A guide to Request-a-bets, and other specials

Largely due to the prominence of betting on social media, request a bet’s have become increasingly popular. The volume of different variations of selections and sometimes obscene odds have contributed to their popularity. But what are they, how do you place them and is there any tips on how to land them?

What is a request a bet?

In itself, request a bet is a fairly simple concept. The clue is in the name, you are requesting a bet from the bookmaker. You’re deciding which markets you want to be involved and which selections you’re making, it puts whoever is placing the bet in control rather than them taking a pre-existing market.

Request a bet’s are primarily designed for singular sporting events but can be tailored in to cross-match or cross sport specials in some circumstances. You can select from any market you want and the options are very vast. For a football request a bet you can delve in to a multitude of markets, however niche you want. It could be goal scorers, players to be carded, corners, goals or even stat related markets such as tackles or shots on target. Most bookies will limit the number of selections you can add, it’s normally around five or six.

Most bookmakers now offer a request a bet style feature and they are all done in similar ways.

Examples of request a bets

Whichever bookmaker you’re using, you can structure the bets in a similar way. I’ve gone on to Bet 365 and created a bet using their ‘bet builder’ as an example, so you have an idea of how it all comes together.

Here’s what I’ve drafted up for Manchester City vs Tottenham next Saturday:

· Both teams to score in the match – Yes

· Match result will be Man City

· Raheem Sterling to score anytime in the match

· Harry Kane to score anytime in the match

· Most goals to be scored in the 2nd half

This comes out at odds of 16/1. So as you can see, it allows you to combine various selections and markets that normally you’d be backing as singles. T

As I mentioned, these bets have become increasingly popular because of the traction they’ve gathered on social media. People have won incredible amounts of money on some really high odds request a bet’s, particularly on SkyBet.

SkyBet has seen a lot of action from these winners as when they price up a bet they post them all on site, so anybody can back the bet, regardless of who requested it. One that always sticks in my mind was a bet for Bayern Munich vs Liverpool in the second leg o the Champions League last season.

There was a request a bet made for Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk both to score a header, which was priced at 200/1. A lot of people took the punt with a few quid and came out very happy. As just a £10 stake had returned over £2,000. With an app like Sky, it is definitely worthwhile browsing through the already posted request a bet’s before looking to build one of your own. Your idea’s may have already been priced up, or other peoples selections could give you some inspiration.

How to request a bet

Some bookmakers have built in features to their app that allow you to create special bets. Such as Bet 365’s ‘Bet Builder, PaddyPower’s ‘Same Game Multi’ and Betfair’s ‘Odds On That’. These allow you to pick out each selection for yourself and combine them in to one bet.

The alternative method is by using social media. Most companies take requests via twitter, where you can tweet them your bet using a specific hashtag and they’ll price your bet up and get back to you. SkyBet take requests via their direct messages on their request a bet account, PaddyPower take requests via tweets with the hashtag #WhatOddsPaddy, in a similar way that William Hill take requests via the hashtag #YourOdds. These special bets have become a very social media orientated thing, out of which have born stories of incredible winners. Such as recently the ‘Tiger double’, which was a double of Tiger Woods to win The Masters and Tiger Roll to win the Grand National.

Tips for picking a request a bet

Request a bets are very different to accumulators and other bets, but there’s still some basic rules and tips to follow to get some success.

Research, research and research some more. Knowing the stats behind a game will always be beneficial to you, so just because you’re picking a more ‘out there’ bet, don’t disregard the ways in which you’d pick a regular bet. If you’re adding in a selection, think about why you’re doing it first. You want to add in a player to get booked? Who are you choosing? Take a look at their disciplinary record, check the line ups, they may be marking a particularly difficult opponent. Obviously the same applies for goal scorers, check their form but also common sources of the opposing teams goals conceded. Maybe a side is poor at defending set pieces, so it makes an opposition centre-half or target man forward more likely to score.

It’s also very important to know what is required for your bet to be settled as a winner. This is key if you’re backing markets such as shots on target or tackles. Make sure you know the rules behind the market and what constitutes a winning selection.

I’d always recommend having a look through any already priced up specials before you pick your own, not only can this give you some inspiration but it could also give you an idea of what odds your bet will come out at, allowing you to make some adjustments.