us to assess good odds matches across all types of matched bets.
Qualifying bets and stake returned bets
It’s easy to find a good qualifying bet. Start off with English Premier League football or other top European leagues.
During the summer months, there should be lots of big events like the World Cup, Euros, and so on.
Don’t check every game for maximum return. The difference between a good odds match and the best odds match is minimal. The best odds matches are usually found at odds of 3/1 (4.0) or less. A 0.1 gap between the back and lay odds (2.0/2.1 or 2.2/2.3) is good enough.
Finally, have a quick check of the other games for a closer odds match. If you find a closer match, then use that.
Stake not returned bets
With SNR bets we need reasonably high odds to extract a profit from the free bet.
Use high-profile markets like top flight football, golf majors, or formula one races.
Use odds over 4/1 (5.0). Look for a 0.2 to 0.6 gap between the back and lay odds, e.g. 5.0/6.0. If there are no matches within 0.2 to 0.6, then check for a 1.0 gap.
What happens if you still cannot find suitable odds? Then, use the correct score or half-time/full-time market on a major game.
Avoid spending hours finding a perfect odds match. Try to find something in a few minutes. Ironically, taking the best odds could lead to a gubbing.