A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The US Open is undoubtedly the toughest tournament in professional golf. Once the preserve of America's finest golfers, the US Open tours a fine selection of America's finest golf courses, all of which are set up to test the world's very best to their limits. With red hot competition on the course, the biggest names in bookmaking all want to grab as much of the second Major Championship business as possible, so many offer huge incentives for new customers in terms of free bets, plus implement extended each way terms up to an incredible 6 or 7 places. An additional each way place or two makes a huge difference in terms of generating profit in golf betting, so here's our guide to getting the latest US Open extra places each way offers.
The US Open is always played in the second week of June and the United States Golf Association (USGA) organised tournament tours a rota of classical golf courses such as Oakmont, Torrey Pines, Bethpage Black and Pebble Beach. However 2017 sees the U.S. Open visit a new course at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. From a betting perspective, the tide has certainly turned of late as after decades of home domination, Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Justin Rose (2013) and Martin Kaymer (2014) have won golf's second Major Championship in recent years. However home grown talent as in Jordan Spieth (2015) and Dustin Johnson (2016) have delivered a home victory over the past two years. The US Open is also well known for throwing up players who finish in the places at huge prices. Lucas Glover's win in 2009 came at 225/1, with Gregory Havret (2010), Kevin Chappell (2011), Michael Thompson (2012), Erik Compton (2014), Cameron Smith (2015) and Scott Piercy (2016) all finishing in the Top 4 at odds of 300/1 to 500/1. That's pretty much unheard of in any other professional sport.
BetVictor moved the goalposts in 2012 by offering 7 places each way at the US Open, although with substantially low player prices. However that bold approach was not revisited in 2014, but BetVictor's aggressive stance with their US Open promotion has spurred the whole market into a re-think about the amount of each way places offered to punters. For those looking for additional places, 2016 saw plenty of bookmakers going 6 or 7 places each way - a trend that will likely continue in 2017.
US Open Each Way Places Tracker
We have been tracking for a number of years the value dished out by online bookmakers across the major golf tournaments. 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 5 place each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online players who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years.
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Why 6 Places Each Way?
Maximising the number of places paid by bookmakers for each way bets is absolutely essential when backing your selection(s) at the US Open. After all anything can happen in golf and an additional 6th place each way spot provides an increased 20% chance of getting a return.
2016: Kevin Na backers who'd placed their bests with either Coral or Paddy Power were ecstatic when Dustin Johnson sank the winning putt at Oakmont in 2016. Na had unbelievably been market best price 100/1 with both online bookmakers despite them offering a market-beating 7 places each way 1/5 odds promotion. So Kevin Na supporters received a nifty 20/1 place return for his solo 7th spot finish, whilst all other punters who backed the World Number 33 received no return. As we say every year, it pays to back bigger-priced players with the bookmakers who offer the best each way promotions.
2015: It was a case of a brace of Americans, Australians and South Africans making up the top 6 at Chambers Bay in 2015. Therefore all punters who placed their bets with any online bookmaker bar Coral and Totesport received a full each way payout across Dustin Johnson (22/1) Louis Oosthuizen (100/1), Branden Grace (125/1), Adam Scott (33/1), and Cameron Smith (500/1). Jordan Spieth delivered his second consecutive Major Championship at 9/1.
2014: A quintet of players tied for 4th place, making 8 players in the paying places. Those who'd taken advantage of the 6 places each way received a 40% reduction across Bradley, Day, Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Stenson. Betway and Boylesports customers were hit by a 60% reduction.
2013: BetVictor punters received full each way returns across the top 7 players, including Billy Horschel at 80/1. £10 each way staked on Horschel returned £200. 6 places each way punters received a 25% payout across Dufner, Els, the aforementioned Horschel and Mahan; all of whom tied 4th. Betway and Coral customers received a nasty 50% reduction across them.
2012: Incredibly 1000/1 shot John Peterson finished in a 5-way tie for 4th. BetVictor punters only received a 20% reduction in their place winnings, whereas those that had backed Toms, Harrington, Peterson, Dufner or Furyk with Coral or William Hill, were hit with a nasty 60% reduction. That added up to a huge reduction in potential profits on Toms (150/1) and Peterson.