Rule 4 Deductions

Unlike many tipster websites our Tipster Table takes into account Rule 4 reductions. If you’re not familiar with rule 4 then basically it is the process of deducting from winnings when a significant non-runner had been declared prior to the start of the race and after you placed your bet.

It’s obvious that this needs to be done because with fewer horses in the race, the horse you backed now has a better chance than the odds that you were originally quoted. British Horse Racing is a good source for checking the actual time of non-runners and Sporting Life or Oddschecker for the odds themselves.

It can be quite difficult to work these out and luckily we do this automatically here at Betting Tools but a few tipsters have queried these recently and so below is a quick lookup guide to show what the deduction is likely to be.

Please note that this is may not be the exact deduction as bookmaker rules vary often on the more generous side to the punter, with some bookies such as Bet365 waiving 5p reductions. We will also put together a complete list of those who do that and add to this page. Remember too that Rule 4 doesn’t apply to Ante post or future bets.

3/10 or shorter => 75p in the £
2/5 to 1/3 => 70p in the £
8/15 to 4/9 => 65p in the £
4/5 to 4/6 => 55p in the £
20/21 to 5/6 => 50p in the £
Evens to 6/5 => 45p in the £
5/4 to 6/4 => 40p in the £
13/8 to 7/4 => 35p in the £
15/8 to 9/4 => 30p in the £
5/2 to 3/1 => 25p in the £
10/3 to 4/1 => 20p in the £
9/2 to 11/2 => 15p in the £
6/1 to 9/1 => 10p in the £
10/1 to 14/1 => 5p in the £
Over 14/1 => No Deductions


Bookies that generally waive the 5p rule 4 reduction include:

1. Ladbrokes
2. Bet365
3. Racebets
4. William Hill
5. Stan James
6. SkyBet
7. Coral