What Does ‘Back and Lay’ Mean in Betting?


Back and lay is a type of sports bet where a person bets on a team to win (back) and also bets against that same team to lose (lay). This type of betting is popular in sports such as horse racing and soccer and can be used to create an arbitrage opportunity.

Back and lay bets do not guarantee a profit and can be risky.

If the odds of an event you bet on move in the wrong direction, you may end up losing money. There is also the possibility of bookmakers limiting the amount of money you can win on a single bet, which could also lead to a net loss.