Each-Way (E/W) Definition in Golf Betting, Other Sports

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  • An each-way bet in golf splits your bet into a "win" bet and a "place" bet.
  • The fraction denotes how the odds will be cut for the place bet, and the numbers next to it indicate how many places will be paid out.
  • In golf, it's common to get 1/4th the outright odds if the golfer finishes in places 1-5.

When you bet a golfer (and other sports) at some United States sportsbooks, you may see a little box next to his or her name.

"Each Way" or "E/W", followed by a fraction and some numbers.

This is a popular betting concept in Europe, but hasn't quite become mainstream in the U.S. yet. It's used most often in golf, but it also applies to other sports with big fields, like motor sports or horse racing.

bet365 is one of the only United States books to offer each-way betting. BetRivers also offers them, but calls it a "Win/Place" bet.

Each Way Definition

An each-way bet just splits your bet into a "win" bet and a "place" bet — for golf, it will make half your bet on the player to win, and half for them to finish top 5 (or sometimes top 4 or top 8). In many cases, it's the same thing as betting a player to win and finish top 5, just with one bet/click instead of having to navigate to find both. For some events, the sportsbook won't offer top 5s as a standalone option, but will offer the each-way.

So if you bet $10 on a golfer each-way, you're getting $10 on him to win the tournament and $10 on him to finish top 5 at a smaller payout.

Each Way in the Bet Slip, Explained

each way betting example at bet365 with golfer robert macintyre

When looking at this bet type in your bet slip, or anywhere else at a sportsbook, there are three key elements to the each-way.

  1. The number of places (4 Places in this case), which is what the golfer has to finish to cash the each-way portion of the bet.
  2. The fraction (like 1/5), which determines what the payout is. If the odds for the player to win are 100-1 like the screenshot above, the each-way pays 1/5th of 100-1, which is 20-1.
  3. The bet amount will split up into two bets, and will also show the total you're wagering.

So in this example of Robert MacIntyre at the Australian Open above, we have a $20 bet at 100-1, and then another $20 bet on MacIntyre to finish top 4 at 20-1.

  • If he finishes in the top 4 but doesn't win the tournament, your $20 bet will get paid 1/5 of the 100-1 odds.
  • If he wins the tournament, you'll win $2,000 ($20 bet at 100-1) and your each-way bet, which pays $400.
$20 WinMust Win100-1$2000
$20 Each-WayTop 420-1$400

How it Looks Elsewhere at bet365

There is another view of each-way bets at bet365. This gives you more each-way options, as the required finishing position and the payouts will be different, depending on which one you choose.

In this example, betting Matti Schmid each-way will give you one bet on him at +1000 to win, and another at +250 to finish top 4 (because it's 1/4 the payout on positions 1-4).

bet365 example for each-way betting

You may be wondering why the first two columns pay the same, despite one option paying positions 1-4 and the other 1-6. The odds will be suppressed on the second column, so you're getting a reduced payout.

How Are Each-Way Odds Calculated?

Each-way bets are adjusted algorithmically based on a number of factors, primarily field size and probability to win.

Before most golf tournaments with 150+ golfers, you'll get 1/4 of the odds for finishing top 5. But if you're betting a 20-man Formula 1 race, the book will only pay out spots Top 2 at 1/3 of the odds.

The same idea applies to a golf tournament that's already underway. If Jon Rahm has a three-shot lead over second place and a seven-shot lead over sixth place entering Sunday, he's a near-lock to finish top 5, so the book isn't going to let you bet him to place 1-5 at a quarter of the odds like it would have before the tournament.

What About Ties?

Dead-heat rules do apply to each-way bets. And you can't bet golf without knowing about those rules. At most sportsbooks, your bet will be chopped if a player ties for the final spot on a finishing position bet.

If you bet Dylan Frittelli each-way at the 2021 Masters, you'd have a ticket on him to win at 200-1 and a top 5 bet at 40-1. But the each-way portion of your bet would have only paid out 20-1 since he tied for fifth with Rory McIlroy.

(Unless you bet it at BetMGM, which pays out all ties in full), but they don't offer each-way betting).

Should I Bet Each-Way?

It depends on the event, your risk tolerance, and more. In large-field events with as much randomness as golf, where it's tough to price everyone accurately, it can be a fun betting option. It's also an easy way to get some exposure on longshots, particularly in a market like first round leaders, without them needing to actually win.

If your book doesn't offer each-way, you can bet half your stake on the golfer winning and half on a top 5 to simulate an each-way.

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