What Is An Accumulator Bet?

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An accumulator bet is the simplest form of multiple bet. It contains 4 or more selections. The odds of each selection in the accumulator are multiplied to give you accumulative odds.

It really is an all or nothing bet. Though, it’s one of the best to take if you are confident in your selections. Therefore, accumulators usually contain selections with low odds. It’s not for the faint hearted though. If you choose 8 selections, and only 7 win, you will come away empty handed, which can be heartbreaking!

Accumulators are available for all sports. Though make sure you check with your bookmaker as they vary in their rules on combining selections. In racing in particular, if there is a non-runner, most will calculate returns based only on the selections that ran. So a Five-fold Accumulator would become a Four-fold.

In this article, we are going to explain one of the simplest betting options, the accumulator bet. There are a lot of different options when you’re betting and it is sometimes difficult to know which one to pick. However, when you have an understanding of what is available: you have a much better chance of becoming a knowledgeful punter.

Types of Accumulator Bets

Accumulator Bet NamesNumber of selections
Four-fold Accumulator4
Five-fold Accumulator5
Six-fold Accumulator6
Seven-fold Accumulator7
Eight-fold Accumulator8

Accumulator bets have no upper limit to the number of selections you can make. Though the more selections, the less chance you have to predict each outcome correctly.

What is an Accumulator Bet for football?

For the purpose of this accumulator, we are going to use a £10 stake, and assume that the odds of each selection are evens (2.0). We’re also going to show it as a 5 team accumulator, however, you can usually add many more to the bet slip. This isn’t usually advisable unless you have done your research and understand the stats of your selections! Selections from the same event cannot be combined into a single accumulator, this is to prevent anyone trying to place several bets on the same runner. We are choosing for each selection a simple outcome: Win. That means that for your football accumulator bet to win, all 5 football teams you’ve chosen need to win their games.

Firstly, you must pick your 5 teams. Once you add them to the bet slip, a box will appear saying ‘Accumulator’. This is where you input your stake, and usually, the bet slip will automatically calculate your returns.

Five selections at odds of 2.0 will be calculated as follows: 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 32

Once you place your £10 stake on this accumulator, you will have a return of £320 should all 5 teams win. However, if one selection loses, the whole accumulator bet will crumble.

Accumulator Bet tips

There is a large element of luck with accumulator bets. However, it is also probably the most popular of the multiple betting options, mainly because of its simplicity.

A favourite Accumulator betting tip is to look for teams with good home form. Teams almost always have an advantage playing at home and there can be some real value in close games picking the home side at good odds.

You can try to place an accumulator bet yourself. Register with bet365.