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What Does Draw No Bet Mean?

Draw no bet is a betting term that may seem confusing to some, but it is actually really quite simple once the detail of it has been explained. Draw no bet betting will see you either backing a home win or an away win, with the draw option discounted in the three-way or match winner market. The draw itself will therefore not be an available option in your bet.

For example, if you were to back Manchester United in the draw no bet market in their game against Chelsea, then your bet will win if United are victorious, while your wager will lose if Chelsea are to win. If the game ends in a draw you will have your stake returned to you in full. This betting market is one that has become very popular in recent years.

It is worth bearing in mind that the odds in this market will not be as good as when you wager on the standard match winner. As this market technically only has two possible outcomes, the odds will shorten. This is why a market like draw no bet will have shorter odds on a team to win than when you bet on them in the match winner section.

Draw No Bet Example

Brentford vs Tottenham example

Sometimes it is far better to see a betting market in action rather than simply reading about how it works. First of all, the match winner market would look something like this:

Brentford to Win Draw Tottenham to Win
16/5 13/5 4/5

While the draw no bet market would look like this:

Brentford Tottenham
2/1 1/3

You can see from the above example that the odds of either side winning are shorter in the draw no bet market than they are in the match winner market. This is because the option of a draw has been taken out. With only two outcomes available in draw no bet, it means that you have a better chance of correctly calling the eventual result of the game.

Therefore, if you back Brentford in the draw no bet market with a stake of £10, you would receive £30 back. If Tottenham were to win, then you would lose your £10 stake. If the game ends in a stalemate, then your £10 stake would be returned to you. It’s that simple.

Can I Use Draw No Bet in an Accumulator?

Yes, using the draw no bet market in an acca is common practice for many bettors. However, many novice bettors have questioned what would happen if a draw no bet selection ends in a draw in their acca.

The result of this is up to your bookie of choice. Some bookmakers will only void the draw no bet selection if that game ends in a draw, allowing the rest of your acca to function as normal. Other bookies will instead void the entire acca if there is a draw in your draw no bet selection, meaning it is very important that you know exactly what your bookmaker will do if this were to happen. These days though, most bookies will look to only void the draw no bet selection.

Similar Markets to Draw No Bet

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Not all bookmakers will offer you the chance to wager on the draw no bet market. If you find yourself unable to bet on draw no bet, then you can instead utilise the double chance market instead. The double chance market allows you to back either:

  • Home Win & Draw
  • Home Win & Away Win
  • Away Win & Draw

Here, you are able to wager on two outcomes in the game. This means that if you backed home and draw, then your bet would win if the home team wins or the game ends in a draw. This market will invariably see the available betting odds shorter than they would be in the match winner market as you will win if either of your two selected outcomes come in.

Should I Use Draw No Bet Markets with Acca Insurance?

You can utilise draw no bet markets with your acca insurance, but you need to be careful. Acca insurance is something that bookies offer to their customers and will see your stake returned (usually as a free bet) if one leg of your acca losses. Acca insurance will usually be activated by a bookie after four or five legs.

If you were to use the standard match winner market in five legs and four selections were winners but one fails to come in, then your bookie would return your stake as a free bet. However, as many bookies choose to void a draw no bet selection that ends in a draw, it can see you miss out on the acca insurance.

For example, if you made five selections and three were winners, one was voided because it was a draw in a draw no bet selection and the other was a loser, you would not be entitled to the acca insurance as the draw no bet selection was void, rather than a winner or a loser.

This would see acca insurance that activates on a five-fold acca or more fail to come into play as you have not technically made five selections as one was voided.
This is why it is vital for you to know the rules when it comes to draw no bet selections alongside accas and acca insurance. This could be the difference between you getting your stake returned as a free bet through your acca insurance and missing out completely.