A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the National Hunt season and is eagerly anticipated as the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival. The 2017 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, on Friday 17th March, is expected to see a reasonably large field and that should ensure that a number of online bookmakers will offer 4 places each way and potentially even 5 places each way at the Cheltenham showpiece race. With the 2016 Gold Cup only seeing 3 places each way across a 9 runner field, the 2017 running of the Gold Cup will undoubtedly offer up a fantastic each-way betting proposition for the savvy online punter who has the right online bookmaker accounts.
The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase is the Blue Riband race of the National Hunt season. Field sizes have varied from 16 in 2009 and 2015 to just 9 in 2016. 2017 will see a large field line up for the stiff 3 1/2 mile race and that creates a huge opportunity for each-way punters. The Jockey Club in 2013 stated that in Handicap Races with more than 16 runners each way terms should be 1/4 odds on places 1-2-3-4. The Gold Cup is no Handicap, BUT for Championship races the online bookmakers also tend to use the Jockey Club rule as a guideline. So although nothing is confirmed - as yet - for the 2017 running, expect selected bookmakers to offer 4 places each way and potentially 5 places each way on the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Naturally we'll announce all extended place offers as soon as they're confirmed in the build-up to the big race.
With anything up to 16 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers pay out the standard 3 places each way at 1/5 odds. However the Gold Cup is so popular with punters desperate for a serious bet that a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place or two, with 4 or even 5 places at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Naturally 4 or 5 places covers circa 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
bet365 Cheltenham Festival Promotions
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In what is the most anticipated Cheltenham Festival for many years, bet365 will give their customers an unbeatable range of value-packed promotions that will no doubt include additional each way places. However it's not just the additional each way places which make bet365 a must-have online sports betting account at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.
Antepost backers get an unbeatable package of Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed. That can't and won't be beaten. Non Runner, No Bet is across ALL RACES at Cheltenham 2017 - plenty of online competitors are not offering this on any Festival races, let alone all of them. Full refunds are in cash if your horse doesn't run. Their Best Odds Guaranteed promotions mean that you can take an early price with full confidence as you're guaranteed that if your horse goes off bigger on the day, you'll be paid the better price.
bet365 will also have their massively popular ITV Racing 4/1 promotion activated across all live ITV Racing Cheltenham Festival races. So if you back a winner at 4/1 or more in any ITV Racing live Cheltenham Festival race you'll receive a risk-free bet to the same stake on the next live ITV Racing race. This promotion is not just for Cheltenham but runs across all live ITV Racing meetings - totalling just under 100 shows per year.
For each-way punters bet365 will also pay out full 1/4 odds each way on ALL 28 Cheltenham races, where some online bookmakers will pay out 1/5 odds.
We track the value dished out by online bookmakers across the major National Hunt races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long shots. With some High Street bookmakers still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years.
2017 Each Way Terms Offered: