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Keep bets in-play

The Smarkets 'keep bets in-play' feature allows users to leave their unmatched bets live once the market goes in-play - giving them more opportunity to be matched at the price they’ve requested.

Normally unmatched bets are automatically cancelled when the market is halted just before going in-play. Now, for markets that are scheduled to be turned in-play, users can request that individual unmatched bets are not cancelled when the market is turned in-play.

This feature means that users who want to be matched at a certain price will not have to re-place the bet when the market goes live, but does not guarantee that you will be matched.

The market will halt as normal once the event starts, but when it turns in-play all bets selected with the 'keep bets in-play' feature will be available for other users to match.

Please read our keep bets in-play rules.

How to use the keep bets in-play feature

1: You can select to keep any bet you place in play if the market hasn’t already gone live. 


2: Enable the function to keep bets in-play by selecting the Keep in-play option.


3: Now place your bet. Before confirming your bet, make sure the keep bets in-play function is enabled.


4: Once you have confirmed your bet, it will be kept in-play when the event goes live. You can check which bets have been kept in-play on your account statement.


Default setting

The default setting will cancel unmatched bets when the market is halted. You will need to select every bet individually to keep bets in-play.

Reduction factor

All unmatched bets will be cancelled, regardless of whether keep in-play is selected, when a non-runner is removed from a horse racing market if a reduction factor is applied.


Note: If your bet is matched in-play and a material event occurs during the 8-14 second confirmation period, the bet will be voided.

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