Maximum payouts are the highest amount that a betting site can pay out at one go for a winning bet. In this article, we’ve outlined the highest potential winning limits offered by the most popular online bookies in the United Kingdom. 

Maximum payouts state the maximum amount a bookmaker will award for a successful bet. Every betting site has a maximum payout in place, and generally, the bigger and more established a bookmaker is, the higher their maximum payout. What you'll find is that, apart from varying with every bookmaker, payouts also vary with different sports and markets. Typically, as we'll see below, football and horse racing are the sports with the highest payouts.

There are numerous reasons for maximum payouts. Firstly, these limits essentially act as an insurance for betting companies, protecting them from suffering huge losses at one go. They also play an important role in preventing match-fixing, which is why you’ll find lower caps on winnings for lesser-known leagues and competitions, and restrict how much high-stake bettors are able to manipulate the odds by placing big bets.

You can usually find maximum payout details for every sport in the T&Cs section, but if they’re not there, be sure to go ahead and contact customer support! Although some sites won’t let you place a bet that exceeds the maximum payout, this isn't true for every bookmaker.

In cases where your winning bet exceeds the maximum payout, don’t expect any bookie to pay you a single penny above it. For example, if you win a bet that should pay out £1 million, but the maximum payout is £100,000, you’ll only be able to cash in on £100,000.

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Below is a list of those betting sites with the highest maximum payouts:

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    Bookmakers impose limits on the amount any given punter can win via maximum payouts. However, maximum bets/stakes are also used by some bookmakers to bring about some control and ensure they are not paying obscene amounts.

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    Maximum stakes and payouts always vary depending on the betting site and sport, with established bookmakers and the more popular sports typically boasting higher maximums. For example, William Hill has a maximum payout of £2,000,000 for football, and £250,000 for cricket.

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    Often, the maximum stake is determined by the maximum payout. At the moment, bet365 and William Hill currently have £2,000,000 maximum payouts for all football markets and events. That’s the highest figure across all bookmakers.

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    While maximum bets rarely enter the mind of the average punter, such limits are important to know just in case. For example, there may be an instance where you lose excess money due to the maximum payout imposed by a bookmaker. Let us say that a bookmaker has a maximum payout of £100,000 and you bet £5,000 on an event with odds of 30/1. In this case, the payout would be £150,000. That means you’ll lose £50,000 of your winnings by exceeding the maximum payout.

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    Thus, if you’re a high roller and are used to placing high stakes, this information is pivotal.

Are Payout Limits the Same as Stake Limits?

While being very much related, payout limits aren't the same as stake limits. A stake limit indicates the maximum value you can wager on a given bet, and is meant to prevent you from placing a bet where the maximum possible payout exceeds what the bookmaker is ready to pay.

However, this isn't a requirement by law, meaning most sites don’t explicitly state what the maximum bet is. Rather, you’ll have to do the math using a combination of the odds and payout limits. For instance, if the maximum bet365 payout is £500,000, and the odds are 4/1, you can calculate that the maximum you can wager is £100,000.

If you want to get the best bang for your buck, then we advise going for the biggest bookmakers around, since these have the resources to set the highest payouts.

bet365

bet365 is regarded by many as the world’s leading online bookmaker, so it’s unsurprising to find they’re ready to hand out the highest payouts on the market. The Stoke-based bookie are prepared to give a staggering £2 million on domestic football leagues, namely the English Premier LeagueEFL ChampionshipEFL Leagues 1 and League 2, and the FA Cup. That figure also applies to foreign leagues like the BundesligaSerie A, and La Liga, as well as the World CupEurosChampions League, and Europa League.

Moreover, their £1 million maximum payout on UK and Irish horse racing and greyhound racing is joint-best in the business, as is their £500,000 limit on major golftennisbasketball, and NFL American Football tournaments. The £250,000 cap on darts and snooker is also currently the highest around.

Ladbrokes

Despite not hitting the £2 million heights of the aforementioned bookies, Ladbrokes offer substantial payouts across a number of sports. Their site denotes a max payout of £1 million on the biggest football competitions, which is high as it gets outside of bet365 and William Hill maximum payouts.

When it comes to UK and Irish horse racing, they offer £1 million, as well as £500,000 on greyhound racing, tennis, golf, cricket, and rugby. Their £500,000 limit for cricket is unmatched by any other bookie, and they also offer a £250,000 max payout for darts and snooker.

As mentioned earlier, payouts vary according to the sport you're betting on. Below, we’ve listed the top 10 maximum payouts for the most popular sports.

Football

BookmakerMaximum Payout
bet365£2,000,000
Ladbrokes£1,000,000
Paddy Power£1,000,000
Coral£1,000,000
Betfair£1,000,000
Betfred£1,000,000
BETDAQ£1,000,000
SportNation£500,000
BetVictor£500,000

Horse Racing

BookmakerMaximum Payout
bet365£1,000,000
Ladbrokes£1,000,000
Paddy Power£1,000,000
Coral£1,000,000
Betfair£1,000,000
Betfred£1,000,000
BETDAQ£1,000,000
BetVictor£500,000
BoyleSports£450,000

Golf

BookmakerMaximum Payout
bet365£500,000
Ladbrokes£500,000
Paddy Power£500,000
BETDAQ£500,000
Coral£250,000
Betfred£250,000
SportNation£250,000
BoyleSports£250,000
Betfair£100,000

Tennis

BookmakerMaximum Payout
bet365£500,000
Ladbrokes£500,000
SportNation£250,000
Marathonbet£225,000
Paddy Power£200,000
BETDAQ£200,000
Betfair£200,000
Unibet£150,000

Rugby

BookmakerMaximum Payout
bet365£500,000
Ladbrokes£500,000
BETDAQ£250,000
SportNation£250,000
Paddy Power£250,000
Marathonbet£225,000
Coral£100,000
BetVictor£100,000

Cricket

BookmakerMaximum Payout
Ladbrokes£500,000
bet365£250,000
Paddy Power£250,000
BETDAQ£250,000
SportNation£250,000
Unibet£100,000
Betfair£100,000
Coral£100,000

To begin with, we’ll give the same advice that we give to punters with a smaller bankroll: always search for value, regardless of the size of the stake. This means being able to spot the difference between the chances of a team or player winning, and the odds being offered by the bookie.

Of course, betting with higher stakes has its own set of perks. If you want to land big winnings, it's unrealistic expecting to do that using low stakes, unless you get lucky and win some crazy accumulator. Simply put, the higher the stake, the higher the returns. If you can afford it, placing higher wagers lets you build that bankroll up at a faster rate.

The most high-profile example we can give you is that of Billy Walters, who won $3.5 million (about £2.7 million) by betting high on the underdog New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl. The key thing to consider here, however, is whether or not you can afford it, as splashing all or most of your bankroll on a single bet simply for the sake of it is a surefire way to eventually end up in the red.

Another perk is that high rollers can often benefit from a VIP programme, assuming their sportsbook offers one. Being enrolled in such a scheme gives you higher payout limits, as well as a dedicated account manager who ensures you never go above these limits.

The vast majority, if not all, of the UK’s leading bookmakers also boast a comprehensive casino product for their customers. Maximum payouts are implemented on casino, live casino, and poker games for the same reasons they’re in place for various sports and sporting events, which we've described above. With casinos more likely to attract the higher rollers, it’s even more important for bookmakers to put stake and payout limits in place.

With more sophisticated online casinos, a healthy supply of information is supplied regarding maximum bets. For example, PokerStars has a maximum buy-in of £200 for a standard £1/2 no-limit cash game. The maximum you can ever win with a single bet at this site is £1,000,000.

BetVictor, and Ladbrokes are among the most generous in terms of maximum stakes. Ladbrokes, for example, allow customers to bet a maximum of £200,000 on roulette games.

These maximum figures differ by game, and because roulette is incredibly popular among high rollers, bookmakers typically allow higher max stakes compared to blackjack and slot games – which often range between £1,000 and £10,000.

For new customers taking advantage of a bookmaker’s welcome offer, it’s worth noting that there are often caps for how much one can stake and claim from such promotions.

For example, bet365 cap all qualifying deposits at £10 for their current Open Account Offer, with the maximum amount of bet credits you can earn from this promotion worth £50.

(Source: William Hill)

Moreover, William Hill’s casino offer limits new customers to a £300 maximum bonus, capping how much can be won from the free spins they gift as part of the promotion. The limit is £1,000 in this instance, with £4,000 being the most players can redeem.

This information is always found in the terms and conditions of the promotion, and it’s crucial in ensuring no winnings are lost from exceeding the payout cap.

As a final note here, maximum payout limits are more common with casino welcome offers as opposed to sports.

Realistically, most of us would only ever be able to land such humongous winnings via very large accumulators. Don’t count out the chances of this happening entirely, though, as this has been known to happen from time to time in the past. You never know when your luck could strike gold!

Often, however, because people don’t view their chances as being very good, they fail to pay close attention to their bet. While the slim chances might be true, if you can be bothered to put the money down and make the selections, you owe it to yourself to ensure that those selections aren't going way over any limits on winnings, as it might end up costing you a fortune.

Let’s say you had 18 selections, and the 15th selection puts you above the payout limit. This means you could win the first 15 picks, already having won the maximum amount possible, and then lose it on the last three for no tangible benefit. So, if you’re going for a monster accumulator, be sure to work out your winnings after each selection, and stop when they pass the maximum threshold, since there’s no possible further benefit.

On top of that, keep in mind that including matches from different sports, leagues, and competitions affects the maximum payout. For example, bet365’s website states:“Where a multiple bet has been placed which involves events with different maximum winnings limits, then the lowest limit will apply.”

In other words, if the maximum payout for the English Premier League stands at £2 million, and the Scottish Premiership stands at £500,000, including a selection from both leagues in your accumulator will mean you can't win more than £500,000, since this is the lower limit.

BookieMin. DepositMax PayoutFastest WithdrawalMin. Stake
10bet logo£10£50,0001-2 days£0.10
the pools logo£5£250,0002-5 working days1p
bet365 logo£5£2,000,000Within 24 hours (wire transfer, PayPal, paysafecard)10p
Betfred Logo£5£1,000,000Within 48 hours (PayPal)1p
betvictor logo£5£500,00040 minutes – 24 hours (Visa Fast Funds)5p
coral logo£5£1,000,000Instant (Coral Connect)1p
Ladbrokes Logo£5£1,000,000Instant (Ladbrokes The Grid)1p
smarkets logo£10No max1-2 business days5p

If you’re going to shoot for the moon when it comes to potential returns, you owe it to yourself to make sure you're clear on the maximum payout. While many of us will never have to worry about these limits, accumulators do offer an interesting way of going for big money without having to spend a fortune.

Still, if you’re not interested in hitting those limits, this information is still worth taking into account. It's only by staying vigilant across the board that we get to enjoy such a responsible and high-quality betting scene, and fairness at the upper level is a great indicator of the trustworthiness of your bookmaker.

Want to learn more about payments at betting sites? Check out our detailed article on betting payment methods to get yourself up to speed.

Maximum payouts dictate the maximum amount a bookmaker will settle on a winning bet, and vary across different sports and markets. You can usually find what the limits are on the Terms & Conditions page of the betting site.

In these situations, you’ll have to settle for the maximum amount indicated in the bookie's Terms & Conditions.

In this case, the lowest maximum winning limit will be applied to the accumulator.

These are the maximum amount you can stake on a bet. Most bookmakers won’t explicitly state this amount on their website, so you’ll have to work it out yourself based on a combination of the odds and the maximum payout relevant to that event.

WRITTEN BY James Cormack View all posts by James Cormack

Big sports fan specialising in football. Experienced the lows of Vlad Chiriches and Tim Sherwood as a Spurs fan along with the more recent ‘success’ under Pochettino. My following of the New England Patriots since 2012 somewhat makes up for the lack of silverware produced by Spurs in my lifetime.

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