In Play Betting

In-Play Betting at Betfair

Betfair offers in-play betting on a range of Thoroughbred & Harness races (online and over the phone) and Sports (over the phone) meaning you can BACK or LAY, from the start of an event until the market is suspended – at the end of the event/race.

In-play offers punters more opportunities to find value as markets fluctuate when circumstances change throughout a match or race. For example, if the favourite horse in a race misses the start, or the underdog soccer team scores the first goal, the favourite will drift (bigger odds) as the market (people) think that the horse or team is less likely to win which is logical.

Recent in-play statistics

  • $255,036 traded in-play – 2014 Melbourne Cup
  • 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (8.00 SP) traded as high as 15.00 in-play
  • 2014 Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti (10.50 SP) traded as high as 18.00 in-play
  • 2015 NRL Grand Final winners North QLD Cowboys traded as high as 11.13 in-play

In-Play Racing – Online & Phone Betting

Horse racing markets will be declared ‘in-play’ – denoted by the icon in the market view – at the ‘off’, or the commencement of the race.

Bet online – simply wait for the ‘in-play’ icon in the market view.

Bet over the phone – call 132 Bet (minimum bet size is $50).

Where can I bet In-Play on Racing?

Australia – All Thoroughbred (except Victorian jumps) & Harness win markets.
New Zealand – Saturday Thoroughbred win markets.
International – Thoroughbred win markets across selected racing around the world.


In-Play Sports – Phone Betting

Betting online in-play on sports is unavailable in Australia due to legislation. However, you can bet in-play over the phone. As shown below, a sports market will prompt you with the option to bet in-play over the phone when it turns in-play.

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