# You asked: How do you lay off a bet?

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Bookmakers reduce their exposure and minimize risk on a wager or series of wagers by placing bets with other bookmakers. This is known as a “layoff wager.” It also helps both parties balance their action so neither of them loses too much money on any one game.

## What does it mean when you lay a bet?

To lay a bet is to back something not to happen.

For example, to lay Manchester United to win their match is to back them NOT to win. If you were to lay them, you would win your bet if they either lost or drew their match.

## What happens if you lose a lay bet?

If your lay bet loses, you’ll lose your liability in the exchange, but win it back at the bookmaker (as your ‘winnings’). If your lay bet wins, your liability will be returned to your account plus you’ll also win your lay stake amount (minus any commission charged by the exchange).

## Do Bookies lay off bets?

Like punters, bookmakers are always looking to reduce their liability and to do this, they will attempt to attract money on their opposition. In essence, they attempt to balance their book. … They could lay off the bets, which we will talk about later, or they can change the odds to be more in line with other bookmakers.

## What do you win on a lay bet?

When you lay a bet, you are betting on something to not happen. If the selection loses then you win the backer’s stake. However, if it wins then you pay the winnings. This is known as the liability, i.e. how much you will potentially have to pay out.

## How is lay bet profit calculated?

Free bet – stake returned (SR) formulas

1. a) Profit if free bet wins: Profit = free bet value * back odds – lay stake * (lay odds – 1)
2. b) Profit if lay bet wins: Profit = (1 – commission) * lay stake.
3. c) To work out the ideal lay stake for even profit, no matter what the result: …
4. d) Final profit for the free bet (SR) stage:

## Can you make a living on Betfair?

For most punters, trading on Betfair for a living is just a dream. … But there’s plenty more to it if you’re to end up trading on Betfair for a living. I’ve been through it all myself… The good news is it’s absolutely worth it on the other side!

## What is the biggest bet ever won?

The Top Sports Bets Ever Placed and Won

• \$2.5 Million – Kansas City Royals Future.
• \$1.2 Million – Tiger Woods Masters Bet.
• \$800,000 – New England Patriots Super Bowl Bet.
• \$560,000 – Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Future.
• £200,000 – Leicester City Premier League Future.

## Is it illegal to be a bookie?

Although the term bookie has been associated with illegal activity, with the expansion of sports betting, a bookmaker has become a legitimate occupation. However, bookmaking and placing bets through a bookmaker can still be illegal. The legality of different types of gambling is largely determined by state governments.

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## Do bookies have to pay out by law?

Many people often ask whether bookies are legally obliged to pay out when a punter wins a bet. … Crucially the 2005 Gambling Act meant that gambling debts became legally enforceable, in theory at least, meaning that yes, bookies do indeed now have to pay out by law.

## How do you get paid in craps?

When 7 rolls, you win and are paid 4 to 1; if any other number rolls, you lose. This is a one-roll bet. Any Craps: You can bet on any roll of the dice. If 2, 3 or 12 rolls, you win and are paid 7 to 1.

## What is a vig in craps?

Buy bets on four through six and eight through 10 at craps are of two types. Most commonly by far, the house collects a “vigorish” or “vig” up-front, when players make their wagers. … The nominal vig either way is usually 5 percent of the bet rounded down to the next lower whole dollar.