Unmatched bets, partially-matched bets, and how to fix them

Ever placed a lay bet at the betting exchange only to see that it hasn’t matched? Whether that’s all of it or part of it, the natural reaction is to panic. But fear not because partially matched and unmatched bets in matched betting are fixable. We’ll look at how in this post.

What are partially-matched bets and unmatched bets?

When only part of a lay bet is matched, this is a partially-matched bet. When a lay bet isn’t matched at all, we call this an unmatched bet.

What causes partially or unmatched bets?

There are two reasons why partially and unmatched bets happen:

  1. There isn’t enough liquidity available in the market.
  2. The lay odds may have changed as you were laying.

Depending on the situation, the fixes are different. We’ll take a look at both now.

How to fix unmatched bets

If the issue is a lack of liquidity at the betting exchange, you can choose to leave it and see if it matches on its own. However: this may not happen so be aware that you’ll probably have to step in. If the issue is a change in odds, simply cancel the lay bet and lay again at the new odds. Watch our video guide on unmatched bets for more information.

How do I fix a partially matched bet?

Partially matched bets are a bit trickier to fix. But still possible. Again, it’s important to know what the issue was to know how to fix it. If there is a lack of liquidity, you can try to leave the bet pending to see if more cash comes into the market and the lay bet may be matched on its own. However, if it’s a change in odds, then you need to cancel the unmatched portion of the pending lay bet and use the partial lay calculator. (This is the standard matched betting calculator but with the ‘partial lay’ option set to ‘show’).

Using the partial lay calculator

In the top section, enter the full amount you wanted to back and lay. Then in the bottom pink section, enter what actually matched. The calculator will then give you the next lay stake to place at the new odds.

If you have any questions or need help fixing partially or unmatched bets, join our Facebook group and share screenshots of your bets! Alternatively, OddsMonkey Premium members can swing by our Community. Start your free trial today and upgrade your membership when ready.

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