Why is the in play delay 15 seconds when it should be 5

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Why is the in play delay 15 seconds when it should be 5

Postby GaryRussell » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:53 am

Because you are placing bets below minimum stake. Betfair do not officially support this so the software has to “cheat”. This “Cheat” requires 3 transactions which all incur the delay, totalling 15 seconds.

On horse racing markets the delay is 1 second and therefore 3 seconds when placing bets below minimum stake.

On some markets the delay is even longer, eg. 8 seconds therefore the total time to place a bet is 24 seconds.
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