The reality of betting is that we can all sometimes be slightly disappointed by the odds we get offered. That’s not an unusual occurrence, to be fair. For some reason, things are always bigger and better in our imagination that they are in real life. When we buy a lottery ticket we don’t imagine that we’re going to win £10, nor when we go to the gym do we think that we’ll only have lost a pound or two. We think we’ll be the one with a ticket worth millions and we imagine that our half an hour on an exercise bike means that we’ve lost about a stone; certainly we’ll have lost enough for the takeaway we’re having later.
It’s always slightly more disappointing when it comes to betting odds, of course. In many instances you’ll have been researching all of the possible scenarios of the event that you’re betting on, from a horse’s previous form through to whether a tennis player is good on clay. We feel as though our deductions deserve a greater reward and often can’t believe that our predictions of several different events didn’t warrant a much healthier looking set of odds. 10/1?!
It should be more like 1000/1! Well, that’s where Ladbrokes’s Odds Boost offer comes in.
What Is an Odds Boost?
The clue is in the title for this particular offer, with an Odds Boost being exactly what you imagine. It is a boost to the odds you’ve been offered on a given event, similar to what you may have experience in the past with something like a Price Boost promotion. The difference between this offer and a price boost, however, is that you can choose when to apply the Odds Boost during the day, as opposed to it being offered when Ladbrokes want and on the sport they want.
Another key factor of the Odds Boost promotion is that you will find that you’re given a new Odds Boost token every day. The idea behind the offer is that you could, if you wanted to, take advantage of it every single day of the week. The flip side of that is that you only get one Odds Boost token per day and if you don’t use it by midnight then it will expire. You can use it any time after ten in the morning, but just make sure you do!
What Bets Can Be Odds Boosted?
Obviously Ladbrokes’s hope here is that you log in every day to use your Odds Boost and that you pick a losing bet to use it on. Even so, they’re not being completely free wheeling when it comes to the type of bets that you can get an Odds Boost for. In fact, they’ve laid down certain rules that you need to bear in mind when it comes to whether or not your bets will be Odds Boost compatible. Here’s what your bet needs to be:
- Placed on a pre-event or in-play market
- A Single or Single-line multiple
- Not a complex multiple like a Lucky 15
- Not an Each-Way bet
- Placed on any sportsbook event, including virtual sports
Lyu Haotian to win Quarter 1 was 125/1 earlier with Ladbrokes (160/1 with an odds boost)
— George Weyham (@george_weyham) October 15, 2017
As long as your bets meet those requirements then you should be ok to receive the Odds Boost. I say ‘bets’ plural because the Odds Boost will be applied to all valid bets on your bet slip at the time you click to use it. If you’re not sure whether your bets meet the requirements I’ve laid out above then just have a look in the ‘My Account’ section of the website or on your bet slip; that’s where you’ll find the Odds Boost button when it can be activated.
Other Relevant Ts & Cs?
Every offer a bookmaker makes normally has a load of terms and conditions attached. Some of them are ones that you don’t need to worry about, such as the need to be over eighteen years of age (given you will be anyway if you’ve got an account legally), whilst others are important enough to keep track of. Thankfully for you I’ve done the hard work to mean that you don’t have to. You should still give them a check over for yourself, of course, as what I think isn’t relevant you might think very much is. But generally speak this is where you’ll find out the crucial stuff.
For any of you that consider yourselves to be high rollers, you’ll be interested to know that the Odds Boost promotion only applies to the first £200 worth of your stake. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take advantage of it, of course, considering that the rest of the stake will simply be paid out at the regular odds instead of the boosted ones. It’s just worth knowing ahead of time so you’re not confused after the fact.
Do be careful of ensuring that you’re not trying to boost the odds of something that will then void another promotion. You can’t redeem it against a Special Market, for example, or a Price Boost. I’ve also heard of at least one occasion when someone saw the Odds Boost button next to their selections on an Acca Insurance offer, but by taking the Boost they actually made their insurance invalid. It’s up to you to check up on that sort of thing so don’t assume that just because you’ve seen the button it means all offers will work together.
The Odds Boost offer is only available for internet betting on a desktop, tablet or mobile device, so the likes of telephone and text betting as well as bets placed in the shop won’t be able to be boosted. The final thing I’ll point out is that Odds Boost as a promotion only applies to sportsbook bets, so other markets such as poker, casino and the Exchange won’t be able to be boosted either.