Ladbrokes Rules

Ladbrokes Rules

General Rules

All transactions and bets placed with Ladbrokes are covered by their rules. General Rules cover all sports, but are superseded by any rules specific to individual sports.

“All In” or “All in Play or Not”
“All in” or “All in play or not” markets are markets that have been priced up to reflect the fact that the selection may not take any part in the event. Therefore if your selection does not play, or take part in the event, your bet will stand as a loser.


Acceptance and Validation of Bets

Late bets

Bets can only be placed on the outcome of a future event or race, unless we are offering special ‘betting in-running prices’ for that event or race. If Ladbrokes mistakenly accepts a bet for an event that has already started then the bet will be void and your stake returned, except in the following circumstances:

Where bets are taken after the start of an event, bets will stand if nothing has happened which would significantly alter the chances of the selection winning or losing.

In the case of football matches, bets will be valid if they are placed within five minutes of kick-off, providing there has been no score in the match or no player has been sent off. If a player has been sent off or there has been a goal, or a penalty has been awarded but not yet taken, then the bet will be void and the stake returned.

Late Bets via Internet and Telephone Betting

Internet bets include bets placed on any of our remote channels such as Digital TV and WAP. In the case of such bets, the bet is struck when a bet id or receipt exists in our back end systems or database.

In the case of Horse Racing, we would allow a horse bet to stand (win or lose) if only a small part of the race had elapsed and if no significant event had occurred, such as a horse falling or refusing to race.

Account Corrections

Ladbrokes has the right to recover from you any amount overpaid and has your authority to adjust your account to reflect the true outcome and rectify the mistake. An example of such a mistake might be where a price is incorrect (see Errors) a bet is late (see Acceptance and Validation of Bets) or where we enter a result of an event incorrectly.

Ante Post Bets

Ante Post bets are accepted on the basis of ‘all in’, whether the horse or selection participates or not. This means that if the horse or selection does not run or participate in the race/event named, the bet is a loser. This applies even if the selection was not entered in the race, as long as there was the possibility that it could have been entered at a later stage. If a bet is placed on an Ante Post selection before the entries have closed, the bet will stand. The selection will only become void if:

The venue changes

In the case of horseracing and greyhound racing, if the conditions of the race entry are changed prior to the horses or greyhounds coming under starters orders

In the case of horseracing, where the horse had already been withdrawn from the race at the time of acceptance

Specific terms such as “with a run” were offered at the time the bet was placed and the selection is subsequently withdrawn as a non-runner

A bet on an Ante Post event was placed without taking a price

Where the above conditions apply to a selection in an Ante Post multiple bet, the selection in question will be treated as a non-runner and the bet settled at the Ante Post odds laid on the remaining selections. If a bet on an Ante Post selection was placed after the entries closed, it will become void unless:

The race is run on a later date at the same venue; and entries are not re-opened, in which case the bet will stand.

However, if the conditions of the race change (e.g. if the race is to be run over a different distance), all affected Ante-Post selections will be void. Each-Way Ante Post bets are settled according to the Each-Way terms advertised at the time the bet was placed. Ante Post selections can be included in most types of bets, including our range of speciality bets. However, any built-in bonuses and consolations specific to certain speciality bets (such as double the odds one winner on a Lucky 15/31/63 bet) will not apply.

Betting In Play

Bet in Play is available on a number of live events. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the prices quoted are correct, the nature of live betting (i.e. constantly changing prices), means that on occasion, the price may have changed by the time the bet is placed. The correct price at the time the bet is accepted will be used to settle the bet.

Customers should be aware that certain ‘live’ feeds, be they on TV, radio or the internet are subject to delays and as such they may be watching an event slightly behind or slightly ahead of other users. This includes live streaming provided by Ladbrokes.

A ‘delay’ is placed on all betting in play bets, the length of which varies depending on the sport.

As indicated in the Errors section, any live scores displayed on the site during a bet in play event are for guidance purposes only.


If you wish to make a query or complaint, as a first step you should as soon as reasonably practicable contact the shop’s Duty Manager if it is regarding a shop, or our Customer Support Team for any non-shop related points, for assistance. If you are unable to resolve your query satisfactorily with our shop manager you should then contact our Customer Support Team. If, having spoken to a member of the team, your query or complaint is not resolved, you can ask for the matter to be escalated to a manager or supervisor. Our manager/supervisor will look into your query/complaint in more detail and contact you back with a resolution within 24 hours. You will be given the name and status of the person to whom your query/complaint has been referred.

Any dispute or difference that arises out of or in connection with the Contract shall be determined by the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) whose ruling shall be binding. If, notwithstanding the above, the customer issues Court proceedings, Ladbrokes reserve the right to apply to stay those proceedings pending determination by the IBAS. If the customer fails or refuses to follow the ruling of the IBAS, the customer will reimburse all resulting expenses (including court fees) incurred by Ladbrokes.

Each-Way Betting

An Each Way bet is made up of 2 parts: the ‘Win’ and the ‘Place’.

Each part is an equal stake, e.g. a £1 Each Way bet will have £1 on the ‘Win’ and £1 on the ‘Place’ (a total stake of £2).

The ‘Win’ part of your bet is on your selection to win the event, and the ‘Place’ part is on your selection to finish either first or in one of the pre-determined places.

If your selection wins, both the ‘Win’ and ‘Place’ parts of your bet will pay out. But if your selection only places, you will lose the ‘Win’ part of your bet (and lose that part of the stake) but get paid out on the ‘Place’.

The odds for the ‘Place’ are given as a fraction of the odds for the ‘Win’ and will be displayed to you when you place your bet.

Each-Way betting is most common in horse and greyhound racing, and is also usually available in other sports e.g. Football or Golf tournaments.

For Horse and Greyhound Racing, the ‘Place’ part of Each Way bets will be given the following Place terms:

Non-Handicap Races

2 – 4 Runners Win Only
5 – 7 Runners 1/4 the Odds 1, 2
8 or more Runners 1/5 the Odds 1, 2, 3

Handicap Races

2 – 4 Runners Win Only
5 – 7 Runners 1/4 the Odds 1, 2
8 – 11 Runners 1/5 the Odds 1, 2, 3
12 – 15 Runners 1/4 the Odds 1, 2, 3
16 or more Runners 1/4 the Odds 1, 2, 3, 4

Things to Consider

Please Note: Non-runners in a race can affect the Each-Way terms of your bet.

For example, if your bet is placed in an 8 runner race, and a horse later withdraws reducing the field to 7, the Each-Way terms will change from 1/5 odds first 3 places to 1/4 odds on the first 2 places only. Similarly, if a race is reduced from 5 runners to 4, the place terms will change from 1/4 odds for the first 2 places, to ‘Win only’.

Enhanced Prices for Multiple Bets

In cases where we offer an enhanced price for multiple bets, such as doubles or trebles, any non-runners will be treated as void selections. For example, a treble with a non-runner will be settled as a double on the remaining selections. The prices for the remaining selections will be based on the advertised prices and not the enhanced odds.


Ladbrokes make every effort to ensure that we do not make errors in accepting bets. However, if as a result of human error or system problems a bet is accepted at a price (which includes the odds, handicap provisions, and other terms and conditions or details of the bet) that is:

materially different from those available in the general market at the time the bet was made; or clearly incorrect given the chance of the event occurring at the time the bet was made then Ladbrokes will pay winnings at the correct price.

To establish the correct price Ladbrokes will consider prices available in the general market at the time the bet was made, including the prices offered by William Hill and Coral.


Ladbrokes will seek criminal and contractual sanctions against any customer involved in fraud, dishonesty or criminal acts. Ladbrokes will withhold payment to any customer where any of these are suspected.

The customer shall indemnify and shall be liable to pay to Ladbrokes, on demand, all costs, charges or losses sustained or incurred by Ladbrokes (including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit and loss of reputation) arising directly or indirectly from the customer’s fraud, dishonesty or criminal act.

Maximum Payouts

Horse Racing
Greyhound Racing
Football and Sports Betting
Non-Sports Betting

The maximum daily payouts on any bet, or bets, including Ante Post, are as detailed below. The maximum payout limits apply to individual events. The limits below refer to the total return on the bet, excluding the original stake. If a multiple bet has been placed which involves events with different maximum payout limits, the lowest limit will apply.

All maximum payout limits apply to any one customer, or group of customers acting together, who have backed the same combination of selections, including where placed in a series of bets, at a range of prices, over a number of days using different betting accounts and/or across different betting channels. Should we have reason to believe that a number of bets have been placed this way, the total payment of all those bets combined will be limited to one single maximum payout.

Ladbrokes shall not be liable for any loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, loss of goods, or any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses.

Throughout these rules, ‘Full Service’ refers to horse and greyhound races for which full details (shows of betting, official off times and results) are broadcast to Ladbrokes and viewable in our shops by satellite and terrestrial media, or Ladbrokes Xtra.
Horse Racing
Tote bets entered into the Tote On-Course Pool Unlimited
Racing in Great Britain & Ireland covered in our Full Service & Ante Post bets £1,000,000
Racing in France and Dubai covered in our Full Service £500,000
Racing in South Africa covered in our Full Service £250,000
Racing in all other countries covered in our Full Service £250,000
Racing not covered in our Full Service either in Great Britain & Ireland or abroad £50,000
Tote bets not entered into the Tote On-Course Pool at all meetings covered in the Full SIS Service £50,000
Tote bets not entered into the Tote On-Course Pool at meetings not covered in the Full SIS Service £10,000

Greyhound Racing
Tote bets entered into the Tote On-Course Pool Unlimited
Ante Post and any race covered in our Full Service £500,000
Races not covered in our Full Service from, Coventry, Crayford, Hove, Monmore, Newcastle, Nottingham, Romford, Sheffield, Sunderland, Swindon and Wimbledon £50,000
Open racing at any GBGB track £25,000
Greyhound racing outside of the UK £25,000
Tote bets not entered into the Tote On-Course Pool at all meetings covered in the Full SIS Service £10,000

Bets on graded races at meetings not listed above will be void.

Football & Sports Betting
Ladbrokes Millionaire & all other football bets unless stated below £1,000,000
Australian football £100,000
The following football leagues: French League 2, Belgian, Dutch, Spanish 2A/2B, Portuguese, Italian Serie B, German Bundesliga 2, Brazilian, Argentinean, Polish, Greek, Turkish, Mexican, MLS, Slovenian, Swiss, Finnish, Austrian, Croatian, Swedish, Slovakian, Russian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Norwegian, Czech, Irish, Northern Irish, Danish and Japanese £100,000
Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Major League US Sport (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL), Rugby Union and Rugby League £500,000
Snooker, Darts, Motor Racing, GAA, Boxing £250,000
Badminton, Bandy, Beach Volleyball, Bowls, Chess, Cycling, Field Hockey, Floorball, Handball, International Rules, Indoor Hockey and Skiing £100,000
All Other Sports £100,000

Non Sports Betting
Irish Lotto and 49’s £1,000,000
All Other Lotto Betting £250,000
Virtual Racing £250,000
All other non sports events, unless exceptions apply £10,000

Prices on all selections change regularly to reflect fluctuations in the market or changes in the events themselves, such as a goal being scored. In some cases, the price may change between the time you put your bet on the bet slip and the time the bet is placed.

If the current price is lower than the price on the bet slip then you will be asked to confirm whether you wish to place the bet at the current price. For example, if the price on the bet slip is 7/2 but the current price is 3/1, you will be asked to confirm that you still wish to place your bet at 3/1.

If the current price is higher than the price on the bet slip when you go to place your bet, then the bet will be placed at the current price. So, for example, if the price on the bet slip is 10/1 but the current price is 12/1 the bet will be placed at 12/1.


All bets placed on UK and Irish horse racing will be settled on First Past the Post and the official result. This offer applies to winning single and multiple bets and the win part of Each-Way bets. There is no restriction on staking, and payouts are subject to our advertised payout limits. The exceptions where First Past the Post does not apply and bets are only settled according to the official result are:

A selection taking the wrong course
A selection carrying the wrong weight or the jockey failing to weigh-in
Any Ante Post bet
A Forecast or Tricast bet
A void race
Any Tote/Pari-Mutuel bet
A selection given as the winner in error by the judge
A bet placed on a two-runner race or a special match bet
A bet placed in a “without the favourite” market
Any other special market

Horse racing bets placed on non-UK/Irish meetings are settled on the official result declared by the racecourse judge and confirmed by the ‘Weighed-In’ announcement. If a winner is disqualified after the official result is announced, the disqualification will not affect the settlement of bets.

In the case of Greyhound racing, bets are settled on the official result announced at the conclusion of the event. If a winner is disqualified after the official result is announced, the disqualification will not affect the settlement of bets.

In the case of Football and other Sports, bets are settled on the official result published by the Press Association (PA), immediately after the match/event is finished. If the PA amends its decision after this period, all bets will stand on their original result.

If the result is not immediately available from the PA, the result published by the official governing body immediately after the match/event is finished will be used for settling purposes. Any subsequent corrections or amendments to this result will not apply for settlement purposes.

If a selection in a single bet is made void the stake will be returned.

Void selections in multiple/accumulator bets will be treated as non-runners and the stake will run onto the remaining selections in the bet.
Witholding payment and our right to set off liability

We reserve the right to withhold payment and to declare bets on an event void if we have evidence that the following has occurred:

the integrity of the event has been called into question
the price(s) or pool has been manipulated
match rigging has taken place

Evidence of the above may be based on the size, volume or pattern of bets placed with us across any or all of our betting channels. A decision given by the relevant governing body of the sport in question (if any) will be conclusive. If any customer owes any money to Ladbrokes for any reason, we have the right to take that into account before making any payments to that customer.

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