What Is “Draw No Bet” And How Does It Work?

There are lots of sports, both team and individual, where there is no concept of “draw.” Each game or match must have a definitive winner and loser, and no two teams or individuals can be perfect equals. There are team sports where draws are extremely rare – like handball and basketball – and lots of individual sports which don’t have the concept of “draw” – like tennis.

Sadly for us, football betting enthusiasts, draws are very common in our sport. On average, a league can have between 20% and 40% of its games ending undecided, depending on how balanced the teams are regarding squad strength. With so many draws occurring each day, can we profit from this?

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How We Can Take Profit From DNB Bets?

The answer is clear, although it doesn’t seem that way at the beginning. There are two main ways in which you can integrate draws into your betting plans. The first (and the one most people use) is to study teams which have good chances of drawing in their next game. Each league has its midtable teams which seem to enjoy drawing very much – Stoke City, West Brom, Eibar, Sampdoria, Fiorentina are just a few examples.

Only betting that these teams will draw in the next game, coupled with some good money management strategies, can bring you some good profits over the long term. While this can be a good idea, betting on draws is complicated due to a very simple reason: they are very unpredictable and can be ruined by each of the two teams.

That is why you should look to integrate draws together with an outright winner. The most common option to do this are either double chance bets (1X, X2) or asian handicap bets, such as +0,5. Although these are the most common choices, there is one which is not so commonly used, when it really should: the DNB option.

The idea of the bet is very straightforward and can be deduced from its name. When two teams, for example, Manchester United and Arsenal, go against each other, you have three outright betting options: home win, draw, or away win. Basically, the “Draw No Bet” options eliminates the draw for the bet.

If you choose to bet “1 DNB”, that means that your bet would be won if the home teams win, and if the game ends in a draw, the bookmakers will return your money back. Because the draw isn’t considered a full win, but more of a refund, these “DNB” bets have a slightly larger odd that a double chance bet. For example, for a game between Leicester City and Stoke where Leicester have the odds to win of 1,95, a 1X draw has 1,26 odds, while a 1 DNB bet has 1,43 odds.

“DNB” As An Alternative Strategy – Example

“Draw No Bet” bets bring some exciting options to your betting palette. They are very similar to double chance and handicap bets, as stated above, but their small twist generates some interesting strategies. Let’s look at an example so we understand best where these bets should be used!

If a big team, like Manchester United, play a less-spectacular team at home, they should have odds to win around 1,50. A double chance bet would have odds around 1,10, which would be won if the Red Devils win or if the game ends in a draw. A “1 DNB” (home win – draw no bet) option would only have slightly better odds, around 1,18.

The difference between the two bets is in the case of a draw – for the double chance bet, you would win a sum of money, while the DNB bet would only give you your wager back. The conclusion here is quite simple, in our book: these one-sided games are not the best to use the DNB bets in.

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“Draw No Bets” Odds

We are big fans of using this type of bet in slightly-favored games, but which can really end either way. If two mid-table teams with similar runs of form play against each other, the home squad is usually slightly advantaged: odds to win are around 2,00, compared to the away team’s 3,80 or 4,00. While a 1X bet would have odds around 1,25 – 1,30 in this case, a “1 DNB” bet comes close to 1,50!

You can get some great value bets in these cases since an away win is highly unlikely in such situations. A draw would not be the end of the world, since you would get your money back, and with good money management, your bank will grow in no time. Pay close attention to the fact that the reverse is more often than not false: a “2 DNB” bet is never superior to an X2 bet in this case!

In the case of evenly matched teams, the away team has a much harder job than the home team so that a draw would be a great result for them. In the case of a DNB bet, this draw wouldn’t help you at all. So, if you want to bet on the away team getting a decent result, either look for a double chance bet, a handicap bet or a bet revolving around goals scored. A draw no bet kind of wager would be a risky bet with low risk-reward – either go for the full away win, or try a safer bet. The DNB bet works a lot better when put on the favorite or home team, at least in our experience.

When To Use This Type of Betting?

That being said, we believe that the “Draw No Bet” bets can be a excellent weapon in your betting arsenal. They can be used in a system by themselves, or as small tricks in your overall betting plan – the choice is entirely up to you! This type of bets typically encourage football bettors to analyze games they would most likely discard previously, due to being harder to predict. After a few rounds of football, you’ll learn to love clashes between similar rated teams – and we hope this will be owed to the DNB bet.