Matched betting is an awesome way for UK residents to make money online. There are already 1000s of people using this method to make a second income in 2018.
But there are times when holidays, business trips, or even the lure of a digital nomad’s life can get in the way of consistently making £100s in tax-free profit per month.
Many of our members ask us – can you use matched betting outside the UK and Ireland? And sometimes we’re even asked whether matched betting for non UK residents is possible.
That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide so you know where you stand (and the risks involved) when matched betting abroad or for non UK residents.
If you live in the US, you can check out our specific matched betting USA guide.
Best bookies for matched betting abroad?
Our aim with matched betting is to complete as many bookmaker offers as possible.
But what if you’re out of the country?
Whether you’re enjoying some free time or you’re on a business trip, you don’t want to miss out on any opportunities to profit from matched betting offers.
As you would expect, betting companies are governed by strict laws which vary massively from country to country.
This can potentially put a ‘profit ceiling’ on the amount you’re able to make (as many smaller bookies, who lack the global reach of the big guns, won’t allow you to legitimately place matched bets abroad).
Fortunately, some of the bigger bookies allow customers to place bets outside the UK and Ireland making matched betting abroad a viable option.
After extensive research, we’ve pulled together a list of the 5 best bookies to use when matched betting outside the UK. These guys have great coverage, so you should still be able to rake in the profit whilst you’re lounging on the beach.
Who knows, you might even be able to pay off your holiday before you get back to the UK!
Being the world’s largest online betting company with over 22 million customers, Bet365 are first on our list. They have a betting license in over 40 countries worldwide, which makes them a perfect choice for matched betting abroad. With a Bet365 account you’ll be able to continue matched betting in…
- New Zealand
…plus many, many other countries.
Bet365 also offer a variety of payment and currency options for deposits and withdrawls (restrictions may apply – so our advice is to stick with UK Pounds – GBP and your usual payment method).
Here’s their full list of supported countries: Can I use my Bet365 account abroad?
Note: As a general rule, if Bet365 aren’t licensed in the country you’re in, no one will be. And obviously, the countries your preferred bookie offers unrestricted access in can change. So check with them individually before you travel.
Betfair, the worlds leading betting exchange, are another truly international company. It’s legal to bet with them in over 40 countries worldwide.
We would also expect this number to increase in the near future as Betfair continues its rapid global expansion. It’s vital to have a betting exchange on this list as it makes matched betting a possibility when abroad.
For more information on how matched betting works, check out our handy guide.
With Betfair, you’ll be able to place matched bets in the following countries:
- New Zealand
- USA (restricted states)…
…plus many more.
As you can see, there’s some nice crossover (in terms of countries) with Bet365 – perfect for continuing your matched betting when you’re outside the UK.
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3. William Hill
William Hill are one of the biggest bookies in the UK and their services are available in over 70 nations across the world, including Australia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Latvia and Ukraine*.
They regularly update their reload offers available which makes William Hill a perfect choice for matched betting when outside the UK or Ireland.
Again, you’ll see a lot of crossover with Betfair and Bet365 below. You can legally use a William Hill account in countries such as:
- Australia (limited)
- Germany (limited)
- Republic of Ireland
- Italy (limited)
- Spain (limited)
…plus many others.
*William Hill do specify that in countries listed as (limited) you may not be able to access your UK account online and/or certain products or services may be restricted .
Head here for further information on using your William Hill account aboard.
Coral are another worldwide betting company. They are based in Gibraltar which allows them to have a license in 24 countries.
Whilst this isn’t quite as comprehensive as some of the other bookies on this list, Coral do offer a huge range of free bets and promotions across many different sports.
As such, they warrant inclusion as a great option for any matched bettors looking to make money outside the UK and Ireland.
Countries that offer unrestricted access to Coral accounts include:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland, and
Founded in 2008, 888Sport have become one of the big players in the online betting industry in a relatively short space of time.
Their platform is available to a large range of countries across the world, including Canada and India. They promote some great offers which makes them well worth checking out.
- New Zealand
…plus many more.
Other bookies which are worth considering are Ladbrokes, PaddyPower, Betfred and BetVictor.
All of these bookies are licensed in a wide range of countries and they all provide brilliant matched betting opportunities whether you’re looking to place your bets on horse racing, football or other events.
As we’ve already mentioned, the laws governing gambling are very strict and are constantly changing from country to country.
Therefore we always advise you check with the specific bookie to make sure they allow betting from your location.
If the bookie is not licensed in your country there are alternative methods we can use which we’ll look at below.
My bookie doesn’t operate in a specific country
You will find that some bookies do not have the global coverage of the big players. Fortunately, there are other ways you can continue to enjoy matched betting abroad.
Be advised: this method carries inherent risks, so use with caution.
Bookies check your location by looking at your IP address, a unique number that, among other things, clues them in to your physical location.
It’s very similar to a normal postal address, just for the Internet. Every device that is connected to the Internet must have an IP address.
If your IP address does not come from the UK or Ireland then some bookies will not let you access their site.
You’ll probably get a message that looks something like the one below. This is a Coral message I received when I tried to access my account from France:
So how can you get around this? Well, you can use a VPN to hide your actual location. We don’t recommend it – but it is an option.
What is a VPN?
A VPN or virtual private network is a technology that lets you hide your IP address behind its own network and encrypts your connection to the Internet.
These pieces of software are completely legal and work very well for matched betting.
Like everything, there are free and premium versions available. Premium VPNs offer a higher level of security and a larger number of unique IP addresses.
They also let you select the country you want to appear to be in. This is crucial for matched betting abroad as we need to pretend we’re in the UK/Ireland.
There’s a small monthly charge for a premium VPN, however, it’s definitely worth it if you want to continue making money outside the UK and Ireland.
Are VPNs legal for matched betting?
In short: Yes, you can use a VPN.
Using a VPN is completely legal.
The grey area begins when you use a VPN to hide your actual IP address and appear to be in the UK/Ireland when you’re actually not. This is against the terms and conditions for the majority of bookies. Whether it’s illegal or not is questionable.
Can you get away with it?
Yes, you can get away with using a VPN if you invest in a premium version with a high level of encryption and security.
However, we cannot recommend using a VPN to hide an IP address. It’s against the terms and conditions we accepted when we signed up to the bookie.
If the bookies catch you using this technique then they are more than likely to block your account and they are well within their rights to forfeit any winnings you made using the VPN.
You don’t need me to tell you that this could be disastrous for your profitability.
We’ll leave the ultimate decision up to you.
But, for what it’s worth, we recommend you leave the matched betting for when you’re back in your home territory or you’re in a location where the bookies are happy to take your bets.
You don’t want to risk having your account gubbed as a result of using a VPN.
Matched betting in Europe: Summary
Depending on where you travel in Europe (and Scandinavia), you may still be able to access your bookie accounts and complete offers and promotions.
Many of the major bookies and betting exchanges offer unrestricted or restricted access in countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Albania, Ireland, Italy, Malta and more.
Check with your preferred bookmakers to see whether you’ll still be able to continue matched betting in Europe.
Matched betting in Asia: Summary
Some Asian countries allow online access to bookies’ accounts. Betfair are a good choice for matched betting in Asia, as they are unrestricted in Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Macau, and others.
Matched betting in the USA: Summary
Are you in the US (or travelling there)? Check out our dedicated matched betting in the United States article.
Matched betting for non UK residents
Another question we get asked a lot, is whether matched betting for non UK residents is worth it. This is when people don’t have a UK address to sign up to a bookmaker.
The bookies are incredibly well regulated when it comes to new accounts to prevent fraudulent activities.
Any matched bettor will know how stringent the bookies are when you initially sign up. When I opened a number of accounts, I had to send over photos of my address and driving license before they were happy I was a real person!
So, to answer the non UK resident question, it really depends where you live. Because of the complexity of the issue, if you are keen to try matched betting, I urge you to check it out.
You’re likely to find some bookies that work with non UK residents and some may even have better promotions than they offer in the UK. I would start with the lists we’ve created above.
Whether or not they allow you to take advantage of the bonus, I’m not sure. The best advice is to check the terms and conditions and if you’re still not sure get in touch with customer support via email or live chat. They should point you in the right direction.
I would advise against placing any bets until you’re certain the promotion is available in your country.
You don’t want to place a qualifying bet only to find out you don’t receive the bonus, as a non UK resident.
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