What Is Draw No Bet? DNB Explained

Draw no bet, also known as DNB, is a type of bet that allows you to pick a selection that you are a little apprehensive about winning. If your selection doesn’t win the match and instead draws against the opposition then you will get your stake returned as cash, not as a free bet, and you will be free to withdraw the money or use it as stake for another bet. Not every bookmaker offers the draw no bet market but Bet 365 and William Hill usually offer it on every football match. It is a betting market most commonly used on football matches but the market should be available on any sporting event where there are WLD (win lose draw) outcomes available.

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A Draw No Bet Example

I personally don’t utilise the draw no betting market all that much because the odds are often not very appealing if you think the favourite could either win or draw, it usually doesn’t return all that much money unless you stake big, although even the odds on favourites can drift out handsomely towards the dying embers of a game so if the draw no bet option is still available on the betting console you may feel as though it is worth a crack. When i do use draw no bet it will be when a football match has already kicked off and i am able to get a feel for the more likely result, i never back it before a match has kicked off.

The most recent use of draw no bet for me was when Germany played England in the Canadian Women’s World Cup third place play off. Throughout the course of the game Germany, the worlds number 1 women’s footballing side, were very fancied to beat England. During the build up to the kick off England were as high as 5-1 to win. Germany were slightly less than evens and as the game progressed they didn’t move around all that much and England’s odds shortened a little.

At one point England were 4-1 to win during the match but their draw no bet odds were 3-1. This meant that if you did fancy England women to get over the line and get the job done in 90 minutes you could place a bet that would cover your stake if the game drew with odds that weren’t all that much different to backing them on the outright market. A good betting situation for someone who didn’t fancy too much risk at the time.

I stuck £30 pounds on England Women draw no bet and, unfortunately, they drew which meant i didn’t make the £90 pounds profit i was hoping to make but i did get my £30 stake returned to me as cash a few minutes after the end of the second half. If Germany had have won the game my draw no bet bet would have lost.

England seemed to be getting into the game towards the end of the second half and Germany, while a good side, looked as if they would struggle to keep defending well against an England women’s side desperate to finish in 3rd place after going out against Japan. As the first half of Extra time kicked off i decided that i would back England with the £30 pound stake my draw no bet had returned, but this time to win the match in Extra time because they were odds of 5-1 and were having a better game than Germany. Luckily, my presumption that Germany would be overpowered was correct and Germany conceded a penalty which Fara Williams converted giving me £150 pounds profit from a straight bet to win.

So, as you can see, the draw no bet market does have its uses.

It’s more useful, though, when you think the outsider has a better chance of winning the game than the bookies favourite, unless, of-course, you have loads of money to continuously lump onto favourites…

If you’ve had an accumulator (multiple selections in one bet) and selected a draw no bet as one of your selections, if the game draws your accumulator will be calculated to minus profit from that selection because it drew and your stake element will be returned within the payout. If one selection in the accumulator loses then the whole accumulator loses so you will not get your stake back on the DNB selection unless the remaining outright selections are successful.

Draw No Bet Explained

What do you think?