In order to be paid out on a winning bet, you normally have to wait until the official result has been confirmed. After that point, your bet can be settled, and any winnings can be added to your account. This might be after the final whistle has been blown in a football match or following the weigh-in after a horse race.
The reason for this delay, is that sport is full of uncertainty, and every year there are spectacular last minute rallies to seal victory, or for the opposition, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
There are some promotions however, where this uncertainty is taken out of the equation. Once your team is a certain number of goals or points ahead, you could be paid as a winner no matter the final result. It is these promotions that we will explore in more detail here, as well as indicating which of these offers are available at the best bookmakers.
Current Early Payout Offers
Many early payout offers will focus on football, rugby union and rugby league so will normally show when these seasons are in progress. We will show the live promotions below.
Get your single bets paid out if the team you back goes 2 goals ahead - for multiple bets the selection will be marked as a winner with bet365. Applies to pre-match single and multiple bets on the standard Full Time Result market for applicable competitions. Only available to new and eligible customers.
Common Rules & Terms
Before we go into more detail on early payout promotions, below are some key points to look out for.
- When the offer applies – These promotions will have a set point where the early payout kicks-in. If there is a 2 goal lead stipulation for a football promotion, this will only apply if your team goes two goals clear. I your side is only ever one goal ahead, this won’t apply
- Applicable matches – You many have a catch-all, ‘any game’ offer but it is much more likely to apply to specific leagues and cups
- Payout limits – These probably won’t apply to the vast majority of bets but it would be a good idea to check if there is a maximum amount to how much will be paid out with these promotions, with the remainder or even the whole bet awaiting the final result if outside of these limits
- Will I be paid twice? – No, once your bet has been paid out early there won’t be a subsequent payment when the final result is confirmed
- Extra/over time – As with most offers, extra time is unlikely to be included unless this is explicitly stated, instead applying to regular time only
How Do Early Payout Offers Work?
Early payout offers typical apply to match betting, where you have backed team A to beat team B. This is the most popular way to bet on sports such as football, rugby and American football and as a result, it is on these sports that this promotion is most often applied to.
Where there is an early payout promotion active, you will find that rather than wait until the game that you have bet on has been completed, you may find that if your team takes a certain lead that your bet will be paid as a winner.
The leading margin will vary from sport to sport and from betting site to betting site but it will normally be a margin that in the majority of cases leads to a win but is not impossible to overhaul. For example, in football the early payout could be set at a five goal lead, however, the chances are tiny that a team could come back from such a deficit. As a result, the early payout mark should be large enough to make a draw or defeat unlikely, but small enough to be a realistic safety net.
Some examples of typical early payout levels by sport are shown below:
- Football – Two goal lead is the usual benchmark, where over 93% of teams go on to win
- Rugby Union – A 14-point lead, which equates to two converted tries, is usually applied in rugby union
- Rugby League – As with rugby union, the early payout mark in rugby league is often 14 points. Although a converted try is worth 6 points in rugby league, games tend to more free scoring
- NFL/American Football – A touchdown in American football is worth 6 points, which can be converted with a field goal or safety for an additional point, or another touchdown for two additional points. The early payout for NFL games is therefore similar to rugby at between 14-17 points
- Tennis – This will only apply to five-set men’s matches, such as at the Grand Slams, with the early payout set at 2 sets up. In the Slams, just under 4% of players lose after going two sets up
- NBA/Basketball – As basketball is such a free scoring game, substantial leads can be caught, especially when made in the first half of games. The early payout is basketball is normally 17-20 points
- NHL/Ice Hockey – Unlike basketball and American football, ice hockey is a lower scoring game with goal frequency closer to football. The early payout for this sport is more likely to be 2-3 goals
- Cricket – Although cricket offers are less frequent, you may find an early payout offer for a 100 run opening partnership in limited overs games, which should set a team up for victory though a lower order collapse is always a possibilty
Early Payout Examples
It is important to emphasise the point at which these offers will apply is usually when a team takes the required lead and isn’t triggered necessarily at a specific scoreline. If we take a 2 goal early payout in football, a team doesn’t necessarily need to be winning 2-0 for this to be paid out, even though a 2-0 lead will trigger the offer. If a team goes 1-0 down in a match but hits back to lead 3-1, it is at this point that the early payout is made as they have taken a two-goal lead.
An example of a team taking a two-goal lead having been behind in the match can be seen below, showing the goals from the Liverpool v Bournemouth game in August 2023.
Liverpool v Bournemouth (19/08/23)
In the above example, Liverpool would have been paid out as winners after the 62nd minute when Diogo Jota puts the Reds 3-1 up, the first time in the match they earned a two-goal lead.
As another example we can look at when a team took a two-goal lead but lost. For this we will look at the Manchester United v Nottingham Forest game, again from August 2023.
Manchester United v Nottingham Forest (26/08/23)
|Goal No.||Manchester United||Score||Nottingham Forest|
Here we can see that Nottingham Forest stormed to a two-goal lead after just four minutes thanks to goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly. As a result, Forest would have been paid as the winner of the match with the vast majority of the game still to play.
Manchester United got back into the game with goals from Christian Eriksen and Casemiro, drawing the scores level at 2-2. When Marcus Rashford was fouled in the box, the Red Devils were awarded a penalty which captain Bruno Fernandes duly dispatched to complete the comeback. Therefore both teams would be paid out as winners in this instance.
For an example of an early payout in another sport, we will look at the Ireland v New Zealand rugby union Autumn International which was played in November 2013. Reigning World Champions New Zealand were looking to become the first international side to win every test in a calendar year. Going into their match with Ireland in Dublin, they had played 13 and won 13.
Ireland meanwhile had never beaten the All Blacks. Since their first contest on the 25th November 1905, New Zealand had won every game between the two nations barring a 10-10 draw in 1973, an unbeaten streak covering 27 games which spanned just one day shy of 108 years.
Ireland v New Zealand (24/11/13)
|Conor Murray (try) 5′||5-0|
|Johnny Sexton (con) 6′||7-0|
|Rory Best (try) ’11||12-0|
|Johnny Sexton (con) 12′||14-0|
|Rob Kearney (try) 18′||19-0|
|19-5||Julian Savea (try) 26′|
|19-7||Aaron Cruden (con) 27′|
|Johnny Sexton (pen) 34′||22-7|
|22-10||Aaron Cruden (pen) 53′|
|22-15||Ben Franks (try) 65′|
|22-17||Aaron Cruden (con) 66′|
|22-22||Ryan Crotty (try) 83′|
|22-24||Aaron Cruden (con) 84′|
As the table shows, the home side came out firing with tries from Conor Murray and Rory Best, both of which were converted by Johnny Sexton. Should an early payout offer set a 14 point lead as the threshold, Ireland would have been paid out as winners at this point. If a larger margin was required, this was reached shortly after when Rob Kearney went over to extend Ireland’s lead to 19 points.
New Zealand weren’t about to surrender their record yet, however, replying with two converted tries and a further penalty with only a Johnny Sexton penalty for the Irish in between, bringing the scores to 22-17 as the clock ran down. With just 30 seconds remaining, Ireland conceded a penalty which the visitors ran with. With the clock turning red having passed 80 minutes, New Zealand kept the ball alive with twelve phases of play before Ryan Crotty broke the Irish defence with a try to level the scores. The All Blacks secured the win and the unbeaten record with a final Cruden conversion meaning that both teams would have been paid as winners with an early payout offer.
Early Payout Coupons
Something you may come across on a number of betting sites are early payout coupons. These work in exactly the same way as early payout offers with the only difference that the early payout coupons offer you slightly reduced odds in return for the chance of an early payout. Whilst the net result is the same, i.e. you will be paid as a winner when your team gains a certain lead, this is technically a different market rather than a concession.
To give you an example of how the odds compare on these coupons, below we have some examples across a range of sports.
Match Odds Versus Early Payout Odds
|Sport||Match Odds||Early Payout Odds|
|Football (2 Goals)||1/3||2/7|
|Rugby Union (14 Points)||3/10||2/7|
|American Football (14 Points)||8/15||4/9|
The odds above illustrate that there is a compromise when betting on an early payout coupon but as we’ve seen from the examples above, it could make the difference between a winning bet and a losing bet.