What are accumulator bets?
Accumulator bets take several bet selections, usually with a minimum of four bets, and clusters them together to make one large wager. If all your picks come in, you will win a much larger prize than if you had placed those bets individually. However, all of your picks must come in for you to see any return. A single loss means you lose entirely.
Accumulator bets are both higher risk and higher reward than individual wagers. Because of this, they have become an exciting ritual for many sports and betting fans.
Why choose accumulators?
Accumulator bets have been a popular way to play for over 20 years, with football being the most closely associated with the technique. This is largely due to the sheer number of games that are taking place at any one time. Every Saturday, there are scores of matches to choose from, meaning football fans can enjoy many more strategic and thrilling bet combinations.
This type of wagering is also unique in how entertaining it can be. The rush of having 5 wins on a 6 bet accumulator and praying for a goal during the closing minutes of the match is something that cannot be rivalled by other forms of gambling.
Accumulator bets understand that gambling is about more than wins or losses. It’s also about making a sport you love even more exciting. When you place an accumulator on your favourite sport, you add an extra level of pulse-racing tension. If you win, you’ll land yourself a massive cash prize. But even if you lose, you can still enjoy an added rush in the closing minutes: and a rush that you didn’t have to pay eye-watering amounts of money for.
How do they work?
Depending on the bookmaker, you may be able to choose to play with two or three fold accumulator bets, known as doubles or trebles. However, these are generally less popular as they diminish the cumulative factor which makes these wagers so appealing in the first place.
One of the major attractions of accumulators is the fact that you could receive a far greater return than you would if you placed your bets individually with the same stake. The huge potential winnings and the thrill of multiple wagers makes the increased risk of losing your entire bet worth the gamble.
The best way to understand how this works is to imagine each bet as one round of a greater contest.
For example, say you had a 4 fold accumulator and you place a £10 bet. Your first bet has odds of 4/1. You win, netting you £50.
The stake for your next bet is no longer £10. The new stake is from your winnings. So if the next bet comes in at 3/1 odds with a stake of £50, your return for winning would now be £200.
If the next bet came in at 2/1, you’d put down a stake of £200 with a £600 return.
If your final bet comes in at 5/1, you’d have a stake of £600 with a whopping return of £3,600.
Accumulative bets are a great way of enjoying a relatively small monetary risk but with the potential to earn a massive return in a fun and exciting way. The only other way you can see this kind of return for such a small wager is by getting lucky on a three legged horse.
The odds are usually a little more complicated than the example above, but the principle is the same: the potential to earn big money without risking a large stake.
Rules of accumulators
If you have placed a bet on a non-runner then you don’t have to worry about this affecting your overall accumulator. The odds will automatically be lowered to what they would have been without that bet. So, for example if you had a 6 fold accumulator with one non-runner, your bet would lower to a 5 fold accumulator, with lowered odds but also a smaller risk. Dead heats are settled for lowered odds.
Usually accumulator bets are available for any sport where you can bet individually. Although you should be aware of certain restrictions on putting multiple bets on a single event. These restrictions are put in place by bookmakers in order to prevent people placing several bets on one participant. You should always check the specific terms and conditions of your chosen bookmaker before you place any bets.
This allows you to play more strategically and manage your risk more effectively. If the action isn’t unfolding the way you hoped, you can cash out your accumulator and take your winnings before the final outcome of the game or sport you bet on. This also adds an extra level of entertainment, where you have to decide whether you want to take your money and run or stick it out to see if you win or lose everything.
Which sports can I bet on?
Most sports have some kind of accumulative bet option, but some are certainly more popular than others. This extends to sports not necessarily associated with this type of betting, such as golf, boxing and baseball, among many others.
This type of bet is mostly popular in sports like football or rugby, when the odds of victory are higher than something like horse racing, due to the number of potential winners involved.
But that’s not to say you can’t put accumulative bets on horse racing. Just keep in mind that picking four winners at the races in a row is a pretty tall order, even for the most well informed gambler. So don’t expect to be taking home thousands off the back of your friend’s ‘sure-fire winner’. Of course it could happen, but you’re best off with either way accumulators if you want a serious chance of taking home the big money.
What are either way accumulators?
Either way accumulators involve two bets: one for your pick to win and another to place with odds adjusted accordingly.
That is the beauty of this type of bet. You can play for big money on a significantly smaller wage, meaning it is a much more sensible risk. If you do decide to take some wild chances on your picks, you can go for them, knowing there is less of a monetary risk than you would normally have going after such big winnings.
These kinds of bets are also among the most versatile, meaning you can create some really clever combinations of different kinds of bets, different picks and even different sports. You can take bets from almost any sport you can think of and put them into an accumulative bet. This allows for some seriously unique gaming combinations and a variety of choice that is unseen in any other kind of bet.
As we said before, the real draw for accumulative betting is the potential to play for odds far beyond a single bet.
So, how big can the winnings be? How about £92,000 winnings on a £2 stake?
That’s how much 42 year old Dean Clay won on a football accumulator last year after correctly predicting the scores of 14 matches over one weekend.
A Coral spokesperson said of the winnings: “To predict 14 correct outcomes is a fantastic achievement and we couldn’t have asked for a worthier winner than Mr Clay.
“Over the last couple of weeks we have seen so many customers win life-changing sums of money for just small stakes, proving you don’t have to stake big to win big money.”
And he’s not the only one. A father of two, who did not wish to be identified, won over £200,000 on a lengthy series of 1p and 2p accumulative bets through William Hill.
He said: “I’ve had a couple of four-figure wins in the past, but I never expected this. I’m going to chill out over the next few days thinking about how to spend the money, but it’ll go a long way in the current climate.
“I’ll probably pay off the mortgage, and I’m a bit of a car fan, so I might see about a vintage sports car.”
Of course, it’s not all about defying huge odds with accumulative betting, but it remains the only way someone can bag themselves such high returns on sports betting.
Play big, win big
Accumulative betting allows you to have total control over what odds you want to play, the stakes you want to play them for, on the sports you want. You can bet smarter the more control you have and nothing offers more control than accumulators.
There’s also few more exciting ways to spend a sporting week or weekend than watching great action with the added pulse quickening bonus of being on the last leg of a bet for big money after only putting on a low stake.
There’s no smarter or more exciting way to play than with accumulative betting.