Draw No Bet Explained: The Ultimate DNB Guide and Tips

For starters, the term Draw no bet may sound complex, but it’s pretty simple. Most punters prefer placing bets without incurring the risks associated with betting. That’s precisely what draw-no-bet does. You can place a ‘home’ or ‘away’ bet in the common three-way markets. 

But how about the ‘draw’ option in three-way markets?

That’s where DNB could be best understood because it scrapes off the ‘draw’ option. If a "draw," your stake will be returned to you in full. The odds aren't going to be great if you're betting on something like this. 

Because of the nature of the betting market and the lower level of risk for customers, the odds will almost certainly be lower. Because of this, DNB and double chance odds are usually lower than those for match-winner or correct score bets. 

Don’t be surprised if you don’t find this betting option in certain sports like basketball and tennis. This is because such sports cannot end in a tie (  there’s either additional time or a special rule such as the tiebreaker in tennis matches). 

When it comes to football, though, DNBs are the most common. Bookmakers may offer a draw no bet market in addition to the full-time match market for the first and second halves of games. 

Let’s look at an example in Football. 

It's not uncommon for you to think that Team A (at home vs. Team B) has a good chance of winning because of the favorable circumstances. It might also go to a draw. You would normally bet on three outcomes in conventional betting. 

Betting on Team A to win will return a profit if the team wins. If, on the other hand, Team B triumphs or the game is a draw, your wager is a failure.

On the other hand, draw-no-bet limits your wagers to two possibilities. You win if Team A triumphs. You get your entire investment back if there is a draw. You're out of the game if Team B wins.

When To use Draw No Bet

Draw No Bet is an excellent option if you want to bet with confidence. If your pick does not come out on top, you will receive a refund of your initial bet. To put it another way, you have nothing to lose by taking a draw. 

Another way to use DNB well is to bet on defensive teams.  Because you're betting on a defensive team against a more skilled team, you're likely to win. It doesn't matter if the better team fails to win, you have nothing to lose here. Even if the game is a draw, you'll get your stake back if your wager is canceled. 

You can also use DNBs on accumulator bets. Including a DNB in an accumulator bet acts as a cushion when you want to do away with the possibility of a draw. Include a DNB in any of your Acca bets selections or place one Draw No Bet on each of the Acca selections. 

Tips and Strategies When Making a Draw No Bet

There’s always a first time for every punter, and we know it can be daunting to get along with DNB if you're just getting started. Here are some tips to help you make a successful Draw No Bet. 

  1. If you believe the game will end in a tie. Instead of placing a wager on DNB markets, place a double chance bet.
  2. Consider backing teams that aren't clear favorites but are still the better option. Slight favorites often have odds that aren't unreasonable, making them attractive wagers.
  3. Treat a DNB wager like you would a three-way match-winner bet market. How would you do that? It’s simple, just pick the win-team you’d bet on if you were betting on a three-way match-winner market. Here, the DNB acts as insurance in case the game ends in a draw. 
  4. If you can't decide on a DNB team, ask an expert. Beginners should seek professional betting assistance. At least you have plenty of that in this post.
  5. Place DNB on live matches. Being in the middle of live action makes it much easier to make an informed guess.

Popular Sports To Place Draw No Bets

You can already tell that DNB wagers do not apply to all types of sports events, mainly because not all sports have a draw possibility. Cricket and soccer are two popular sports where punters can place a Draw No Bet. Here’re other sports with draw/tie possibilities and where you can place a DNB:

For example, Tennis has a tiebreaker rule that helps keep the match from going on for too long. You won't see a "draw no bet" market selection on Tennis or Sumo because this typically ensures that the match will not finish in a draw. A tie in these sports usually results in a postponement, a rescheduled date, or additional breaks

Difference Between a DNB and an Asian Handicap Bet

Before we note the difference between the two markets, let’s start with what’s common with both. Draw No Bets and Asian Handicap bet events have no possibility of a draw as an outcome. In case a match ends in a tie, the punter gets a 100% refund of their stake. On to the difference between the two markets. 

To use the Asian Handicap, you must evaluate the teams' abilities and chances of victory. With Asian Handicap bets, the chances of a draw are higher, which means the odds are better. Finally, remember that the 0.0 Asian Handicap bet is the same as a typical Draw No Bet. 

Wrap Up

The Draw No Bet is a common strategy to avoid a draw by placing a bet on a specific outcome. Hopefully, you now have the confidence to place bets on individual selections or include the Draw No Bet into accumulators. Whatsoever path you take, we're rooting for you!


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James is responsible for the Ghanaian market on BettingGuide. He has a keen interest in sports betting and Gambling laws in particular. James is a Lawyer practising in East Africa, loves writing, and has a Law Degree from Makerere University, Uganda and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law, Kenya.

Last updated: 9/19/2022