Make The Most Out Of Cheltenham Around Your Full-Time Job


26 Feb 2022

Updated: 29 Feb 2024

Check out our Ultimate Matched Bettors Guide To Cheltenham 2024 to make this year's festival your most profitable!

Are you working during this year’s Cheltenham Festival?

Worried about missing out on the most profitable time of the year for Matched Betting?

Many, if not nearly ALL, of our members are in the same position.

You can read Sam's full post from Cheltenham 2021 in our Facebook Group here.

Each year we see members with 9-5 jobs and busy family lives making healthy profits from Cheltenham. After all, Matched Betting is a side hustle. It's a way to make money online to the side of your normal day job, and Cheltenham is no different.

Related reading: How Much Can You Make Matched Betting During Cheltenham

There are just a few of the reported profits from our members working full-time and Matched Betting during Cheltenham in pervious years.

Useful reading: How To Prepare For Cheltenham

You too can make some great profits during Cheltenham by following the steps below.

4 Steps For How To Make Money Matched Betting Cheltenham Whilst Working Full-time

1. Get Organised

The Cheltenham Festival 2023 will take place from Tuesday 14th March until Friday 17th March.

You will want to highlight these dates on your calendar!

If you are unable to place bets through the day, it is important to check the 
Cheltenham Festival Offer Summary the night before each race day. (Note - this special link be live from approx. Tuesday 7th March. We recommend saving it as a favourite on your browser for easy reference.)

You can write down a list of offers you are able to complete either the night before, in the morning or on your commute to work.

2. Prioritise – Focus On The Guaranteed Profit Offers First

To maximise your profits it makes sense to focus on the best offers available to you first. These are the offers that, as long as done correctly, will put you in guaranteed profit before any races are even run that day.

Such offers include completely Free Bets, Bet & Get Offers, Money Back as Cash if you Lose Offers and Price Boosts.

You can do all of these types of offers around your job and in many cases you will be able to lock in some profit before you even start work for the day!

Completely Free Bets

Often at Cheltenham and other major sporting events, some of the big bookies will give out completely free bets on specific races. As soon as you see one of these offers come up and you have the time - do it. 

If you try and wait to get a slightly better oddsmatch nearer the race so that you can extract slightly more profit, you might suddenly get busy at work and forget to do it altogether! Then you miss out on making any profit at all.

Bet and Get Offers

Simple Bet & Get Offers - exactly like the sign up offers on the Outplayed Free Trial - these would also be smart to do as seen as you see them announced by the Outplayed Offers Team (follow the team on the forum by clicking the green plus sign on their profile).

Again, if you do them as soon as you have chance around your job, then the profits made and you can forget about it.

Money Back as Cash if you Lose Offers

Here's an example of this kind of offer:

With this specific type of Horse Racing Refund Offer it's possible to lock-in a profit before the race is even run by using the standard Matched Betting calculator immediately in Free Bet (SNR) mode.

As shown here:

As it's possible to lock-in your profit with correct Matched Betting before the race is even run with these risk-free, money back as cash if you lose offers, we would recommend doing these as soon as they become available to you as well.

Price Boost (Enhanced Odds) Offers

Whenever you get chance - even if you're just waiting for the kettle to boil to make your coffee - check for Price Boosts. 

There are often loads during Cheltenham at all times of the day - early morning and evening as well. Keep checking whenever you can. The profits from boosts can quickly start to add up.

3. Jump On Every Horse Racing 'Refund If' Offer Your Bankroll Allows!

Horse Racing money back offers are a simple and effective way for you to potentially boost your Cheltenham profits even further.

You will likely be able to do these types of offers on all four days of the Cheltenham Festival on several different races, across several different bookmakers.

If you've already done the quick profit offers above and worried you're running low on bankroll to do these offers too, then be sure to take advantage of shared liability anytime you can. You will be surprised how many more offers you can get on by being savvy with liability sharing on your lay bets.

The main horse racing 'refund if' offers to keep an eye out for are:

  • Get a Free Bet if a certain horse wins and your bet loses.
  • Cash Back or Free Bet if your horse finishes 2nd/3rd or similar.

Many of these offers will be announced the day before the races they are on or on the morning of the race the offer is on. Getting up just 20-30 minutes earlier in the morning to check for these offers before work could therefore really end up boosting your profits.

Again, if you're organized and have the special Cheltenham Festival Offer Summary page at the ready (available from 8th March) you will easily be able to see new offers being added by the Outplayed team nearly as soon as the bookies announce them. 

Following the OffersTeamOP on the forum also ensures you don't miss any opportunity to profit:

4. Fit In Horse Racing Extra Places (EPs) If You Can Between Work

Extra Place offers are by far the most profitable opportunity during Cheltenham.

However, to really make the most out of Extra Place offers, or 'EPs', you absolutely need:

  • to be around your computer and ready to catch the best odds matches;
  • to have practice and experience doing Extra Place offers and each-way bets on horses;
  • to have a pretty decent sized Matched Betting bankroll.

This can obviously be difficult if you are at work throughout the day - and personally we would never recommend to be multi-tasking whilst doing Extra Place Offers. As with all Matched Betting offers, these too need your full focus and attention if you want to avoid making silly mistakes. 

Many of our most experienced members, including many of the Outplayed experts, do recommend early mornings and evenings as a good time to do Extra Place Qualifying Bets. If you're considering doing EPs on evening though don't forget to check you are eligible to do so with each bookie and for each EP race.

If you work a regular 9-5 job that means suitable each-way bets for Extra Places offers are definitely worth your time hunting for when you get chance before or after work. 

These members in the forum reported an exceptional first day from Extra Places during Cheltenham 2021.

Then for Cheltenham 2022 these members in our Facebook Group also reported some big profits from Extra Places (EPs) over the 4 days of the festival.

Can It Really Be Worthwhile Using Your Holiday Time For Cheltenham?

Up until a point, the more time you spend Matched Betting the more you can tend to make.

However, before you book anytime off work the questions to first ask yourself might be:

Are you an experienced Matched Bettor with a very decent sized bankroll and lots of healthy accounts?

Are you very comfortable doing Extra Places and fully understand how they work? (i.e. that they are a +EV potential profit offer)

If your answer is a firm yes to both questions above, then it is possible that you may want to consider booking at least a little time off work during the Cheltenham Festival. Although of course, we can never guarantee it will be worth your while, you should have good opportunities to make some very good profits during the festival.

Our how much money can you make during Cheltenham article could provide some useful insights on what other members have achieved in the past.

The decision ultimately rests with you. It is 100% a personal choice and will definitely not be an option for everyone.

We would always note at this point that Matched Betting is ultimately considered only to be a way to boost your income and not a replacement for a full-time job.

Want to know more about Matched Betting Cheltenham?

Why not ask our members yourself?


Our Facebook Group, which currently has over 50,000 members is a great place to get answers and ask for help, especially if you are completely new to Matched Betting.

Interested in Getting Started Matched Betting?

You can start learning for free with our free trial and make your first profits.


Alternatively, upgrade to our Platinum Membership here.
You can easily make the cost of your membership back within an hour or so once you get the hang of things. Talk about value for money!

Matched Betting is not an alternative to employment or a solution to financial concerns. Profits can vary dramatically based on time and effort.