What is a Betting Rollover Requirement?

When placing a bet, you will be required to put down a “rollover” (i.e. deposit) within a certain amount of time. If you do not, then the stake is lost. This is called the “rolling-over requirement” and it is usually expressed in simple terms as “x must be rolled over within y days”. For example, if you have wagered £100 on a horse that finishes first, you will need to return £100 plus a 15% fee or £115 using a banking app by the end of next day. Failure to do so results in the entire stake being forfeited.

However, it is not always as simple as that. The following types of betting rollover rules exist:

Multiple Betting Rollovers

In multiple betting, you are allowed to make a deposit and then place a further bet within a certain amount of time (i.e. within y days). For example, if you make a £100 deposit on a horse that you hope to back in the next race then you can make a bet of £100 on the same horse in the next race without having to re-deposit £100. You will simply have to meet the same rollover requirements for the second bet. Remember, in multi-betting, the bets are linked – if you lose any one of them, you will lose the entire stake. In addition, some bookmakers offer separate accounts for each linked bet (i.e. individual accounts) which may contain more advantageous betting rules.


Sometimes there will be a twist in the tale. For example, sometimes a horse will finish first and then another horse will come in and tie it (i.e. finish immediately after it in a photo finish). In this instance, you would not lose your entire stake as the first horse would be deemed the winner. Instead, you would keep your £100 stake with the second horse being deemed the winner and the first horse being ranked as the second-place finisher.

As mentioned above, some bookmakers’ tie-breaker rules are favorable to the user – if you are ranking several horses after a race then you may find that the bookmaker has decided that the first three placed horses are the ones that deserve to be ranked the most. The advantage of this is that you will not necessarily lose your entire stake if you back the wrong horse.

Time Limit (i.e. Time Bet)

Sometimes you may have limited time to make a bet within. For example, if you have a football match that you need to watch (or listen to) then you may have only certain hours during which you can make the bet (i.e. “live” betting). After the specified time, you are unable to make the reverse bet. In order to avoid being penalized for missing the match, you must make the reverse bet within the time limit or the stake is forfeited. The same goes for other types of sporting events (i.e. tennis, sports car racing, motorbike racing, etc.).

The above examples only cover some very basic aspects of betting rollover rules. In order to fully understand how they work then you should refer to the terms and conditions of the bookmaker you are using. However, in general, your wagering needs to be in accordance with the rules of the sport you are participating in. If not, you may find yourself answering at the sport’s governing body to questions about why you have not met your financial obligations.