Draw No Bet, or DNB, is a great way to reduce your risk on a standard 1X2 bet but it will reduce your potential returns. In simple terms, when you place a bet on the Draw No Bet market, you are
covering two outcomes at once – that is your selected team drawing the match or winning overall. You will be given the odds from your bookmaker for this event to happen, as in a standard wager. This is the most common and widely used version of this type of bet.
Where this bet is slightly different is that you would only get the full payout (i.e. your stake amount multiplied by the given odds) if your team wins the match. If the game ends in a draw, you’d get your stake money back, and not the full payout.
Pros of Betting on DNB
As with all sports betting markets, this type of bet has its advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is that it gives you better protection than simply betting on your team to win. It effectively reduces the number of outcomes to just 2 – The win or the loss. With many games ending in draws, it is a great way to protect your betting bank.
Cons of Betting on DNB
The main drawbacks are that the odds you will be given are, naturally, lower than other markets, such as the final match result. As a guide, it is roughly about half of the match result in terms of average Draw No Bet odds – So if your team was 4/1 to win, you would normally get around 2/1 for the Draw No Bet.
This reflects the fact that you have the added protection of getting your stake back if the game draws.
Is it the Same as the Double Chance Market?
One area of confusion with Draw No Bet is that people think it is the same as betting on Double Chance. This is not true! Double Chance covers your team drawing or winning too, but the payout structure is different. With Double Chance, you will get paid your full winnings whether the match draws or your
team wins. Draw No Bet average odds are usually higher though, which makes it more attractive to some.
When Should you Bet on DNB?
In a nutshell, if you are 99% sure your team will win but you want to guard against a shock draw, this is the bet for you. Double Chance would be more if you are sure your team won’t lose but can see a draw being just as likely as a win.