Each way and place betting are two of the more popular bet types in the industry. They are both essentially bets that cover a multitude of results, each having different pay-outs depending on where your bet finishes. This article will be looking at both forms betting, including the similarities and differences that they both have.

Each way betting

Each way betting is actually two bets rolled into one. The format is pretty simple, in that your bet is actually split in half, with half going on the winning result from that bet and half on your selection finishing within a certain number of places.

The sport that it’s most commonly used is that of horse racing. Let’s say you back a horse each way and you stake £10 at odds of 10/1. £5 of that bet would go on that horse to win and £5 of that bet would go on that horse to finish within a certain number of places. For the second part of the bet, the place, the number of horses in the race will determine in what position the horse must finish outside of winning to claim the place prize; for most races it will be top 4 places paying out a quarter of the original odds.

Let’s say that the horse we backed goes on to win the race. So, £5 of the bet that was on the win would be successful, at odds of 10/1 this would mean we would get £50 profit. The second half of the bet (place bet) would also win, resulting in the odds for that being 2.5/1 (quarter of original odds), returning £25 profit. So, overall we would get £75 from this bet.

Now let’s say that the horse finishes third. We miss out on win part of the bet, but we can still claim on the place part as it finishes within the top 4 still. So, again our £5 would pay out at odds of 2.5/1 (quarter of original odds), resulting in a return of £25 for our place bet.

If the same horse finished outside of the top four places in this example, or outside the number of places being paid, then the bet would lose.

Place betting

Place betting is a similar concept, except the bet is a singular bet for the bet to finish within the highlighted places prior to that bet starting. The odds will be less than that of a bet to win, due to the increased number of possibilities to win, but the position of where our bet finishes will all pay out exactly the same.

For example, we back a golfer to finish in the top 5 positions of a tournament for our place bet. If they finish within these top 5 places, in any order, we win our bet at fixed odds. If they finish outside the top 5, then we simply lose the bet. It’s worth noting that you don’t get higher odds or a larger payout if they finish 1st or 5th.

Each way v place betting

Each way betting is always going to be the bet that gives you the biggest return on investment for winning bets. The fact that your bet is split up into two means that the possibilities of a larger return are going to increase, due to the fact that the win bet will pay out at the original odds, plus you would get the each way winnings on top of that as well.

A good time to use these types of bets is when you are backing something that you think has a really good chance of winning, but you want the security of a place just in case something goes wrong.

Place betting is widely regarded as being a much safer bet than each way betting as it generally will give you better odds than the quarter odds you would receive for the place part of an each way bet.

These types of bets are good when you think your bet has a good chance of finishing in the place positions and unlikely to win due to a heavy favourite that is likely to walk away with the victory.

Each way and place betting by sport

The two forms of betting will work quite differently, depending on which sport you are betting on. Below we have highlighted some of the more typical scenarios, which you will find from a number of different sports.


Two of the most popular markets in football are that of betting on tournament winners and also the first goalscorer market. When betting on which team you think will win a certain tournament men’s that an each way bet will have a certain cut off point as to how many places it pays out for the place part of the bet. Usually what you will find is that a team will need to reach final for these types of bets to pay out on the place bet and essentially finish in the top 2 positions. Obviously this will have an effect on the odds for the place bet, but you can expect them to be around 1/3rd of the odds taken.

Each way betting on the first goalscorer market will often help you if the player you have backed fails to score the first goal, but does go on to score the second. Again, if this occurs then the odds for the place bet will be around 1/3rd of the original bet.

Horse racing

In horse racing the number of horses in the race will depend on how many places are paid out for both each way bets and place bets. As a general rule, for most races that include 8 or more horses in the race you can expect to see 3 places paid and races with 13 or more, 4 places paid, although this varies from bookmaker to bookmaker. In fact, often bookmakers will increase the number of paid places for certain races as part of promotions that they run, so keep an eye out for those.

The main market for these types of bets are the outright winner market and this is where these bets are going to be most popular in horse racing.


Golf works much the same as other sports in that a set amount of players will be highlighted for the place bet. It differs slightly in that because of the vast number of players in each tournament (often over 150), the number of places increases slightly, with most bookmakers, as rule of thumb, offering up 6 places to be paid for each way and place bets.

Again, you’re looking at the outright winner of a tournament, which is the most popular for this bet type. But, there is one important thing to take into account with golf, which you don’t get with all other sports. Often in an event players will shoot the same score, in which case will result in them finishing tied for that position (an outright winner will always occur, even via a play-off if need be). If this happens then dead heat rules apply and depending on how many people are tied for that position will determine the calculation for the pay out.

For example, if 2 players are tied for one spot then your stake will be divided by 2, or essentially halved. If there are 3 players then your stake will be third and so on.