The Buildabet Guide
What is a buildabet?
Each site calls it something different. Pickyourpunt, buildabet, priceitup, requestabet etc. These all mean the same thing.
They have become popular in the past year as they are seen as more fun for punters to do.
There are two different types of 'buildabets':
1) Build Your Own You ‘build’ your own bet from two or more markets. For example, Man Utd to win and both teams to score.
2) Pre-Built The bookmaker gives you a list of bets to choose from. For example, 'Man Utd to win, Rashford to score and 3+ bookings'.
For matched bettors, some of these can be tricky as they are harder to lay or simply can’t lay at all.
However, because quite a few offers now stipulate using these markets, we will show you how you can profit from these!
How do you lay a buildabet?
1) Build Your Own
When a bookie offers you the ability to build your own bet, you can lay this by using:
- Team to win, and
- Both teams to score
This is because both Betfair and Smarkets have 'Team to win and Both teams to score' as one lay market.
So you place this as one back bet ('Team to win' and 'Both teams to score').
You can place one lay bet on this outcome on either Betfair or Smarkets.
These bookies offer the Build Your Own feature where you can lay 'Team to win' and 'Both teams to score':
Betfred - Pickyourpunt
Skybet - RequestABet
Betway - BetYourWay
Coral - Build Your Bet
Bwin - Build a Bet
Unibet - BetBuilder
Betfair Sports - Same Game Multi
Example - Bwin Build A Bet
Bwin offers you 10 free spins on Loot‘Enkhamun if you place a £10 bet on Newcastle Utd v Manchester Utd using their Build a Bet builder.
- Manchester Utd to Win
- Both teams to score (Yes)
Bwin offer this at 9.0 back odds.
You then create this lay using the Smarkets or Betfair lay market. Smarkets offer this at 11.0 lay odds.
You enter this into the Normal calculator and place your back bet and lay bet for a small loss. Job done!
In addition to Match Outcome & Both Teams To Score, you could also use the following markets:
Back: Match Outcome & Over/Under Goals (e.g. 2.5)
Lay: Match Outcome & Over/Under Goals
Back: Match Outcome DRAW & Under 2.5 Goals & BTTS-Yes
Lay: Correct Score 1-1
Back: Match Outcome DRAW & Under 0.5 Goals, BTTS-No
Lay: Correct Score 0-0
Back: Team to win & Under 1.5 Goals, BTTS-No
Lay: Correct Score 1-0
Back: Team to win & Under 3.5 Goals, BTTS-Yes
Lay: Correct Score 2-1
The best time to place these bets is between a few hours up to the kick off of the match. This is when the odds are usually closest.
For most of these, you would use the normal mode on the standard calculator.
If you are doing, for example, the Betfred bet £5 and get £5 free bet if your bet loses, you would use the refund mode on the calculator to help you lock in profit. Not familiar with refund offers, find more information here.
Some bookies do not let you build your own. Instead, you choose from a range of pre-built bets.
Unfortunately, almost always you cannot lay any of these bets. This is because they will offer pre-built bets such as 'Rashford to score, 8+ corners and 2+ yellow cards'.
Example-William Hill #yourodds market
These are special markets that bookies have put together with preselected options. For example:
Arsenal to win by 2 goals, 4 corners in the game and 2 yellow cards at odds of 11.0
Say the offer is Bet £5 on a #yourodds market and get a £5 free bet if it loses.
You take a look at that and think you should avoid it, right? Can’t lay it and therefore I risk losing money, right?
You can indeed benefit from these but using ‘advantage play’.
What is advantage play?
Advantage play is when you give an edge to your bets. It's when you make the odds more in your favour. So..going back to our example..
In this case, if I bet £5 on the market and not lay it, and then my bet goes on to win, great! Quids in.
If my £5 bet goes on to lose, I get my £5 free bet and make £3.50 from it and so at worst case I’m down £1.50.
But, if you do these offers over time, eventually you should hit some winners and these will recoup your losses and bring you into profit.
Unlike other matched betting strategies, this one is longer term and based on the expected value over time. It’s important to ensure that there is an offer linked to these markets in order to give yourself this advantage as this is where the edge is and therefore, the profit.
The bookies that offer these preselected markets include:
Pokerstars Sports – Requestabet
- BetVictor – #PriceItUp
- Ladbrokes – #GetAPrice
- Paddy Power - #WhatOddsPaddy
- William Hill – #YourOdds
Buschra's Top Tip: Building and selecting bets that can’t be layed are better for account health. So it is advisable to always do the advantage play route rather than laying.
Hope you found this guide helpful 🙂
Happy profiting folks!