Ignore race if not started within X minutes of scheduled time
Implement a new setting that abandons a race (and any bets placed) if the race has not started within X minutes of the scheduled start.
This would prevent TheBetEngine from being held-up indefinitely if there was a long delay at one track.
This feature was added in release 220.127.116.11.
Please refer to the manual for more details; you will find details in the section on Settings (under Menu and Settings)
Has this Enhancement been implemented Yet??
That's a slightly different suggestion but one that is definitely more pertinent given that there have been a number of races that Betfair have failed to close/settle within a reasonable length of time recently.
Some races in the past couple of weeks have taken over 1 hour to settle, mainly down to a fault on the market and Betfair having to decide how/when to void all bets.
Can I ask you to enter your suggestion as a separate entity?
Don't know if it's the same thing, but I have suffered from bets not being placed while waiting (a long time) for results to come in. Some kind of "ignore that race after 10 minutes and carry on" would be very helpful, as I have a system that bets on every race, every day.
It is not possible to determine when a race is going to start and it is not safe to assume that just because one race has been delayed that all races at that track will be delayed.
Bets could potentially be missed if the delays were not as long as expected.
So, betting will STILL have to take place in relation to the scheduled start of the race.
If any bets have been placed when the specified time limit is reached, then TBE will just ignore them and not include them in the results/recovery staking calculations.
For greyhound races, if you need the market to be properly formed then you are probably best using the Min Matched function to ensure that there is sufficient money on the market before placing any bets.
Chris Loughlin commented
Especially in Greyhound races where a delay at a track can cause the subsequent races to be delayed this would result in bets at very short odds as markets tend to form very clsoe to the off - essential in recovery staking systems