If you have elected to join either Bet365 Sport, SkyBet or Paddy Power Sport, then you will no doubt be delighted at the range of different betting markets available. However, not only is there a fantastic choice of betting markets across a wide range of sports, but there are also a huge number of individual bets you can place.
As a novice punter, you may well prefer to stick to your typical single selection bet, such as backing a horse or a soccer team to win a game. You may even venture into having a dabble on an each way selection in a horse race, or perhaps select a number of different teams to win their games on a football accumulator bet.
If you have, then you have taken your first tentative steps into the world of multiple selection betting, but what many novice punters don’t realise is that there is so much more to this type of betting than simply accumulator bets.
In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the different multiple selection bets you can place, how the stakes and winnings are worked out on these particular bets and lastly, whether these types of bets offer a better or worse deal for the punter compared to a typical accumulator bet.
Full Cover Bets
A Full Cover Bet is a bet that covers a number of selections (from three to eight) in which every possible combination of multiple bets that can be made from the selections is covered by a unit stake.
For example, on a three selection Full Cover Bet, a punter would cover Selection A and Selection B winning, Selections A and C winning, Selections B and C winning and then Selections A, B and C all winning. So a three selection Full Cover Bet, would actually be four individual bets.
As such the total cost of the bet would be your unit stake multiplied by the number of individual bets that need to be covered by the number of selections you make. Obviously, the more selections you make, the greater the number of individual bets you need to cover.
The full list of Full Cover Bets, their names, how many selections are on each and the number of individual bets (lines) that make up that bet, as well as the different types of individual bets covered, are outlined in the table below.
|Full Cover Bet||No of Selections||Number of Lines||What the bet consists of|
|Trixie||3||4||3 Doubles, 1 Treble|
|Yankee||4||11||6 Doubles, 4 Trebles, 1 Fourfold|
|Super Yankee (or Canadian)||5||26||10 Doubles, 10 Trebles, 5 Fourfolds, 1 Fivefold|
|Heinz||6||57||15 Doubles, 20 Trebles, 15 Fourfolds, 6 Fivefolds, 1 Sixfold|
|Super Heinz||7||120||21 Doubles, 35 Trebles, 35 Fourfolds, 21 Fivefolds, 7 Sixfolds, 1 Sevenfold|
|Goliath||8||247||28 Doubles, 56 Trebles, 70 Fourfolds, 56 Fivefolds, 28 Sixfolds, 8 Sevenfolds, 1 Eightfold|
Your winnings on a Full Cover Bet depend on how many of your selections win, but you do need at least two selections to win in order to generate any return. In some cases, even if you do win, if only a small number of your selections win, then you may not generate a profit as the cost of the bet may be greater than the return you make.
In order to be significantly profitable on this bet, you do tend to need the majority of your selections to win, unless one or more of your winners is a longer odds selection in which case you may still generate a profit if fewer selections are victorious.
Full Cover Bets with Singles
These bets are simply an extension of Full Cover Bets, only this time they are based on three to six selections and as well as covering all multiple combinations of bets, each of the individual selections you make is also backed on the bet too.
This means that there are more “lines” to cover with these bets than with a Full Cover Bet, but it does mean that if just one selection wins, you will still generate a return (though it is generally unlikely to be profitable).
There are four main Full Cover Bets with Singles options available at the three bookmakers on this site and they are outlined in the table below:
|Full Cover With Singles Bet Name||No of Selections||Number of Lines||What the bet consists of|
|Patent||3||7||3 Singles, 3 Doubles, 1 Treble|
|Lucky 15||4||15||4 Singles, 6 Doubles, 4 Trebles, 1 Fourfold|
|Lucky 31||5||31||5 Singles, 10 Doubles, 10 Trebles, 5 Fourfolds, 1 Fivefold|
|Lucky 63||6||63||6 Singles, 15 Doubles, 20 Trebles, 15 Fourfolds, 6 Fivefolds, 1 Sixfold|
How are these bets returns calculated?
Returns on these bets are calculated in the same way in that the odds of the winning selections are combined and then the Unit Stake on that bet used as the multiple to work out what that individual part of the bet pays out. The more of these individual bets that win (by the more of your selections winning), then the greater the payout will tend to be.
For example, if you place a Goliath bet of eight selections and only two win, then that means out of the 247 individual bets made, only one has won, and 246 have lost. However, if seven of the eight selections win, then 120 bets out of the 247 made will win. So you’ll have a much better chance of turning a significant profit.
Other multiple selection bets – Banker Bets at Bet365
If you are a member at Bet365 Sport (and you can join by clicking on our Bet365 Sport review here) then you can place another type of multiple bet. These are called Banker Bets.
All you do is simply make your selections as you would for a typical multiple selection bet but when you click on the Bet Slip, click on the drop down list with the option “Standard” as default. This will show you a list of other bets available, one of which is the Banker option.
With banker bets, you simply select which one (or more) of the selections you think will win for definite. It is important to get this right as if your banker bet loses, then your bet loses automatically.
Once you have selected which of your selections are bankers, you can then select what types of bets you want to place. Let’s say for example, you have picked four selections and selected one as a banker bet. The options you would have would be:
- 1B + 1/3 – This means your banker bet and one of your other three selections need to win in order to generate a return. This is a total of three bets you need to cover. Banker + Selection A, Banker + Selection B and Banker + Selection C.
- 1B + 2/3 – This means your banker bet and two out of the three other selections must win order to generate a return. Again this is a total of three bets. Banker + Selections A&B, Banker + Selections A&C and Banker + Selections B&C.
- 1B + 3/3 – This means your banker bet and all three of your other selections must win to generate a return. This is a single line bet – Banker + Selections A, B and C all winning.
The permutations of banker bets change with the number of selections you add to a bet slip and the number of banker selections you make.
As you can see, there are a number of possible betting options for multiple selection bets beyond that of placing an accumulator. Why not try some of these bets to see if they could be more profitable for you than backing straight accumulator bets?