Request a bet offers
Request a bet offers are increasingly popular with bookmakers and bettors alike.
These DIY bet offers may be called PriceItUp, YourOdds, CreateYourBet or similar.
Bookmakers like DIY bets because it’s difficult to benchmark the value against a betting exchange.
What is a request a bet?
A request a bet is basically an accumulator bet. You can generally choose one of three options to place a DIY bet:
- Bet on a bookmaker pre-set selection. For example, William Hill YourOdds.
- Build your own DIY bet (see the below list of bookies).
- Alternatively, submit a request via Twitter using the relevant hashtag.
Request a bet example
Many of these modern style bets can be laid at a betting exchange.
Certain combinations allow us to use a matched betting strategy. Simply backing at the bookie and lay at Betfair, then receive a bonus.
So, you might bet on Draw and Both Team To Score at odds of 4.10 with the bookmaker.
We can then lay Draw/Yes at 4.60 in the “Winner and BTTS” market on Smarkets exchange.
Which bookmakers offer request a bet?
Here is a list of some bookies that allow you to create your own bet.
- 10bet – Create Your Bet
- Bet365 – Bet Builder
- Bwin – Build a Bet
- Coral – Build Your Bet
- Skybet – RequestABet
Typically, each has a different moniker, but all are basically the same style of bet.
The following bookies also encourage you to ask via Twitter for a bespoke do-it-yourself bet:
- Betfred – #PickYourPunt
- BetVictor – #PriceItUp
- Betway – #BetYourWay
- Ladbrokes – #GetAPrice
- Paddy Power – #WhatOddsPaddy
- William Hill – #YourOdds
Much like a traditional accumulator, these bets typically offer poor value. If each of the DIY selections are poor value, then the bookmaker overround (their profit margin) is compounded.
However, there are certain situations when DIY bets can be useful for matched bettors.
Lots of DIY bet markets are actually still layable at Betfair.
- Match odds and under or over 2.5 goals – for a team to win and there to be either under or over 2.5 goals in the match.
- Anytime Wincast market – a team to win and a specific player to score anytime, i.e. Juventus to win and Ronaldo to score anytime.
- Scorecast – a bet on the first goalscorer and correct score, i.e. Salah to score first and Liverpool to win 2-0.
- To score 2 or more goals – a bet on a player to score 2 or more goals in the match.
- Penalty taken – will there be a penalty taken in the match? (not a penalty to be scored).
- Match odds and BTTS – a team to win and both teams to score, i.e. Man Utd to win and both teams to score (this could be 2-1, 3-1, 4-2 etc).
Try placing these in to a DIY bet, then check “all markets”on Betfair for the relevant lay market.
Advantage play DIY bets
There will also be situations when you cannot lay off a DIY bet. This happens when there is no exchange lay market to hedge your bet. In this scenario you can benchmark the value of your selection to the best price on Betfair and/or Oddschecker and take a small advantage play.
With the growth of social media and marketing in online betting, DIY bets are another source of matched betting profit.
Request a bet offers can be mutually beneficial for bookmaker and matched bettor. The bookies want us to take crazy prices on ACCAs, yet we can still find value. What’s not to like?
Check out our other football reload guides for more matched betting strategies.