Matched Betting Advice: Rebuilding Your Bankroll

James McMath

16 Jan 2017

Updated: 9 Feb 2023

Life does not always go to plan, things often crop up unexpectedly and need to be dealt with.

This is the case for many Outplayed members who find that they have to not only dip into their Matched Betting Bankroll (or cash float) but had to use almost all of it.

What is needed after that is a way to get back into Matched Betting.

We all know it works and we all know it builds your bank, but if you have already done all the sign-ups and need to restart with a small bankroll and only reload offers (existing customer offers) then you will need a bit of patience.

Here are some tips if you find yourself in this situation:

Don't Panic

You can make this money back, the offers are there and the system works. Yes, it will take some time to get back to where you were so be patient.

Do Any Offer That You Can

Just get back to doing what you can. Take action each and every day and do any small offers that don't require much of a bank.

This is the most important thing really! You need to start doing offers again to get the money coming back in!

Stick To Reload Offers That Are Risk-Free When Done Correctly

There is absolutely no point in risking any of your limited funds on advantage play offers, horse refunds etc. Stick initially to any offers that are risk-free (when done correctly). Examples of these type of offers include simple Bet & Gets, Price Boosts, Direct Free Bets, Free Games and Casino Free Spins

Focus On Building Up Your Bankroll 

If you can, then do not touch your Betting Bank again for as long as you possibly can. Build it up, slowly at first, to an acceptable level to allow you to do multiple offers at once, ACCAs, horse refunds etc.

Make A Long-Term Plan And Be Positive

Think where you want to be with your Matched Betting in six months and in a year and be positive about getting there.

Don't worry about where you were before as that is now irrelevant, you need to move on and move forwards and upwards!
Don't compare yourself to others. You don't know the size of their bankrolls, how much time they have or how experienced they are. Everyone is on their own journey with Matched Betting. 

Keep An Eye On The Signup Offers

New sign ups are regularly added and it is probable that there will be at least one that you have not done. This would be an easy way to gain some profit.

Related: How to keep your betting account open

Casino Free Spins And Free Games

If there are any offers for totally free spins, even with loads of wagering, then make sure you are doing these.

As long as you follow the guides and double-check the terms and conditions of free spin offers and free games, there is absolutely no risk and you could make some money.

Some people have had big wins from these offers. 

Ask our Outplayed Facebook Community: Are Free Spin Offers Worth It? 

Regularly Check Your Email And Mobile Inbox

This is one of the golden rules of Matched Betting!

Always always check your emails and SMS text's regularly as bookies often send you nice offers to tempt you to bet with them.

If you are not sure if the offer is worth doing, then ask in the forum.

Learn  And Do Lock-Ins

Lock-ins are all about finding ways that will guarantee you a profit from an offer that has elements of chance.

Eg. £10 refund if Chelsea wins the match.

There are various Matched Betting Calculators we can use to achieve this profit lock-in depending on the type of offer. 

The Forum Lock-In Thread (Chat) is available here.

Matched Betting With Limited Funds - Advice From Outplayed Members

Some Outplayed members shared their advice on how to start Matched Betting again with limited funds.

'Rebuild SLOWLY'

Aless02 wrote: "Accas are nice but do require a decent bank to start rolling dozens at a time.

"I tend to focus on rebuilding slowly and reintroduce accass once I have gotten above at least £500. Lock-ins and refunds are useful no matter what your bank size is.

"Speaking as someone who has rebuilt from almost zero at least three times now.

Related: Myths about matched betting

"Basically, my strategy is generally hit up as many reload offers as your bank allows (generally not horses, higher odds need higher banks and refunds are much harder to hit).

"I'm a casino person, so I do all low-risk casino offers (like the 2-3 weekly Ladbrokes ones) as generally don't lose any or much at all, and those free bets really add up.

"Plus, in all honesty, the quickest way to build a bank is to hit some good casino win. So best do many casino offers and hope for a big win every so often (make sure they are risk-free offers and follow the guides to the letter)!

'Audit your cccounts'

The Beard wrote: "Always worth doing an audit of all your accounts.

"I've rinsed my bank over Christmas and thought I had around £50 left.

"However, quick tot up this morning revealed £145, including £33 I never knew I had in Genting.

"It's a bit like looking down the sides of the cushions in your sofa."

Ru4hie replied: "I once 'found' £230 in a Marathon Bet account."

See also: Dutching - betting systems and strategy

'Stick to the bread and butter'

MioKontic wrote: "My advice would be don't go chasing it and thinking you can get it back quickly with non-risk-free casino offers as they can bite back.

"Stick to the bread-and-butter, there's still plenty of offers."

"Some days are quiet but other days can be really good."

See also: Hedge betting to guarantee profit

Rebuilding Your Matched Betting Bankroll - One Final Tip

Understand and use shared liability whenever you can. You can potentially get twice the number of offers done that you think you can by being savvy with your Matched Betting liability.

If you are restarting Matched Betting at the time of a major sporting event, like The Cheltenham Festival, taking advantage of shared liability will be an absolute MUST.

Related: Lay betting - strategy and systems