Accumulator Sports Bets

Shihaam Isaacs

Last updated: December 21, 2018

Low-Cost BETS with Better Odds that Can Win More than the LOTTERY

You may be surprised to learn that many people who would typically play the weekly lottery, are now turning to something entirely different, easier to win,  and potentially far more profitable for the price they would otherwise pay for a lottery ticket!

Perhaps one of the most significant pursuits in most of our lives is money. Not necessarily the possession of it, but rather, just being able to live our dreams and not have to worry if we have enough anymore. Everyone has their own idea of how to be able to do this. Some choose to work very hard for it in a job they may not necessarily enjoy. Others take their savings and invest it in the stock market. Then there are those of us that play the National Lottery every week, hoping that our lucky six numbers will win this time. However, what are the odds of that happening, right?

Online casino gambling is a booming business, with millions playing slots and virtual casino games on a daily basis. Now, while its detractors will say that gambling can never be a good thing, can anyone honestly say that investing in the stock market (the responsible thing to do) isn’t just as much of a gamble? That’s an argument for another day, but in the meantime, if you aren’t a huge fan of playing the stock markets or online slots, how about online sports betting?

Online sports betting is a multi-billion dollar industry, with tons of great sportsbooks to choose from on the web. You can bet on virtually anything, with top sports including football, basketball, horse racing, greyhounds, tennis, golf, MMA, boxing, and darts, amongst dozens of other sports. You can even bet on weird stuff like politics, show business or even video games (yes, that’s a thing).

Here’s the best thing about getting into sports betting online. You don’t even need to be an expert in a sport or know a lot about betting to win vast sums of money. This is why so many are now turning to sports betting and abandoning the national lottery altogether. What’s more, there’s a particular bet type called an ‘accumulator bet’ which can easily win you far more money than the lottery for the same price as a ticket on the lucky numbers.

Winning the National Lottery, is it Realistic?

We’ve all been there - agonising over our six lottery numbers, plus the extra Powerball number. We’ve consulted the stars, our birth charts, taken numbers from the licence plates of passing cars, used our kid’s birthdays, and still, no luck!

The reason for this is quite simple. Winning the lottery is very, very, very difficult to do. Consider how many people play the national lottery every week, plus all of those people playing from a lottery syndicate. On top of that, you have online websites that facilitate the purchase of national lottery tickets to people that are not even from your own country! Sure, the more that buy, the more significant the jackpot might be, but at the same time, the odds of you actually winning dwindle exponentially.

In fact, according to a recent article published in The Telegraph, the odds of you winning the national lottery can be a staggering 1 in 45,057,474 (That’s millions!). The odds of you getting five numbers correct, plus the bonus ball is around 1 in 7,509,579. Not sure about you, but those odds seem pretty bleak to me! So, in short, playing the national lottery is what many would refer to as ‘a mug’s game’, and you would be far better off finding some other way to try and win some money.

Why Sports Betting is the Fastest Growing Activity Online

Online sports betting is the fastest growing gambling trend on the web right now. While sports betting, in the real world or the virtual, is nothing new, the industry has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years. Of course, this does have quite a bit to do with the rise in popularity of watching sports online or sharing sporting events (like MMA fights) via social media platforms. However, it also has to do with the average Joe finding out that betting online is a lot easier than they might have initially believed.

The cool thing with online sports betting is that you have a massive range of options to choose. With the national lottery, you can pick six numbers, and a bonus ball – that’s it! With online sports betting, you can select the type of entertainment you like to bet on, the team, the tournament, the kind of bet, the odds – everything!

If you’re new to online sports betting, you can even choose a particular sort of bet called an accumulator bet. This bet is a favourite of many an online punter as it can cover much ground for very little money. In some ways, it’s a bit like buying a lottery ticket as you get to pick a bunch of single bets and put them all on one card. However, the difference here is that you get to choose each leg of your accumulator bet, based on your own research, hunches, and speculation.

Accumulator bets can be placed on any sport or event, the most popular being football and horse racing. In fact, these bets and an excellent place to start if you are new to the game. Do accumulator bets work? You bet they do! A few years ago a wheelie bin cleaner named Craig Brazier from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, made headlines when he became one of the UK’s biggest betting shop winners ever. Brazier won a massive £1.3m on just one accumulator bet made up of a six-horse prediction to win. The accumulator cost him just £2 and covered multiple UK race meetings at the time. Now, the odds of pulling this off are pretty staggering, around 650,000 to 1 depending on the multiplied odds of each individual bet, but still significantly better than the odds of winning the national lottery!

So, What are Accumulator Bets?

An accumulator bet is a number of single bets all on one card. Winning from your first bet places the stake for the second bet and so on, throughout all the entire selection. The amount that you can win entirely depends on the odds of each outcome occurring. Most times, even if only 4 or 5 or your predictions happen, you can still win money, much like the lottery.

While most Accumulators (or Acca’s) are commonly associated with horse racing, you will find plenty of action in other sports too. In fact, since most bookmakers will take a bet on anything. Take a look at the following example based on a typical football Acca; you will also notice that the ‘legs’ (each pick) are now referred to as ‘Folds’.

Example of an accumulator bet:

Fold 1 – Manchester United to defeat Middlesbrough at odds of 1.50

Fold 2 – Liverpool to defeat Tottenham at odds of 1.35

Fold 3 – Chelsea to defeat Swansea at odds of 1.60

Fold 4 – Leicester to defeat Manchester City at odds of 1.90

Fold 5 – Arsenal/Hull to draw at odds of 3.50

Resulting Wager: 1.50 x 1.35 x 1.60 x 1.90 x 3.50 = 21.55

So your overall accumulator odds for this particular pick would be 21.55

Now, the odds for the games specified in this example are not going to win you a fortune anywhere close to what you can win in the lottery but is used as a simple example to demonstrate how they work in practice.

Just Image the potential winnings on a five, six, seven, or even an eight bet accumulator on a sport or event not as widely wagered and where the odds are so much more generous. Do the Maths and see for yourself!

 

Accumulator Bet Types

An important thing to remember about accumulator bets is that they don’t always have to be about match results. The real beauty of accumulators is that they can be made up of just about any events that are available. This can include all sorts of markets from total number of goals scored, to match winners, markets that cover Asian handicaps, extractions from various sports leagues, tournaments and much more. This is why accumulators remain one of the most popular betting options at any online sportsbook because you can pick and choose from a near-endless variety of markets and opportunities and put them all on one very low-cost card.

Some of the most common accumulator bet types include:

  • Doubles: two selection accumulator
  • Trebles: Three selection accumulator
  • Trixie: Three selections where each selection connects to the others, creating three doubles and one treble for a total of four accumulators
  • Patent: Three selections where each choice is taken as a single and combined with the others, creating three doubles and one treble for a total of seven bets (3 singles + 4 accumulators)
  • Yankee: Four selections, each selection couples with the others, creating six doubles, four trebles plus a fourfold accumulator, giving you eleven accumulator bets in all.

Other popular accumulator bets:

  • Lucky 15 (four selections)
  • Super Yankee (5 Selections)
  • Lucky 31 (5 Selections)
  • Heinz 57 ( 6 selections)
  • Lucky 63 (6 selections )
  • Super Heinz (7 selections)
  • Goliath (8 selections)