Exchanges Compared

There are 4 reputable betting exchanges you can use for matched betting.

Whilst completing the earlier Welcome Offers it is best to stick to one exchange (most likely Betfair if you have started with them) as this means your exchange balance keeps growing, rather than spreading it too thinly across different exchanges.

However, you may have heard about other exchanges and may be wondering what is the difference between them. So in this guide, you will learn the pros and cons of each exchange and most important, which exchange(s) will help you make the most profit!

Welcome Offers

Firstly to mention, it's best to take advantage of the Welcome Offers available for each exchange. Currently, Smarkets gives you a £10 bonus whilst the other 3 of the exchanges give you 0% commission offer:

0% Commission for 30 days

*Must sign up via this welcome offer page  to be eligible for this 0% commission
*Up to £50 commission refunded back to you as cash
*Refunded every Wednesday
*For your first 30 days since registration

£10 Refund

*Deposit £20 to be eligible for this offer
*Once you have lost an lay bet with at least £10 liability, you will receive a £10 bonus
*This lost lay bet does not need to be your first lay bet, simply it is the first time you lose a lay bet
*£10 bonus converts to cash once you have placed another £20 worth of lay bets

0% Commission for 2018

*0% commission applied at the time you place your lay bet
*Must register by 15th July 2018
*0% commission for all lay bets until 31st December 2018

BetDAQ

0% Commission for 30 days

*Up to £1,000 commission refunded back to you as cash
*Enter promo code DAQBACK
*Refunded within 72 hours of completing your first month (30 days)
*For your first month (30 days) since registration

Commission Rates Compared

Low commission rates are very helpful to maximising matched betting profits.

For example, if you place a £1,000 worth of lay bets in a month, every 1% commission less means you save £5 in commission paid.

Given once you move on to Reload Offers you can make place up to £10k in lay bets every month this represents a very significant saving.

 5%

 1.5%*
0% OM members

BetDAQ

 2%

*Matchbook charge 1.5% on winning and losing lay bets so enter 1.5% into the back and lay commission in the calculator.

If you use OddsMonkey or looking to give it a try, please see the Smarkets 0% and Matchbook 0% blog posts for details on receiving the 0% commission.

Is Betfair's 5% commission justified?

Some matched betters will use predominately Smarkets for the 2% commission (or 0% commission offer with OddsMonkey). However, Betfair has some benefits that means it is still well worth having a balance in Betfair. These are:

  • Very user friendly design

  • Best stability

  • Additional markets

Check out the below sections for details on each of these areas.

Additional Markets Compared

All 4 exchanges have plenty of liquidity (the amount money being traded) on the main Match Outcome market, so you won't have any problem getting close lay odds on this market.

However, for some of the smaller markets, only Betfair and occasionally Smarkets will have high enough liquidity to ensure there is sufficiently good lay odds.

Such smaller markets that are often used by matched betters typically for price boosts or free bets include:

  • Goalscorer markets (First, Anytime, To Score 2)

  • Correct score

  • Asian Handicap (used for price boosts 'to win by 2 or more')

Appearance Compared

Most matched betters prefer the larger layouts of Betfair and Smarkets:

Betfair's layout is very clean with their choice of font and colours. It's very easy for beginners:

Smarkets layout is slightly larger for each market which makes it very easy to follow.

The only downside is there isn't really a need to display the % and the last traded odds (the far left numbers) as these are used moreso by recreational customers and traders. Also it is a little confusing initially, as the lay odds are in blue on Smarkets:

Matchbook's layout is a bit on the small side compared to Betfair and Smarkets which does result in the occasionally leaning towards the screen!

Other than this, it's a fairly straightforward layout:

BetDAQ

Betdaq is also a smaller than Betfair and Smarkets and it's also slightly less appealing given the fainter use of colours and the %s along the top that aren't helpful for us matched betters.

Note also you can see the lack of liquidity on the main market with only £66 available at 5.4 and £22 and 2.84:

Stability Compared

Being able to place your lay bet without fail is critically important - nobody wants to place a back bet if you can't place your lay bet!

Fortunately all 4 exchanges are very reliable for 99% of the time. The only issues can occur during the absolute peak times during the year, for example during the Grand National and opening day of the Premier League.

Betfair is the most reliable during the absolute peak time so I would recommend using them for the biggest events.

For example, whilst Smarkets has made very significant improvements over the past 1-2 years, matched betters were unable to place lay bet minutes before one of the biggest Ascot 2018 races, causing some panic!

Betfair vs Smarkets

Given the above comparison, you can understand why the two leading exchanges are Betfair (for their additional markets, appearance and stability) and Smarkets (low commission rate and appearance).

For more details on the pros and cons of each, please check out Team Profit Tom's video:

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