Making Money From Bet365 & Paddy Power 2up Offers


By far one of the most profitable, exciting, and popular matched betting offers you can do.

Beyond the welcome offers, traditional reloads, some horse racing bonuses, and possibly a few casino offers, 2up’s are not only pretty simple to do but can give you a huge boost to your bankroll.

There are 2 bookies in particular that run 2up offers and, by using a few simple matched betting principles we can profit nicely from them.

In this 2up matched betting guide, I’m going to walk you through the basics of 2up’s and how you can take advantage of them.

What is 2up Betting?

To take advantage of this offer the process is simple: back a team to win and if that team goes 2 goals up in the game the bookie will pay you out as the winner.

This could be 2-0, 4-2, 3-1 – as long as they pull ahead in the game by 2 goals. Your profit’s in. Now, when this scenario happens you have two options:

  • Option #1: Cash Out Your Lay Bet: The bookie will pay you out because your team has gone 2 goals up. Now all you gotta do is cash out your lay bet. Doing this will lock in a small profit.
  • Option #2: Do Nothing: Using this option you’re basically hoping the other team scores and manages to either grab a draw or a win. Doing this will trigger your lay bet in your exchange. If this happens, you’ll have been paid out by the bookie AND by the exchange – resulting in bigger profits.

Now, it’s important to note that 2up offers aren’t guaranteed profit. In fact, you could go quite some time not banking any profit at all.

By definition, this offer isn’t completely risk-free. Unless you manage to find matching odds between the bookies and the exchange there will be a small qualifying loss on each bet.

For this reason, it’s important to keep your qualifying losses to a minimum.

How To Do 2up Matched Betting: 2up Strategy

Okay, so you’ve got the basics down. You understand that if the team you back goes 2 goals up you’ll get paid out early by the bookie.

You also understand if your team does go 2 goals up you have two options; lock in a small profit or hope the opposing team manages to get a draw or win.

So, how do we start placing 2up bets?

Step #1: Choose Your Team

First, you’ll need to choose the team you’re going to back. For this, it’s important to not only choose a match with a low qualifying loss percentage but also a game where the odds are in our favour.

Generally speaking, you’ll want to find a team that has odds of 2.0 or more. Second, you’ll want to find a match where the difference in odds is 97-98% or greater.

The reason for this is two-fold:

  • Odds at 2.0 or more: The chances of a team going 2 goals up is small. If this does happen and your team is overwhelming favorites to win, the chances of the other team getting a draw or even a win are extremely slim. Choosing really low odds provides very little value if you choose to cash in your lay bet.
  • 97-98% Odds Match: It’s not uncommon to go on a streak of games where the team you back doesn’t go 2 goals up. For this reason, we must keep our qualifying losses to a minimum.

Pro Tip: I would highly recommend using an OddsMatcher tool to help you with identifying the right teams to place your 2up bet on. OddsMonkey would be my tool of choice. Using their 2 up filter located in their OddsMatcher tool will have you covered.

Step #2: Back and Lay Your Bet

So, once you’ve identified a team using the 2up filter in OddsMonkey, you’re going to want to back and lay those selections – just as you would with other offers you’ve been used to.

Head into Bet365 or Paddy Power and place your back bet using a normal matched betting calculator.

Using the calculations from the calculator, you’ll then be able to lay in your betting exchange.

Pro Tip: Ensure you are aware of the leagues, competitions, and matches covered in the 2up terms. An easy way not to worry if you’ve chosen the right team to trigger the 2up offer is to once again, use the 2up filter in OddsMonkey.

Step #3: Wait For The Trigger

At this point, you’re going to have to wait for the ‘trigger’ to happen – a 2 goal lead taken by the team you backed.

If the game doesn’t reach this scenario, all you would’ve lost is the qualifying bet amount.

If your team does go two goals up you’re now faced with a decision. Do you lock the profit in or do you hope the other team fights back to draw or win the game?

A great way to understand how much profit exactly you could make from each decision you make is to use the early payout calculator on OddsMonkey.

By entering the relevant information in the calculator you’ll be able to see exactly how much profit you’ll make.

As mentioned before if you decide to lock-in the profit you’ll take less money, but at this point, it’s a guaranteed profit. The reason for this is the bookie has paid you out for triggering the 2up terms and because the game is still playing you won’t have to pay the full liability amount in your betting exchange.

However, you can decide to leave the bet alone and hope the other team gets the game back to a draw or goes on to win. If this scenario happens you’ll have won both your back and your lay bet.

Pro Tip: I would usually recommend that if your team goes 2 goals up in a game – lock in the profit and move on.

However, there are times where you might want to let the bet play.

For 2up offers, watching the game always helps. You’ll be able to get a better idea of the flow of the game and whether or not the opposing team will make a comeback. By watching the game you’ll be able to make more informed decisions on whether to lock-in the profit or wait.

Games I find great for these offers are derby games. You know, Man Utd vs Man City, Arsenal vs Tottenham. Due to the high emotional stakes in the game, it’s not uncommon for a team to go 2 goals up and another team to fight back and grab a draw or even a win.

Again, this obviously isn’t guaranteed but it’s a nice little tip nonetheless. But, remember if you decide to allow the game to play without cashing out the lay bet you are now walking into the realms of gambling.

2up Matched Betting Tips

  • Use a 2up Calculator: If you’ve got multiple bets on the same game, use a 2up supported calculator. It’ll save you a lot of time and stress. Trust me.

  • Keep Qualifying Losses to Minimum: Do this by choosing close odds. You’ll also want to watch your betting exchange commission rate. For this reason, using smarkets, Betdaq, or Matchbooks 0% commission promo will help in keeping those qualifying losses to a minimum.

  • Choose Your Teams Wisely: You’ll generally get a match favourite for each game. But the odds differences can vary wildly. I’d recommend choosing fairly closely matched teams – don’t go with strong favourites as this will lead to almost nothing when you cash out your liability in your betting exchange.

  • Use OddsMonkey: Finally don’t try and go this alone. Using the 2up OddsMatcher filter and early payout calculator in OddsMonkey will again save you a huge amount of time, stress, and likely money too.

Now, go out there my Matched Betting Jedi, and start earning profits from your new found 2up knowledge…

All the best,